Wednesday, May 22, 2013

tweets - yeah

umair haque (@umairh)
5/18/13 10:15 PM
Because we're still stuck in a mindset of more is better. “@laveronurse@umairh why is being productive considered the road to success?”

umair haque (@umairh)
5/18/13 10:23 PM
Their capacity for evil. “@symowain@umairh What essentially is a good measure of a persons character?"

We want leadership to move around the person who has the expertise at the time. Not just the person in charge. -Make Space

Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart)
5/22/13 6:46 AM
aww. my world, now a meme. RT @NealGillis
Shout out to @PEIGuardian for the opportunity to Quickmeme…

Lyn Hilt (@L_Hilt)
5/22/13 6:45 AM
Pretty Awful Report On “Reforming” Teacher Observation Practices via@Larryferlazzo #edchat

And, most crticially — in my view, at least — the report lists several purposes for teacher observations, but doesn’t including anything explicit about what the most importance purpose should be: for supporting teachers so they can develop their professional skills.

so.. evidence here.. perhaps..
it's been driving me mad/crazy.. that now that teacher eval is forefront.
and we.. as teachers.. seem to have good answer.. about freedom.

it appears though.. that many stool want that freedom.. to control their classroom.. or perhaps.. to keep allowing their classroom to be controlled by tests an common core.

rather than rail on any teachers.. for seeing this. for them.. but not.. the same for kids...let's step back one more iteration to see why.. good ideas are coming from this space..

perhaps it all boils down to self reflection .. authenticity.
we are the best ones to assess ourselves.. no?

let's cut out all the time/energy/resources/people working toward prep and training and standardization..

and set people free.
disruptive sustainability.
from the get go.

give up control.
[how to sustain - begs self-sustain]

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
5/22/13 6:45 AM
Offering Our Youngest Leaders a Seat at the Table by @AngelaMaiers in #Switchandshift TYSM for the shout-out

How do we expose students to real businesses? How do we “move the needle” on anything in a school system that has more than 55 million students in 132,000 schools, public and private, across 50 states?

Not physically – the number of students leaving school has actually fallen over the past two decades – but emotionally. In January 2013, the Gallup Organization reported that a survey of 500,000 students showed that student engagement plummets every year a child continues in school. By the end of high school, only 4 in 10 students are fully engaged. Gallup called it our “monumental, collective national failure.”

Robin Ellis (@robinellis)
5/22/13 6:44 AM Teen develops computer algorithm to diagnose leukemia

Gregory Hill (@mrsenorhill)
5/22/13 6:44 AM
Programmer shuns images, recreates intricate London subway map from pure web

Lyn Hilt (@L_Hilt)
5/19/13 7:02 AM
How to worry less about money… via @brainpickings - love the tie to the philosophy of teaching- training vs. education

Troubles are urgent. They ask for direct action. … By contrast, worries often say more about the worrier than about the world

So, addressing money worries should be quite different from dealing with money troubles. To address our worries we have to give attention to the pattern of thinking (ideology) and to the scheme of values (culture) as these are played out in our won individual, private existences.

This is a problem because the theme of money is so deep and pervasive in our lives. One’s relationship with money is lifelong, it colors one’s sense of identity, it shapes one’s attitude to other people, it connects and splits generations; money is the arena in which greed and generosity are played out, in which wisdom is exercised and folly committed. Freedom, desire, power, status, work, possession: these huge ideas that rule life are enacted, almost always, in and around money.

Underpinning our money worries, Armstrong argues, are four main questions that have far less to do with our financial standing than with psychoemotional and social factors — questions about why money is important to us, how much money we need to achieve what’s important to us, what the best way to acquire that money is, and what our economic responsibilities to others are in the course of acquiring and using that money. We’ll never overcome our money worries, he argues, unless we first recognize those underlying questions:

Armstrong’s key point, however, is that while this correlation of growth might be directly proportional, money isn’t a cause of flourishing but an ingredient in it, a mere resource with which to build the life we want, catalyzed by virtue:
Money brings about good consequences — helps us live valuable lives — only when joined with “virtues.” Virtues are good abilities of mind and character.

The ultimate purpose of purchases, he argues, is to help us flourish. His strategy for mastering the needs/wants balance thus rests on not conflating this dichotomy with familiar ones like basic/refined (“a distinction about the level of complexity of an object”) or cheap/luxurious (“a distinction to do with price and demand”). Instead, he recommends a seemingly counter-intuitive approach — to consider our needs first, without taking price into 

Inside Higher Ed (@insidehighered)
5/20/13 6:11 AM
New studies challenge the findings of 'Academically Adrift'

The findings punched some data-driven holes in what historically has been the seemingly unassailable strength of American higher education -- the quality and rigor of the learning required  by professors and gained by students.

