Thursday, May 30, 2013

re-inventing governance

34 min in - 8000 activists in jail - but no bankers

people in hangout here

at 59 min - tanja - how do we get the masses? - via public ed.. redefine it... no?

Remarkable Reinventor


    Jordan Greenhall

    Jordan Greenhall is an entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on the internet and digital media space. Having received his law degree from Harvard and practicing for all of 93 days, he sought greener pastures, becoming an advocate for “efficient, collaborative, open” models of information dispersal.
    He Co-founded DivX, Inc. (Formerly, DivXNetworks, Inc.), the digital media giant, in 2000 and served as its Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman through 2007. Previously, he served as Vice President of, where he was responsible for developing and implementing, business and content development model.
    Jordan was on the Board of Trustees for the Santa Fe Institute and is involved with numerous other institutions and boards.
    Peter Leyden
    Founder and CEO of the company, as well as Host of the series
    Peter Leyden has worked for a series of innovative organizations that helped reinvent the fields of media, business and politics: He was managing editor at the original Wired Magazine, worked at Global Business Network, the pioneering think tank on the future, and directed the New Politics Institute that helped those in Washington transition to politics on the Internet. Leyden’s also an entrepreneur who has founded and run two companies: Next Agenda, a new media startup specializing in web video & online tools, and now Reinventors Network. Leyden also is an author and expert on new technologies and trends shaping the future who frequently gives keynote talks about what’s next. More…

This Roundtable's Network Reinventors

paul allison - youth voices

"It saved me... it's my calling, my life. I love it." A moment from a conversation with a student about his digit...
Where can Ruth follow his calling and live his dream?
3 min 44 sec of a longer, conversation about Ruth's skills as a promoter, webmaster, and "right hand man" of Sansato.

dambisa moyo - dead aid

Horrifying Bill Gates video clip against Dambisa Moyo in which he completely fails to understand the distinction between government-to-government aid, which has been largely damaging in Africa, and his own foundation's private aid initiatives, which may well be positive. In his stunning ignorance he describes her book as "evil." She writes a constructive letter in response:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tech us out! The Disruption Department’s Young Makers Program on IncitED

Tech us out! The Disruption Department’s Young Makers Program on IncitED

mimi, katie, craig, elyse - dive into connected learning

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, PhD, Director of National Programs and Site Development,
National Writing Project
Mizuko “Mimi” Ito, PhD, Chair of Digital Media and Learning, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;
Research Director of Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, University of California, Irvine
Martens Roc, Policy and Advocacy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education
Katie Salen, Executive Director, Institute of Play
Craig Watkins, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Educators and researchers across the country are focusing on the best ways to engage students in learning in order to prepare them for college and a career. In an age where students are linked to technology through a variety of ways, educators need to find ways to connect students’ levels of engagement with technology to their academic achievement.
This webinar will focus on “connected learning,” which is a framework that draws on the power of technology to link young people’s interests, social networks, and academic achievement. Four experts—Mimi ItoCraig WatkinsElyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Katie Salen—will discuss the research, design, and implementation of connected learning.
Martens Roc will moderate the conversation and panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.
Supplemental Material
Please direct questions concerning the webinar to If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at the day after the event airs.
mimi - what distinguishes connected learning from other methods..
it's an approach to learning that is built on long-standing values - and using tech in the service on those learning experiences - and equity issues
all the others can be used in the service of connected learning
craig asked about equity - he says key is engagement - ie: quest 2 learn pulls kids in
he shared that via arne - kids are saying they're not engaged because school is too easy, so need to raise the bar
non-cognitive skills more indicative of future success
to mimi - how can policy makers balance the risk and the rewards
sonia livingstone's work - a lot of times they go hand and hand, if we try to protect, we clamp down on opportunities, entering an era where we can't control, so need to help kids control that themselves, can't develop without autonomy
to mimi - how does common core fit into this
connected learning builds on the foundational learning and literacy all people need to achieve, not an either or, young people have to be able to do both
[time sink?]
elyse on same - there are elements of cc that line up nicely with cl - anchor standards are about being able to navigate the internet, even more profound, if you really look at the standards - they really stand for a production of something by students, core element of cl is the student producing something, 
[what do we do with the math standards?]
katie - connected learning is a framework - not a box... 3 spheres necessary for richest possibilites, they don't have to have equal measures, just 3 different doorways, where they go from there is going to look different, so let's not be so concerned with wondering - is this connected learning...
craig - on presidents comments on cl and makers - 
mimi - still tremendous barriers - we don't have online environments that create a lot of transparencies into learning that is happening outside of school, ie: in library - how to bring informal into the schools - beyond - show n tell

elyse - nwp this summer - the summer of making and connecting - make something on the web, share something, 
new initiative - educator innovator - learning environment for adults - how they could innovate their practice the next school year.

