Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Seth's Blog: Toward zero unemployment

Seth's Blog: Toward zero unemployment

HUMANITY: We don’t worship industrial the way we used to. We seek out human originality and caring instead. When price and availability are no longer sufficient advantages (because everything is available and the price is no longer news), then what we are drawn to is the vulnerability and transparency that bring us together, that turn the “other” into one of us. I can’t wait until we return to zero percent unemployment, to a time when people with something to contribute (everyone)  pick themselves instead of waiting for a bureaucrat’s permission to do important work.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


after reading - defense of childhood - and such..

perhaps we're closer than we think..

aaron regunberg - ri test


variation on a theme.
[via Ingrid who said she stole it from Carlos]
of a theme.
[same song second verse]

wondering why we let things like this take up our days.
wondering why we don't decide what's worth struggling about, and with who, ... and what shouldn't even be on the table.

perhaps it's not a policy issue.
perhaps policy is eating us - alive.


tweets mar 26- betterness

umair haque (@umairh)
3/23/13 3:38 PM
"Despite widespread anxiety about poverty, unemployment, and extreme concentration of wealth, no alternative growth model has emerged."

Please don't mistake me for a cynic or a fatalist. If I sound pessimistic, it's because I'm uncompromising in my optimism.

umair haque (@umairh)
3/23/13 3:21 PM
I'm really looking forward to the Social Progress Imperative and it's Index. This is fantastic and

umair haque (@umairh)
3/23/13 1:59 PM
It's precisely the opposite. “@PestiEsti: It's called a mid-life crisis, @umairh. Our generation didn't invent them.”

umair haque (@umairh)
3/23/13 1:41 PM
Ha. #sotrue “@Jason_Hartley@umairh despair is the cellulite of our lives, people are embarrassed to talk about it.”

precisely... as with adolescence as well

Pasi Sahlberg (@pasi_sahlberg)
3/23/13 11:43 AM
Why Finland doesn't need tough external teacher evaluation? There is strict quality control at entry to high standard teacher ed programs.

sorry - but wrong.. and that will send us in a spin...

Aron Solomon (@aronsolomon)
3/24/13 7:53 AM
Make No Small Plans
or make a kazillion of them

want to point a critical difference that distinguishes Globaloria from GlassLab: students in Globaloria not only play games, they also figure out how design and program educational games; plus, they are being assessed on both playing games and making their games.

true - but even with the lovely globaloria - let's not assume - let's not go in with an agenda.. no matter how small. spinach or rock.. ness
educational web games.. made by anyone.. doesn't go beyond spinach.

Andrea Zellner (@AndreaZellner)
3/23/13 6:57 AM
This is disgusting. Florida forcing severely disabled students to take FCAT.…

Greg Satell (@Digitaltonto)
3/23/13 7:03 AM
The 7 Greatest Ideas in

That was until 1931, when 25 year-old Kurt Gödel killed it for good with hisincompleteness theorems.
He created an incredibly innovative method called Gödel numbering to prove that all systems are either incomplete or inconsistent.  No matter how they are constructed, they will eventually end up with a statement that is both true and not true by the rules of the system.
It’s a seemingly small idea that has enormous consequences.  It means that every logical system will fail and every computer program  will crash, it’s just a matter of time.  You can never fix the system, because systems themselves are necessarily broken.
Gödel isn’t very well known, but he was clearly a genius of historic proportions.  He is interesting in another light as well, the amazing story of the friendship he struck up withEinstein.  You can read more about it in Palle Yourgrau’s excellent book, A World Without Time.

In 1665, the great plague swept through Great Britain, eventually wiping out over 100,000 people, including 20% of London’s population.  As a safety measure, Cambridge university closed its doors in order to prevent further spread of the disease.  It remained shut for two years
One of the students, 23 year-old Isaac Newton returned having filled notebooks with the ideas that would eventually be published as Principia Mathematica.  In it, he laid out the principles of his laws of motiongravity and calculus.  In two short years, he laid out the basic structures which formed the basis for modern science and engineering.
Centuries later, other men have built on the foundation that Newton created.  The buildings we live and work in as well as the bridges that we cross, owe a large debt to that extended summer vacation and stand as a testament to the power of one man’s mind.

extended summer vacation - listen in - lean in - to that.. imagine

Don Tapscott (@dtapscott)
3/22/13 6:31 AM
Make Toronto the startup capital of the
To truly be a global leader in digital technology, innovation needs to become a significant part of the city’s identity—how the world sees it and how it sees itself.

sandymaxey (@sandymaxey)
3/21/13 6:33 AM
Good grief. Another decade of this contentious dynamic. @richardflorida responds to Joel

When skilled people cluster, they become more productive. Their ideas mate, combining and recombining to generate the innovations that power growth.  

