Half-finished or half-baked? 004
Random musings. Half-finished (and quite possibly half-baked) thoughts.
Things that have caught my eye...
Interesting perspectives on the infamous software study
can a technology that is transforming the way we acquire information
throughout the economy - revolutionizing businesses from games to
banking - fail to benefit education?"
news media at large were gullible, incurious, and downright lazy ...
The ill effects of their sloth likely will undermine education efforts
for years to come"
Are we infantilizing adolescents?
- Robert Epstein says yes, and we pay the price.
The digital Taliban?
- Harsh analogy, or spot on?
Attendance, technology, and placing blame
It's all about the leadership ...
- Wesley Fryer reminds us, yet again, of the importance of leadership when it comes to technology integration and implementation in K-12 schools. That's why CASTLE exists and that's why we keep banging the drum: pay attention to the leaders!
... but we have to give them some decision-making power
- NASSP highlights a recent study finding that principals have little autonomy in the things that matter most to them. Remember this before we start casting stones at principals? I wish this study had involved more than 33 principals...
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- The future of videoconferencing, not video gaming.
- The NBA referee study has gotten a lot of press, Harvard University's Project Implicit not so much. Read the Washington Post's excellent article on the project. Try it yourself. Implications for school hiring and/or discipline issues?
The way data-driven decision-making ought to be
- Kudos to the Montgomery County (MD) Schools.
- A cool example of students collaborating with others across the globe on matters of importance.
Accountability for teacher prep programs
Violence in schools
- If you were worried about violence in American schools, check out this UNESCO report.
A national platform for an anti-evolution Kansan?
- In the last 8 years, Kansas has twice had an anti-evolution state
board of education and twice replaced it with a pro-evolution state
board of education. The latest news from the whipsawed state is that
When standards shift
- The St. Petersburg Times explains what happened in Florida when it got harder to pass the state test.
Annie has the final word
If we stop using the tools of the real world at the school door, then what does school have to do with the world of the student? [at the FPS Technology Focus Blog]
The way that you think about stress can actually transform the effect that it has on you – and others.
- Stress is contagious, and the higher up in an organization you are the more your stress will be noticed and felt by others.
- Kelly McGonigal teaches "Reset your mindset to reduce stress" for Big Think Edge.
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These quick bursts of inspiration will brighten your day in 10 minutes or less.
Explore a legendary philosopher's take on how society fails to prepare us for education and progress.
- Alan Watts was an instrumental figure in the 1960s counterculture revolution.
- He believed that we put too much of a focus on intangible goals for our educational and professional careers.
- Watts believed that the whole educational enterprise is a farce compared to how we should be truly living our lives.
How can we use the resources that are already on the Moon to make human exploration of the satellite as economical as possible?
If you were transported to the Moon this very instant, you would surely and rapidly die. That's because there's no atmosphere, the surface temperature varies from a roasting 130 degrees Celsius (266 F) to a bone-chilling minus 170 C (minus 274 F). If the lack of air or horrific heat or cold don't kill you then micrometeorite bombardment or solar radiation will. By all accounts, the Moon is not a hospitable place to be.
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