Thursday, January 31, 2013

panel after is school enough screening
video of panel added in..
or below

vietnam & ed

nancyflanagan (@nancyflanagan)
1/30/13 7:20 AM
The Vietnamization of Public Education. Brilliant analogy. Results similar. Will take popular revolt to turn around.…

Robert Komer was a former CIA analyst who became a civilian expert on pacification efforts during the Vietnam and he and reported back to Gen. William Westmoreland, who commanded U.S. military operations in Vietnam.  After reporting one success after another, reporters badgered Komer with the observations that his comments didn’t square with the reality that they were witnessing.  Komer didn’t deny that.  He said that they misunderstood his job.  “I am supposed to report on progress,” he said. He did just that.

mission hill ch 1

Seth's Blog: Customers who break things

Seth's Blog: Customers who break things

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

forces of destruction

via steve hargadon on future of ed jan 29

mit & p2pu

carol black

‎"If we're going to resist the powers that are controlling our world,
We need to resist their control of our children.
We need to re-activate our bullshit detectors.
We need to occupy our brains."

the literacy rate was 90% something before public ed..
when people have a need to be literate.. they will be literate..
[now 95% acknowledge cheating]

christopher aiff - my last days

the decision to be positive is not one that disregards or belittles the sadness that exists, it is rather a conscious choice to focus on the good. and to cultivate happiness, an genuine happiness.
happiness is not a limited resource, and when we devote our energy and time to trivial matters and choose to stress over things that ultimately are insignificant, from that point, we perpetuate our own sadness and we lose sight of the things that really make us happy, and rationalize our way out of doing amazing things.

thank you deb..

Seth's Blog: Owning vs. renting

Seth's Blog: Owning vs. renting

Monday, January 28, 2013

otto scharmer - amazon global u

tweets jan 28 - obsessed w/management & de botton

Ira Socol (@irasocol)
1/27/13 6:01 PM
@chalkrelic Revolutions, by definition, happen quickly. If they don't, they are stopped by counter-revolutions

Ira Socol (@irasocol)
1/27/13 5:58 PM
@jackiegerstein I think that's it. Teachers need to accept much less, take many more risks, but its counter to all of their training #educon

Audrey Watters (@audreywatters)
1/27/13 4:31 PM
Thx to those who came to my #educon chat on politics of ed-tech. Recommended follow-up: @doctorow's Little

Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach)
1/27/13 7:56 AM
@chrislehmann @TimothyMBoyle I'm trying to imagine an admit system based on passions, not transcripts. #educon
perhaps a mesh network - with each person's head/heart as the platform.
perhaps even better - that it's crafted by some objective tech - as you live - so that the focus is not on proof of things, but on the day

Chad Sansing (@chadsansing)
1/27/13 7:49 AM
"Call Me Maybe Josh Davis," ode to our COO & his snow-day calls/FB celebré, made by kids on a snow

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 4:28 PM
The true hilarity of the MOOC fun is that 97% of what people are calling MOOCs is what we've been calling 'online learning' for a decade

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 4:31 PM
Combining courses from different universities around the world to create your own degree. i mean.…

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 4:35 PM
You can't scale access to 12 profs at MIT. only their content. And they've been giving that away for a decade.#moocrant

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 4:36 PM
The internet offers access to networks of people you can learn from. That's the scaling that is different.#moocrant

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 5:57 PM
@BenjaminHarwood i think it was the investment... it allowed people to think that online learning might be a way to acquire brand

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 7:10 PM
@KateMfD @ns_allanc there is going to be no intrinsic interest from senior management in free and open. advantages? maybe.

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 7:11 PM
@KateMfD @ns_allanc teaching a mooc with firewalled journals, for instance, is going to be a challenge.

Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann)
1/27/13 4:37 PM
A report from SLA Media: Students Power #EduCon

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
1/28/13 6:20 AM
RT @DanyDeGrave: The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward. - Arthur Koestler RT@lisatbds

Jason Silva (@JasonSilva)
1/28/13 6:20 AM
The brilliant @alaindebotton recommends some of his favorite books!…
didn't read in hs youth
I’m always close to tears reading Judith Kerr’s delightful children’s story, “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.” It tells of a tiger who turns up, quite unexpectedly, at teatime at the house of a girl called Sophie and her mother. You’d expect them to panic, but they take the appearance of this visitor entirely in their stride — and their reaction is a subtle invitation for us to approach life’s unexpected challenges with resilience and good humor.
I got very angry about the food industry reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s excellent “Eating Animals.” Now, a few years later, I’m bewildered and deeply worried by the way one can be impressed and moved by a book and yet do absolutely nothing about one’s indignation and simply put all the good arguments to one’s side — frightening evidence of the impotence of books in the hands of fickle readers. 
would have liked to meet John Ruskin, who has been a big influence on me, and whose eccentric visions of the ideal society (at the level of architecture and morality) I am constantly inspired by. He felt sad, persecuted, lonely and misunderstood. I would have wanted to try to be his friend. 
Suggestions for kids 
I’d give them Theodore Zeldin’s “Intimate History of Humanity,” a beautiful attempt to connect up the large themes of history with the needs of the individual soul. I’d point them to Ernst Gombrich’s “Art and Illusion,” which opens up the visual arts and psychology. There’s a lot of despair in adolescence, so I’d recommend comfort from pessimists like Pascal and Cioran. I’d especially give them a sad, poignant, questing little book called “The Unquiet Grave” by Cyril Connolly (written under the alias Palinurus). 
What are you planning to read next?I’d love to read Chris Ware’s new book, “Building Stories,” which was unfortunately out of stock (an extraordinary oversight) and has just become available again. In the meantime, I feel I’m going to have a great time with Douglas Coupland’s new little book about Marshall McLuhan. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Georgetown University's new Institute for Transformational Leadership | SOUL BIOGRAPHIES

Georgetown University's new Institute for Transformational Leadership | SOUL BIOGRAPHIES

chris arnade - faces of addiction

tweets - jan 27 - mostly educon

Paul Allison (@paulallison)
1/27/13 7:41 AM
I want to do Our School at Blair Grocery in Hunts Point. What would the first steps be? #educon

Youth Voices (@youthvoices)
1/27/13 7:46 AM
How has Our School at Blair Grocery networked with other efforts like theirs in New Orleans? #educon

oh.. i see Paul..
With the teenagers in our high school and neighborhood afterschool program, we operate an experiential curriculum that incorporates sustainability thinking and GED-prep into the work of ending hunger, and building a profitable community food enterprise and a regional food economy to drive sustainable community development in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

the intrigue for sure.
and imagine - if we're so bold to make it in the city, as the day.

Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach)
1/27/13 7:43 AM
Glad that Simon is talking about how we need more options for kids in Philly. #educon

Gerald Aungst (@geraldaungst)
1/27/13 7:46 AM
“We’re a big believer that reform can come from within a school district.” Simon Hauger at#educon25 panel.

Kristen Swanson (@kristenswanson)
1/27/13 7:41 AM
Hey #educon ! I need some help. What Qs can I ask @grantwiggins in our open webinar on February 5th?… #educon25

Jabiz Raisdana (@intrepidteacher)
1/27/13 7:40 AM
Musings on

Chad Sansing (@chadsansing)
1/26/13 1:29 PM
empathy as asking others for their stories in rm 304 #educon

Robert Reich (@RBReich)
1/13/13 10:37 AM
We should cut spending on the military and corporate welfare, not on safety nets and public investments.

insight on suffocation

Peggy George (@pgeorge)
1/27/13 7:48 AM
#educon "We can lose seat time without losing results! " Eunice Mitchell, Regional Director, Big Picture

k - so how do we lose seat time and results?

Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach)
1/27/13 7:47 AM
Seat time is such a dirty word.#educon

perhaps as is results?
results focus - is suffocating us..