Frank Verheijden (@frankverheijden)
3/23/13 6:51 AM
RT @petervan: Born Global: 5 Great Cities for the Young & Ambitious /by

All eyes on China. Retail and ecommerce has one of the largest market in China, with a growing middle class excited about consumption

excited about consumption?
They put out some of the wildest ideas and defended them– and those are exactly the types of people I know I want to work with.  Even Startup Genome as ranked them as one of the best cities in Asia for entrepreneurship due to it’s citizen’s high appetite for risk, strong work ethic and ability to overcome challenges faced by new companies.  In a couple of years it will undoubtedly turn into a Silicon Valley outside of the US, with fierce competition but unsurpassed technological innovation.

Pasi Sahlberg (@pasi_sahlberg)
3/23/13 6:56 AM
My view to global educational race: How international standardized tests are becoming global a curriculum standard…

In my book “Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?” (2011) I highlighted early trends of American and Finnish students’ performance in reading, mathematics and science literacy. Findings were rather interesting. The U.S. students’ performance trend in PISA 2000 to 2006 was declining, similarly to all other countries that were infected by GERM (global educational reform movement that promotes competition, choice, testing and privatization) in the 1990s. At the same time Finland’s scores in all areas were improving. Overall, as many people in the U.S. well know, American students have been left behind by most other OECD countries, at least according to the PISA test.All that is said above invites two important questions. First, how is it possible that different international studies that compare education systems by having a particular look at students’ learning outcomes lead to such different results? Who is right? What do these studies really tell us? Second, are these studies in the end really able to inform policy-makers and guide education reforms in coherent ways so that teachers and students would have better opportunities to succeed? Do they help politicians to understand the nature of human learning?Well, TIMSS and PISA are technically different studies, although they both build on similar measurement methodology. Simplified distinction of these two studies is that where TIMSS tests students’ mastery of what have been taught from the curricula, PISA assesses how students can use those knowledge and skills that they were taught in new situations. These both are student assessment studies. Pearson’s “The Learning Curve” index is different kind that consists of different indicators and is therefore a composite index. The problem with any study that relies on composite index is that it is open to designer manipulation. “Global Economic Competitiveness Index” and “The Best Country in the World” are good examples, just like “The Learning Curve.”One may also conclude that these international standardized tests are becoming global curriculum standards. Indeed, OECD has observed that its PISA test is already playing an important role in national policy making and education reforms in many countries. Schools, teachers and students are now prepared in advance to take these tests. Learning materials are adjusted to fit to the style of these assessments. Life in many schools around the world is becoming split into important academic study that these tests measure, and other ‘not-so-important’ study that these measurements don’t cover. This is kind of a GERM in large scale.

schooling the world. with yet - even more vigor.. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SXSWedu 2013 Bloggers' Lounge Session: Nikhil Goyal

Yaacov Hecht talks about "What is democratic education?"

bravo yaacov.. grazie..

tweets mar 20 - emerging us

Doug Holton (@edtechdev)
3/20/13 6:09 AM
Chrome experiment: The Peanut Gallery - speak while watching a video and it inserts silent film… #html5

The importance of design can not be understated, especially when contemplating the current iterations of public education (re)form that situates people as problems to be fixed. For the last year I have been involved in designing↔implementing (think möbius strip) early literacy education across more than a dozen schools in a city. It has been and continues to be a time for enormous learning. Several understandings are emerging, not with great clarity, but with an odd sense of urgency.  There is something I am learning abut schooling, reform and learning that needs to be voiced even though I am unsure of its dimension and implications.

Will Richardson (@willrich45)
3/20/13 6:45 AM
What happens in an Internet Whoa.

Tony Baldasaro (@baldy7)
3/20/13 6:48 AM
"The truth is most people are a blend of the introvert and extrovert. We call this the ambivert" #introvert

the truth is - most people are a blend.. changing every second.. can't capture that..

Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ)
3/20/13 6:51 AM
Online DoS tool allows a wide range of network/application attacks, for a modest fee. Deeply

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
3/20/13 5:45 AM
I think this is 1 of the coolest sites ~ #gratitude as a habit #thankfulness @the_herald@BrownUniversity

Shelly S Terrell (@ShellTerrell)
3/20/13 6:05 AM
Free Common Core App Organizes Standards By Grade Level #elearning

Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby)
3/19/13 6:40 AM
The Importance Of The Evolution Of #Edchat
In order to be abreast the latest information and practices pertaining to any field, students would require both a strong academic base and constant enhancement of the acquired knowledge. The former is perhaps most effectively provided by the conventional means of education that is imparted through regular studies from full time courses. The latter, however, cannot be provided for in same way as the former as career requirements would make it very difficult to engage in full time learning. This is where e-learning and m-learning come in.

holy cow

Marlo Thomas (@MarloThomas)
3/19/13 6:41 AM
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

and.. the unfolding of the little experiment via aaron et al

the power of swarms

grazie Jennifer

swarms in nature working from the bottom up
The problem was, before anyone could figure out how swarms formed, someone had to figure out how to do the observations.
“You were trying to look at all the parts and the complete parcel at the same time.”
Conway had built a model of emergence—the ability of his little black and white critters to self-organize into something new. 
the flocks created by Boids also suggested that real-world animal swarms might arise the same way—not from top-down orders, mental templates of orderly flocks, or telepathic communication (as some biologists had seriously proposed). Complexity, as Aristotle suggested, could come from the bottom up.
For a biologist, the field was a lonely one. “I thought there must be whole labs focused on this,” Couzin says. “I was astonished to find that there weren’t.” What he found instead was Boids. In 2002 Couzin cracked open the software and focused on its essential trinity of attraction, repulsion, and alignment. Then he messed with it. With attraction and repulsion turned up and alignment turned off, his virtual swarm stayed loose and disordered. When Couzin upped the alignment, the swarm coalesced into a whirling doughnut, like a school of mackerel. When he increased the range over which alignment occurred even more, the doughnut disintegrated and all the elements pointed themselves in one direction and started moving together, like a flock of migrating birds. In other words, all these different shapes come from the same algorithms. “I began to view the simulations as an extension of my brain,” Couzin says. “By allowing the computer to help me think, I could develop my intuition of how these systems worked.”
Studying animal behavior “used to involve taking a notepad and writing, ‘The big gorilla hit the little gorilla,’ ”  Vicsek says. “Now there’s a new era where you can collect data at millions of bits per second and then go to your computer and analyze it.”
move beyond just looking at how collectives form and begin to study what they can accomplish. What abilities do they gain?
Behavior like this is typically explained with the “many wrongs principle,” first proposed in 1964. Each shiner, the theory goes, makes an imperfect estimate about where to go, and the school, by interacting and staying together, averages these many slightly wrong estimations to get the best direction. You might recognize this concept by the term journalist James Surowiecki popularized: “the wisdom of crowds.”
But in the case of shiners, Couzin’s observations in the lab have shown that the theory is wrong. The school could not be pooling imperfect estimates, because the individuals don’t make estimates of where things are darker at all. Instead they obey a simple rule: Swim slower in shade. When a disorganized group of shiners hits a dark patch, fish on the edge decelerate and the entire group swivels into darkness. Once out of the light, all of them slow down and cluster together, like cars jamming on a highway. “That’s purely an emergent property,” Couzin says. “The sensing ability really happens only at the level of the collective.” In other words, none of the shiners are purposefully swimming toward anything. The crowd has no wisdom to cobble together. 
All these similarities seem to point to a grand unified theory of the swarm—a fundamental ultra-calculus that unites the various strands of group behavior. In one paper, Vicsek and a colleague wondered whether there might be “some simple underlying laws of nature (such as, e.g., the principles of thermodynamics) that produce the whole variety of the observed phenomena.”
Couzin has considered the same thing. “Why are we seeing this again and again?” he says. “There’s got to be something deeper and more fundamental.” Biologists are used to convergent evolution, like the streamlining of dolphins and sharks or echolocation in bats and whales—animals from separate lineages have similar adaptations. But convergent evolution of algorithms? Either all these collectives came up with different behaviors that produce the same outcomes—head-butting bees, neighbor-watching starlings, light-dodging golden shiners—or some basic rules underlie everything and the behaviors are the bridge from the rules to the collective. 
Building a successful robot swarm would show that the researchers have figured out something basic. Robot groups already exist, but most have sophisticated artificial intelligence or rely on orders from human operators or central computers. To Tamás Vicsek—the physicist who created those early flock simulations—that’s cheating. He’s trying to build quadcopters that flock like real birds, relying only on knowledge of their neighbors’ position, direction, and speed. Vicsek wants his quadcopters to chase down another drone, but so far he’s had little success. “If we just apply the simple rules developed by us and Iain, it doesn’t work,” Vicsek says. “They tend to overshoot their mark, because they do not slow down enough.” 
one of the fundamental emergent properties of a flock is collision avoidance,
So far, the Belugas’ biggest obstacle has been engineering. The robots’ responses to commands are delayed. Small asymmetries in their hulls change the way each one moves. Ultimately, dealing with that messiness might be the key to taking the study of collectives to the next level.  
aliveness as - not being able to controlness.. you can't grab hold of perpetual beta.. even as a line of best fit.. without compromising - and thus - missing it


