TeacherTube Now Fixed
TeacherTube has been fixed for a while now and seems to be running better (in my mind anyway). It’s a great site and well worth checking out. The nice thing too, is that I imagine they’ll have locked things down pretty securely after that.
It looks like TeacherTube has been hacked. Don’t try to log in or you’ll get stuck in a loop. An unnerving experience and hopefully it isn’t too bad. It does serve as a reminder to stay on guard.
I listened to Net@Nite today. They interviewed Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia and it was pretty interesting but had nothing to do with education. That did not stop me from applying some of these quotes directly to what we do. “This idea of- it’s not really about the software, it’s about the people. It’s about helping people find resolutions to problems and being supportive and loving and at the same time being firm with people who are trying to disrupt things. That’s really what it’s all about.” – Jimmy Wales “Ask anyone who’s every tried this. This is a very difficult balance to strike.”- Leo Laporte Leo’s preaching to the choir here. That line is very hard to walk and it sounds an awful lot like good classroom management- but with voluntary students. I always wondered would my students stay if they didn’t have to. Did I make their experience that good? Sometimes I did. I know I also failed at times and that’s where the next quote came in- “A long term project of learning, experimenting, you know trying things.” – Jimmy Wales To me that’s teaching. A long term project of learning, experimenting and trying things. If you aren’t changing and experimenting and learning right along with your students something is wrong. Several of my disaster lessons led to […]
Chilean artist reportedly burns $500 million worth of student loan notes – Boing Boing ““It’s over,” he says in the video. “It’s finished. You don’t have to pay another peso [of your student loan debt]. We have to lose our fear, our fear of being thought of as criminals because we’re poor. I am just like you, living a sh—y life, and I live it day by day.” “This is my act of love for you.” More on the controversial video and the history of student debt in Chile here, and here. Updated reports indicate the artist-activist may have some jail time” tags: weekly chile student debt education The Future of Ed-Tech is a Reclamation Project #DLFAB “So I’ve come lately to cite Antonio Gramsci: “I am a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” But I’m going to will myself to craft a story for you today about education in 2030 that resists that dystopian narrative. I want to project a story for the future where learning technologies support and foster learner control and learner agency. It’s a story where students are the subjects not objects when it comes to education and education technology. It’s actually a story we could tell starting today. We have the technology to do so. It is the will that we […]
Lost in the Meritocracy – Walter Kirn – The Atlantic “I enrolled the next fall, but with no intention of staying. I’d read my Fitzgerald, and I wanted to go east; I wanted to ride the train to the last station. As a natural-born child of the meritocracy, I’d been amassing momentum my whole life, entering spelling bees, vying for forensics medals, running my mouth in mock United Nations meetings and model state governments and student congresses, and I knew only one direction: forward, onward. I lived for prizes, praise, distinctions, and I gave no thought to any goal higher or broader than my next report card. Learning was secondary; promotion was primary. No one had ever told me what the point was, except to keep on accumulating points, and this struck me as sufficient. What else was there?” Lost in the Meritocracy – #thoughtvectors “I enrolled the next fall, but with no intention of staying. I’d r… http://t.co/dkzBFCC1Gr — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 28, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly thoughtvectors education learning tweet even unbidden privileges must be paid for. With no stored literary material about which to harbor critical assumptions, I relied on my gift for mimicking authority figures and playing back to them their own ideas disguised as conclusions that I’d reached myself. The deployment of key […]