Two random events that converged for me today: A tweet from Mike Caulfield that reminded me that the people who don’t know are often the ones who believe otherwise: "Uh, did you realize GASLIGHT was a FILM from the 40s lol" What do we call this Dunning-Kruger-like pattern where people think the fact they've recently […]Read More “Certainty’s a Drug”
It was a little more than a year and a half ago that I realized that I wanted to explore what it means to be engaged in civil discourse. Not casually, but to make it a thing I came back to on a very regular basis. We were changing administrations, there was an election lingering […]Read More So We’re Doing This Thing: #amorecivildiscourse
Late last week, I had the opportunity to sit in on the Thinq Studio’s one day unconference. I’ve been watching their work from afar, and following along as some smart folks do wide things. But I was looking forward to spending some time with local colleagues and teachers to explore issues around teaching differently. The […]Read More #Rethinq18 -ing Things
Last week, I had the honor of sitting in on an episode of Mozilla’s Curriculum Workshop, a regular webinar where folks talk but also (and more importantly) do a little prototyping to begin building things that might be useful to helping folks make and learn with the Web. The active format is great, and I’m […]Read More Mozilla’s Curriculum Workshop – Summer Learning
Had a check in call with my friends in the Compose Our World project recently. That’s the 9th grade curriculum project I’m working on, and not writing about enough. After our first year of exploring PBL and SEL as concepts to guide and shape 9th grade language arts curriculum, we’re beginning to decide what we […]Read More Do We Want To Design Rides, or Do We Want to Create Imagineers?
At the library, I’m working with a team of really smart folks who want to offer the best opportunities for our patrons1. One of the reasons I wanted to work with the Clearview Library District was the intensity with which they run programs and events. They – now we – are always hosting active, hands-on […]Read More Making a Maker Space. Again.
Earlier this week, I had the honor of giving a talk in the CSU Literacies of Contemporary Civic Life speaker series. With my time, shared below, I talked about some of our work around professional learning and agency, as well as some of my thinking on the essential actions/literacies/habits that should be in our schools. […]Read More Let’s Hack School: A Recent Talk at CSU
The title of this post will likely bug some folks because it’s a fairly obvious statement. Except I see plenty of teachers, well-meaning and kind-hearted every one, requiring students to post work they do in class online. Without exception or choice in the matter. They require this work to be posted publicly for a number […]Read More If Public Isn’t an Option, Then It Isn’t a Choice
I haven’t read A Place Called School. Yet. But it’s one of those books that comes up when I talk to and listen to and read folks who talk, listen and write about what schools are and what they might yet be. And this piece on its author, John Goodlad, who died earlier this month, […]Read More Trusting People, Who “Will Do Dumb Things,” to Make Their Own Decisions
Reply All is a new podcast I’ve been enjoying lately. It’s a “show about the Internet.” Their third episode featured Ethan Zuckerman, an Internet pioneer, apologizing for a very bad thing he did twenty years ago, a thing that really helped to shape the world we live in today. (9Or, at least, the Internet we […]Read More The Danger of “Good Enough”