Seth's Blog: Us vs. us

Seth's Blog: Us vs. us

we are us.

Friday, March 15, 2013

plenary panel from dml2013

Plenary Session #1: “Remixing Citizenship, Remaking Democracy” w/ Craig Watkinsdanah boydAstrid SilvaBiko BakerCathy Cohen

connected learning

danah boyd
young people make videos hoping it will make it better for them in the community.. so video became a part of a movement, but they themselves were not a part of it.. they were back in home communities
importance of networks.. when people can tap into networks
requires talking to strangers
how to build meaningful sustained networks

so much becomes numeracy - rather than about people

in order to empower youth, need to make sure that they are
1) safe - connected to people
2) have skills

when is participation not really a first step

cathy cohen
spaces for young people to speak for themselves
founder of black youth project

the difference between voice and power

rob "biko" baker
executive director of league of young voters

astrid silva
undocumented and unafraid

Thursday, March 14, 2013

info is beautiful - 20th cent death

ethan zuckerman - dml2013

yay connie

the notion that civics is somehow in crisis.

at the point where - as soon as 100 000 of you - we will respond
which is better than we won't listen/respond
but not what we need

how to read a particular protest or tactic

thick and thin
symbolic impactful - there are ways to take action where it's primarily about voice

talking -

we need voting to be thin - because we want lots to be able to do it
requires little participation from us - but enormous impact

lot of impact through very thin act

when people talk about occupy and critique it - usually - thick, but largely symbolic
impact was more calling attention - than to change

dan gillmor - mediactive
we need to learn how to read in that space

how to bring this step to scale

seems to happen in a community - like sandy
how to make it happen in something as thin as the redcross

interesting - searching for sandy logo and redcross logo

you have to do an app to use redcross logo

ethan - we are really early in this work
we're trying to really understand extreme activists
and trying to evaluate things like sopa and wikipedia

what do online convos look like, what do successes look like

want to be able to say - this is what we want to say about civics, how we want to teach civics

being an activist who is being dragged into the scholar world -
i think we need to get rid of this divide between politics and activists - and focus on agency

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

tweets mar 13 - think deeply - about today/words

Inês Silva (@isss111)
3/12/13 7:56 AM
How Busy People Find Time to Think Deeply |

DML Research Hub (@dmlresearchhub)
3/13/13 7:35 AM
More Reading. More Writing. More Engaged Citizens of the
I expected my students to read and they did. I expected them to improve as readers and writers, and they did. I had the test scores to prove it. Again, these were classes that were grouped heterogeneously and included students from all kinds of economic backgrounds. High expectations yielded higher results.
test scores to prove it..?
sounding like a selling out..
why compromise why a kid reads... phrase grates as demeaning in my head..?

cy, but poverty. As Mr. Pondiscio points out in his op-ed, students who come from poverty typically don’t have access to books, museums, and parents who stay home with them. So if, as Krashen says in his research, “f more access leads to more reading, and if more reading leads to better reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and a larger vocabulary (Krashen 2004),” then we need to flood students with books and reading material at school. And that’s exactly what a balanced literacy approach does.

imagine we redefine nclb... without the phrase... and they did well/bad on tests

stop buying programs. Stop buying novel comprehension kits, scripted texts, and items like Accelerated Reader. They do not work. They aren’t real. Instead, they create a false sense of security because students can game the system and “pass” an assessment. An assessment that looks nothing like the real world
oh my... we are perpetuating this as much as anyone.. no?
we know too much.. to keep on punctuating our sentences with... and they did good/bad on the test..


