September 2 - September 9, 2018

Some great reads this week.

The feature article on a historical look at education technology distills years into a short list of themes that ring true to me. Some good lessons here.  The style of the piece is informal, but the content hits the mark.

Also featured: curiosity does seem to be something like the grail of learning.  It is a major source of attention (without which most learning couldn't happen) and a wellspring of intrinsic motivation.  This HBR article offers a fresh perspective and loads of insight.

Lastly, I wrote a piece about the digital humanities course I've taught with several colleagues over the past two years.  I'm biased, but I think it's a good read!  Bits in there on content, pedagogy, student interests, character and skills, and more.  Some playful prose, too.




7 Themes After Reviewing 25 Years Of Education Technology  EdTechie
"Cycles of interest -- there are some ideas that keep recurring in ed tech: the intelligent tutor, personalised learning, the end of universities. Audrey Watters refers to zombie ideas, which just won't die.  Partly this is a result of the aforementioned historical amnesia, and partly it is a result of techno-optimism."

"The Business Case For Curiosity"  Harvard Business Review
"By making small changes to the design of their organizations and the ways they manage their employees, leaders can encourage curiosity--and improve their companies. This is true in every industry and for creative and routine tasks alike."

High School Digital Humanities: Reflections After Two Years  Medium
"And yet, in all these examples, after identifying passages via distant reading techniques, close reading those passages is where the nuanced meaning-making happens. This is a model one increasingly hears to describe the digital humanities: it's the telescope that helps find where to point the microscope."


Deep Dive: Juul  Quartz


"The Kids Who Still Need Football"  New York Times
"America is moving away from this dangerous sport. But some families will decide the risks are worth it."

Helpful Instructional Videos: NFL Wrestles With No-Helmet-Hits Rule  New York Times

On How A Cycling-Before-School Program Helps Middle School Kids  Spokesman


Dungeons & Dragons: A (Literal) Character Builder  KQED

"D&D gives us a powerful tool to explore new realities and how those realities are built, through action, choices, community, negotiation, resilience and responsibility... It's not a novelty that stories change the world, but by exercising all those characteristics in a game, it becomes an obvious lesson: If you want to make any change, change the narrative first. Changing your own narrative as a character affects not only you, but your group. Group narratives affect community narratives and it all becomes an empowering cycle."


"Warner Media Unveils Diversity Protocols For Movies And TV Shows"  New York Times
"WarnerMedia said it would issue an annual public report on its progress, which it said would also take into account the L.G.B.T. community and those with disabilities."

Recommended Gender Non-Binary Words  Teen Vogue


John Quincy Adams Wrote An Epic Poem  Lapham's Quarterly


"They" As A Gender Neutral Singular Pronoun. John McWhorter Chimes In  Atlantic


"Why Data Culture Matters"  McKinsey

School Is A Contradictory Place Of Both Conserving And Reforming   Larry Cuban


"Reframing Observation": Addressing The Dual Role Of Observations  Learning Forward


On Using Makerspaces Throughout The Curriculum  THE Journal

"I don't think it would be wise, necessarily, to not have disciplines where kids can go deeply into the mastery of those disciplinary ways of thinking, but I don't think that it should stop there.  History class should not necessarily just be about learning to think like a historian, it should also now include the juxtaposition of the historical way of thinking with other ways of solving problems."

Can The Parenting Metaphor--Gardener vs. Carpenter--Work For Teachers?  Quartz


Have We Passed Peak Reading?  Paris Review

"John Milton could still pride himself without exaggeration on having read every book then available, the entire history of written thought accessible to a single mind. When I was in college, a friend and I worked on a short film, never finished, in which Milton somehow found himself brought forward in time to lower Manhattan's Strand bookstore, where the sheer volume of titles ("18 Miles of Books" is the store's slogan) provoked a kind of mental overload, causing him to run screaming from the store out in Broadway, only to be struck down by a New York City bus."


Do Social Media Monitoring Programs Work?  New York Times


A Technical Discussion By A Chief Googler: What Is Data Science?  Hackernoon


Some Thoughts On Managing Fortnite, And Does It Belong In Class?  NBC News

"What I would encourage is the idea that we need to love what our kids love, and the idea that we can teach through what they love is really valuable."


Dress Code Controversies Continue Across The Country  EdWeek
"Schools with strict dress codes often claim that such regulations prevent in-class distractions, create a workplace-like environment, reduce pressures based on socioeconomic status, and deter gang activity. However in an age of #meToo and easy internet access, controversy is increasingly cropping up over whether excluding students from the classroom  for violating dress code is worthwhile, and whether such rules are disproportionately enforced against girls, and especially with those of color."

"Why Do We Work So Hard?"  1843 Magazine
"The problem is not that overworked professionals are miserable. The problem is that they are not."

"A Few Principles For Thinking Clearly"  Medium