Sharing Reconciliation with the People Formerly Known as the Audience
by Andrew Smith at Learning Out in the Open\n
Lately there have been a few words that have become ubiquitous in media discussions of education. That's right: standards and data are everywhere when education comes up as a topic. Everything in education is either "standards-based" or "data-driven" no matter what the topic is. Whether it's the adoption of a new set of standards or a supposedly well-intended instance of agitation, in education the words 'standards' and 'data' manage to resurface often. But in being given this opportunity to guest blog, the word that haunted the build-up toward approaching the topic of reconciling standards and 21st century learning was not standards but data. In a fit of 21st century research it can be found that data is defined as\n
noun \n\n1.\n\na pl. of datum.\n2.\n\n(used with a plural verb) individual facts, statistics, or items of information: These data represent\nthe results of our analyses. Data are entered by terminal for immediate processing by the computer.\n3.\n\n(used with a singular verb) a body of facts; information: Additional data is\navailable from the president of the firm.\n
When you buy a machine that lets you consume digital content, you also buy a machine to produce it.\n\n
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