Youth Voices Summer Program: Connected Learning with the NYC Writing Project on IncitED

Youth Voices Summer Program: Connected Learning with the NYC Writing Project on IncitED

nicholas carr - the shallows

clocks, separated and allowed us to measure
the book, reading, word space - freed our minds up to go very deep into the text

10 min - paying attention to one thing for a long period of time - unnatural - the book allowed that to be changed

the internet has the opposite effect.. it inundates us with distraction - a hypermedia - hypertext system - multi-media, can bring all together simultaneously, powerful messaging/interrupting system - instantaneous, promotes multi-tasking

we crave new info, we like to be interrupted

problem with distractions - overrides the mental processes that are important to the formation of deep thoughts, moving from short term memory into long term memory - only in long term memory do we make rich connections

if constantly distracted, we never pay enough attention

even if you don't click on a hyper link  - it interrupts because you have to decide if you are going to link.

[what if rich critical thinking needs more of the zoom out, non-linear connections]

benefits - increase visual acuity, helps expand the capacity of short term memory

brains are always adapting - at a deep level - plasticity -

[what if the connected existence is more attentive.. what if it brings us closer to people.. less with our nose in books.. in writing.. more doing/being.... ?? ]

31 - adaption to the internet -
[what if the brain is naturally more similar to the internet, than to the book.., the perpetual beta - ness]
look at how inhua

34 - giving up -
[what-- what we're giving up today has been manufactured... no?]

35 - maybe we're losing something important - at the individual level - you need to decide

36 - [not sure that the internet is the means behind our focus on efficiency.. what if it's our way out]

37 - sophisticated forms of empathy - takes time to form - constant distractions could prevent us from having those deep emotions

38 - clifford nass research -
[what if the distraction help us find what matters most... and then ongoingly - decision every second refines what matters]

40 - if attentive ability is rare - that makes him want to make sure everyone is exposed to it to see if it's them?

41:50 - moving from the page to the stream

42 - the discipline to think when all the distractions are going on -

43:57 - able to follow a link - keep adding features - cripple device
[what if that's what helps us go deep - rabbit hole deep]

48 - keep computers out of schools for earlier grades..

49 - texting all day
[what's that about - isn't it about connection]

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

steve mann - lifeloggers

lifeglogging - automatically done w/o thought
lifeblogging - lifelogging done on internet w/conscious thought/effort
lifelogging - writing about your life
lifeblogging and suveillance (looking from below - capturing from perspective of self)  are central themes
surveillance - looking down from above

re imagining education

Our future is brilliant. You see, together, we are turning the tide.
reimagining education conf


[going on at same time - connected learning dot tv - libraries: ]

keynote via John Seely Brown

who is alan gunn?
youth at center - so you find mobile there - today..
the word mobile - moving

Joi Ito
we as pre-internet people are trying to re-imagine cognition for post-internet people
how do we who grew up with predictability and laws get into mindset of today's youth - believing there is not predictability/rules..
can now do things w/o asking permission
used to be had to have a huge proposal to get the money to do the thing..
free of internet - has changed things - no longer that need to writing a plan to get the money.. et al
permission-less innovation is what's driving the internet
i went from knowing nothing about _____ to being founder of ngo on it..
co- design - empowering people to design their own stuff

