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A Resolution For The New School Year

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:20:31 +0000

It’s a new school year so why not adopt a good resolution to get it started? My nomination would be for everyone drop the antiquated digital native myth. In the past few weeks I’ve seen the phrase used in several different back to school edtech articles as a lazy shorthand to excuse their lack of […]

Sunday Short Takes

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:44:53 +0000

A few interesting reads and listens from last week. The New York Times Magazine’s education edition included a long, very interesting look at education in Michigan where they gambled on charter schools and “Its Children Lost”. It’s a story of lax regulation and oversight, coupled with a concerted effort to privatize public schools, led by […]

There’s Nothing “Super” About It

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 23:29:34 +0000

Cathy Davidson has a new book in which she proposes “how to revolutionize the university to prepare students for a world in flux”. Nothing like setting high goals for yourself, is there? In an excerpt from that book, she tackles the slightly less daunting issue of whether technology in the classroom benefits or hurts students. […]

No, We Aren’t Losing a Generation to Smartphones

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:09:55 +0000

Betteridge’s law of headlines says “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” Which certainly applies to the very provocative title of a recent article in The Atlantic: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? The author tries very hard to convince the reader that teenagers (the group she calls iGen) […]

Smile For The Data Collector

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:03:47 +0000

If you’ve ever used Google’s mapping products, at some point you’ve probably dropped into Street View. This year marks ten years since those 360° street level images were first released, and since then, the company has “snapped more than 80 billion photos in thousands of cities and 85 countries”. Wired reports that Google has now […]

Your Attention. Now!

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:27:00 +0000

A man walks onto the TED stage and introduces himself: “I was a design ethicist at Google, where I studied how do you ethically steer people’s thoughts.”. My first thought was, how is it possible to “ethically” steer people’s thoughts? However, I think this particular speaker, now billed as a “design thinker”, may be worth […]

Are These Events Necessary?

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:16:00 +0000

Going back to the beginning of the summer… In a podcast discussion with Will Richardson following the ISTE conference, Bruce Dixon made a comment about the need for organizations and conferences like ISTE that has stuck with me. We always used to say when we had our computer using groups… we’d be successful when we’re […]

One Chance to Get it Right

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 19:58:52 +0000

In an earlier post, I offered my impressions of a New York Times article about teachers who are acting as “brand ambassadors” for edtech companies, sometimes for real compensation. Many of the people in my Twitter feed offered far more critical and pointed comments about this practice. And the edtech industry in general. The Times […]

Your New Curriculum?

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 23:31:46 +0000

I listen to a lot of podcasts. Most take the format of an intelligent conversation between two or more people, or someone telling a good story. Then there’s the program called Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, which the producers (who also do the more conventional but also excellent Freakonomics) describe as journalism wrapped in […]

Marketing Your Brand

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0000

From the New York Times, a high profile story about how edtech companies are recruiting teachers as “brand ambassadors” to promote their products to schools and other educators. Ms. Delzer is a member of a growing tribe of teacher influencers, many of whom promote classroom technology. They attract notice through their blogs, social media accounts […]