. Pondiscio talks about E.D. Hirch’s early-childhood curriculum, one of the many recommended by the Dept of Ed, and says, “Its central premise is that an essential goal of reading instruction must be to ensure that all students — and disadvantaged kids most specifically — are explicitly taught the knowledge and vocabulary that speakers and writers assume they know
I was hoping the author would call this out.. but instead.. the next sentence:
oh my.
that list.. of assume they know... is too big to know.
that's exactly what got us where we are... perhaps.. no?

not only is it too big to know..
it stifles .. falling in love with the questions..
it stifles curiosity..
because it asks, demands, bullies... that you put those questions, that creativity, on the back burner.. till you are deemed worthy of it..

so.. we have... death via a compulsorized simmer

And that’s what I see when teachers use a balanced literacy approach. It’s a balance between choice and shared reading using authentic texts, not some piece created for a textbook company to use. As Mr. Pondicio says, “…stops treating reading comprehension as a skill to be taught and sees it as a reflection of everything a child learns about the world.” Exactly, sir. More authentic reading. More authentic writing. And the result? Smarter, more engaged citizens of the world.
could be.. and I certainly hope so. for the sake of humanity.

but.. could also be one of our heaviest/hairiest/quietest/assumed raised eyebrows..

Jared Nichol  (@mrnichol)
3/13/13 7:35 AM
RT @designmilk: Make your own stool with any object & this device by
I thought it said... make your own school..

so.. what if...

umair haque (@umairh)
3/13/13 7:37 AM
Billionaires are not assets to advanced societies. They are liabilities. They don't represent the success of markets, but their failures.

Jana Scott Lindsay (@janaslindsay)
3/13/13 7:38 AM
Another Way to View the World Around Us… #edchat #cpchat # elemchat #etmooc #educoach
"The resistance to epistemological disruptions within academia is so great that it can stymie that which it seeks to create - new knowledge" (Deloria, 1999, p. 36).   
Will my concerns come to fruition as I move forward in my research?  I am unsure, but it is heartening to think that others have and will continue to forge ahead to create new opportunities to investigate and learn and also entail a little exploration of uncharted territory.

hourly exercise

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

tweets mar 12 - pay attention to what matters

Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby)
3/12/13 6:59 AM
An Unprecedented Opportunity for Educational #Edchat
Access to successful learning for all students is a powerful equalizer that drives superior educational outcomes. The importance of equal access is credited with much of the academic progress in Finland, a country without private schools or standardized tests. "Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality."1
The availability of well-researched information to guide educators and parents in their use of game-structured learning tools could support all children's acquisition of requisite foundational rote facts and procedures. This, in turn, could help all children to participate successfully in classroom learning (assuming computers and Internet access are available.
oh my.. this is the goal?

The best online learning games and programs promote intrinsic satisfaction from working through achievable challenges. Driven by the brain's own dopamine-reward system, perseverance is sustained and accurate memory networks constructed through the frequent corrective feedback that increases data acquisition and memory construction by the neuroplasticity process.
SAMs use of act game...  ? - like below - not authenticity - just different
Students in the game-learning, neuro-chemical state of achievement-driven pleasure work at their own individualized levels and paces to learn the critical foundational factual and procedural information. As this most engaged and motivated state persists, the awareness that their effort can bring goal access promotes the reversal from fixed to growth mindsets.
good theory... wonder if they've tried it
we have.
over and over..
Learning frustration and boredom are stressors, and as children’s brains are relieved of these stressors, they will be in the emotional state where learning can be most successful. Teachers will not have to dedicate so much time to "behavior management" because whole-class instruction will not focus on directed instruction and drills.
oh my.
and this was tweeted a lot today.
With the more precise information about the availability of specific online learning tools best suited for individual students and topics, we can close another gap needed for the achievement of the educational success equity that is critical for realizing the economic, social and political reverberations we seek
sorry... but crap.
There are challenges, such as the students who need more guidance to be independent learners and finding programs best suited to their strengths and interests. These challenges can be mitigated with "consumer reports" to guide schools and teachers in the awareness of the best individualized learning tools for each student
more guidance to be independent learners of assumed/mandated/compulsory topics.. presented by overstressed/compulsorized or you lose your job-teachers

