Communication Workers of America
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.
Earlier this month I featured a
report from the Communication Workers of America (CWA)
Report of the Week. Although I know that each of you
usually reads every comment on this blog (hah!), Beth Allen of the CWA left
a later commentthat I thought was worth bringing to the forefront:
I am very interested in the challenge of articulating the vision as well.
I work with the Communications Workers of America, on the Speed Matters project,
which Scott kindly highlighted as a Report of the Week.
We are in the initial stages of gathering real stories about how
universal, affordable broadband can make a real difference. Our research shows
that even people who don't want broadband for themselves have a vague idea that
it is important for kids and schools and the future of education. We need to
move from the abstract to the specific.
We are interested identifying educators who would be interested in
talking about their vision of what they could do if every child had home access
to a computer with a real high speed connection (think FTTH [fiber to the home]
with speeds of 30 mbps or more).
We are also interested in getting kids to imagine the future - what would
they do or invent if everyone in the United States had a real high speed
connection. It might be the world's most awesome video game. It might be a video
phone system so that they could communicate with their grandparents who live far
If any of you are interested in participating in one of these projects,
drop me a note athttp://www.speedmatters.org/contact.html
Anyone willing to talk with Beth? If so, drop her a note! For what
it's worth, Beth, here is what I'd talk about:
multimedia textbooks: A strategic investment
multimedia textbooks: Follow-up
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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