Half-finished or half-baked? 004
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.
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...
Wiki wiki wa, wiki wa, wiki wiki wa
- 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]
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
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
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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