Web Development Podcasts
My podcast listening ebbs and flows.
I am currently in the flow state.1
Anyway, I like these three podcasts that are all web development related.2
I know I head further out on the fringe each hour of each day but I’ve always had a problem with the Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make“. I’m sure you’ve seen it on facebook or on some email forward. Essentially, he’s responding to a jackass at a dinner party who’s criticizing teachers and I’m ok with that but the details of the response anger me. It is most of what I dislike about teaching. I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor and an A-? feel like a slap in the face. Grades. I hate grades. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence. No, you may not work in groups. No, you may not ask a question. Why won’t I let you go to the bathroom? Because you’re bored. And you don’t really have to go to the bathroom, do you? I make parents tremble in fear when I call home: Such command, such control, such an amazing ability to see another human’s bladder level, all that and instilling fear in parents- how proud we must be of our mastery. I make parents see their children for who they are and what they can be. Perhaps the saddest line for parents. You want to know what I make? I make […]
I had an interesting day at UVA a few days ago as part of their Innovation in Pedagogy Summit. I got the chance to talk to UVA’s Teaching Resource Center group and listen to some interesting educators talk about their practice. I was the closing keynote and I talked, as I have before, about what educational technology might be versus what it is. Essentially this was an extension and deepening of the It Could be Beautiful concept I did at VSTE a few years ago. It helps to see the depth of the perversion and misuse of educational technology before looking at ways it is working. Otherwise people tend to pretend it all sucks or it’s all going great (depending on their own stance). We seem to have created a populace, in the USA at least, that has a great deal of difficulty with things that are not stark examples of black and white. I don’t know if I should blame the media, capitalism, or standardized testing.It may be that these are all the same things. What made this particular iteration a bit stronger was starting off by asking the audience to do something right away that set the scale of what we’re endeavoring to do in education. I asked them to go and read their college/university/departmental mission and vision […]
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 […]