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Accessible Animation

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:22:01 +0000

Your students probably don’t know who Monty Python was. You may not even know who they were. But certainly one of the very memorable parts of the essential British sketch comedy programme from the 70’s and 80’s were the amazing interstitial animations created by the only American Python, Terry Gilliam. In this video from 1974, […]

Unsocial Media

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 23:24:26 +0000

Like 2 billion other people in the world, I have a Facebook account. Unlike most of them, I very rarely use it. I know, shocking. I do open the site once or twice a month, primarily to see new photos from friends and relatives, and to catch up on Bloom County (which includes the only […]

ET Probably Isn’t Coming

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 23:01:25 +0000

In an excerpt from a book of essays by scientists discussing the search for extraterrestrial life, an astrobiologist wonders why aliens would even bother with Earth. To make the point, he runs through a list of common sci-fi alien invasion movie plots. Like when the monsters come to Earth looking for slaves. Or lunch. Alien races […]

Teaching by Algorithm

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:16 +0000

A BBC video starts by asking “Could computer algorithms upgrade education?”. It just gets worse from there. It’s a profile of the Alt Schools, a small chain of private schools based in San Francisco, funded by tech billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg. They also ask if this is the school of the future… and I certainly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]