these challenges can be mitigated (really?) by letting go..
let's give.. facilitating curiosity a try.
no raised eyebrows bitte.
The next step needs to be a clearinghouse created and sustained by nonprofit educational foundations, with no related vested commercial interests, and the nonpartisan divisions of the Department of Education. This clearinghouse would evaluate, update and disseminate the information about available free online learning games that are found to be the best fit for each student and subject
or.. what if.. each individual does that for themselves..
in the blanket of 1. being known by someone 2. talking to self daily

only way to equity.. and gap-lessness..
7bill start ups
scale the individual...
not the clearinghouse.  
et al..
A Consumer Reports for Online Tools can be one of the most powerful steps toward educational equity seen in this country since the availability of free public school education for all children
until that list changes.. next week/year

certainly by the time we give such a list legal rights to enter a classroom..
but adding...
to enter a classroom with access in tact (teachers, tools, wifi, spaces of permission with nothing to prove)
The impact of access to prescreened, well-categorized online learning -- learning that capitalizes on the intrinsic motivation of the video game model for all students (assuming computer and Internet access are also available) -- is a powerful equalizer that can align the equity emphasis of the Finnish educational system with the ingenuity and collaboration that has yielded the greatest social, economic, scientific and democratic accomplishments of public education.
perhaps we write/repeat this 10/100/10000 times until we see that we are perpetuating what we already have.
just faster.


JackieGerstein Ed.D. (@jackiegerstein)
3/12/13 6:59 AM
Hacking the Classroom: Beyond Design

I fear a similar outcome for design thinking within educational settings.   As I stated in the introduction, design thinking, being a type of problem-solving model, is it’s own type of box.  It attempts to solve problems via a specific process in order to come up with a new solution or product.  John Media, in If Design’s No Longer the Killer Differentiator, What Is?, emphasizes the limited perspective that design thinking can create:
Designers create solutions. But artists create questions — the deep probing of purpose and meaning that sometimes takes us backward and sideways to reveal which way “forward” actually is. The questions that artists make are often enigmatic, answering a why with another why. Because of this, understanding art is difficult: I like to say that if you’re having difficulty “getting” art, then it’s doing its job.
Paul Pangaro, a technology executive, who combines technical depth, marketing and business acumen, and passion for designing products that serve the cognitive and social needs of human beings, further critiques design thinking in his video, The Limitations of Design Thinking.
If we stop with design thinking we won’t solve those problems that those in design thinking say they want to solve.    Paul Pangaro

Designers create solutions. But artists create questions — the deep probing of purpose and meaning that sometimes takes us backward and sideways to reveal which way “forward” actually is. The questions that artists make are often enigmatic, answering a why with another why. Because of this, understanding art is difficult: I like to say that if you’re having difficulty “getting” art, then it’s doing its job.

Designers create solutions. But artists create questions

Hacking is research. Have you ever tried something again and again in different ways to get it to do what you wanted? Have you ever opened up a machine or a device to see how it works, research what the components are, and then make adjustments to see what now worked differently? That’s hacking. You are hacking whenever you deeply examine how something really works in order to creatively manipulate it into doing what you want.
The real reason to be a hacker is because it’s really powerful. You can do some very cool things when you have strong hacking skills. Any deep knowledge gives you great power. If you know how something works to the point that you can take control of it, you have serious power in your hands. Most of all, you have the power to protect yourself and those you care about (Hacker High School).

Any deep knowledge gives you great power.


Although I am currently looking towards hacking as a way to facilitate creative thinking and positive (world) change, it also has the potential to become a more standardized process as is the issue with design thinking.  Hacking, but its very nature, should force learners and learning to the limits, but attempts to scale any movement can inadvertently and unintentional create the type of standardized, procedural system it is trying to avoid.
ah - Jackie - love.
this is huge.


Daniel Pink (@DanielPink)
3/12/13 7:00 AM
Brooks: The "revolution will not be plenarized."
My main impression over the past five years is that the conference circuit capitalists who give fantastic presentations have turned out to be marginal to history while the people who are too boring and unfashionable to get invited to the conferences in the first place have actually changed the world under our noses


syamant sandhir (@syamant)
3/12/13 12:10 AM
Why the pencil is still the most important tool for digital…

“There’s a common misconception that doodling shows that you’re not paying attention,” he said, but “doodling improves your brain recall by 30 percent.”
Tim Kastelle (@timkastelle)
3/12/13 12:11 AM
Agree! RT @justadandak#SMCwgtn @samrye_enspiral "dont be an 'authentic voice', be authentic" -> hell yeh!

are we asking for authentic kids? or authentic voice within the confines of our current structure?..