Net Robot Jobs? Hacking your USB, How Leaders Think Different

December 21st, 2014

Happy Winter Solstice to my faithful readers who today can consider whether robots are decreasing net jobs for people, how easy it is to hack your computer via the USB port, and how leaders think different. On to kids without the Internet at home, why tonight is the longest night ever, why NY won’t miss the commissioner, a solitude/attachment quote, and a kid video of the Christmas story.

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Tech Implementation Barriers, Brilliant Tech Use, Standards-Based Grades

December 20th, 2014

If you are trying to implement technology in your school it’s good to know the common barriers, and some brilliant things that others are doing. Then it’s an excellent explanation of standards-based grading. On to hacking ISIS, how lungs work, test prep dos and don’ts, a what others think of us quote, and why you probably like Swedish pop.

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Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz

December 19th, 2014

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz uses abundant qualitative research along with his own experience to paint a picture of a dysfunctional system and offer suggestions for how to fix it. There is serious advice for students and parents so they can avoid the traps the system offers. The system does a disservice to elite students who are almost uniformly wealthy as it screens out children from lower classes. While the rich have always had educational advantages, the disparity is worse than ever.

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Innovative Leader Characteristics, What Money Can’t Buy, Jobs Meeting Tips

December 18th, 2014

If you want to be an innovative leader, here are eight things to do. Then it’s what money can’t buy, and how Steve Jobs made meetings productive. On to Twitter for professional learning, the history of US immigration, New York”s crazy teacher ratings, a staying silent quote, and 2015 lacrosse names.

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Computer Science for All, Suspension Alternative, Ten Technologies from NASA

December 17th, 2014

Should all students take computer science? That seems to be the trend. Then it’s alternatives to suspension, and ten technologies we got from NASA. On to Facebook’s dislike button, the science of RNA. questions for innovative educators, a Gaping Void quote, and a dog running with 3D printed prosthetics.

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