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Open Up Another Can of Teachers

Chaz has a great piece pointing out the hypocrisy of the NY Post editorial board, which cries bloody murder when teacher certification requirements are reduced, but also supports charter schools who basically want to hire just about anybody. Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-09-10

I Can’t Get Google – YouTube think about this sometime you assume people have some shared understanding of the Internet Is there any value in people who cannot write JavaScript? The worst part about pushing the “know everything” mentality is that we end up creating an industry full of professionals suffering from burnout and mental illness. Show More Summary

Privacy and Security Exercise

Do this exercise with your phone, tablet, and/or any computer you use regularly. Imagine that someone has accessed your device and can log in and access all information on the device. If they were a thief, what information could they...Show More Summary

Some early comments on my new book

My new book with Dean Shareski, Different Schools for a Different World, is getting some positive early comments. A sampling is below. Thank you, everyone! 1. Jeff Nelson Different Schools for a Different World by Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski just hammered my thinking. Their work is not a long read. It’s about 60 pages. […]

Sandlots and Outdoor Rinks

I played a lot of sports as a kid growing up in southern Manitoba. Hockey in the winter, baseball in the spring, golf in the summer and football in the fall. In all cases, I played in leagues but I also played them without adult supervision or organization. In Canada, outdoor neigbourhood rinks are as prevalent as sandlots and baseball fields. Show More Summary

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from September 1 st to 15 th, 2017 is now available on the Court website. It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.

How school leaders can combat ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘fake news’

Information literacy has been a hot topic of recent conversation. Many folks believe that web sites that traffic in false information and ‘fake news’ may have influenced the last United States presidential election. Traffic on the Snopes web site, which debunks false rumors, has never been greater. Ideological separation also is being driven by the […]

A Study in Stupid

There's an NPR piece about how Spanish speakers take longer to learn English than their Chinese counterparts. It's one of the stupidest things I've ever read. I've been working as a New York City teacher for over thirty years, and I've...Show More Summary

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It’s really not that difficult. If you can rationalize being part of an enterprise that profits from the sale of hate ads… provides a space for external entities to promulgate recruitment programs aimed at undermining our culture… can take millions of dollars aimed at influencing a political election… can compel media producers to create click […]

Oculus Virtual Reality Tech Rolls Out in California Libraries

Library shelves have long presented an opportunity for patrons to escape the real world in the pages of a good book. But at libraries all over California, visitors can travel into a whole new reality. Well, a virtual reality, at lea...

Where Social Media Fails – It’s Us

Demographics, or demography, is the statistical study of populations.  It encompasses the size, structure, and distribution of these populations. Demographics have long been used by decision makers in both government and commercial arenas. Show More Summary

UCLA official: Seven ways colleges hinder diversity through their financial aid

Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, enrollment chief at UCLA, scolds many schools for how they handle scholarships and grants. It's not always about helping students in need.

I Love Change: So Why Does It Still Scare Me?

Examining the personal and environmental effects of change to better understand it.

Polling Is Ammunition, Not Information

We all like to use survey results to bolster our positions, but their limitations have never been more apparent. The biggest limitation is that often people are ignorant on the topic being surveyed, but have strong opinions anyway. Another is that you get contrary results when you should get some agreement. Show More Summary

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