Thursday, July 24, 2014


Are there "preventable" #edu errors? MT @vkhosla: Preventable medical errors #3 killer after heart disease, cancer.

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Great piece by @astradisastra in @thebafflermag on worker cooperatives — owned by workers and democratically run.

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The cooperative activists themselves often recognize the problem. Marina Sitrin, the author of several books about horizontalism, never believed that the large assemblies that characterized the early days of Occupy Wall Street would be sustainable for a prolonged period. She told me that horizontalism needs to be grounded in a specific place and have a well-defined purpose in order to function. A hundred people debating abstract principles in a public forum will likely drive each other bonkers, but the same hundred people may be able to run a school or a health center or a factory if their community and lives depend on it. In other words, for consensus decision-making to be practicable, there has to be something at stake, something to stick to and stick with. You need a school or a health center or a factory.

My keynote from #blc14 has been posted in case anyone is interested. #fb #edtech #networks

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@audreywatters the last few days have struck home for me that we need to spend time developing people, not content. Disciplines of learning

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@KateMfD @audreywatters in the vein spiritual disciplines - i.e. beyond a practice. More like a way of "being"

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City, school district officials discuss collaborating on new programs

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councilor Troy Krenning — an attorney who requested staff bring back information about youth offender programs — said teen court defeats the purpose of true restorative justice programs, which take kids out of the court system completely.

prep for uncertainty..
by following whimsy.. swimming in vulnerability of context.. improv.. et al

RT @nilofer: "we often confuse the doing for the being" - @brainpicker

Arne Duncan (@arneduncan)
7/22/14 6:24 AM
Voters highly value #earlyed & improving public schools – candidates across the spectrum need to pay attention:…];
  • Sixty percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats supported a description of the proposal under consideration by Congress to “provide ten billion dollars per year for ten years in grants to states to provide all low and moderate income four year olds with voluntary access to high-quality preschool programs” as well as to fund “voluntary  high quality early education and child care for infants and toddlers, as well as home visiting and parent education.”

we have no scarcity.. in money 
just no focus
no glue (siemens)

Paul Thomas (@plthomasEdD)
7/23/14 6:30 AM
"Higher ed, in fact, needs to lead the evidence-based resistance to Common Core..." — Paul @biblioracle
One of the troubling components of the CCSSI is the stipulation that, once adopted, the wording of the standards cannot be amended, although states are allowed to add 15% more text.

perfect prep/modeling for future...

The authors of the standards failed to incorporate most of the committee’s suggestions. But the CCSSI, as teachers and students now encounter it on the Web, is a complex and generically hybrid text, open to interpretation and translation. Members of the MLA have been interpreting the CCSSI document since its initial rollout and have arrived at strikingly different conclusions, which were evident at the sessions on the Common Core at the 2012 and 2013 conventions.

sorry. not sorry.
spinach or rock...?

Phil Shapiro (@philshapiro)
7/23/14 6:51 AM
Open source would allow libraries to offer online live video reference service analogous to Amazon's Mayday service. Which library first?

Spent: Looking For Change (Official Trailer) | American Express: via @YouTube > thx for the headsup @brettking

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.@PedroANoguera says programs for boys won't have an impact if they focus solely on mentorship:

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Place Leaders (@PlaceLeaders)
7/23/14 5:28 AM
Smart city initiatives incredibly valuable for place & city mgmt @CityofPerth progressing with@IBMSmartCities >

Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw)
7/23/14 6:53 AM
Me too! RT @kshjensen: Did I mention I have 2.5 working days left & then two weeks holiday?#anticipation

why this....?
can we change that? is that not our means to energy..?

Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw)
7/23/14 3:51 AM
Create your own badging system, with guidance from @NMHS_lms

It's out right now. Short but bold. RT @ChrisDiehl: @johnrobb nice John! When is it due out?

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Talking to the brilliant Jeremy Rifkin today from 3-4pm PST/6-7pm EST on @SiriusXMIndie 102! #onebigcouch

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Bill Gates Talks Performance Funding and MOOCs in Conference Keynote #oldaily

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living on gaza border:

Great summary of fertile @berkmancenter conversation on monitoring algorithms like the Facebook news feed:

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STEM STEAM SHTEAM (ok already, so what’s wrong with an acronym that’s Yiddish?) Putting humanities into equation!

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"Today, a new chapter has begun in the story of American cities." Great insights by @fundrise.

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Join the School in the Cloud… | @WhatEdSaid Mitra's schools in India now a reality.