  • practice over theory
  • compass over maps
  • pull over push
bigger thinking about thinking big - arne duncan - panel
jose rodriquez - get out of the way
jeenie magiera - let teachers play too
shira fishman - get messy - get out of bldg - internships
arne - what prevents us from doing these things
jose - the teaching model is outdated
shira - we have to find time outside school block to learn from others.. ? - pushing pd
chris - attendance - after school program in new orleans - increased attendance - because after school - they were able to do karate, cooking, etc
arne - what are you guys doing with tech
jose - we use it - but we don't have enough - those w/o are falling behind
jeenie - agree - so need to bridge that digital divide with school
shira - we do have a lot of tech, i thought i was really with it with a smart board, pushing pd again, ie: would need training on how to use ipad - what to use it for
jose - we do need a good plan - but we also need to be able to let go
chris - his description of smart board - [sorry - but sounds like bling - not re-imagining learning]
arne - how concretely can we be creative and avoid expanding the gap
jose - we might have to take school out of the bldg.. oh yay.. bring to forefront - place where people can share those good ideas.. 
shira - then back to getting teachers into classrooms, and - we can control what's happening in classroom
chris - after school program

[me taking a break]
arne - talking about less focus on test score and more on fewer drop outs, more into college  - taking best ideas from best states
andrea mitchell - what is effect of testing on innovation
arne - just invested 350 million on working on the next iteration of testing - we have to be accountable
andrea (via twitter) - can we do more to democratize the classroom
arne - have to listen, they can tell us what's working and what's not - i bring students in on a monthly basis to get feedback, children tell you the truth (that's debatable - seriously - or truth about what? - because then he went on to talk about - what parts of school are safe and what parts aren't - they were truthful about that .. how does that help)
arne - where are the counter examples - where are they not closing schools - denver. (what?) -  how do we increase public confidence in public ed, 15,000 school districts, can't find one that systemically finds best -teachers/admin- and moves them to hardest spaces, he sees that as key
andrea - what should we stop doing because it's not working
arne - buying text books, not - supporting teachers, stop spending money that are attempting to help teachers - but aren't
andrea - in what way can tech help
arne - can help teaching not be a solo endeavor - having access to best teachers across the globe - flipped classrooms, empowering teachers to learn from each other and stay with the profession
andrea - what would you like to see in 10 yrs
arne - quitting academic failure, personalize learning - for the next step, young people don't understand today - how many doors close when they drop out, increase graduation rates, get rid of boredom, make sure every hs grad is truly college career ready, decrease drop out

and we lose cspan feed - for youth session. hmm.

Monday, May 27, 2013

amy milstein - genius misunderstood

perhaps this is the norm.. no?


Scott McLeod (@mcleod)
5/26/13 11:00 AM
Inside the multimillion-dollar essay-scoring

2002, President George Bush signed the infamous No Child Left Behind Act. While testing around the country had been on the rise for decades, NCLB tripled it.
n 2009, K-12 testing was estimated to be a $2.7 billion industry

Every so often, though, his thoughts would drift to the school in Arkansas or Ohio or Pennsylvania. If they only knew what was going on behind the scenes.
"The legitimacy of testing is being taken for granted," he says. "It's a farce."
The Twin Cities were early beneficiaries of the gold rush. Minnesota's history as an early computer hardware hotbed led to the creation of some of the earliest data-scanning and numbers-crunching businesses here, including Scantron and National Computer Systems. By the '90s, NCS was grading 85 percent of the standardized tests for the nation's largest school districts.
In 2000, NCS was bought by Pearson, a multinational corporation based in London, making it a part of the largest education company in the world. In 2009, it posted $652 million in profits.
"Nobody is saying, 'I'm doing good work, I'm helping society,'" she says. "Everyone is saying, 'This isn't right.'"
Or the essays where the handwriting got rushed and jumbled at the end, then cut off abruptly—he imagined the proctor telling the frantic student to lay down his pencil on a well-written but incomplete response
Over the next several months, Indovino got to know her co-workers better. The young people were mostly laid off or in foreclosure. They came straight from paper routes and went off to waitressing jobs afterward.
They also made for a very dedicated workforce. Indovino says she saw her co-workers hung-over, extremely ill, and even fresh from surgery.
but there's not a dot. ass(dot)ess
assess - to sit beside.
redefine - literally.

jeff lebow - the revolution will be humanized - glass

Google Glass provides us all with a reason to question what it will mean to be interacting with our peers, family and loved ones through the fashion filter of a networked and location aware device. Body worn technologies such as Memoto and Autographer also join the list of data logging devices that we use to monitor and transmit data from our daily activities, either for health awareness, entertainment or myriad of other reasons. Members of the Webheads,TALO, EdTechTalk, affiliated online communities  and thought leaders will  discuss the benefits, risks and perhaps harm that may arise with the rollout of second generation intelligent (smart) wearable technologies in our society.

