Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
by James West
"...let's take a look at Sorkin's "facts", as presented in the episode. How do they measure up? Let's go line-by-line through the scene above."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Television has never been better. In the last few years we have seen the appearance of more dramatically great TV shows than history has conditioned us to expect. Everyone has their list of favorites, but some examples include Mad Men (in the early years), Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Ray Donovan, and for me Newsroom. I probably watch way too much TV for a person with a job. But I digress...
In these largely dark electronic worlds of greed, corruption, hatred, venality, excess, hunger for power, coupling and uncoupling, brutality, and violence this week's episode of Newsroom contained a few moments that made me sit up and gasp. I refer to its treatment of global warming and environmental catastrophe -- and its contention that we have passed the point of no return -- that things are so bad we can't make them right again.
Well, that really made me sit up and take notice. I found myself thinking about little else for the past few days, whenever there was a spare moment. I came to wonder if those ideas were fact of fiction...really, I wanted to know.
So, I spent a good amount of time online looking to see if anyone else was thinking along the same lines. Low and behold, I came across this article on the Mother Jones website. Author West says Aaron Sorkin's science is pretty right on, although he spins the outcome a bit more optimistically than the Newsroom character Richard Westbrook does.
This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for West's inquiry and reportage, as well as for Sorkin's ability to make the environment dramatically compelling.
PS-The comments after the article are pretty interesting too.
by Lindsay Zoladz
"Hatsune Miku, one of Japan’s most famous pop stars, has been 16 for the past seven years. She wears her cascading aquamarine hair in pigtails that skim the ground when she dances, and according to stats offered up on her record company’s website, she stands five-two and weighs about 93 pounds. She has opened for Lady Gaga, collaborated with Pharrell, and sung more than 100,000 songs, dabbling quite literally in every genre imaginable. If you’ve heard of her, you’ve probably heard her described as a “hologram”; maybe you’ve also heard people say she doesn’t exist. But both of these are the kind of misnomers that are liable to send her legions of die-hard fans — and there are 2.5 million of them on Facebook — into cardiac arrest. (Don’t even think about calling her a cartoon.) She is, depending on whom you ask, a harbinger of a radically collaborative future in pop music or a holographic horsewoman of the apocalypse. Indeed, last month, shortly after she made her much-discussed American-network debut on The Late Show With David Letterman and shortly before her two headlining shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom, a New York Times headline wondered, “Does Hatsune Miku’s Ascent Mean the End of Music As We Know It?”
Jim Lerman's insight: There has to be some connection we can envision to harness this phenomenon to serve education, don't you think?
by Eric Sheninger
"Times are changing, but educational leadership still requires vision, intention, and flexibility. As technology challenges us to move beyond our comfort zones, educational leaders must adapt. This is not as new -- or scary -- as some leaders might think. Leadership is no different today than it was years ago. The difference is that focus, awareness, and style need to evolve with the times if we’re to prepare students for a dynamic, social, connected world. Leadership is about action, not position.
Teachers, kids and students (of all ages) can be highly motivated to work around Expo Milano 2015. The issues are challenging and involve the whole planet; they are also relevant to our everyday life.
by Anne Jolly
description by MiddleWeb SmartBrief
"Educators wanting to add art into their science, technology, engineering and math lessons should consider using it in real-world applications to maintain the advantages of STEM learning, middle-school STEM curriculum designer Anne Jolly writes. She suggests using applied art as part of product or logo design, performance or persuasive writing to communicate project purpose, or creative, artistic methods for brainstorming project ideas. "
by Darrell Etherington
"Google is already leading the pack in terms of tablets and notebooks sold to K-12 education providers, according to recent numbers from research firm IDC, and now it has gained another powerful new ally: The New York City Department of Education. The NYC CIO has signed on with Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education, as par of their approved and supported (from an IT standpoint) tools for this school year, and they’ve also built a guide to help teachers in their district get started."
by Michael Hart
"Excelsior College will partner in a plan to help higher-education institutions provide competency-based education (CBE) programs to their students.
by Brian Busteed
"A few months after Gallup released findings from the largest representative study of U.S. college graduates, there is much to ponder. The Gallup-Purdue Index surveyed more than 30,000 graduates to find out whether they are engaged in their work and thriving in their overall well-being. In simple terms, did they end up with great jobs and great lives?
"We learned some stunning things. But one of the most important is that where you went to college matters less to your work life and well-being after graduation than how you went to college. Feeling supported and having deep learning experiences during college means everything when it comes to long-term outcomes after college. Unfortunately, not many graduates receive a key element of that support while in college: having a mentor. And this is perhaps the biggest blown opportunity in the history of higher ed.
by Sonali Kohli
summary by EdSurge
"At The Equity Project Charter School in NYC, teachers (who are neither tenured nor union members) make a base salary of $125,000--although almost half did not return for a second year. But despite these losses, students achieved significant test score gains."
by Riger Riddell
"The journal Research & Practice in Assessment on Monday released its Special Issue on Big Data & Learning Analytics. (A flipbook version of the issue is also available.)
"RPA arranged the issue's content in a progressive manner, starting with a definition of big data and explanation of its processes and expanding to more complex overviews of systems currently in use at institutions, as well as MOOC analytics.
by George Joseph
"Last year, Wendy Heller Chovnick, a former Teach For America manager, spoke out against her former organization in The Washington Post, decrying its “inability and unwillingness to honestly address valid criticism.” In recent years, such criticism has centered on Teach For America’s intimate involvement in the education privatization movement and its five-week training, two-year teaching model, which critics claim offers recruits a transformative résumé-boosting experience but burdens schools with disruptive turnover cycles.
by Grover Whitehurst, Matthew Chingos, and Katharine Lindquist
"Under current teacher evaluation systems, it is hard for a teacher who doesn’t have top students to get a top rating. Teachers with students with higher incoming achievement levels receive classroom observation scores that are higher on average than those received by teachers whose incoming students are at lower achievement levels, and districts do not have processes in place to address this bias."
by Marquis Cabrera
"Harvard recently created a new course that started this semester - Data Science in Education: Big Data, Learning Analytics and the Information Age - with the intention to teach educators and social innovators the basics of big data. Teaching this class is Harvard's Charles Lang, who says,
"Personally, I have watched LinkedIn's Machine Learning: The Basics, with Ron Bekkerman, and have worked hard to grapple with learning predictive analytics techniques. This is why I am pleased that Harvard created a class for social innovators because big data is changing the way all industries, including the social sector, are doing business."