Tuesday, December 10, 2013




ha.. how to change a room/space..

Study reveals gene expression changes with a single day of meditation.  Oh myyy.  http://t.co/QyKLXDaCPp via @sharethis

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/chademeng/status/409897728458514433


Javier Benítez (@jvrbntz)
12/8/13 11:42 PM
Interesting read #MedEd RT @HuffPostEdu: Are students no longer taught to question? huff.to/1cfLTNv
The "death of the question" in our education system thus carries significant consequence for the very ideals on which this history takes shape. What I mean by this is that the shift in culture from one that "questions authority" to one that demands data memorization for standardized testing asks the public to yield power rather than challenge it. 

On the one hand, Alexandra Logue champions strict models of assessment so that students "learn widely accepted correct information."


On the other hand, in an address to those of us who teach at universities and colleges, retired high-school teacher Kenneth Bernstein publicly expressed his concern about "No Child Left Behind." Along with the more recent "Race-to-the-Top" initiatives, Bernstein pointedly highlights the way that these directives enforce learning as consumption only. Learning thus emphasizes memorization of "correct" responses for multiple-choice exams. Hence, the model that Logue offers measures intellectual ability through marketplace sentiment in which student equals consumer. Alternatively, Bernstein argues that measuring intellectual gain requires a student to consume and produce in order to think independently and creatively. "Correct information" is not always "correct" once and for all, because, as Logue argues, it is certainly not always "widely accepted."

A vibrant society depends on innovative if discomfiting ideas. Given the United States' rich heritage in which questioning authority is crucial to the process of equality and democracy, is it not important -- indeed urgent -- to question the way learning is authorized and to teach students not to parrot what I and my colleagues believe to be true? If we are to assess students' "outcomes" in the classroom, is it not incumbent on us to develop curricula and pedagogical practices to guide students in ways to pose critically effective questions? Is not a successful classroom "outcome" one in which students question everything that they have just learned?

or perhaps.. a successful classroom is when we come out of that space/assumption.. every day.

Global Voices (@globalvoices)
12/8/13 11:48 PM
South Korea: 'Netizen Investigator' Talks about Election Manipulation Done via Twitterbit.ly/J4XC7j

Zaro thanked Newstapa's investigative journalists for their endeavors and humbly added that “he merely reported information and suggested possibilities to them”. He explained the reason for his profile photo above: It is a picture of his young daughter holding a lit candle, meaning that he hopes to see “a society where no candlelight is ever needed”, referring to the candlelight vigils staged in protest to the government's election manipulation, and that “building such a world for his daughter would be Zaro's dream”

SBS News (@SBSNews)
12/8/13 11:40 PM
Comment: Lessons for Australia as China plans to deliver 36 million affordable homesbit.ly/18hLDyn

BizInnovationFactory (@TheBIF)
12/7/13 7:15 AM
"Communities are two way dialogues" @LIVESTRONGCEO #BIF9 ow.ly/rpfPD#community #innovation #change

Ahram Online (@ahramonline)
12/9/13 6:36 AM
BREAKING: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, 24 others referred to criminal courtenglish.ahram.org.eg/News/88679.aspx

Paul Thomas (@plthomasEdD)
12/9/13 6:39 AM
Schools Matter: Beginning to Understand How CorpEd Came to Dominat...schoolsmatter.info/2013/12/beginn…

Billionaire financier Eli Broad announced Wednesday that his educational foundation is making a $10-million commitment to school reform efforts in Los Angeles.
Speaking at the Town Hall forum downtown, Broad said the Education Venture Fund is already funding programs to train principals, give private school scholarships to children in overcrowded schools, support new charter schools and train volunteers.

imagine an initiative/experiment/experience/praxi...

built purely on trust..
no prep..no training...
the experience is the training... is life...

Tom Fullerton (@tomfullerton)
12/9/13 7:03 AM
Please RT this beautiful, powerful multimedia work on the fight to stop Japanese whalers: blood-and-water.animalplanet.com cc @SeaShepherd

Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ)
12/6/13 4:07 PM
Had great fun lecturing at Oxford Internet Institute this evening. Notes from my lecture on new media and civics: ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/12/0…

Kathryn Schulz (@kathrynschulz)
12/9/13 7:06 AM
Best shmest. But here are 10 books I really loved this year:nym.ag/1jC4S8m

Kathryn Schulz (@kathrynschulz)
12/9/13 7:07 AM
It occurs to me that my preferred use of the word "best" is as a verb.

Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss)
12/9/13 7:10 AM
45 years ago today, Stanford Research Institute's Doug Englebart gave 1st demo of a computer mouse. Looked like this pic.twitter.com/ezZNWn1trd



goodnight, Twitter, you distributed pile of humans i'm irrationally fond of. 

well, most of you. xo.

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/bonstewart/status/410249632568979456

Jabiz Raisdana (@intrepidteacher)
12/10/13 6:43 AM
@amichetti This film has got me thinking and soul searching- youtube.com/watch?v=C52vyE… Yes again!

the hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life, it's so easy to make it complex. the solution for a lot of the world's problems is to turn around and take a forward step. you can't just keep trying to make a flawed system work....

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)
12/10/13 6:46 AM
In the NYT, Stanley Fish waxes eloquently on the scholarly brilliance of Noam Chomsky's mind nytimes.com/2013/12/10/opi…
was enchanted, even ravished, by these lectures, not because I agreed with the positions they staked out, but because of the spectacle they presented of an intelligence exercising itself on a set of significant philosophical questions. It was thought of the highest order performed by a thinker, now 85 years old, who by and large eschewed rhetorical flourishes (he has called his own speaking style “boring” and says he likes it that way) and just did it, where ‘it” was the patient exploration of deep issues that had been explored before him by a succession of predecessors, fully acknowledged, in a conversation that is forever being continued and forever being replenished

Educational reform, he said, is “a euphemism for the destruction of public education."

Saul Kaplan (@skap5)
12/10/13 6:46 AM
Dental insurance isn't insurance at all. It's a prepaid gift card and the insurer gets to tell you what gifts you can get!

Gardner Campbell (@GardnerCampbell)
12/10/13 7:12 AM
Talk is the Technology of Leadership - The Discipline of Innovation bit.ly/1cmDPXY > fine insights here.
The academic term for the things we “know” but can’t articulate is tacit knowledge.  It includes mostly things that we learn from doing.  Think about riding a bicycle – can you explain step-by-step how to balance while you’re moving forward?  It’s actually pretty close to impossible – that’s why we need training wheels.
He starts this by saying “Interviewing/asking questions is a critical—and under-studied and under-practiced—skill. Few have treated it as a skill to be mastered akin to learning to play the piano.”  He then goes on to give 59 thoughts on becoming a better listener.  This is an invaluable resource – check it out.
It’s not [the manager’s] job to supervise or to motivate, but to liberate and enable” (Max DePree of Herman Miller, 1990).

Toma Bedolla (@Toma_Bedolla)
12/10/13 7:14 AM
Bravo Schekman, bravo. Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journalsflip.it/WroKk (cmts flip.it/GAfba)

Ah, Elsevier. Ever so helpful. This time, going after http://t.co/oSMGi3qNDE cuz researchers are sharing their work: http://t.co/g3LYKuuvM5

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/zephoria/status/410405265058852864

My latest little post. “@HarvardBiz: America’s Economy Is Officially Inside-Outhttp://t.co/CvnTPbEgHD

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/umairh/status/410471685327192064
Economics has no language—no word—to describe this condition: one in which the economy is “growing” but human progress is reversing. It’s not a depression—for that’s a situation where growth flatlines. It’s not a recession—for that’s just a temporary setback in growth. A “dark age” would signify both a decline in growth and a decline in living standards.
(because perhaps people are/will wake up ..?)
That’s the real challenge of the 21st century. Not just more tired, piecemeal incrementalism; not more excuses for a broken status quo; not more apologists and yes-men for leaders barely worthy of the term; not more dead ideologies and empty dogmas—the very ones that led to a Great Inversion. But revolutions. Millions of them. In every mind; in every undreamt dream; in every skyward eye. In every life.

There is a pattern around balance of hacking for learning vs. developing solid practice for scale in this year's talks. #LeanStartup

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/sammcafee/status/410491202731905024