Trapezoid tables really do rule!! Bret Klankey @turnerusd202 THS teacher told me he had all trapezoid tables and that he liked what he could do with them in terms of classroom design. When I saw his room---I was blown away! I see why he swears by his trap tables. This isn't his only classroom setup with them. In this particular design, kids in inner table turn and partner up with outer table people easily. Fosters discussion and looking inward to the group.
When you think of an "app," do you think of something that you can open, hack, and change how it works? Meemoo wants to give you this freedom. If you can't open it, you don't own it. Meemoo is a framework that connects open-source modules, powered by any web technology. The way that the data flows from module to module is defined and visualized by colorful wires. If you can connect a video player to a TV, you can program a Meemoo app.
Such are the paradoxes of empathy. The power of this faculty has something to do with its ability to bring our moral concern into a laser pointer of focussed attention. If a planet of billions is to survive, however, we’ll need to take into consideration the welfare of people not yet harmed—and, even more, of people not yet born. They have no names, faces, or stories to grip our conscience or stir our fellow-feeling. Their prospects call, rather, for deliberation and calculation. Our hearts will always go out to the baby in the well; it’s a measure of our humanity. But empathy will have to yield to reason if humanity is to have a future.
So despite appearances, despite the feeling that things are accelerating and changing faster than ever, I want to make the shocking prediction that the Internet of 2060 is going to look recognizably the same as the Internet today.
Unless we screw it up.
And I want to convince you that this is the best possible news for you as designers, and for us as people.
"Social media has entered the mainstream as a go-to source for personal information about others, and many litigators have taken notice. Yet, despite the increased use of social media in informal civil discovery, little guidance exists as to the ethical duties — and limitations — that govern social media snooping. Even further, the peculiar challenges created by social media amplify ambiguities in the existing framework of ethics rules and highlight the need for additional guidance for the bench and bar.
This article offers an in-depth analysis of the soundness and shortcomings of the existing legal ethics framework, including the 2013 revisions to the American Bar Association’s model rules, when dealing with novel issues surrounding informal social media discovery. It analyzes three predominant ethics issues that arise: (1) the duty to investigate facts on social media, (2) the no-contact rule and prohibitions against deception, and (3) the duty to preserve social media evidence. While the first two issues can be adequately addressed under the existing framework, the rules fall short in dealing with the third issue, preservation duties. Further, even though the existing ethics rules can suffice for the most part, non-binding, supplemental guidelines, or “best practices,” should be created to help practitioners and judges navigate the ethical issues created by new technology like social media."
Had my students write "I wish my teacher knew___" It's a reality check.
"They just let me have it. They told me exactly what they thought I should know," she said. "When students feel like they have a voice, that they're heard, they're really more open. They're more able to take risks in school."
"Ultimately, I can’t find any categorical difference between a trick and a technique. They’re both problem-solving innovations, lying along a continuum that runs from “almost never useful” to “useful all the darn time.” A technique is simply a trick that went viral, and a trick is simply a technique that fizzled out after a single use." Excellent illustration of the "Power of 1" in algebra and "draw a useful line" in geometry.
"Online anonymity does more good than harm. I’m a pretty active Yakker; however, in the many months that I’ve been following the conversations on Yik Yak at numerous universities (and sometimes at airports when I’m really bored) I have only witnessed one case of harassment. There was an incident at a particular Midwestern university where one or perhaps a couple of Yakkers were making fun of a “guy who wears a pink hat”—the community then came to the rescue supporting the “pink hat guy” and made him a bit of a campus celebrity. Of particular note was the fact that bystanders used their anonymity for good and in order to shape the conversation more positively. Indeed, recent research has shown that anonymous online bystanders are more likely to intervene when they witness bullying."
"Make a simple html online picture slideshow from Flickr or Instagram and embed it on your webpage."
A "cisco fatty" incident on a much smaller scale. Could happen to anyone ... not sharing thoughtfully.
"If they follow the path of hearing aids, future generations of wearables will be more immersive, more complex, more difficult to troubleshoot, and more pervasive in their data collection. As long as we see wearables as toys or luxury goods, it is easy to write off these challenges. But there is a real opportunity for wearables to improve the lives of many in substantial ways just as they’ve improved my life since 1986. To realize those improvements, we cannot ignore these trends, and we must take wearables seriously as the indispensable tools they will soon become."
"People are increasingly turning away from mass media to social media as a way of learning news and civic information. Bakshy et al. examined the news that millions of Facebook users' peers shared, what information these users were presented with, and what they ultimately consumed (see the Perspective by Lazer). Friends shared substantially less cross-cutting news from sources aligned with an opposing ideology. People encountered roughly 15% less cross-cutting content in news feeds due to algorithmic ranking and clicked through to 70% less of this cross-cutting content. Within the domain of political news encountered in social media, selective exposure appears to drive attention."
"Go to Google. Type in "natural sugar versus added sugar."
Really. Do it.
Here's what you will find (link is external).
See the fifth post down? The one with #sugarkills in the title? The one just behind the post from Harvard and the post from The Food Network?
It was written by Daniel -- an eighth grader at my school and a leader of a pretty motivated group of middle schoolers (link is external) who are out to change the world. They have been working to raise awareness about the sugar in the foods that we eat on a regular basis for the last two years. There are 113 posts on their blog (link is external) -- all ungraded work generated during lunch time. In less than two years, they've gotten over 20,000 page views from 117 different countries and all 50 states.
Not bad for kids, right?"
"this New York Times article. You should read it (play it? experience it?) and then come back so I can explain why it’s what math curriculum could and should become."
Kids are learning a distorted view of the digital world "that reflects the fears of adults rather than the aspirations of youth."