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Tellio: Reflections of A Mid-Career Teacher



We teach ourselves and then share ourselves.



Updated: 2017-11-14T07:16:41.268-08:00

 



rob sheffield retweeted: Tonight at 6pm, @jennpelly @PunkProfessor @robsheff @lindsayzoladz celebrate The Raincoats brilliant first album: https://t.co/YFL1KMdvA0

2017-10-07T12:31:24.049-07:00

Saturday Music McNally Jackson @mcnallyjackson rob sheffield retweeted: Tonight at 6pm, @jennpelly @PunkProfessor @robsheff @lindsayzoladz celebrate The Raincoats brilliant first album: https://t.co/YFL1KMdvA0



Stagnation Is Not Just the New Normal–It’s Official Policy

2017-09-30T12:11:31.245-07:00

Well I never. Although our leadership is too polite to say it out loud, they’ve embraced stagnation as the new quasi-official policy. The reason is tragi-comically obvious: any real reform would threaten the income streams gushing into untouchably powerful self-serving elites and fiefdoms. In our pay-to-play centralized form of governance, any reform that threatens the skims, privileges and



Can the Acorn Crop Predict Lyme Disease?

2017-09-23T19:12:27.589-07:00

It (whatever it is) is all connected. You might have heard that the Lyme apocalypse is upon us this year. In spring, media outlets from NPR to USA Today to the New Scientist were forecasting a black-legged tick population eruption with a consequent outbreak of Lyme disease in the American Northeast. Transmitted by tick bite, Lyme can cause symptoms such as fatigue, fever, headache, and a



How To Participate In Digipo (September 2017 version)

2017-09-22T08:11:37.919-07:00

I will be preparing for my classes to start contributing to Digipo next week. I look forward to the storm of consternation that will crease my learners' faces as I trot out more crazy notions. Every time I say I can’t make it easier to participate in Digipo, I find a way to make it easier. The current process involves no skills greater than knowing how to work a word processor, and (more



‘Gluten-free water' shows absurdity of trend in labeling what's absent

2017-09-07T04:04:56.837-07:00

Ran across the concept of "fake transparency" in this article. Gluten free water. Gluten-free, GMO-free and 100 percent vegan. ericlefrancais/Shutterstock.com The food labeling craze coupled with banner headlines about the dangers of gluten, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and hormones are leading to increasingly absurd results. For example, you can now buy “premium” water that’s not only



Sometimes Storytelling Is Just Resource Management

2017-08-14T06:24:45.325-07:00

Chuck Wendig has some of the best advice about writing this side of Steven Pressfield. This post is just an amazing slice of practical pie that is so inspiring. No, the metaphor should be that this is 'inside baseball' without the stats and all the coolity. Read and learn. It IS all about resource management. Once upon a time I had a vision in my head of what being an author was like. I imagined



Syllabus: Public Writing in de Tocqueville’s America

2017-08-13T09:06:06.887-07:00

What are our duties as public intellectuals? And how can we measure our progress? We’re in an interesting political era, to put it mildly. I don’t just mean “Trump’s America,” or the specific partisan aspects of our contemporary situation. I mean also that we’ve been publicly grappling with broader issues of how individual people can feel empowered and engaged in the work of deliberative



Down the Drain: The 19 Best Shower Beers

2017-08-13T08:55:35.319-07:00

Glorious. Foolhearty. IPA's for the a.m. crowd. In the shower. Drinking in the morning is no longer a sign that you have a problem with alcohol; it’s mandatory for getting through the day without committing a series of grisly homicides, then going on the run. The single problem with getting a little liquor in your system to face the daily grind is finding the time […] The post Down the Drain:



The Path to Quality

2017-07-12T06:06:18.129-07:00

Yeah, this is a big question and I love how she wanders through it, a personal feldgang that keeps approaching the issue from lots of angles, mostly asymptotically--my favorite oblique stance. I’m undergoing a fundamental change in thinking about a lot of things right now, and one of those is how I manage my personal knowledge. I am a very good researcher and acquirer of information, but over



Dr. Amanda Visconti retweeted: What if we stopped trying to save so much digital shit? Big data is not just a huge fossil fuel suck, it's increasingly taking up land

2017-07-05T05:57:39.439-07:00

A provocative, systems question. What if we stopped sending out so much signal? What if we rationed bandwidth? What if the carbon footprint of storage got so large that it became a national crisis? Any amount of added carbon now adds to the crisis, so this is not as crazy as it sounds. Flyover Easy @eiratansey Dr. Amanda Visconti retweeted: What if we stopped trying to save so much digital



Alex Smith’s Radio Ecoshock: A Complete Coverage Of My Work With Audio

2017-06-30T04:52:42.800-07:00

Another podcast to consider. Carolyn Baker is a one-woman whirlwind of communication. She’s up-to-date on the news of the world, as she publishes her Daily News Digest. Carolyn is author or co-author of 11 books, has provided life-coaching for many, and leads workshops. Her motto is “Speaking Truth to Power”. From Boulder Colorado, it’s a treat to welcome Carolyn Baker back to Radio Ecoshock.



