So I have been preparing a post to discredit Tom Woodward because he is increasingly becoming everyone’s favorite technologist here at UMW’s DTLT, and quite frankly it’s driving me crazy. It’s always Tom Woodward this, and Tom Woodward that. Or even “What Would Tom Woodward Do?” It’s not fair, I mean I’m the bava, I shouldn’t pander to some lowly K-12 technologist. I coined EDUPUNK, damn it, (albeit with the help of Brian Lamb). Why does everyone love Tom Woodward? What’s so great about him? I mean just cause he’s been recycling his archive to relive the glory days of teaching is no reason to but him on a pedestal, right? Just cause he writes precise and hysterical lampoons, dreams up brilliant projects for his students, tears Portaportal a new one, and writes succinct and useful WPMu posts—all within a week no less—is no reason to exaggerate his significance.
And while I still felt the momentum to knock him down a notch after reading all of this, it wasn’t until I dug into his Tech Ninja videos that I lost all motivation and finally had to cry “uncle!” to the greatness that is Bionic Teaching. If you haven’t seen his Technology Ninja videos, I highly recommend “Servers and Shortcuts” and “Drinking Dangers”, both of which are freaking hysterical for starters (I’m including them below). It really just doesn’t get any better than this, and I am now an acolyte and true believer. I have officially agreed to help build the Tom Woodward votive shrine here in the DTLT headquarters. But I still hate him!