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Nothing to Celebrate

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:07:18 +0000

Ok, it’s been an exhausting year of almost non-stop social chaos in this country. I’m sure there are plenty of retrospectives of the events of the past twelve months (and much trivia) you could watch and read this weekend but I’m not going to look for them. I’m also not going to write one. I […]

CS for All? Where Are We Going to Fit It In?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:43:38 +0000

Last November, Virginia became the first state in the US to require computer science instruction – specifically “computer science and computational thinking, including computer coding” – at all levels K-12. For elementary students, teachers will be expected to integrate the concepts into the rest of their instruction. In middle and high school, students can choose elective courses in […]

Personalizing Students

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:45:11 +0000

The US Secretary of Education believes “personalized” learning is the future of schools. At least she does based on the observational “snapshots” she’s collected in the past couple of years. What I have observed and also read from others who are more deeply immersed in this, is that students that are in that setting are […]

Making Procrastination Work For You

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:16:57 +0000

  I first saw this TED Talk about a year ago, and I seriously related to this other Tim’s very funny analysis of the process that goes with procrastination. Of course, being a serious, unrepentant procrastinator for most of my life, it has been sitting in my gotta-blog-about-this-sometime file for a while. But I agree with […]

Photo Post

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:47:57 +0000

Last Friday here in the DC area, we had an unusually warm winter day after several weeks of freezing weather. That plus some rain produced some amazing fog on the Potomac River. Below are some photos taken from the waterfront in Alexandria. More are in this collection and in this one by Kathy, my friend […]

Go Ahead, I’m Listening…

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:04:11 +0000

During the holiday season, connected devices containing voice-activated assistants from Amazon (Alexa) and Google were among the most popular gifts. This week at the giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES), lots of companies demonstrated many more future products infused with Alexa, Google, and Apple’s Siri. Including “smart” shower hardware. But, according to the ACLU blog, you […]

Tech Addiction Does Not Have a Tech Solution

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:23:30 +0000

The New York Times says the tech backlash is here. Once uncritically hailed for their innovation and economic success, Silicon Valley companies are under fire from all sides, facing calls to take more responsibility for their role in everything from election meddling and hate speech to physical health and internet addiction. The backlash against big tech has […]

Creativity Doesn’t Happen on Clock Time

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:03:55 +0000

A Harvard professor who studies creative talent in the workplace says her research shows that “arbitrary deadlines are the enemy of creativity”. Scholars of time have found similar results in their research. Creative work operates on “event time,” meaning it always requires as much time as needed to organically get the job done. (Think of novel […]

Wasted Space

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 01:49:03 +0000

There are many things I don’t understand about the writing of Jay Mathews, former chief education writer for the Washington Post and current weekly columnist. Mostly why the paper continues to waste valuable newsprint on his work. His column from last Monday is a good example. Mathews begins by condemning the decline in the number […]

Average Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Fair

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 01:25:31 +0000

  In all the yelling back and forth (aka “discussion”) about net neutrality rules last year, much was said and written about the “average” internet user in the US. The FCC chairman, who led efforts to kill them, and his supporters claimed that competition in the market would take care of any issues related to […]