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Applying a Little Magic Sauce

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:37:46 +0000

Speaking of artificial intelligence, how well can an algorithm really understand someone today? Companies like Facebook and Google have hundreds of coders working hard in the back room to build bots that can analyze the online behavior of their members. Their goal: to better understand them in the “real” world. Ok, the actual goal is […]

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Is That “Teaching”?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:29:23 +0000

A writer for The Guardian warns that artificial intelligence will be taking over many jobs that we previously assumed were safe from automation. Like teaching.  Teachers: software such as McGraw-Hill Connect and Aplia allow college professors to manage the coursework for hundreds of students at a time. Massive open online courses (Moocs) extend their reach […]

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Not Super, But Still Interesting

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 02:27:26 +0000

I probably don’t have to tell you that the Super Bowl happened last Sunday. And I have a confession about that: I really don’t care anything about the game. I haven’t been to a Super Bowl party since the event was in the XXXs, couldn’t name any player on either team other than Tom Brady, […]

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EduCon 2017

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 02:00:23 +0000

Last weekend was one of my favorite times of the year. I spent a couple of days in a nondescript office building in center city Philadelphia masquerading as a school. This was a small but powerful conference knowns as EduCon, held each year in the depth of the mid-Atlantic winter at the Science Leadership Academy. […]

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This I Believe

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:47:52 +0000

On this day when the United States inaugurates a new president, one elected by a minority of eligible voters, using a constitutional loophole, through a campaign based on hate, ignorance, and fear, I thought it might be a good time to take a personal assessment. It has been a while since I wrote something like […]

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What Doesn’t Work In Education Reporting

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:16 +0000

Rather than asking what works in education, NPR asked “education researcher John Hattie” about ideas that don’t work. His answers are not based on his own work but on a review of “more than 1,000 ‘meta-analyses’”, whatever that is. Anyway, I wish the writer had started by asking Mr. Hattie what he means by “works”. Of course, […]

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Designing a Change

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:47:10 +0000

Although not as much of a rockstar in the ed reform headlines as STEM or maker, the concept of “design thinking” is beginning to seep into the top ten. Like STEM, maker, and PBL, it’s touted by advocates as a new idea that could revolutionize learning. Also like those other terms, few people can agree […]

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Picture Post #16

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:34:38 +0000

It has been a while since I posted one of these collections, although the entries about our Cuba trip last November includes some nice photos. Anyway, here are a few random shots from the past few weeks, with more, as always, in my Flickr feed. My friend Kathy and I have made a commitment to […]

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Speaking in Clichés

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:25:15 +0000

People involved in business and other institutions often communicate in clichés. Insider words and phrases commonly used but vaguely understood, even less so by those on the outside. Education certainly has it’s share, with many of them borrowed from other organizations. Like many of those in a post titled 17 Development Clichés I’ll Be Avoiding in […]

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3-2-1 For 1-8-17

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 01:22:06 +0000

Three readings worth your time this week. End of year retrospectives can be tedious and, in the case of 2016, rather depressing. However, Planet Lab’s review of their favorite satellite imagery from the past year is beautiful and the pictures tell some interesting stories. (about 5 minutes) dana boyd, who has made a career of […]

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