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Double-edged Generosity 

American elites are monopolizing progress, and monopolies can be broken. Aggressive policies to protect workers, redistribute income, and make education and health affordable would bring real change. But such measures could also prove expensive for the winners. Which gives them a strong interest in convincing the public that they can help out within the system …

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Social-democratic Capitalism 

It’s true that Denmark doesn’t at all fit the classic definition of socialism, which involves government ownership of the means of production. It is, instead, social-democratic: a market economy where the downsides of capitalism are mitigated by government action, including a very strong social safety net. - Paul Krugman from Something Not Rotten …

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Living Versus Imagining 

What if one of the make-or-break achievements in life is learning how to grapple with the following challenge: Live in the present, but imagine in the future. What if that is much easier said than done? What does it take to really imagine in the future? How does one really assess the "present"? What if the desire …

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Collaborative Action 

By Xavier Vergés As a optimistic skeptic of "collaborative design processes," I wonder if should instead approach such collaborations as "collaborative action" processes. What specifics would that change invoke? How could we re-tune our expectations for outcomes by shifting away from "design" as an outcome?

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Meritocracy is a Joke 

The term “meritocracy” was coined by sociologist Michael Young in his 1958 satire, The Rise of Meritocracy. Pro-tip: he was satirizing meritocracy, and was not happy that his work led to the popularization of the idea as a positive political philosophy. (I’ve recently run across this history in Edward Luce’s book, The Retreat of Western …

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Strage Prize 2017 with Nathan Holbert 

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Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Brian Hughes.

The Strage Junior Faculty Prize committee honors Nathan Holbert as the 2017 Strage Prize recipient. Dr. Hobert is the Assistant Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2014, shortly after arriving at TC, Holbert founded The …

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Falling Upwards 

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The Most Flexible Immersive Learning Space 

A bold title? Not when you're talking about the Smith Learning Theater. In Gary Natriello's words, it "underscores our commitment to producing unconventionally collaborative, custom-designed, authentic learning experiences that are playful, valuable, and inspiring." I'm grateful to have played a role in bringing this space into existence for the past 3 years. I'm excited to see …

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Progress and Imagination 

Talk of racism in the U.S. has grown tremendously this year. I feel a key underlying issue of racism itself is a lack of imagination, or effort to use one's imagination in such a context. "Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) Take a Knee"   Why are some people racist? Do they feel superior to others? …

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Notes on “Augmenting Education” 

VR gear at a Facebook event in 2015 I have a recurring vision of a dilapidated 19th century classroom full of children with VR goggles strapped to their heads. It’s worth considering why this could be both a nightmarish vision and a reasonable, near-term goal for anyone who cares about public education... Here is a …

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“IX” Design: Designing for Immersive Experience 

I've been thinking about a new "IX" focus for designers and educators: Immersive (I): Multimedia is used to surround participants. Experience (X): Participant experience is organized by a story. How can these dimensions help participants achieve substantial new knowledge (i.e., information, perspectives, and/or values)? Other elements that seem important: Participant interaction is planned. Sequential elements are planned and rehearsed. This might lead to new sub-genres of …

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On Moral Leadership 

NYTCREDIT: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times On this day, hundreds of thousands of people are marching together throughout the world to protest Donald Trump's inauguration yesterday. I write in sympathy with these marchers, with the hope of creating more understanding between the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump, and the 66 million who did not. (Yeah, it's …

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Skeptically Optimistic 

The hat. The slogan is deeply judgmental yet optimistic: "Make America Great Again." Until now, a week away from the inauguration, I've mostly turned a blind eye to it. But there it is, now firmly lodged in our collective imagination. There is some truth in it. K-12 education education in America isn't "great." But it never …

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My 47-Step Plan to Make America Less Bigoted 

But for 79,646 votes cast in those three states,  the next president of the United States. - Philip Bump, The Washington Post So, Hillary lost. We're descending into a dark period of American politics, and you've dedicated your life to education. What can and should you do now? First, read "Now is the time to …

Posted 21 months ago by

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Essential Reading, Re: Democracy 

Working on a collection of articles to read and consider in relation to the coming "Time of Trump."

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Making of a Learning Theater 

"Library Orientation" in the Learning Theater, Summer 2016 by Yuntong Man I just had the great fortune of spending two days with Leakey Foundation members exploring the meaning of evolution (and human origins) in relation to the theme of "human survival." It was an amazing experience led by seven thoughtful and well-spoken scientists speaking about diverse topics such as physiology, …

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Post-Rock Star Teams 

Valerie Aurora, Mary Gardiner, and Leigh Honeywell have co-authored a great blog post "No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities". The article is primarily about supporting women, but it's also a great read on making more supportive, collaborative, creative teams. It's probably worth taking another look at Godin's Linchpin with ideas …

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The Perfect Team? 

Cross-posted from my EdLab blog: There's a don't-miss read in the Times about teams at work: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team I think we aspire to build strong teams across our whole organization, but this is a great reminder about habits and indicators that will help us continue to …

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I wanted to be Todd Howard 

When I was 15 years old, I definitely wanted to be Todd Howard: On November 10, Howard’s latest project arrived like a thunderclap: Fallout 4 is the biggest game his team has ever made, a Skyrim-sized post-nuclear world brimming with more than 100,000 lines of spoken dialogue, coupled to a mammoth crafting system fed by all those wasteland odds …

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