“When you look around an office, nine times out of 10 you can tell if it was designed for fear.
How does fear manifest in space? High walls. No windows. Closed spaces. By extracting management from the doers and makers of the company, there’s plausible deniability. When conversation is inhibited by high-walled cubicles, information is controlled. And to effectively instill fear in office culture, you have to control information. You have to make sure teams are segmented into departments, information is transmitted linearly and power is centralized.”
BitTorrent Sync Open Source Dropbox replacement . . . tags: dooo bittorrent sync dropbox weekly opensource Interactive Billboard Tells You Where The Airplane Overhead is Going – Neatorama Blending the digital and the real in interesting ways. tags: mechanized mixed airplanes planes billboards weekly Terminal Cornucopia by Evan Booth “Can common items sold in airports after the security screening be used to build lethal weapons? As it turns out, even a marginally “MacGyver-esque” attacker can breeze through terminal gift shops, restaurants, magazine stands and duty-free shops to find everything needed to wage war on an airplane. Just how easy is it to build these weapons? The bulk of Evan’s research, Terminal Cornucopia, has been released publicly for you to see for yourself. This work is ongoing, so be sure to check back for future updates.” tags: terminal cornucopia airport reality weekly terrorism ‘Because’ has become a preposition, because grammar | Sentence first “However it arose, it seems to be spreading. Language loves economy, and the sheer efficiency of this use of because is likely boosting its popularity. Similar constructions are occurring with but, also, so, thus and similar words – see the frame from xkcd, above. And in the Language Log thread (which is worth reading in full), Rod Johnson says a friend “ended a litany of miscellaneous complaints with […]
So, it’s been a while since I felt like I just flat out sucked at a lesson. There’s a number of reasons for that. The main one is I don’t teach every day (or it’d happen a lot more often). Secondly, I’ve probably been doing too much in my comfort zone- a bad sign. And last of all, with this new position I’m doing lots of things but much of it within relative isolation or with people who are of like minds. Cue opportunity for the exact opposite of that. Circumstances Second day of two days of staffdev Day of week: Friday Time: 1:00 to 3:30 Topic: 21st Century Skills – Information Fluency and Research Teachers: 29 HS Math mixed with Career and Technical Ed. Setting: Crowded, warm and large lab tables Website: http://henricostaffdev.org/infofluency The math teachers had been rough before with the introductory 21st skill module. So I really wanted a shot at the math teachers. We’d been working frantically on creating all this content for about ten days. I’d felt pretty good about our take and how solid it was for most of the subjects but really didn’t like it for math. The basic idea was information fluency consisted of a cycle of five things.
Connected courses asks . . . So what is the real “why” of your course? Why should students take it? How will they be changed by it? What is your discipline’s real “why”? Why does it matter that students take __________ courses or become _________ists? How can digital and networked technologies effectively support the real why of your course? I struggle with the ideas of courses and school in general but here is what I hope for my children and the people I interact with at any time. I hope to both arm people against misfortune/abuse/boredom and provision them for additional opportunities amazement, wonder, and happiness (and the ability to inspire those feelings in others). I don’t know what -ist these people might be. The -ist doesn’t fit for me. Maybe passionate intellectual omnivores? Reflective Renaissance figures? Happy ambidextrous wanderers? Magical weavers of detritus and wonder? I hope to get people to realize their own power and capabilities, to pursue their own interests and connections. I hope to point out options that enable you not to simply take what’s given but to build what you want. That applies to what you might make, how you might make it, and the community within which you might make it. That fits pretty well in the digital spaaaaaace. It’s big. It’s open. It’s […]