Liked Mixed – Remixed | Eylan Ezekiel (ezekiels.co.uk)

We need better ways to talk about those of us who are mixed… than…’Mixed’. But, that said – there are more important systemic issues to tackle first, around ethnicity, class, gender, and power  – where those of more singular identities need intersectional understanding, activism and political support to change things for the better. There is a huge amount of work to be done yet.

And that’s where We – the ‘Mixed’ can come in.

Who better to help build bridges than those who have spanned multiple worlds their whole lives?

Who better to help heal the pain and fear of different ‘sides’ in the culture wars than those who’ve had to manage these uncomfortable feelings within their families and themselves?

Who better to show that in a world of ‘Either/Or’ there is joy in ‘And’?

Replied to Corana exposed the Tradio Tzar | Eylan Ezekiel (ezekiels.co.uk)

Briefly – On to the substance of Tom’s tweets. I know the UK #edtech world pretty well, and I have never heard anyone say that tech can or should replace the human relationship between a teacher and a learner. In fact, even the great satan in the trad’s bestiary – Sir Ken Robinson says that this human contact is the fundamental element of education. The affordances of technology to support learning are real – and, while there are serious issues we should all be talking about (such as the claiming of our classrooms by VC data pirates – read Audrey Watters people!)

Thank you for your reflection Eylan. I was reading a different piece on the failure of edtech and was left thinking about how this differed from the work Audrey Watters.

We do know — that is, we have decades of research that demonstrates — that some ed-tech works okay for some students in some subject areas under some circumstances. We also know that all of those qualifications in that previous sentence — which ed-tech, which students, which subject areas, what sort of circumstances — tend to play out in ways that exacerbate existing educational inequalities. Under normal conditions, ed-tech is no silver bullet. Why the hell would we expect it to be now?!

Although EdTech has issues, these are often intermingled with a wider system at work. I imagine that Watters would be just as critical of pedagogical practice or classroom strategies. I also never see any discussion of ethics or privacy in these edtech takedowns.

As you touch on, there is a need to move the debate forward, to include more nuance. I am just not sure if discussions of ‘boats in times of floods’ achieves this.

Listened TIDE from tidepodcast.org

This episode to celebrate the life of Dai Barnes is co-hosted by Doug Belshaw and Eylan Ezekiel, featuring contributions from friends and listeners to the TIDE podcast.

Show notes

Reflecting on the death of David Bowie, St Vincent suggests that “we have lost a hero, we have lost a friend”.

I felt something similar when hearing of Dai’s passing. I never met Bowie and never met Dai. With his passing, I was left reflecting upon the impact TIDE has had on my life.

I have listened to every episode, often sped up, but listened none-the-less. Although there were many of Dai’s arguments that challenged me and others that I disagreed with, his manner was always positive. I was always grateful for his openness and honesty. This is what I will miss the most and feel had the biggest impact on me as a learner.

My favourite memory is when he shared his failed job interview where he found himself standing on-top of a table. Priceless!

Thank you Doug and Eylan for compiling this celebration of Dai’s life.

Bookmarked An Open Heart (Eylan Ezekiel)

Dai was no saint, and he’d hate it if I wrote this post in a way that denied his faults – as it would be bullshit. But I thought he was special. Someone who I’d have in my life for a long time and who’d bring more colour and depth of feeling (more of that selfishness!). In many friendships, this is a balanced thing – where both parties ‘invest’ in a relationship… and love is often experienced as a transactional thing.

Liked Digital Governance by Eylan (Eylan Ezekiel)

Through using digital tools in the cloud, governance at Larkrise Primary School has been made more effective and easier to manage. Though we’d recommend it, this is not about the technology, but about a shift in culture. There is more we could do and would love to connect with others using similar approaches.