5 Questions: Lucy Gray
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Besides your own blog and Dangerously Irrelevant, what are 3 blogs that you'd recommend to a school administrator that's new to the education blogosphere?
1. What's something that recently caught your attention from your personal learning network, RSS reader, Twitter feed, etc.?
Possible changes to Ning have caught my attention recently on Twitter. It was fascinating watching the reaction unfold over Twitter. And it was enlightening to discover all the alternatives to Ning. One tool I'm interested in learning more about is Bloomfire; Clayton Christensen is on their team interestingly enough. I'm also just hearing about TEDxVolcano and I'm wondering how that turned out. I'm a fan of all things TED in general.
2. What's something exciting that you're working on right now?
For my current position I'm working on aligning digital resources to our science curriculum. In my copious spare time, I am working with Steve Hargadon to plan an online virtual conference on global education that will hopefully happen in November!
3. What is a digital technology tool that you can't live without (and why)?
My iphone...It carries all my content and lets me capture interesting things and moments in my life with its video camera and still camera. Because of the plethora of apps, it's many digital tools wrapped into one device!
4. What does '21st century teaching / learning / schooling' mean to you?
21st Century education means to me that we focus on the preparation of kids to be fully participatory in the world. There is no reason that kids can't reach beyond geographical boundaries to interact with other, share knowledge and to think critically about real world dilemmas. It means that we are empowering students to take control of their learning to truly reach their collective potential.
5. How do (or would) you respond to someone who says 'The kids know more about technology than I do. How do I handle this?'
I would reassure him or her that that's okay, that the universe is not ending, and and would encourage this person to look at kids as a resource for their own learning!
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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