Many of you who read my blog already know that I came to librarianship from social work, where I was a child and family psychotherapist. As a therapist, one of our major guiding documents (whether we liked it or not) was the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The DSM determined what things...
from Wrench in the GearsOctober 10, 2016This is the third in a series intended to describe the process by which education reformers are transitioning us from neighborhood schools to learning eco-systems. For additional background you...Show More Summary
During Sunday’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton blamed Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric for an increase in tension in American schools. “Children listen to what is being said,” Clinton said. “And there's a lot of fear. In fact, teachers and parents are calling it the Trump effect. Show More Summary
The Great Clown Panic of 2016 seems to be intensifying. Let's gather up the latest incidents. Three people robbed a Dayton, Ohio store, one wearing a clown mask. Another Michigan robbery involves someone wearing a clown mask. More clown sightings...
As a journalist who focuses on education, I’ve mostly been able to avoid writing about Donald Trump during this election campaign, luckily enough. But now I feel I must weigh in! I’ve noticed that Trump is obsessed with two of the most...Show More Summary
As another school year begins, Microsoft delights with summer updates and changes to its suite of learner-centered offerings, designed to help educators Hack the Classroom. Whether you are an Office 365 expert or just beginning yourShow More Summary
Triumph Learning’s Waggle is a personalized learning system now in use by Clarke County Schools in Athens, Georgia, where Dr. Philip Lanoue is Superintendent. Dr. Lanoue was named Superintendent of the Year in 2015 by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA’s next conference is entitled “Personalized, Accountable, and Visionary). Show More Summary
In the graphs below, I label the X-axis as “Years of Republican Led General Assembly,” referring to the years that North Carolina’s legislative branch has been dominated by the Republican Party, the first time since 1870. I regret using this distinction because I actually respect much of what I think the Republican Party represents. I […]
Earlier today, Carla Hayden, the former chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.Hayden is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Librarian of Congress. Show More Summary
“What level of cognitive complexity are students operating at,” asks Dr. Chris Moersch, “when using technology in the classroom?” Technology, asserts Dr. Moersch, needs to be used to think and reason. “It doesn’t matter how much money you throw at it (spending on technology) if you’re using it at a low level,” says Dr. Show More Summary
Have a look at this brilliant overlay of B. F. Skinner's 1950s explanation of the teaching machine onto students today using iPads in school (original Skinner video here). Sadly, the same psychology applies to today's efforts at children doing rat learning and having their behaviors managed. Show More Summary
Earlier this evening, during dinner in fact, friend and colleague Dana Bickley asked via Twitter: At first, I thought, "Wow, why can't you do this with IFTTT.com?" But then Dana clarified....this is a chat that took place in the past. Show More Summary
“How can I connect OneNote Class Notebook assignments to Microsoft Classroom Assignment grades?” What a fantastic question to have pop up in the no-cost TCEA Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) session I facilitated in Wichita Falls, Texas earlier this summer. Show More Summary
While learning management systems (LMS) of yesteryear (e.g. Moodle, Blackboard, Sakai) remain powerhouses of centralized control for educators, most of the teachers I speak to are no longer interested. It’s as if they are saying, “Ok,...Show More Summary
It helps leaders to harness their own creative potential, but they should also pay attention to creating the right culture and environment that leads to a creative library organization as a whole.
We may have the most Gothic campaign ad of 2016: It's very Gothic to see actual blood attached to candidates. Let's see which horror-themed ads come next. (thanks to Jesse Walker)