Saturday, January 26, 2013

cathy davidson - bill of rights hackathon

tweets jan 26 - walls (educon time)

Lessig (@lessig)
1/26/13 8:31 AM
The political consequences of academic paywalls via@AJEnglish
Academic paywalls are often presented as a moral or financial issue. How can one justify profiting off unpaid labour while denying the public access to research frequently funded through taxpayer dollars? But paywalls also have broader political consequences. Whether or not an article is accessible affects more than just the author or reader. It affects anyone who could potentially benefit from scholarly insight, information or expertise – that is, everyone.
Academics love to complain about superficial reporting or uninformed policy, but their own system denies professionals the opportunity to add depth to their work. With database subscription fees running tens of thousands of dollars, even prestigious organizations cannot afford to penetrate the paywall.
I regularly receive requests for my academic articles, and I always comply – as do most of the academics I know. Contrary to popular perception, most scholars want their work to be read. But for every researcher plaintively tweeting that they need a paywalled PDF, there are many for whom tracking down barricaded knowledge seems too much trouble. Instead, they rely on what resources are available. This means that a lot of academic research, some of which could have profound political implications, is ignored.
My friend knew she had to do what was right. As a scholar of an authoritarian regime, she understands that one of the greatest weapons of dictatorships is their ability to control information. She has witnessed firsthand the importance of accurate statistics, of open sources, of censored stories told. She knows what happens when those resources are denied.

Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach)
1/26/13 8:35 AM
Just learned a new term: "brogrammers" refers to the "dude" world of programming #educon

Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby)
1/26/13 8:36 AM
I can't tweet from the design session,b/c they are making us work.#EduCon #edchat

JackieGerstein Ed.D. (@jackiegerstein)
1/26/13 8:36 AM
Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, condemns British education system… discussed by@garystager #educon25

Ira Socol (@irasocol)
1/26/13 8:36 AM
"Design Thinking" begins with 35 minutes of lecture :0 #educon#educon25

Jerrid Kruse (@jerridkruse)
1/26/13 8:39 AM
@irasocol same thing as last year, right? It's amazing how rampant "do as I say, not as I do" is in this profession.

Chad Sansing (@chadsansing)
1/26/13 8:43 AM
#educon #hackjam "10 minutes until we shift:" "but we could do this all day!" also : "the lion _is_ the tollbooth!"

if you re not following Chad at educon...
he's balancing the tweets out..
now.. some are still tweeting.. same song.. second verse.. 35 min lectures.. when will we do what we say.
and some..
sorry I can't tweet now.. they re making me do stuff...

around a come-alive candyland board game

loving it Chad...
eyes on idec, aug 2013

Chad Sansing (@chadsansing)
1/26/13 8:39 AM
overheard at #educon #hackjam: "if you land on the popsicle, you go into the icy grip of high-stakes testing" come to room 308 & save them!

Michael Walker (@micwalker)
1/26/13 8:37 AM
"The ISTE NETS make students slaves to the interface." @garystager On why programming should be taught in schools. #educon

Will Richardson (@willrich45)
1/25/13 5:19 PM
We don't support or nurture risk taking by students in school. We have a well worn path to "success"; don't tolerate much deviation. #educon
not only.. don't tolerate.. we make it criminal

Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann)
1/25/13 4:43 PM
@baldy7 sometimes it helps to not understand how crazy the thing you are doing actually is. #educon

Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu)
1/26/13 8:39 AM
Why teach kids to Tweet abt topics they don't care abt for non-existant audiences targeting people they'll never meet?@garystager #educon
or blog or whatever

Seth's Blog: The long run keeps getting shorter

Seth's Blog: The long run keeps getting shorter

jabiz - twitter book

iBook for educators called ‘Twitter: a Cultural Guidebook’  by  and I. Use. Share. Enjoy.

Jabiz Raisdana

Friday, January 25, 2013

sam fathallah - create

thanks Scott

flavors of success

david slayden - bdw

thank you Christian M

seth's blog - slow media

Seth's Blog: Slow media

The challenge used to be to promote your idea enough to get on the radio or get into the newspaper. Of course, along the way your idea was truncated, edited, misconstrued, amped up and dumbed down, because scarce media space often demanded this.
Today, the challenge is, as Krista has shown, to be insightful enough and patient enough to use the (unlimited) time to create slow media that people actually want to listen to. Not all people, of course, but enough. Not media for the masses, but media for the weird, for people who care. It might not be obvious media, or easy to understand media, or easily digested media, but that's okay, because slow media is not mass media. Slow media is not for the distracted masses, it's for the focused few.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

jean rhodes - mentors

mentors fit into connected learning model because learning is so much about relationships - Jean

reciprocation deepens the relationship - Jennifer

factors mattered most - #1 - shared interest - doubled affect
research of happiness - being good at something you love

youmedia and afterschool settings allow for democratizing happiness
equal access to happiness