The study came under some criticism, mostly for depending so heavily on the Collegiate Learning Assessment as evidence of whether students have learned. But the findings by the well-regarded researchers prompted significant soul searching on the part of many college administrators and professors, providing evidence to confirm their worst fears. And as pointed as the authors' assertions were, they emboldened much more sweeping condemnations by those whose philosophical world views (namely, that higher education is broken) were reinforced by actual data.

Alexander Astin, the Allan M. Cartter Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles, seconded Arum's view that the use of a cross-sectional rather than longitudinal comparison is significant, because at most institutions significant numbers of the entering freshmen will have dropped out. "[L]iterally hundreds of research studies over the years have clearly demonstrated that dropouts are not comparable to degree completers in several crucial respects: they are less well prepared academically (i.e., their school grades and test scores are lower), less motivated, have poorer study habits, more likely to be commuters rather than residents, more likely to be underrepresented minorities, and more likely to come from lower SES families," Astin said via e-mail. "Since each of these qualities, in turn, is likely to be associated with lower CLA scores, the study's findings could be entirely attributable to this methodological flaw."

However, until we carry out numerous studies building uponAcademically Adrift, we will not have a complete enough evidence-based picture of student learning in the American collegiate landscape to permit both finer grained generalizations about the quality of student learning and also what actions we can take to continue to improve it.
"I only singled out Academically Adrift because it was a seminal attempt to examine the question of student learning on our campuses. We need many more such serious efforts."

oh my

Angus Johnston (@studentactivism)
5/20/13 6:20 AM
"Academically Adrift," of which I've always been skeptical, is challenged by new

Lessig (@lessig)
5/20/13 6:26 AM
MotherJones: Billionaires Now Own American

Lessig: We call them Lesters:

what's most striking about these groups is who funds them. An analysis by the liberal think tank Demos found that out of every $10 raised by super-PACs in 2012, $9 came from just 3,318 people giving $10,000 or more. That small club of donors is equivalent to 0.0011% of the US population

This type of nonprofit has a long history in US politics. The Sierra Club, for instance, has a 501(c)(4) affiliate, as does the National Rifle Association. But in recent years, political operatives and wealthy donors have seized on this breed of nonprofit as a new way to shovel secret money into campaigns. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of applications for 501(c)(4) status spiked from 1,500 to 3,400, according to IRS official Lois Lerner.

Don't hold your breath for that. This week, a report by a Treasury Department inspector general revealed that IRS staffers singled out tea partiers and other conservative groups which had applied for tax-exempt status for special scrutiny. Now, Republicans and Democrats are howling with outrage and demanding that heads roll. One result of this debacle, ex-IRS director Marcus Owens told me, is that the IRS will certainly shy away from cracking down on those nonprofits that do abuse the tax code.

At least one politician is upset enough by the steady flow of dark money into our politics to do something about it. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, who is retiring in 2014, has made the issue of dark money one of the priorities of his time left in office. He plans to "look into the failure of the IRS to enforce our tax laws and stem the flood of hundreds of millions of secret dollars flowing into our elections, eroding public confidence in our democracy."

John Hagel (@jhagel)
5/19/13 12:09 PM
Exploring physical benefits of the experience of awe with

Andy Carvin (@acarvin)
5/21/13 8:48 AM
Tom Coburn: Tornado aid must be…
statement, Coburn said that “as the ranking member of Senate committee that oversees FEMA, I can assure Oklahomans that any and all available aid will be delivered without delay.” He later told CNN that it was “insensitive to even talk about” budgeting for relief funding now. “It just shows the crassness of Washington versus the sensitivity that we need to have,” he said.

Steven W. Anderson (@web20classroom)
5/21/13 8:48 AM
A Crash Course In Copyright:

HuffPostEducation (@HuffPostEdu)
5/18/13 10:25 PM
Why college admissions are sinking like a

According to the survey, enrollment declined for every type of university besides four-year nonprofit universities, which had an enrollment increase of 0.5 percent since spring of last year. Four-year for-profit colleges experienced the biggest decline in enrollment, with 8.7 percent fewer students matriculating.
Meanwhile, two-year public colleges experienced an enrollment decline of 3.6 percent, and four-year public schools experienced an enrollment decline of 1.1 percent.

Jennifer Sertl (@JenniferSertl)
5/19/13 7:34 AM
@IdeaXplorer @CharlesHGreen please give this #diary sector query wings… many thanks & have a great week. J


syamant sandhir (@syamant)
5/19/13 7:50 AM
Are language teachers leading the way with education technology?…
My typical response is to suggest a range of generic apps for creating multimedia content (audio, video, animation, ebooks, cartoons and so on) which promote productive skills of speaking and writing, higher-order thinking and that allow pupils to publish the results to a real audience.
Researching good apps and web tools takes time and keeping up to date with the latest innovations in educational technology is not a priority for some. For others, using authentic materials or web tools is an essential part of their practice to make their lessons as relevant and pedagogically purposeful as possible.

