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By All Means, Question The Screens

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:28:10 +0000

As promised, Jay Mathews is back with a followup to his promotion for a new anti-edtech book, written by two high school social studies teachers here in Fairfax County. If possible, his installment this week features even more cliches and overly broad generalizations. Mathews begins by citing the long discredited myth of the “digital native”, and […]

The Whole Internet is a Distraction, Isn’t It?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:19:44 +0000

This sorta ties into my previous rant… At some conference in the past year, this banner from a booth on the vendor floor caught my eye and got stuck in my phone. I don’t remember the name of the company or their products, but it really doesn’t matter, does it? Most likely they sell some […]

Blame the Screens, Not Us

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:01:54 +0000

In his regular weekly column for the Washington Post1, Jay Mathews wants us to know about two local teachers who have written a book containing “discoveries that threaten the foundations of the high-tech classroom”. Wow! But a statement like that is what you might expect from something with the title “Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers […]

The Mathematical Obstacle Course

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 23:37:45 +0000

In a Medium post, a “research mathematician turned educator” discusses how extremely talented students are often disillusioned by high powered mathematics competitions like the International Math Olympiad. Of course, extremely few high school students will ever be involved in this kind of “cheap competition that brutalises the subject into a performance act”, and this piece is […]

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 […]