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School asks parents to buy iPads. Kids who can't afford are getting "bullied" by wealthier peers h/t @nwin

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Remember: whenever you hear there’s a shortage of humans (or food), it is almost always a code for shortage of money. (Modern famines are also almost always a shortage of money, not food). Modern shortages of “labor” are almost always a shortage of willingness to pay well, or a desire to avoid hiring the “wrong” kind of people.

t’s also crucial work: economists estimate a good kindergarten teacher is worth about $320,000 a year, when measured as adult outcomes of those children she teaches. (And yes, devalued emotional labor is mostly a female job around the world—and the gendered nature of this reality is a whole other post).
And the argument, now is that we should turn care over to machines as well, because, there is a “shortage of humans”.
What are seven billion people supposed to do? Scour Task Rabbit hoping that the few percent who will have money to purchase services have some desires that still require a human?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Maria Popova: 7 Things I Learned

alec couros at blc14

Dr. Alec Couros Keynote from November Learning on Vimeo.

irl vs afk et al..
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seemingly fitting as i'm taking Alec in..

@audreywatters the last few days have struck home for me that we need to spend time developing people, not content. Disciplines of learning

@audreywatters learning disciplines are beyond "how to use twitter". It's about intentionality, focus, habits, mindsets, empowerment

@KateMfD @audreywatters in the vein spiritual disciplines - i.e. beyond a practice. More like a way of "being"


Vinay Gupta (@leashless)
7/20/14 4:43 AM
You don't need much of a resource base: £1m would do it, if it was in a place with cheap land and no building codes.…

So to find time for our kind of science, we had to dump a few shibboleths. For instance, we never bother to 'publish': we just post our findings on weblogs, and if they get a lot of links, hey, we're the Most Frequently Cited. Tenure? Who needs that? Never heard of it! Doctorates, degrees, defending a thesis — don't know, don't need 'em, can't even be bothered!
There's no money and no banking here. Instead, every object is tracked by RFID tags and subjected to a bioenergetic, cost–benefit, eBay-style arbitrage by repurposed stock-market buy–sell software agents. In practice, this means that when you need something new, you just pile up the things you don't want by your doorway until somebody shows up and gives you the thing you do want. Economists who visit here just flee screaming — but come on, was economics ever really a 'science'? We're with Rutherford: it's physics or it's stamp collecting!

Common Futures (@CommonFutrs)
7/20/14 4:43 AM
@leashless agreed - we need distributed anti asset-locked vehicles (networks) evolved explicitly for depoliticised #wealthshare

Bert-ola Bergstrand (@ContChange)
7/20/14 6:36 AM
Why the internet of things could destroy the welfare

To see algorithmic regulation at work, look no further than the spam filter in your email. Instead of confining itself to a narrow definition of spam, the email filter has its users teach it. Even Google can't write rules to cover all the ingenious innovations of professional spammers. What it can do, though, is teach the system what makes a good rule and spot when it's time to find another rule for finding a good rule – and so on. An algorithm can do this, but it's the constant real-time feedback from its users that allows the system to counter threats never envisioned by its designers. And it's not just spam: your bank uses similar methods to spot credit-card fraud.

Bert-ola Bergstrand (@ContChange)
7/20/14 6:36 AM
Why the internet of things could destroy the welfare
driverless cars regardless... much like Ed 

#BLC14 Building Learning Communities: Sharing My Notes: Alan November‘s Building Learning Communities in Bosto...

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Facebook Experiment Manipulates Emotions Of 600,000 Users - ANIMAL

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A Classroom Leaves the Syllabus to the Students @nytimes via @ryanbretag #edchat #edreform

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Thought of the day: “There is no final, satisfying way to balance our need to be known with our need to be alone.”

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perhaps - prior to now..

"From 2007 to 2012, the federal government made $66 billion in profits off student loans. This is fundamentally wrong." - #Warren at #NCLR14

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Duany Plater-Zyberk@DPZandCo
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Free Download: 'A General Theory of#Urbanism' Draft. Feedback #urbandesign #planning#cities

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If we want to make roads/streets safer, we need an understanding of human psychology, not more efficient

Julie Smolyansky (@JulieSmolyansky)
7/18/14 7:05 AM
More reasons to ditch your germ…

Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan)
7/21/14 6:50 AM
Our doctor @terrysimpson says quitting is good for your health. But what?