Flash Fiction Challenge: X Versus Z, Redux

2017-05-19T08:37:13.974-07:00

Some fun? Another classic challenge, of which I am a fan. Way this works is, below you will find two tables — X and Y! — and you will pick (or randomly draw) from those tables. That will leave you with a set of X versus Y — and from there, you will write a piece of flash fiction based on that parameter set. You can even use the match up (SKELETONS VS. SCIENTISTS!) as the title to the work, or



Wemogee – Chat App Based Purely on Emojis

2017-05-04T05:52:00.737-07:00

Classic example of 'what's good for the goose is good for the gander" thinking. Or in this case how 'emoji thinking' helps those with aphasia. Wemogee might just expand everyone's capacity for image thinking. Yet another chat app has been made available for download, but unlike most regular chat apps, this particular one puts emojis to the forefront. 14 Google Hangouts Hidden Animated Emojis 14



Microsoft’s Academic 2.0 is Now Available in Preview Form

2017-05-02T06:26:14.797-07:00

This is good news for those of us who want at least some competition with Google Scholar. If they stick with it, this might just do it. And by "they" I mean Microsoft. They have been even more fickle than Google about abandoning viable platforms. Check it. Use it. Let me know how well it works for you. Some of you may remember Microsoft’s Academic Search, a research project and academic search



Cognitive Benefits of Healthy Buildings

2017-05-02T06:20:27.410-07:00

This is good news for those of us who want at least some competition with Google Scholar. If they stick with it, this might just do it. And by "they" I mean Microsoft. They have been even more fickle than Google about abandoning viable platforms. Check it. Use it. Let me know how well it works for you. Oset Babur in Harvard Magazine: Imagine a business that creates a perfectly energy-efficient



5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited in 2017)

2017-04-29T11:32:01.993-07:00

Love this graphic. New article in the Modern Workplace Learning Magazine “In this article I take a look at how workplace learning has changed over the last 10+ years and its necessary future direction. In May 2010 I posted a diagram I had created that showed what I considered to be the 5 stages of …



Running the PISA race

2017-04-29T03:43:46.524-07:00

I agree with much that is in here, but when I get to the end and read the wrapup, I despair: "The global education race presents an important challenge to policy makers and educators alike: to develop informed communities willing and able to engage in discussion of how educational measurement, including system-level measurement tools, can be judiciously used to inform policy and practice. The



Less Common Villains

2017-04-29T03:38:49.949-07:00

Too true. Do we all have villain schema in our heads, gears that automatically turn when the programs are executed? I sure hope not. Here's another great one from Tom Gauld: Common and Less Common Villains. Common Villains: nefarious lawyer, evil banker, loathsome industrialist, wicked scientist, depraved aristocrat, immoral journalist Less Common Villains: monstrous fishmonger, malignant



Barry Hingley retweeted: It's always about Trump & the wealthy

2017-04-28T18:36:37.749-07:00

Well, well, well...the crony capital has come home to roost, Marcy @mms5048 Barry Hingley retweeted: It's always about Trump & the wealthy



The National Blues

2017-04-28T08:53:21.967-07:00

Let us tell the story simple and true. Clusterfuck Nation Now appearing Mondays and Fridays Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! While the news waves groan with stories about “America’s Opioid Epidemic” you may discern that there is little effort to actually understand what’s behind it, namely, the fact that life in the United States has become unspeakably depressing, empty, and






Design a wall clock

2017-03-11T04:40:39.604-08:00

So damned cool! Design sumfin. We’ve already designed a chair and a table lamp in some previous lessons, and this time we deal with a new object: we have to design a wall clock, taking its specific functions into consideration before drawing it. In the grade 8th classes we discussed about the origin and evolution of design and we analysed the functional features of a wall clock. Some elements,



Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers Is Out

2017-02-23T08:28:15.776-08:00

I will be using parts of this book next semester for my incoming freshman comp students. Back before the election I was working on a book on the problems of living in “the stream” — this endless flow of stuff we read, retweet, and react to. My argument in that still unfinished work was that while the stream is useful and exciting it also warps our sense of reality in unhelpful ways. Forced to



224 Books About Music in David Byrne’s Personal Library

2017-02-14T02:49:09.661-08:00

David Byrne promotes libraries in all their physical presence. We need them now more than ever. I really love this Open Culture article and it's amazing list of Byrne's own library. Included is a link to a BrainPickings article that includes World Cat links to nearby libraries where you can find the books. I am planning on getting out my Interlibrary Loan card and going wild. (One of the few



Crazy Collaborative Dictionary Project: From Amic to Zzaj

2017-02-04T02:54:17.108-08:00

The most appealing and intriguing idea here in Kevin's post is the notion of legacy and continuity so that the idea of coining your own words is paired with the larger idea of creating a commons, a shared play space that defies time for at least as long as the server carries on. The next step is to move it to in-house servers maintained by students from year to year. I expect you to begin to have