June 11 - June 18, 2017

The feature article on smartphones is extraordinary.  One of the challenges of the rate of technological change today is that products appear and disappear before we have a chance to understand their ethical implications, their planetary repercussions, their effects on our lives.  This article explores those many elements.  Richly, richly detailed.  It's also very long!

Also, there have been a series of recent kerfuffles about cultural appropriation, leading to several prominent editors losing their jobs.  This op-ed takes one side of the debate, and also describes various factors within the discussion.

These and more... enjoy!



Extraordinary: "A Sociology Of The Smartphone" Longreads
"Equipped with these devices, we're both here and somewhere else at the same time, joined to everything at once yet never fully anywhere at all.  The individual networked in this way is no longer the autonomous subject enshrined in liberal theory, not precisely. Our very selfhood is smeared out across a global mesh of nodes and links; all the aspects of our personality we think of as constituting who we are--our tastes, preferences, capabilities, desires--we owe to the fact of our connection with that mesh, and the shelves and distant resources to which it binds us. How could this do anything but engender a new kind of subjectivity?"

Distinguishing Process Goals (i.e. Habits) And Outcome Goals Farnam Street
"We want to learn a new language. We could decide we want to be fluent in 6 months (goal), or we could commit to 30-minutes of practice each day (habit). We want to read more books. We could set the goal to read 50 books by the end of the year (goal), or we could decide to always carry one (habit). We want to spend more time with family. We could plan to spend 7 hours a week with family (goal), or we could choose to eat dinner with them each night (habit)."


Teens Are Barely Working Summer Jobs Anymore. Here's Why. Atlantic


Yes, Practice Testing Is The Most Effective Study Technique SagePub


5 Practices To Facilitate Collaborative Creative Work Stanford Soc. Innov. Rev.

Creative Companies Have Better Bottom Lines McKinsey


Debate: Is Cultural Appropriation Ok? New York Times


The First State To Offer Free 4-Year College: Tennessee NPR


Is Postmodernism Over? Times Literary Supplement


The Starling Bureau: An Agency Of Literary Translators World Literature Today


Every NYT Lesson Plan, 2016-17 New York Times

Every NYT Discussion Question And Writing Prompt, 2016-17 New York Times

Hattie And A Four Dimension Learning Framework KQED
"The Hattie/Donoghue learning model dives into... learning strategies that work best at the surface level... [to] consolidate surface learning... [to] develop deep learning... [and to] consolidate deep learning... Interestingly, the only strategy that seemed to work in all four quadrant (acquiring surface, consolidating surface, acquiring deep, consolidating deep) was the jigsaw activity."


YouTube Explainer Channels Are Teaching Millions (!) Of Kids Atlantic

An Introduction To Data Literacy And Data Science School Library Journal

Elon Musk Shares Plans To Get To Mars. Here Are The Bullet Points. Digg


Cli-Fi (Climate Fiction) Is An Emerging Genre Smithsonian
"The primary function of climate fiction is not to convince us to do something about climate change--that remains a job primarily for activists, scientists, and politicians.  Rather, fiction can help us learn how to live in a world increasingly altered by our own actions--and to imagine new ways of living that might reduce the harm we do."


Moodle Growth Comes To A Halt. Not Good For LMS Industry e-Literate

Richard Culatta And The Future Of ISTE THE Journal


Visualizations Of Those "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books Atlas Obscura


Lesson From Google (And Everywhere): Rest Is Important Wired


What We Reveal Through The Way We Draw Circles (Who Knew?) Quartz