Lolly Daskal (@LollyDaskal)
5/19/13 8:02 AM
be sure to keep your free time free #leadfromwithin#leadership

Blake Boles (@blakeboles)
5/16/13 2:05 PM
Entrepreneurial parents: got a long drive coming up? Spend 40 minutes listening to this

Blake Boles (@blakeboles)
5/16/13 8:41 AM
My newest on HuffPo: Four Reasons to Quit School and Become a Teenage…

Patrick Farenga (@patfarenga)
5/16/13 3:23 PM
The Alternatives to Compulsory Education Conference videos are up and viewable

Inside Higher Ed (@insidehighered)
5/16/13 11:06 AM
California policy makers urged to revamp online

The report concludes that California’s online efforts have so far failed to solve the bottleneck course problem in the state. In California, hundreds of thousands of residents, particularly at the community college level, have been turned away from courses.
Hill and Feldstein argue that the state’s three higher education segments – the community college system, the California State University System and the University of California system – have each, for reasons of their own, failed to use technology successfully to increase capacity.

Leslie Lindballe (@onepercentyello)
5/16/13 11:06 AM
disturbing consequences of #acad student…

Ferguson said he and the school have agreed to host a symposium when classes resume in September "to air some of these issues arising from this event."
"I think that the goal here is to not come up with a set of restrictions where people may not do this and not do that, but rather inform people that they are free to explore any topic that they want to explore — but maybe with a bit of framework."

Hans Lak (@HansLak)
5/17/13 6:51 AM
#sustliving Polman: many investments are being made by young men looking to build their careers rather than save the world.

Idealist (@idealist)
5/16/13 11:00 AM
How a #Colorado company, @ReWorkJobs, is reworking social entrepreneurship: #IdealistCareers

While they’re mostly in Colorado right now, this year ReWork will be holding open Scrimmages across the country as well as private ones for companies. Get in touch by emailing
To learn more about green building, starting your own social enterprise, or any of BOULD’s programs, contact Brett and Shane.

Mark Greenfield (@markgr)
5/16/13 6:22 AM
Yale Joins the MOOC

dave cormier (@davecormier)
5/16/13 6:20 AM
Hey #ed366 "mom this is how twitter works" covers alot of what we talked about in class via@cristinacost

•  by putting another person’s username at the start of a statement, it limits who sees it
•  @me, @mymom, and @mybrother see this on our homepages because we all follow each other
•  people that follow both @me and @mybrother will see this on their homepages
•  people that only follow one of us will not see this on their homepage
•  @mybrother will see this in his @mentions feed as well as his homepage because we follow each other

•  if you DO want to share a reply with your followers, you can put any character before their username (typically a period) and this allows all of your followers to see it. It takes the person’s username and puts it “in the middle” of the tweet.

e Jessica Hische
@mymom @mybrother so. full. of. pizza.
•  @me, @mymom, and @mybrother see this on our homepages because we all follow each other
•  people that follow @me and @mymom (both of us) will see this on their homepages
•  only the first user mentioned at the beginning and my username control who sees this tweet, any users mentioned after, even directly after, does not affect this

Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss)
5/16/13 6:14 AM
Internet restored because of economic dependency. Freezes trade/commerce which continues to churn esp w/ Iran+Lebanon. #netfreedom (2/2)

Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss)
5/16/13 6:14 AM
Why does #Syria turn Internet off and then restore service? Turned off because it provides certain advantages to rebels.#netfreedom (1/2)

Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof)
5/15/13 6:11 AM
Latest, wrenching glimpse of the atrocities unfolding in #Syria, as the world remains

That mass killing this month was one in a series of recent sectarian-tinged attacks that Syrians on both sides have seized on to demonize each other. Government and rebel fighters have filmed themselves committing atrocities for the world to see.

After that, Bayda remained largely quiet. Most activists and would-be fighters left. But residents said they often helped defecting soldiers escape, a pattern they believe set off the violence.

Melonie Fullick (@qui_oui)
5/15/13 6:03 AM
"the apparatus of research assessment...has become entirely self-serving" #LoveHE

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
5/15/13 6:10 AM
! RT @AlexOsterwalder: Outstanding post by @msuster on "The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires" #startup
Sarah Lacy did. It’s why I love reading her writings – she’s one of the few remaining journalists in the tech sector (along with Kara Swisher and a few others) who have been around long enough to have earned their critical eyes or cynicism.
She wrote this excellent piece last year called, “The Acqui-hire Scourge: Whatever Happened to Failure in Silicon Valley