Before you speak, THINK!

The Student Affairs department at Butler University put out this page to ask faculty members to consider what they share online. No doubt, the idea, also shown above in a face-to-face environment, should apply to all messages regardless of their mode of transmission. If that’s true, should we be teaching students to THINK all the…

The good, the bad and the ugly

The good news is that the participation gap is narrowing, in some sense, with projects targeting the digital divide being backed by giants like Alphabet (Google’s parent company). Project Loon, which deploys balloons extending connectivity worldwide, and Project Link, a more down-to-earth (pun intended) and fast-acting project deploy optic fiber connections across Africa. The bad…

You are what you post

Mary K. Choi’s (@choitotheworld) 2016 account of how 4 teens in different parts of the United States use social media was quite the read. In it, she captures insights on how teens (I love the term ‘screenagers’, hinting at the amount of screen time) use social media. The language teens use in the digital world…

Reflections on copyright in the digital age

Yes, attribution is important. Yes, teachers have to model the appropriate use of digital media. Silvia Rosenthal’s work at Graded, together with Meryl Zeidenberg helps address this perceived lack of time in two ways. Firstly, by providing a sweet flowchart that lets designers know what type of attribution is necessary when borrowing work. Secondly, by…

ICYMI: The IB (still) loves acronyms.

Total acronym count: 11 This week I am completing the IB Educator Network (IBEN) training on the new Programme Standards and Practices (PSP). This training is for workshop leaders (WSL’s) and other IBEN members so that we can (1) model the new standards in our own schools and, (2) update how we approach workshops and…

Backstreet’s Back, Alright!

My wife and I both have a similar upbringing. Our families relocated frequently in our teens and settled in a big city towards the end of our parents’ careers. All my life, I’ve been a traveling man. Music was a big thing in her family (her brother is a piano virtuoso), but not so much…

Planning for tech or solving with tech?

Harvard used to offer a post-grad certificate on “Teaching to Standards with New Technologies” through its Graduate School of Education WIDE program. The bulk of the 2-year course involved elaborating units that made use of a planner resembling the UbD model. The first criterion for deciding to use technology is to think about what instructional…

Reflections on a soigné dinner for two

The special dinner for two I had planned as my personal research project finally happened last Friday. Here’s what was on the menu. The dishes and ingredients ended up not needing a lot of translation, but Taobao (China’s “Amazon”) came to the rescue (with Chrome’s automatic translation, of course). I was even able to order…