2014 begins with me, as I do every year, reevaluating a bit of what I’ve been up to, a bit of what I’m planning to do, and a bit of what I’d like to do. And I’m a lucky guy, as I’ve never had a longer list of all three types of things when I […]Read More The Paradox of Possibilities
In a district meeting I’m a participant in, we’re reading the book The 4 Disciplines of Execution. It’s an interesting book, and the main thesis is that change isn’t about doing everything, it’s about breaking the essential stuff you want to get done into bites that people can handle, then building structures and cultures around […]Read More Data Dashboards
I’ve had several really positive interactions this week and last about some of the work we’re starting in my school district around make/hack/play. But in two conversations last week, I was struck that the folks asking me questions had equated “Making”1 with “building electronic circuits.” That’s a bad connection, and I wish folks would move […]Read More It’s Not About the Circuits. It’s About the Making.
I’ve been meaning to write more about the idea, expressed by many at DML, myself included, that we need to be paying lots more attention to our inputs in education, rather than our outputs. I wrote a note to myself near the end of the conference so I wouldn’t forget: So we need APIs that’ll […]Read More #beyondthetextbook – Considering Inputs
A big bunch of friends, associates, colleagues, and interesting strangers will be sitting in a conference room in Maryland this weekend, talking about the future of textbooks. This is market research, but hopefully semi-public and sharable to others. I suspect it’ll be an interesting conversation. I’ve written before about some of what I think needs […]Read More Not #beyondthetextbook. #betterthetextbook
I was reminded tonight of .1 I’ve been stuck lately, and not in a good way. The words haven’t been coming as I’d like for them to. Which is a bit of a fib. I’ve also not been making the time for them these last couple of weeks. I’ve been in need of a break, […]Read More Brushing Back Cobwebs
One of several things that worries me about the DML focus on badges is that it’s entirely possible that a badge will backfire. Badly. If a badge’s purpose is to motivate folks who are doing interesting work on the fringe of school or teaching and learning, well, that’s very tricky business for a couple of […]Read More When Badges Backfire
I’m taking a break from writing up the implications portion of my thesis by coming over here to write some more. I’m beginning to get to the place in my research that I have some definite things to say about what I found out. But I’m having some trouble saying them. Not because I know […]Read More Ruminations on Implications: Notes from the Thesis
I took a quick peek at the Mozilla Open Badges project a little while back, and liked what I saw. It’s cialis professional an attempt to create an open infrastructure for badges around the Web. I like the technical pieces that allow anyone to offer any badge to anyone else in a consistent way. It […]Read More Digging Out My Sash
Rebecca Blood, a lifetime ago in Internet time, : We are being pummeled by a deluge of data and unless we create time and spaces in which to reflect, we will be left with only our reactions. And when I read Dean yesterday talking of owning one’s space to share one’s words, and then Tony’s […]Read More "Pummeled by a Deluge"