Christopher Mims (@mims)
7/21/14 6:47 AM
What does it feel like when our phones anticipate our desires? This week I tried a heap of apps to find

Steffen Konrath (@StKonrath)
7/21/14 6:48 AM
76 days (8 hrs/day) = time needed to read all privacy policies you've agreed to (…

David Armano (@armano)
7/21/14 6:51 AM
(Great points here. Accurate) “@geoffliving: 7 Signs of the Post Social Media Era Has innovation moved on?”

Dark social is the movement towards conversations that are not public anymore. Private social network communities and newer networks like WhatsApp and SnapChat thrive on people saying what they think without the repercussions of public data, ad retargeting, attention from customer service nazis, and helicopter actions from bosses and parents.
When discussing the above thought leadership trend with Rich Becker last week, he said one of the primary drivers is the commoditization of social media content. I had to agree with him. To be clear we’re not talking all content, rather content about social media and how to use it.

John Nichols (@NicholsUprising)
7/21/14 6:38 AM
From @haaretzcom: Seven Nobel peace laureates urge "a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel."…

Bill Ferriter (@plugusin)
7/21/14 6:51 AM
"School stinks. It's often do what we ask you to do over and over and over again."@chrislehmann #GCCC14

Kristen Chick (@kristenchick)
7/21/14 6:06 AM
Interviewed members of the Abu Jamaa family in Khan Younis today. At least 24 members of the same family killed in one strike. #gaza

SciencePorn (@SciencePorn)
7/21/14 6:48 AM
An average person sheds their skin at the rate of around 500 million cells per day.

to stay alive.... no..?

so. yeah. that.

in the city.
as the day.

Jeff Speck (@JeffSpeckAICP)
7/21/14 6:55 AM
I had forgotten about this. .. thanks @ResArchitectmag for this video interview about the Speck…

John Grinnell (@leedership)
7/20/14 4:07 PM
@tom_peters @InstantBI @rbarraud Makes sense yes, but then why is it STEM and not STEM+Civics? Foundation is missing!!

see how the great intentioned adding (of basics) happens.

maybe we let go..
let the individual decide..

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)
7/21/14 7:25 AM
Amazing: Since when is "kidnapped" the word used to describe soldiers of an invading army who are captured?…

Nilofer Merchant (@nilofer)
7/21/14 7:26 AM
"The answer isn’t to just cut jobs en masse, [Larry] Page said. People want to feel “needed, wanted and..."

"That’s how much power the social media has put in the hands of people, and taken away from governments."

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Indigenous people ARE ALREADY EDUCATED: "Cultures have evolved in a particular environmental context, so they have an extraordinary amount of traditional ecological knowledge — knowledge of the local species, plants, animals, the medicinal uses of them, the migration patterns of animals behavior:"
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It doesn't get more dehumanizing than this: "Others".

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The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep/Moans around with many voices. Come, my friends,/'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

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Seven years a journalist and this is the week I have seen the most colleagues and friends just plain break down. Too much, world, too much.

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This WSJ editorial is sickening.
Gazans have forfeited the "right to be called civilians" for voting the wrong way.

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I want to build a global research center on culture design for human civilization... wanna help make it happen? ;-)

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(The famed Russian composer Tchaikovsky, who some scholars have speculated had symptoms of schizophrenia, articulated those “flashes of insight” spectacularly in his 1876 letter on the “immeasurable bliss” of creativity.)

Sara Ittelson (@SaraIttelson)
7/21/14 6:25 PM
Measuring outcomes in edu could/should mean measuring collective success at addressing world hunger, global warming... @mbrownz #knewton2014

odysseanproject (@odysseanproject)
7/22/14 5:00 AM
Large Genome-wide Association Study finds 108 loci on genome cnctd to…

Harvard University (@Harvard)
7/22/14 6:15 AM
The @broadinstitute receives unprecedented $650 million gift to support research on psychiatric

Mozfest East Africa (@mozfestea)
7/21/14 7:41 AM
Listening to the change we made for these kids & the participants in this video… is so fulfilling @msurman @mozilla

Maha Bali (@Bali_Maha)
7/22/14 6:17 AM
MT “@tanyalau: 5 posts worth reading- appreciating context in education>…via @EdConteXts #rhizo14 w/ @Bali_Maha

Mike Briercliffe (@mikejulietbravo)
7/22/14 6:17 AM
We All Know Argleton Is Fake... So Why Would Google Leave It On Maps All This Time?

Will Richardson (@willrich45)
7/22/14 6:18 AM
Minecraft as “A generative, networked system laced throughout with secrets.” #edchat#gamechat Great read.