Saturday, November 5, 2011

School Tech Connect: A Day In The Life

School Tech Connect: A Day In The Life:

A Day In The Life

Here are the titles I picked off the shelf of my branch library today. On my Kindle, this collection would have cost $50. At the library? Free. I feel compelled to mention this because one of the themes downplayed in the ed tech world is that none of these gadgets are making us any wiser.

Naturally, the mayor has proposed cutting back on library services because library funding interferes with TIF money

Digital Parents and Low-Tech Schools | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Digital Parents and Low-Tech Schools | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

Digital Parents and Low-Tech Schools

Should I feel bad that I let my son watch age-appropriate education programs on TV and learn things like a second language?… Shame on me for letting my child play chess and math games on my iPad?…Is it really outrageous that I let my son sit on my lap in front of my computer so I could help him type his first love letter while in preschool?… When used appropriately with guidance, there’s nothing wrong with technology for kids.” Beth Lambert, New York City October 26, 2011

What triggered this parent’s letter to the editor of the New York Times was an article in the paper the previous week on a low-tech Waldorf school in Los Altos (CA) that bans high-tech devices for instruction until the 8th

The Problem Is Older Than the Factory « Cooperative Catalyst

The Problem Is Older Than the Factory « Cooperative Catalyst:

The Problem Is Older Than the Factory

“Dad, if ants are so strong why can’t we just make really big machines that are built like ants and can carry heavy stuff for us?” Joel asks me.

Being a first-grader, I struggle with how to teach the difficulty of scalability.

“Sometimes things that work in small spaces don’t work when they get too big,” I tell him.

“Show me,” he dares.

So we build a small Lego structure that works wonderfully as at four inches tall. However when we attempt to create a human-size version it collapses.

“That’s the problem,” I tell him.

I don’t get into the formulas involved, but he’s able to grasp in a very tangible way that small things when scaled to larger spaces don’t always function as well.

* * *

I’ve been re-reading Socrates lately. I find it interesting that the same man (presumably) who had engaged in

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Seattle Schools' Future Enrollment Trends

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Seattle Schools' Future Enrollment Trends:

Seattle Schools' Future Enrollment Trends

First off - paying for consultant W. Les Kendrick - is the best money this district has spent on a consultant in a long, long time.

Mr. Kendrick was the featured speaker at the Wednesday Work Session on Capacity Management and, despite a long PowerPoint (that he powered thru - staff take note), he was clear and concise. And, boy is he a guy who likes his work - his enthusiasm for demographics was right out there.
Second, I'll get to what he said but I feel a deep sadness to what he told the room. Why? Because our district could have been tracking this all along and somehow didn't. We have a demographer who is a very nice person but somehow all this data eluded staff. We had parents, in all corners of the city, telling the district about

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