March 18 - March 25, 2018

Short but sweet.

Carrying on the recent posts about feedback, this week's assessment piece on evaluating and ranking student work explores several ways of looking at an essay.

The feature article also offers a high level look, this time at technology in education.  The author's 12 understandings helpfully contextualize the field of education technology and ring true from my experience.

Enjoy these and others!



"12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech" Medium
"If we understand that most in tech mean well, but lack the historic or cultural context to ensure that their impact is as good as their intentions, we can ensure that they get the knowledge they need to prevent harm before it happens."


An Essay On Ranking Vs. Evaluating Vs. Liking Student Writing UMass


The NCAA, The FBI, And Whether To Pay College Athletes  Atlantic


Garry Shandling And The Balance Between Ego And Self Criticism New York Times


In China & Japan, Copies Are As Valid As The Original Aeon

"The Chinese have two different concepts of a copy. Fangzhipin are imitations where the difference from the original is obvious. These are small models or copies that can be purchased in a museum shop, for example. The second concept for a copy is fuzhipin. They are exact reproductions of the original, which, for the Chinese, are of equal value to the original. It has absolutely no negative connotations."


"Chinese Companies Are Buying Up Cash-Strapped U.S. Colleges" Bloomberg

"College Is Over." Or: Some Workplaces Stop Requiring Degrees LinkedIn


A Classics Scholar Makes The Old New, Shares It On Twitter New Yorker

"Women's-Studies Students... Are Editing Wikipedia." Chronicle of Higher Ed


"Dumpster Fire" Enters The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Washington Post


"The Politics Of Academic Innovation" (In A Big University) Inside Higher Ed


3 General Trends In How Teaching Has Changed, 1890-2010 Larry Cuban


Renaissance Learning Releases K-12 Reading Report (Login) Renaissance Learning


OK Go Videos And The Science Classroom KQED


NPR Summarizes: "Enjoy Screens. Not Too Much. Mostly Together." NPR

Student Editorial Responds To Data Mining By Institution University Of Arizona

Replicated: Just Having Your Phone Near You Impairs Your Thinking Harv. Bus. Rev.
"Individuals who completed these tasks while their phones were in another room performed the best, followed by those who left their phones in their pockets. In last place were those whose phones were on their desks... Merely having their smartphones out on the desk led to a small but statistically significant impairment of individuals' cognitive capacity -- on par with effects of lacking sleep." [Study]


PriceWaterhouseCoopers Millennials Rebel And Change Work Culture Quartz

No Email After Hours: Bill For "Right To Disconnect" Is Growing Fast Company


Having The Same Teacher For Two Years Helps Some Students A Lot Chalkbeat

"10 Definitions Of Datafication (In Education)" Code Acts In Ed

The Science Of Fasting Elysium Health