Last week, I put out a post on social media and kids. Apparently, it was read by more than a couple people. I don't keep track of pageviews or reach here - I have no analytics running on this blog, and while I will talk with people on...Show More Summary
Schools and communities have been assigning robot dolls to young women in order to convince them not to get pregnant, the idea being that a better sense of actually having a demanding little creature would be daunting. It is unclear...
Sometimes the Earth's war on humanity occurs very quietly, in small steps, as in North Dakota. Hopfauf said that since his home was built in 2004, about one-third of the backyard has sunk with the hill along with a tree...
I often get calls for help from all sorts of people. Alas, I don't know everything. But I know people who know everything, or almost everything. My District Rep has been very helpful to me over the years, and I know a few people at central...Show More Summary
This receives the Infocult seal of approval. For you Hellraiser fans: (thanks to Randy McCall)
by special guest blogger Charter School Teacher I’m chugging along Day 3 of our Very Important Professional Development. So far it’s been typical stuff. School goals, how to set up a classroom, using google docs. Blah blah blah. Teachers either sleep or are on their cell phones. Show More Summary
DevLearn, the elearning conference I’ll be attending in November, has suggested adding videos to promote your talks. I haven’t done much with video (though I did just do this <6 minute one about my proposed learning pedagogy), but I’ve found the ‘narrated presentation’ capability built into Keynote to be of interest, so I’ve been playing with […]
Introductory note: In this post, I reference hashtags and tweets I have seen that compromise student privacy. Ordinarily, I would link to the hashtags or tweets, and/or post obscured screenshots. In this post, I am doing neither because I do not want to further compromise the privacy of the people in the examples I have seen. Show More Summary
NOTE, from July 1, 2016: Kahoot! updated their app, and their privacy policies. The issues flagged in this post have all been addressed. Also worth noting: their turnaround time in addressing these issues was incredibly fast. For what it's worth, I'm impressed by both the speed and the quality of the response. Show More Summary
Next year, I'm going to have to work with a co-teacher. This is because of the ridiculous regulation in CR Part 154 that ELLs cannnot be more than one grade apart. With decades of experience, even though I am state-certified in multiple subjects, I can't legally teach the class by myself. Show More Summary
I recently wrote about serious comics, and realized there’s a form I hadn’t addressed yet has some valuable insights. The value in looking at other approaches is that it provides lateral insight (I’m currently reading Stephen Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From) that we may be able to transfer. And the source this time is […]
Some people take them more seriously than others, I notice. I've had people walk into my classroom and tell girls wearing spaghetti strap tank tops that they're inappropriate. I can't remember what they did about it, but I do remember that I didn't care at all and would never have said anything.I've never sent anyone out of my class for wardrobe. Show More Summary
I'm always astonished when people in authority act without thinking. Perhaps I'm naive. I shouldn't be, really, because I've seen these things over and over. The other day I blogged about a topic that NYSUT leadership found sensitive. Show More Summary
There's a story about jazz violinist Joe Venuti. Venuti was known for rarely, if ever, doing requests. One night he broke his policy and elicited suggestions from the audience. Someone requested Feelings. Venuti declared it the worst song ever written, and played Sweet Georgia Brown instead. Give it a listen and let me know if you think Venuti was right.
I had the pleasure to present at ATLIS on April 19, 2016, in Atlanta. The conversation covered different facets of privacy, and how to evaluate the different attitudes toward privacy and security in schools. One element in the conversation that we sped over involved some simple browser-based tools that highlight third party trackers. Show More Summary
For a current example of how and why privacy matters, we need look no further than the practices of a company that uses "mobile geo fencing and IP targeting services" to target people with ads. In this specific case, the company is targeting ads to women inside Planned Parenthood clinics with anti-choice materials. Show More Summary
Third party trackers are tools that companies use to track us as we navigate through the web. While most of us don't pay much attention to trackers, they are present on many of the sites we visit. They collect information about our online...Show More Summary
Through the continuing wonderful work over at Databreaches.net, I read about an odd situation in Lewis Palmer School District 38. The details are still unfolding, but based on the article on databreaches.net and the original report in Complete Colorado, there are a few layers at play here. Show More Summary
On Monday, June 27th, Amazon announced Inspire, another free lesson sharing site. What made this effort interesting is, of course, the context: Amazon knows marketplaces, and Amazon knows text distribution. This effort is also part of the Federal Department of Education's "Go Open" work, where Amazon was an early partner. Show More Summary
As usual, there's big fun in Chicago. Admin wants to make teachers fund their pensions, and pick up the 7% of the pension that the city had paid, when it felt like paying it. Essentially, this becomes a 7% pay cut. It's funny how, when...Show More Summary