I’m going to be co-teaching a class for our county’s administrators on creative communication. The idea is basically that email is boring and often ignored so spicing things up really helps for important communications. You can check out some of the work of my co-teacher, Jen Maddux, below (a few more of her movies to follow later).
Text Visualization Browser tags: dataviz text weekly survey New Weapon in Day Laborers’ Fight Against Wage Theft: A Smartphone App – The New York Times “After three years of planning, an immigrant rights group in Jackson Heights is set to start a smartphone app for day laborers, a new digital tool with many uses: Workers will be able to rate employers (think Yelp or Uber), log their hours and wages, take pictures of job sites and help identify, down to the color and make of a car, employers with a history of withholding wages. They will also be able to send instant alerts to other workers. The advocacy group will safeguard the information and work with lawyers to negotiate payment.” tags: app weekly sociology Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
ActiveLit “Set up your own private area for creating and playing interactive stories and text-based games. Find out more” tags: english tool cyoa chooseyourownadventure writing games creativity itrt weekly McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Why a Gorilla Nanny is the Right Choice for Our Family. Makes for an interesting way to research and write about any animal . . . tags: gorilla nanny McSweeney’s animal creative writing writingprompt english weekly The problem with education? Children aren’t feral enough | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian My children are feral but I’m working on taking them to the next level. I do wonder if it’s less about wilderness per se and more about real experiences. You could probably do many things in the city/suburbs that would engage kids in a similar way. tags: education children feral outdoors freerange itrt weekly The Cursing Stone – Futility Closet This is a serious curse. tags: curse weekly from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, before and behind, within and without. I take from them, and cast down all the good deeds that ever they did, or shall do The Pain and the Glory: Running Iowa’ BIG Competency Based School | ThinkThankThunk tags: thinkthankthunk competency project itrt weekly It’s not about pigeon-holing the project, it’s about being open to […]
I found out this morning that one of my former students, Hakeem Witcher, probably shot and killed another boy on Friday. I taught Hakeem and his sister. I knew their little sister. I knew their mother. I called her all the time. I spoke to her when she’d pick them up from school. I remember trying to help her when she asked what to do one night. She was overwhelmed enough to ask for help from some stupid first-year teacher who didn’t even have kids of his own. After I left New Bridge, I saw his mom a few more times. She said Hakeem was up in New Jersey with his dad- that she just couldn’t control him. It didn’t sound good. At some point I saw Hakeem as well. I can’t recall exactly where or when now. He’d started to harden some, a hint of a mustache growing on his face, but that kid who really wanted to please was still there. He wanted to know why I left New Bridge. I probably said something about money. It’s an easy cop out. I really just remember how much I liked Hakeem, how much I hope that there’s still that reachable core of good in him. I know there’s a poor boy who’s dead here and family that’s grieving for […]