jeff - mentoring summit 2012 - out of minnesota for every $1 invested in mentoring society receives- 25 cents  in return
single best investment - investment in another human being - and that investment is mentoring

mentoring only works with strong enduring intense relationships

[ccu's system perhaps - many levels]

a mentor-ship lifestyle - brother Mike

it does take a village to raise a child - Jennifer

after school - such a fertile ground.. freed from curricular demands, more time, informal discussions.. haven't explored as researchers enough, that after school promotes mentoring.. Jean working with hive on that - intentional mentoring, staff as mirrors/windows - reflected self, staff see the youth through eyes no one else has seen
mentoring done with best of evidence..
power of the anecdote
across the country - those hired to afterschool settings don't stay - so how to improve

history of veterans - sharing stories
scaffolding expertise

matchmaking project - randomization of relationships - see which ones had strongest affinity - then use that to build an algorithm to see which characteristics help

imagine all this
in the city.
as the day.

tantek celik - curiosity is not criminal

from a livestreamed memorial for Aaron – via Tantek Çelik (@t):
being a hacker is at the essence of advancing humanity. curiosity is not a crime. #aaronsw

tweets jan 24 - what is criminal? - very cool

Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart)
1/24/13 5:57 AM
RT ‏@pgsimoes
Further Evolution of MOOCs with Academic Partnerships and MOOC2Degree

so.. why are they the sweet spot? what does that mean...

ReachScale (@ReachScale)
1/24/13 6:00 AM
Discontent among Chileans has less to do w #economics & more to do w the #abuse they have suffered over the past 20 yrs

Manuel Riesco, an economist with the Centre for National Studies on Alternative Development, observed that the fact that Piñera’s low popularity has sunk so low and that Chileans are not very impressed by these economic indicators are a reflection of the “accumulated injustices” suffered by the population, which are ignored by the government.
“The discontent among Chileans has nothing to do with economic performance, but rather with the widespread abuse they have suffered over the past two decades, both in boom cycles — like today’s — and stagnation periods alike,” he said.
sound like Ed?
The economist observed that “Chileans are well-informed citizens and they’re also very patient. But after 10 years their patience starts to wear thin, and it’s been 20 years now.”
In his opinion, that explains the current “new spur in mass participation in public matters. And this participation won’t subside until solutions to the most critical issues are found.”
 Ordinary Chileans join academic, political and social experts in criticising the government’s failure to translate economic growth into a reduction of social injustice, poverty or environmental degradation.
“The government does not seem to be investing in education or health, or in anything that will make our lives better and give us a sense of security, or that will guarantee that a life’s work will provide a decent retirement, or that putting your kids through school won’t mean getting into debt for life,” she said. 
But he expressed concern over the fact that that success is due to an external factor: “the unusually high price of copper, the country’s main resource.”The income from copper “is practically all rent, that is, the excess above the cost of copper production. Therefore it’s not value added by Chilean labour but a rent transferred from abroad and for the most part appropriated by the large mining companies,” he said. 
Despite this optimistic outlook, according to Morales if “Piñera has not yet garnered much popularity” it’s doubtful that he will do so in 2013, his last year in office, and he will “face, like never before, the loneliness of power.” 

Scott McLeod (@mcleod)
1/24/13 6:00 AM
Don't run schools like businesses Education is not [just] math & science scores #iaedfuture#edreform cc @DianeRavitch

Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp)
1/24/13 6:00 AM
PBIS - A way to enforce more inane rules and then award the students that don't dare speak up against them #edchat

holt's quote - criminal if you wonder why

The requirement that a child go to school for about 6 hours a day, 180 days a year, for about 10 years, whether or not he learns anything there, whether or not he already knows it or could learn it faster or better somewhere else, is such a gross violation of civil liberties that few adults would stand for it. But the child who resists is treated as a criminal.                   - John Holt
… the child who resists is treated as criminal..
what are we thinking?
perhaps we are watching the worst war – right before our eyes.
the death of our children.
right before our eyes.

Zoe Weil (@ZoeWeil)
1/24/13 6:06 AM
Humane Connection: Increasing Our Compassion Capacity…

Jonathan Fields (@jonathanfields)
1/24/13 6:09 AM
Rewatching @zen_habits episode on #GoodLifeProject. Leo is so generous, someone to model