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Technology Changes Everything. Or Nothing.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:02:53 +0000

This from a recent segment of the BBC World Service podcast, 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, caught my attention. Two economists… published research showing that many companies had invested in computers for little or no reward, but others had reaped big benefits. What explained the difference was whether the companies had been willing […]

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Look Behind the Graph

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:07:00 +0000

According to many excited retweets in my stream today, the number of females and “underrepresented” minorities taking AP Computer Science tests is way up. Like double up according to USA Today.   Now, I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade (although a little rain today might be nice :-), but I’m also bothered by […]

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EdTech Deja Vu

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:44:33 +0000

If last week was a “normal” end of June, I would have spent five or six days attending the ISTE Conference, this year in San Antonio. This year I had to skip the event and join the #notatiste crowd. But I wonder just how much I missed by not being there in person. I certainly […]

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Fear the Camera

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:38:42 +0000

Please excuse me while I rant… I found that sign displayed outside of a waterside tourist space during a recent trip and there’s nothing particularly remarkable about this list of rules. It’s the kind of stuff you might expect in any place with drinking crowds. I certainly want the “No weapons” restriction in a bar. […]

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Spotlight Mismatch

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:13:57 +0000

Description of a Spotlight report on Personalized Learning from an EdWeek newsletter: See how schools are using algorithm-driven playlists to customize lessons for students, consider red flags to look for when purchasing products, and learn how personalization can make learning more social. I’m almost curious enough to give them my personal information, just so I […]

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More or Less Accurate

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:51:42 +0000

Did you know that 65% of the jobs that will be available to our elementary students when they graduate have not even been invented yet? Or maybe you’ve heard the statement that 60% of children currently in kindergarten will be employed in jobs that don’t exist today? Or possibly you know for sure that some […]

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Ignoring the Rules

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:20:34 +0000

The New York Times recently published a long front-page story about how Google “took over” the classroom. The writer’s primary focus is on concerns about the amount of student data the company is collecting in exchange for their free tools, and what they plan to do with it, although she doesn’t get many answers from […]

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Getting Our Priorities Straight

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:15:00 +0000

EdSurge, an organization that tracks the edtech industry, is covering a conference called the ASU+GSV Summit. Here is the opening paragraph from their report of the first day. Bankers, lawyers, researchers and policymakers. Administrators, entrepreneurs and the Golden State Warriors. The ASU+GSV Summit, now in its eighth year, has assembled yet another potent cocktail of education […]

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Acting Small in an Overly-Large System

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:45:00 +0000

George Couros, one of the most thoughtful voices in my RSS feed, recently wrote about leading in a large school district. The post was triggered by an administrator with a good question: “Do you really believe that you can make this change happen with such a large district?” That “large” district serves 30,000 students and […]

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Challenging Clickbait

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:51:59 +0000

Last week the education RSS feed from the Washington Post was spammed with at least seven stories about Jay Mathews’ “challenge” index. Of course, they were all written by Mathews, who never misses an opportunity to tell you how he created this annual list of the “most challenging” high schools in the US. So, these […]

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