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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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Optimistic Blogging

Sat, 06 May 2017 18:12:00 +0000

Techie and long time writer Tim Bray wants you to know he’s still blogging in 2017. Publishing in his own space in this age of massive media platforms. Not alone and not un­read, but the ground un­der­foot ain’t steady. An in­stance of Ho­mo eco­nomi­cus wouldn’t be do­ing this ?— ?no pay­day loom­ing. So I guess I’m not one of […]

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Keeping IT Happy

Sat, 06 May 2017 14:34:40 +0000

In a story about Microsoft’s education event this week, Wired made one good point about instructional technology. That had absolutely nothing to do with instruction. The article’s focus was on the new, simpler version of Windows, called 10 S, that the writer says is aimed at competing with Google’s Chrome OS. Chromebooks have been so […]

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Picture Post #18

Fri, 05 May 2017 21:17:00 +0000

A random assortment of my photographs from the past month or so. If you are interested, check out more in my Flickr feed. A mouldy bench at the US National Arboretum. There were many of these around the grounds so I guess they are supposed to be part of the experience. Working on the streets of […]

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The Fallacy of School Choice

Thu, 04 May 2017 14:42:41 +0000

With the new administration pushing the privatization of public schools, headed by a Secretary of Education even less qualified than me, you hear from a lot of advocates for “school choice”. They tell you that if all parents had the option to send their children to any school of their choice – charter, private, or […]

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Ending Math Phobia

Thu, 04 May 2017 11:51:00 +0000

An engineering professor at Dartmouth College wants you to stop telling kids you’re bad at math. Excellent suggestion. Why do smart people enjoy saying that they are bad at math? Few people would consider proudly announcing that they are bad at writing or reading. Our country’s communal math hatred may seem rather innocuous, but a […]

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The Price of Privacy

Wed, 03 May 2017 18:35:22 +0000

I don’t think most people understand online privacy. They’re pretty sure the NSA and other government agencies are sucking up their data, and probably have been for years. But they largely adopt the philosphy in the image and assume their phone calls and internet traffic are not important enough for anyone to notice or care […]

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