Liked Rethinking My Social Media Use | Chris Wiegman (Chris Wiegman)

I think it is safe for me to say that social media is a necessary evil and that isn’t all a bad thing. That said, I do need to limit its impact on my time as well as be careful to use it in ways that help those around me rather than hurting them, even if not intentional. I’m not really sure how I’m going to do all that yet to be honest. It will require a change in a lot of ways I do things and I’m not yet sure how to go about that. I do, now, know it is something I must do however and I’m looking forward to what it can bring to my life in the end.

Replied to Google Is Collecting Your Data—Even When Your Phone Isn’t in Use (

Google collected considerably more user data when mobile phones were moving around and were in use. One researcher carried around a factory-reset Android phone with a new Google Account and used it as she went about the regular course of the day. That data, the researchers concluded, was pretty reliable. Google was ultimately able to identify that researcher’s interests “with remarkable accuracy” over the course of the 24-hour period, they wrote.

I am left wondering how much of this ‘tracking’ is associated with our move to cloud computing? How much does Microsoft capture? And does Apple even provide like for like? Is their offering as comprehensive? I feel that in general we need to get better at appreciating data that is being collected.

via Audrey Watters

Liked HEWN, No. 281 (

One of the teachers in that NYT article, incidentally, penned a story arguing that the future of the classroom should look something like a Starbucks. (The future of education is big brands, the education reformers and education investors keep repeating.) Again, it’s one of those allusions that I think is supposed to be inspirational but I find just utterly terrifying. Is this classroom the Starbucks where the white lady manager calls the cops on young Black men who make her uncomfortable?

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I saw a Sleeping Beauty set today with my girls and nearly bought it, but thought it was maybe a bit indulgent =, Interesting how Lego has started marketing to adults
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I have not read the full report, but can I just that the longer I spend in a central position the more I recognise the need for trivial efficiencies. I have come to realise pedagogy of any sort is built upon a foundation of triviality.
Liked IBM’s Watson Was Supposed to Change the Way We Treat Cancer. Here’s What Happened Instead. (Slate Magazine)

Watson is great at publicity stunts—no article about it is complete without the requisite mention of the time it won Jeopardy (even, it seems, this one)—but A.I. is a very tough nut to crack, and one where the top computer scientists are in incredibly high demand. Those scientists aren’t going to the company with the best press, they’re going to the companies with the best A.I., and the best science. Ask anybody in A.I. about Watson, and you’ll be told in no uncertain terms that they’re an also-ran in an incredibly competitive space.

Replied to Too Long; Didn’t Read #163 (W. Ian O’Byrne)

I’ve talked about two factor authentication (2FA) in the past. Basically when you log in to a site/service, you need to give another proof of identity. In this case, you would insert the USB stick, or click the bluetooth sensor on your keychain.

This reminds me, I got given a Kubikey and never got around to setting everything up.
Replied to Freshly Brewed Thoughts: August 31, 2018 (

Just because all the people you interact with regularly are believers, doesn’t mean that we’ve managed to shift the status quo.

I find public speaking so interesting. I wonder if sometimes success comes down to confidence over what is actually being communicated? Personally, I get lost in being ‘correct’ or ‘right’ this leaves me feeling anxious at times. I loved your point about believers and the status quo. Personally, I wonder if I have read too much Deconstruction? Or maybe I just care too much? Really not sure.
Bookmarked Learning’s first principle – the most important thing i learned this year by dave dave (

Student separate into two categories… those that care and those that don’t care.

Simon Sinek suggests starting with why, while Brad Gustafson suggests starting with people. Dave Cormier suggests that what matters is if we even care. If we don’t have that then we are a bit lost.


The problem with threatening people is that in order for it to continue to work, you have to continue to threaten them

If we’re trying to encourage people to care about their work, about their world, is it practical to have it only work when someone is threatening them?

Once we jointly answer questions like “why would people care about this” and “how does this support people starting to care about this for the first time” and “will this stop people who care now from caring”, we have a place to work from.

I’m in this business because i think i might be able to help, here and there, with trying to build a culture of thinkers.

Bookmarked The “Always Check” Approach to Online Literacy (Hapgood)

One of the things I’ve been trying to convince people for the past year and a half is that the only viable literacy solution to web misinformation involves always checking any information in your stream that you find interesting, emotion-producing, or shareable. It’s not enough to check the stuff that is suspicious: if you apply your investigations selectively, you’ve already lost the battle.

Mike Caulfield continues his work on fact checking arguing that we need to develop the habit of doing check every time we engage with a new link. He makes the comparison with checking your rear view mirrors when driving.

Now imagine a world where checking your mirrors before switching lanes was rare, three standard-deviations-out behavior. What would the roads look like?

Caulfield focuses on two what is the site and is this new correct true. In a world where abundance is only a click away, maybe we are at a point where it is time to reassess what that actually means.

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