The Revolution will be Humanized: The Glass Age Approaches
A Hangout on Air Webcast Discussion
In the Hangout Conversation:
Alexander Hayes, Jeff Lebow, Dave Cormier, Vance Stevens, Steve Mann, Maria Droujkova, Rob Permanus, Mattias Davidsson

Monday, May 27 1400GMT (Global Times:

Google Glass provides us all with a reason to question what it will mean to be interacting with our peers, family and loved ones through the fashion filter of a networked and location aware device. Body worn technologies such as Memoto and Autographer also join the list of data logging devices that we use to monitor and transmit data from our daily activities, either for health awareness, entertainment or myriad of other reasons. Members of the Webheads,TALO, affiliated online communities  and thought leaders will  discuss the benefits, risks and perhaps harm that may arise with the rollout of second generation intelligent (smart) wearable technologies in our society. 

Part1: Technology & Terminology
Part2:  Benefits and Concerns
Part3: Applications in Education (and elsewhere)


  • veillance
  • surveillance 

Other links suggested: (lifelogging clipon) (world's first wearable intelligent camera) (impact on education)

ISTAS 13:  June 27~29th
...presenters and panellists will address the implications of living in smartworlds - smart grids, smart infrastructure, smart homes, smart cars, smart people. ISTAS'13 will bring together participants sharing research, projects, and ideas about people living in smart environments.  

Assorted Resources & Articles

International Design Foundation Encyclopedia of Wearable Computing

Thomas Claburn. “Google Glass: Vision For Future Unclear”, Information Week, 2 Jan. 2013.

Elise Ackerman. Cover Story - "Google Gets in Your Face", IEEE Spectrum, 1 Jan 2013.

Mark Harris. "Darling, it's just you, me... and everyone else", The Sunday Times, 23 Dec. 2012, p.18.

Donald Melanson and Michael Gorman. "Our Augmented Selves: The Promise of Wearable Computing", engadget, 21 Dec. 2012.

1. To what extent will wearable technology play a greater part in our everyday lives in the next 6 - 24 months?

2. What does the onset of Google Glass, Memoto, Autographer etc. mean for our communities and society at large?

3. Are there any cultural apprehensions as to what these technologies may imbue and if so is this anxiety substantiated in any way?

4. Are there benefits in wearing a camera around all day long that takes random photos irrespective of where you are and who your with?

5. Given these are multi-sensor based devices that are connected to social media channels and platforms what are the implications for where the data ends up?

6. Given the terms and conditions of the providers who govern the use of the device ....who actually owns the data?

7. Is there likely to be a need to shift our current rules around social engagement, conversing with learners, our children, our friends and family if we choose to join this "revolution" in recording?

8. To what extent are these technologies going to benefit industries such as augmented reality or in a way that may change our current workplace engagement?

9. Is there any inherent considerations here that organisations, particularly educational institutions need to address before it becomes commonplace for learners whether they be virtual or physical to be recording as a cool, hip activity for their own purposes or that of others?

10. What is your own personal perspective on this technology mashup and is it likely we are going to see you wearing these devices in the next short while?

11. What are the ethics involved in patenting thoughts as collected via wearable tech? If the genome can be patented, then what about spontaneous thoughts?

what if this pushes us past ownership...


Our culture no longer produces such great souls--at least none that are widely recognized. It produces plenty of smart people but few, if any, who could be called "big souled". Can you name one person born in the developed world since World War I who 500 years from now will be ranked at the same level of greatness with Leonardo, Michelangelo, Goethe, Bach, Beethoven, Lincoln, Tolstoy, Dostoyevski, to name just the ones that come quickly to mind? The only two I can think of who come close are Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, and neither represents a typical 20th-Century, developed-world upbringing. And the one we killed, and the other we threw into prison for twenty-seven years. What then are the conditions that allow for the emergence such human beings? What is it about our culture now that seems to impede their emergence? What is wrong with us?

and to the techno part..
unless we change that focus. no?
up to us.
tech wants to help us get back to us.