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).
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 […]
Orthoprint, or How I Open-Sourced My Face | Amos Dudley tags: 3d printing teeth dentistry weekly Joe Freedman’s Amazing Cycloid Drawing Machine – YouTube tags: art engineering math make maker weekly An Infantryman Learns To Code — Inside DigitalOcean — Medium I wonder how often this opportunity is there but the person isn’t . . . seems like the very definition of computational thinking. “In the end, the tool was very crude but accomplished something very useful: It had a flow that ensured all the reports required by people on the ground, and above, were sent in a timely and orderly manner. Each step of that flow was almost entirely automated. Each button filled a template and put the text in the clipboard for copy-pasting in the chat. Events were timed automatically. Distances and time of travel were computed automatically. A dropdown menu facilitated entering common values. Big warning signs were visible when a time critical step was ongoing, or some important data was missing.” tags: programming computationalthinking compthink weekly thoughtvectors Everything Is Crumbling ~ Stephen Downes “We see an awful lot in our field about what “the research tells us”, typically stated in such a way as to suggest we are charlatans if we don’t go along with it. I see this a lot, on a daily basis. “The […]
Learning to Code is Non-Linear – Buffer Posts – Medium Certainly true for me in a variety of areas of learning . . . “Programming was taught to me in a similar way?-?and for students to attain true understanding, this doesn’t feel like it’s the best way to learn. There is a literal learning curve to programming, and once you hit the inflection point of that curve you become somewhat self reliant. You know what to ask Google, you know the process of debugging, and you start to realize you’re capable of accomplishing anything by yourself. But if you haven’t hit that point yet, it can feel like you may never hit that point. Traditional methods of testing and gauging progress among students who are at different points in their capacity to learn programming don’t feel quite fair, and I believe this discourages many (particularly underrepresented minorities) from continuing to learn how to code.” tags: weekly coding nonlinear learning Human Interference Task Force – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “The goal of this “Human Interference Task Force” was to find a way to reduce the likelihood of future humans unintentionally intruding on radioactive waste isolation systems. Specifically, the task force was to research ways to prevent future access to the deep geological nuclear repository of Yucca Mountain.” tags: weekly odd future […]