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

  • "The Education Dept. has missed an opportunity to truly analyze what works in education"
  • "How
  • can a technology that is transforming the way we acquire information

    throughout the economy - revolutionizing businesses from games to

    banking - fail to benefit education?"

  • "The
  • 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?

    The digital Taliban?

    Attendance, technology, and placing blame

    It's all about the leadership ...

    ... but we have to give them some decision-making power

    Wiki wiki wa, wiki wa, wiki wiki wa


    Unconscious racism

    The way data-driven decision-making ought to be

    Global challenge

    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

    one of the remaining anti-evolution board members is running unopposed for the presidency of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

    When standards shift

    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]

    European wind farms could meet global energy demand, researchers now say

    A new study estimated the untapped potential of wind energy across Europe.

    Surprising Science
    • A new report calculated how much electricity Europe could generate if it built onshore wind farms on all of its exploitable land.
    • The results indicated that European onshore wind farms could supply the whole world with electricity from now until 2050.
    • Wind farms come with a few complications, but the researchers noted that their study was meant to highlight the untapped potential of the renewable energy source in Europe.
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    First solar roadway in France turned out to be a 'total disaster'

    French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.

    Image source: Charly Triballeau / AFP / Getty Images
    Technology & Innovation
    • The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.
    • French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
    • Solar panel "paved" roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.
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    New vaccine (for cats) nixes allergic reactions for humans

    You want one. Now you may be able to survive one.

    Photo credit: Jie Zhao
    / Getty contributor
    Technology & Innovation
    • Cats live in a quarter of Western households.
    • Allergies to them are common and can be dangerous.
    • A new approach targets the primary trouble-causing allergen.
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