In my ever greater efforts to make a fool of myself in the name of educational technology I agreed to do an “interview” for Jim “EdupunkHe made it to WIRED magazine” Groom’s Edtech Survivalist blog. We filmed this on the flyObviously without a script in a creek by my house. Some of the kids wandering around aren’t even ours. The swamp comment towards the end was my favorite as it was totally ad-libbed based on one of the neighbor kid’s comments. I highly recommend this as a way to meet your neighbors (there are strange men in camouflage with mullets filming your children) but probably not such a good way to make a great first impression. Yes, I am considering growing a mullet after seeing just how good it looks.
These are not the voices you want reminding you of where education is headed. Centralized pacing guides, centrally created lesson plans and myriad of other choices are moving teachers into the role of trained chickens with little choice and less say about what happens in their classrooms. Standardization is great for planning and scaling but haven’t we proven over and over again that learning should be individualized? If we can’t trust teachers to pace their own classes, to make their own lesson plans then there’s a serious problem with the people we’re hiring as teachers. Providing all the processes and structures in the world won’t fix that.
An educational technology blog I followed out of Georgia (SEGA Tech) seems to have been abducted by a porn site. It’s possible the author has turned to the porn business but I kind of doubt it. A not so nice reminder to keep your passwords secure and your software/apps updated. That’d be quite a nightmare. It’d be all some people would need to outlaw school blogging forever or get you fired. I’d suggest going the passphrase route if at all possible. I’ve been using pass phrases when possible after reading this article. It’s kind of long but I’ve cut out the relevant chunk below. So here’s the deal – I don’t want you to use passwords, I want you to use pass-PHRASES. What is a pass-phrase you ask? Let’s take a look at some of my recent pass-phrases that I’ve used inside Microsoft for my ‘password’. â€œIf we weren’t all crazy we would go insaneâ€œ (Jimmy Buffet rules) â€œSend the pain below!â€œ (I like Chevell too) â€œMean people suck!â€œ (it’s true) So why are these pass-phrases so great? 1. They meet all password complexity requirements due to the use of upper / lowercase letters and punctuation (you don’t HAVE to use numbers to meet password complexity requirements) 2. They are so freaking easy for me to remember it’s not even […]