September 13 - September 20, 2015

Ed tech resistance is moving out of side conversations and into the press.  Over the past year, two former boosters have professed disillusionment, and now the OECD has released a report showing correlations (or lack thereof) between technology use in schools and student learning.

The US Department of Education released its college scorecard, providing valuable information about college cost, diversity, graduate employment information, and more.  Notably, the scorecard does not grade or rank schools, only make crucial information transparent and easily accessible. What would this look like for high schools?

And also, last year's media conversation surrounding microaggressions and trigger warnings in education settings has evolved into this year's pushback--or, at least: questioning.  The feature article offers a meaningful historical and sociological context, and two other articles offer further insight.

These and many other great articles this week.


          Universities Are Spinning Internal Tech Into Commercial Products
          e-Literate, 9/18/15
          "Are these efforts paving the way for universities who know their own business to
          create profitable ed tech and services offerings based on unique insights into how
          schools really work, or are they vehicles for star-struck administrators seeing glory
          and easy revenues?  Or both?  Only time will tell, but I would expect to see more
          announcements of a similar nature over the next year or two."

          OECD Report On Whether Tech Helps Learning.
          Hack Education, 9/17/15 [Full Report]
          "Even where computers are used in the classroom, their impact on student
          performance is mixed at best.  Students who use computers moderately at school
          tend to have somewhat better learning outcomes than students who use computers
          rarely.  But students who use computers very frequently at school do a lot worse in
          most learning outcomes, even after accounting for social background and student

          The Salutary Effects--And Medicalization--Of Nature
          Atlantic, 10/1/15
          "Zarr is part of a small but growing group of health-care professionals who are
          essentially medicalizing nature... Park prescriptions are a low-risk, low-cost
          intervention that, in Zarr's experience, people are quick to accept... Researchers in
          the United Kingdom found that when people did physical activities in natural
          settings instead of 'synthetic environments,' they experienced less anger, fatigue,
          and sadness."

          A Sociological Deep Dive Into Microaggressions And Victimhood
          Atlantic, 9/11/15
          "The sociologists offer structual explanations for why college students are
          addressing conflicts within the framework of 'microaggressions.' Victimhood
          culture 'arose because of the rise of social conditions conducive to it,' they argue,
          'and if it prevails it will be because those conditions have prevailed.' Those social
          conditions include the following..."


          British Study Dives Further Into Effects Of Teen Social Media Use
          HealthDay, 9/11/15


          Duckworth's Character Lab Introduces Character Report Cards
          Character Lab, 9/18/15

          Is Curiosity The Trait Of Future Leaders?
          Harvard Business Review, 9/11/15


          US DOE Launches Scorecard Of (Most) Colleges In America
          US Department of Education, 9/12/15

          New York Times Covers The College Scorecard Launch
          New York Times, 9/12/15


          A Deep Analysis Of The Disruptive Innovation Theory
          MIT Sloan Management Review, 9/15/15


          Coding For Kindergartners... (!)
          NPR, 9/18/15

          Should Citizenship Tests Be A High School Requirement?
          Atlantic, 9/17/15

          Computer Science Courses To Be Offered In All NYC Schools
          New York Times, 9/15/15

          On The Need For Better Health Education
          Guardian, 9/8/15

          On The Relationship Between The Arts And Success In The Sciences
          Priceonomics, 9/11/15


          In Defense Of Trigger Warnings
          New York Times, 9/19/15

          Against Color Blindness: Kids Need To Learn To Talk About Race
          Quartz, 9/8/15


          Is Our Mixed Monarchy Constitution Less Stable Than We Think?
          Atlantic, 10/1/15


          How's Holacracy (The Flat Management Structure) Going At Zappos?
          Atlantic, 10/1/15

          Servant Leadership As The Right Kind Of Leadership
          Harvard Business Review, 9/15/15

          Sometimes Change Is Best Through The Heart, Sometimes The Mind
          Harvard Business Review, 5/20/15

          Why Evaluation Systems Must Be Ongoing And Non-Quantitative
          Harvard Business Review, 9/8/15


          Exam Wrappers: A Brilliant Way To Prompt Metacognitive Thinking
          Brilliant Blog, 9/15/15


          John McPhee On Choosing What To Leave Out When Writing
          New Yorker, 9/14/15


          On The Difference Between Computer Science And Making Apps
          Medium, 9/14/15


          Uncivilization: When Advocates For Sustainability Lose Hope
          New York Times, 4/17/14

          What 2 Years Of A Warmer Pacific Ocean Has Done To Marine Life
          Hakai Magazine, 9/16/15


          What's At The Front Edge Of Computer Assisted Teaching (Of Math)
          New York Times, 9/14/15


          Arts Participation (Not Consumption): Driven By Education Not Class
          Pacific Standard, 9/15/15

          Schools Everywhere Are Wrestling With Dress Codes
          NPR, 9/16/15

          On The Intelligence Of Physical Work [Podcast]
          On Being, 9/3/15

          What Jobs Are Likely To Be Automated In The Future?  (Not Teachers)
          BBC, 9/11/15