This past weekend, a friend of mine insisted that we watch a reading of Frederick Douglass’s Fourth of July speech. I’m so glad he did. What a powerful reminder of how far we have to go as a nation. As a response, I created this data visualization of the frequency of the four most frequently used words in the speech: ...Read More »
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University of Georgia education professor Peter Smagorinsky published this insightful commentary on the state’s assessment practices. Here’s a highlight: Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Roman poet Juvenal posed the question, Quis custodiet ipros custodes?, or Who will watch the watchers? The problem and challenge of making the authorities accountable remains today. In rushing untested policies into practice without providing the resources ...Read More »
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Thanks to Google Books, you can check out quite a bit of my new book, The Hidden Role of Software in Educational Research: Policy to Practice. Take a scroll. You might also like: My First Book is Out! Book Review: Software Takes Command How to Do New Literatures It’s A Book, BookRead More »
From a recent Atlantic article: MOOCs have since lost their hype, undergoing flameouts and suffering from poor participation and competency rates. A University of Pennsylvania study of 1 million MOOC users who participated in 16 of the school’s Coursera classes, for example, found that only about half of the registrants viewed even a single online lecture and that the average ...Read More »
I’m proud to share that my first book has been published by Routledge. It is a sustained analysis of the role of technology in educational research, policy, and practice. In it, I weave anecdotes from my experiences working with technology as a teacher, district official, consultant, and researcher with reviews of research, putting forth a critical framework that replaces “technology” with “software.” ...Read More »
This video of Harvard’s B.F. Skinner demonstrating the merits of “teaching machines” is haunting: the same promises and phrases he offers are still very much in vogue today. Sigh. You might also like: “Personalized” Learning in 1922 Common Scores Video for Nothing? Questioning the Value of Video in Online Learning [link] Online learning is “Better than nothing”Read More »
This Kickstarter by Solomon Kahn left me with giddiness and hope. Kudos to Mr. Kahn for putting his tech skills to use and creating a product that can be used by journalists and the public to hold elected officials accountable. Check this out and fund away. You might also like: The Problem of New York’s inBloom Defense Educating the NY ...Read More »
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Bring in the Shakespearean fools. Social media has been abuzz in response to John Oliver’s critique of the current education reforms. I’m struck by how artists and comedians inform the public about important issues like education. They’ve been doing so for longer than it sometimes seems. Here’s a list of some of my favorites: 1. Thomas Nast’s “The New Board ...Read More »