Bookmarked Reclaiming Educational Reform by Benjamin Doxtdator (Long View on Education)
You might think I’m overly critical of Ted Dintersmith, who probably really cares about education and the future of young people. When you watch Bill Gates tour High Tech High which he invested in years before it featured in Dintersmith and Wagner’s film, you get the sense that he probably really cares about young people, too. But we must not base policy on personality. Hoping that  Dintersmith may be the anti-Gates we’ve been waiting for confines us such a superficial analysis of personality. When billionaires like Dintersmith get behind efforts led by private schools to reshape admissions to colleges, we need to put these education reform agendas through a rigorous, historical analysis. Maybe you will enjoy Dintersmith’s book for the tour he takes you on of schools across the U.S., but you’ll need to look elsewhere to understand what’s really at stake in the movement to ‘disrupt’ ‘obsolete’ schools.
Benjamin Doxtdator continues his critique of Ted Dintersmith. Picking up where he finished last time, he explains that Dintersmith and Tony Wagner are not the alternative to the personalized education movement that we maybe hoping for. I always feel conflicted by such conversations wondering if I am trying to have my cake and eat it too?
Liked The Power of an Idea Meritocracy (
An Idea Meritocracy is an environment in which the best idea wins. The best idea is determined by the quantity and quality of the data, not by positional power. I have studied examples of companies that have created Idea Meritocracies, including Google, Intuit, Pixar Animation Studios and Bridgewater Associates. In those organizations, an Idea Meritocracy has played a key role in driving consistent high performance and has warded off complacency and group think by empowering employees to have the curiosity and courage to challenge, to explore like scientists by asking the three W’s: Why? What if? Why not?

📑 20 Tech Tips in the Mathematics Classroom

Aimee Shackleton:

20 Tech Tips in the Mathematics Classroom – Teacher Information, Robots and iPad Apps

Desmos – online graphing calculating system

Desmos provides a range of questions and challenges associated with graphing (see Dan Meyer for more

Graphing Stories – handouts, videos and stories associated with graphs

Which One Doesn’t Belong – find a reason why each one does not belong

It is not about the answer, but about the discussion. The next step to Which One Doesn’t Belong is getting students to make their own

Maths Tweet Blogosphere &

What Can You Do With That? #WCYDWT

Visual Patterns

Between 2 Numbers – If this then what

Three Act Maths by Dan Meyer

101 Questions – pose questions based on a provocation

Youcubed – a collect of tasks that could be used as starters

WolframAlpha – a space to ask computational questions


Bookmarked B-Tags, Photos, Technology & Surveillance (W. Ian O'Byrne)
These technologies provide amazing opportunities to provide real services to our lives. I experienced this first hand as we enjoyed our time in this road race, and will look forward to the next one together. I was impressed by the use of technology as I was interacting with these sources and signals. At the same time, I was still plagued by a number of questions as I was thinking about these tools, and other possible uses. In our current and future societies, we need to examine these uses and think about how or why we use these solutions.
Ian O’Byrne reflects on the use of ChronoTrack B-Tags consisting of two stickers that contain RFID antennas to track participants in a fun run. This is used to monitor participants, but also connect them with commercial opportunities. Along with facial recognition and smart badges, this is another example of the continual evolution of the surveillance state.
Bookmarked K-12 DCP Conference (ReconfigurED.)
Anthony Speranza:

When using technology, we need to be careful of rhetoric

It is not the technology that is disruptive, but what we do with the technology that is disruptive

When talking about technology we often get caught up in discussions of *evidence* and *return on investment*. The problem is that benefits can not necessarily be measured in the same way

We can talk about the effect size of technology, but the problem is that this does not capture the different ways that technology is used within the classroom

It is what the teacher does with the technology that will make the ultimate difference

The use of computers is more effective when: there is a diversity of strategies, pre-training, multiple opportunities, student in control, peer learning and feedback optimised.

We have to have the belief that when we implement technology that it will have the desired effects, such as student self-reporting, meta-cognition and clarity of learning

Steve Cutts provides some interesting provocations about technology

What do Google’s DeepMind and IBM’s Watson mean for the future of school?

“Today content is ubiquitous and its’ free” Tony Wagner

52,000,000,000, the estimated number of pages indexed by Google. Growing exponentially

Saroo’s story demonstrates problem-based literacy and numeracy approaches

Google ‘Talk to Books’ offers a new AI approach to search beyond the indexed web

Google Search has changed the way that things are. Now we have technology that not only gives an answer, but also shows the process behind it

Kids today will expect the use of technology

What does it mean when students would rather do YouTube and check out of school?

The qualities required in the 21st Century need to go beyond the traditional foundations

Three stages of educational technology use via Sonny Magana: translational, transformational and transcendent Framework

We need to think about school as it can be

Checked into K-12 Digital Classroom Practice Conference 2018

Blogging in the Classroom

Using Doug Belshaw’s notion of ‘Digital Literacies, I will focus on critical thinking, creativity and communication. If a school wished that they could cover just about all the Digital Technologies Curriculum using blogging. Blogging has so many entry points that it can be differentiated to the needs of any learner and/or classroom.


Ongoing Reporting with GSuite

Using Doug Belshaw’s notion of ‘Digital Literacies, I will focus on critical thinking, creativity and communication. Although this does not necessarily cover coding, documentation and ongoing reporting covers most other aspects, such as data collection and creating digital solutions. The point of ongoing reporting is to be differentiated. The challenge is choosing the right solution for the problem at hand. This will be addressed in the session.