Half-finished or half-baked? 004

Random musings. Half-finished (and quite possibly half-baked) thoughts.
Things that have caught my eye…

Interesting perspectives on the infamous software study

Are we infantilizing adolescents?

The digital Taliban?

Attendance, technology, and placing blame

It’s all about the leadership …

… but we have to give them some decision-making power

Wiki wiki wa, wiki wa, wiki wiki wa


Unconscious racism

The way data-driven decision-making ought to be

Global challenge

Accountability for teacher prep programs

Violence in schools

  • If you were worried about violence in American schools, check out this UNESCO report.

A national platform for an anti-evolution Kansan?

When standards shift

Annie has the final word

If we stop using the tools of the real world at the school door, then what does school have to do with the world of the student? [at the FPS Technology Focus Blog]

Half-finished or half-baked? 003

Random musings. Half-finished (and quite possibly half-baked) thoughts.
Things that have caught my eye…

Helpful school guidelines

Ewan McIntosh kindly shares
East Lothian’s self-publishing and social media
for students and for staff:

Commas rule. Comma rules.

Jim Coe shares his awesome presentations on comma rules. I’m
quite partial to Rule 1. These are
great for teachers looking for examples of interesting and effective pedagogical
uses of technology. Thanks for the link, Global

Hoochie skirts

Regarding teacher dress codes, Miss
Profe asks
, “Would we take a trial attorney seriously if he came to court
dressed in a Hawaiian print shirt and board shorts? Or a hoochie skirt and
midriff-bearing top?”

Madison dust-up

There’s a battle raging over the Madison (WI) school district’s decision
to turn down $2 million in Reading First money:

Teen lit

Despite concerns about media immersion (television, music, Internet, etc.),
teens are
reading like never before

Remember the Celestine Prophecy?

Check out David Truss’ Web2.0 Prophecy.

We need a plan. We really do.

Higgins nicely extends
my contrarian
post regarding Web 2.0
. Thanks, Patrick!


for New York’s state test don’t measure up
. There’s probably a lawsuit in
there somewhere. The last two paragraphs of the story are spot-on.

Have I mentioned that I like Seth Godin?!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Half-finished or half-baked? 002

Another installment of my ongoing
series of half-finished (and quite possibly half-baked) thoughts
that are
running through my head…


The Adminwall

I really like Jeff Utecht’s term, the “Adminwall.” This is
exactly what
I was talking about
way back when (my first post ever!).

School culture

How fabulous would it be if schools’ organizational cultures were like

And where
do YOUR administrators park?

Imagination is dangerous

For all those of us who think schools should foster imagination and
creativity, The Onion gives
us fair warning

Did You Know?

and I keep getting e-mails about Did You
I actually met someone today who hasn’t seen

Also on the small screen

A couple of videos worth watching:


Last, but definitely not least, LeaderTalk is off to a great start. If you
haven’t checked it out yet, it’s a hoppin’ place…

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Half-finished or half-baked?

Here are some thoughts that are running through my head as we head into the weekend. They’re either half-finished or half-baked. I’m not sure which…

Silence (or else)!

I found a sad Tom Turner post through Alice Mercer (thanks, Alice!). Here’s a blurb from the original story:

A Roman Catholic elementary school adopted new lunchroom rules this week requiring students to remain silent while eating. The move comes after three recent choking incidents in the cafeteria. No one was hurt, but the principal of St. Rose of Lima School explained in a letter to parents that if the lunchroom is loud, staff members cannot hear a child choking.

Does anyone else think the school could have handled this differently?

Not so flat yet

As George Siemens reminds us, the world isn’t so flat yet. Karl Fisch’s presentation, Did You Know?, highlights that China, India, and others are up-and-coming, but the reality is that their gross domestic product per capita is still way below that of other countries.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The quest for readers and subscribers is as old as printing itself. Lifehacker recently profiled some suggestions for bloggers who wish to increase their number of RSS subscriptions. Of course Lifehacker’s suggestion is the best of all:

Of course, our favorite method here at Lifehacker is to provide awesome content (ahem).

Speaking of half-baked ideas?

Just in case we take our 2.0 selves too seriously

Dewey (or don’t we?)

I’ll conclude with this wonderful quote from Chris Lehmann, which I was reminded about by a recent post from Carolyn Foote:

It’s really not about the computers. School 2.0 is older than that. School 2.0 is the tradition of Dewey. School 2.0 is born out of the idea that active, engaged, constructivist learning will lead to active, engaged students and people.

Is the difference this time that the ‘progressive’ approaches that Dewey advocated are increasingly being recognized by corporations and others as having economic value, as being essential economic drivers?

Have a great weekend, everyone.