Saturday, November 23, 2013


In 1930, Detroit was the fastest growing city in the world. Today it is the fastest shrinking city in the United States. #detropia

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Inspiring school spaces from around the world – in pictures

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For Your Protection by @JenniferSertl > "the battle between authentic and belonging"

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A 17- and 21-year-old who eloped in 1932 are still alive, married, and in love [3 pics]

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Graphic #Designer Paula Scher on Serious #Play & Not Being Solemn

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Dan (@DanParham)
11/23/13 6:55 AM
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." - Pablo

George Couros (@gcouros)
11/23/13 6:55 AM
Life of solitude: A loneliness crisis is looming read.

Says Prof. Rokach, “There is such a stigma about it. People will talk about having depression or even schizophrenia, but … I’ve been practicing for more than 30 years, and never has anyone come to me and said, ‘I feel lonely.’ But then they start talking and it comes out.”
This is why David Sutcliffe has launched a bit of a one-man shame-reduction campaign. Mr. Sutcliffe is no one’s idea of a social outcast: He’s a handsome and accomplished actor, once a regular on Gilmore Girls and now the star of CBC-TV’s Cracked, about a detective with mental-health issues.
“Social isolation just may be the greatest environmental hazard of city living,” writes Vancouver-based author Charles Montgomery in his new book, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design. “Worse than noise, pollution, or even crowding.” And the way we’ve built cities – suburbs with no central meeting place, prioritizing the car and the condo tower, passing restrictive zoning bylaws – has made the problem worse, he says in an interview. “If we’re concerned about happiness, then social disconnection in Canadian cities is an acute problem.”
Mr. Montgomery points to cities that have done things right, from Portland, Ore., turning its intersections into urban piazzas to the community gardens built in disused lofts in Berlin. Research has shown that a varied streetscape will cause people to slow down, and perhaps even exchange a smile or flirtatious glance, and that even a brief exposure to nature – cutting through a park – makes us feel more generous, and more social.

this is Mellie and cristian.. 
what they did in Loveland..

see cristian Buendia page on site for video footage

Prof. Cacioppo notes that lonely people will either withdraw into their shells or attempt to soothe their pain by lashing out.

and what if public Ed has stripped that shell..

turtle shell - ness

 Group therapy has been a huge help. He also is evangelical about sharing his story, to combat what he calls “society’s tranquillity mask” – our tendecy to pretend that everything is swell, even when it isn

goes with app functionality.. to see another's heart rate... until we can trust honesty 

“There are a lot of people walking around who feel that they don’t fit in, they don’t belong. That sense of disconnection is really common. But when you realize that you’re like everyone else, not only in your dreams and passions but also in your pain and sadness, there’s incredible comfort in that.”

app also.. as squelching pluralistic ignorance..

William Chamberlain (@wmchamberlain)
11/22/13 2:49 PM
.@HistClassroom it would be nice if you followed more teachers, seems odd you want us to use your material but don't listen to us...

this is youth voice in classroom..
last 50-100ish years...

TEDxTeen (@TEDxTeen)
11/22/13 1:15 PM
#TEDxTeen inspires forward thinking, creativity, and passion. Grab a front row seat and experience it yourself:

Michel Bauwens (@mbauwens)
11/23/13 7:09 AM
P2P Foundation Essay of the Day: Imagining a Self-Organised…

oh my.. with just Michels caption...

 Finally, the paper moves to a practical level so as to construct an image of a self-organised classroom

practical...? or self perpetuating dependency.. ie: non self organizing...

or... with deepest resect/regard for writers of paper as people..
perhaps authentic math thinking isn't beyond... but the very root ... of calling out any fixing of a said classroom is bunk...
it's not hastening our quest for betterness.
again.. only hampering or means to self directed happy healthy people

✜ Stephen Ransom (@ransomtech)
11/23/13 7:09 AM
What do u think about a "mindfulness bell"? "Who’s In Control?" (Bob Spankle)…

info to note about sugata - his fear - and so then obsession/focus - on kids not learning to read.
A great neurologist tells me that the puzzle is not how to teach reading, but why some children fail to learn to read. Given the amount of exposure that any urban child gets, any normal animal should spontaneously catch on to the code. What prevents it is almost demonstrable that, for many children, it is precisely going to school that prevents -- because of the school’s alien style, banning of spontaneous interest, extrinsic rewards and punishments. (In many underprivileged schools, the IQ steadily falls the longer they go to school). Many of the backward readers might have had a better chance on the streets   - paul goodman pdf
The world’s first online learning lab has been unveiled in a North Tyneside classroom.


“From research we’ve already seen that reading comprehension is likely to improve in the children taking part in these activities but we do not know what else might happen in the process.

not 100% freedom..?

“I will visit this school over the next three years to see the changes. We’re launching five SOLEs in India in both deprived and middle class areas.

evidence that this isn't something that will scale across - exponentially.. perhaps..

“Instead of being sat on a hard chair, the chairs are soft and you’re sat in groups which is much better. I feel I get lots more done than I would in a regular lesson and I like being able to figure problems out for myself.”

so this has been done before..
ie: 4 years ago - our chairs where bikes, etc..

dang sugata..
we can do better...


Ira Socol (@irasocol)
11/23/13 7:29 AM
...If you believe in #ccss you believe in certainty and Anglo-centricity

Director's Fellows retreat in New York (with Lisa, Baratunde, and 4 others at @yotelhq) [pic] —

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