Educational Technology Decision Making
“She walked up to the StarBoard with a banana and just started writing. She said, ‘Let’s say you were doing a health unit. Bring out a banana. Let’s say you were doing a unit on pumpkins. Bring out a pumpkin. You can write on this interactive whiteboard with anything.’ I thought: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, I mean even 8th graders would think that was cool.”
Yep. Writing with fruit and gourds. That’s solid pedagogy and clearly 8th graders find writing with bananas to be really “cool.” I’m sure I can find some research to back that up . . .
To play off a bit of David’s post on social justice MOOCs, there seems to be a base need for tools for helping identify evil people on the web. That’s not in a dox type of way but more like a way to guide people in determining if accounts have ill intentions.That would make a good old school rap album name. That’s probably a messy description but it was brought about by a post I saw on Facebook last night. Essentially,I am simplifying to get to the point. it was a conversation between two people I know- one black male (in Richmond) and one white male (in Baltimore). It was a passionate conversation. The white guy added a screenshot from a Twitter account (included below) into the mix that seemed to confirm all his greatest fears about what was happening in Baltimore.I’m not seeking to judge him here. It’s really messy stuff when you’re in the midst of fearing for your child’s safety. It’s a high emotion situation in lots of ways which never helps people critically evaluate items that confirm their fears but I felt like this account had to be fake. Then I wondered if I could prove that? I did a couple of thingsEnoch might call them “intellectual moves” although it’s interesting to me that they’re blended […]
Way back in the dim recesses of time, about 2009 to be precise, Netflix published an interesting slide deck on how they structure their business. I remember reading it and I believed it was an interesting and positive way to frame a company culture. I shared it with a few people in our district and life rolled on. The concept has come back to me repeatedly in recent days and it seems to fit a variety of scenarios well enough that I thought it was worth talking about again. Essentially, I see this concept applying at the national, state, district/county, school, and classroom levels. The images below are my slight adjustments to the Netflix slides. All credit goes to them or whoever they got the idea from. In the beginning . . . Small (often new) organizations have a very high proportion of highly skilled employeesI think how they become high skilled is worth looking at that may be more related to attention, communication, etc. as opposed to just raw awesomeness. and as a result don’t need much in the way of processes, rules, regulations, policies etc. That’s the green area. As organizations grow and complexity increasesI’m interested in looking more at the relationship of these two variables. What gets more complex at scale, to what extent, and is […]