Monday, February 24, 2014

The New RTTT


The Sochi Olympics are completed and the results are in. Total medal count:
  1. Russia - 33
  2. U.S. - 28
  3. Norway - 26
  4. Canada - 25
Everyone should be proud of all their athletes, but winning is what really counts. The top 3 countries can celebrate their success, but a closer look at the results tells a different story. Which countries are getting the greatest value per medal?

In this blog post from Karl Fisch he makes a comparison between Olympic expectations and educational expectations.  When medals/10 million population is ranked the U.S. is 22nd at 0.5 and Norway is 1 st at 27.9. So who is really the better country? What if Olympic results were held to the same standards as educational results?

Friday, February 14, 2014

It's Complicated

Whenever danah boyd has something to say I listen. So I watched a webinar with her as she discusses her new book It's Complicated .
It's Complicated - A Conversation with danah boyd - Come join us  for a special conversation with EdTechTeacher Co-Founder, Justin Reich, and author, danah boyd to discuss her new book, It's Complicated, a landmark ten year study based on hundreds of interviews with teenagers about their lives, online and in the physical world. In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity. boyd's new book provides important new insights for parents and educators looking to better understand how social media plays into young people's lives and learning. Come join us to discuss this important new book.
I am sure I will watch this video several time because danah and Justin have so much food for thought, but for right now the theme I want to work with is "literacy for life". The recording of the webinar is here for your viewing pleasure.