#MustRead Shares (weekly)

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  • Eventually, Ventilla envisions AltSchool technology facilitating an exponential increase in the amount of information collected on students in school, all in service of expanding the hands-on, project-based model of learning in place at the six private school campuses the company currently operates in Silicon Valley and New York City.

    tags: data analytics bigdata assessment #MustRead #mvifishares school model school3.0

    • data scientists would then search the waters for patterns in each student’s engagement level, moods, use of classroom resources, social habits, language and vocabulary use, attention span, academic performance, and more.
    • would be fed to teachers, parents, and students via AltSchool’s digital learning platform and mobile app, which are currently being tested
    • AltSchool’s 50-plus engineers, data scientists, and developers are designing tools that could be available to other schools by the 2018-19 school year.
    • AltSchool is almost certain to provoke a backlash from parents and privacy advocates who see in its plans the potential for an Orwellian surveillance nightmare, as well as potentially unethical experimentation on children.
    • The term “big data” is generally used to describe data sets so large they must be analyzed by computers. Usually, the purpose is to find patterns and connections relating to human behavior and how complex systems function.
    • Analytics generally refers to the process of collecting such data, conducting those analyses, generating corresponding insights, and using that new information to make (what proponents hope will be) smarter decisions.
    • replacing the top-down, slow-moving bureaucratic structures that currently shape public education with a “networked model” in which students, teachers, and schools are connected directly by information and thus capable of learning and adapting more quickly.
    • ‘Montessori 2.0’: a kind of supercharged version of the progressive, project-based learning often found in elite private schools and privileged enclaves within traditional school systems.
  • HT @MeghanCureton
    I’ve been amazed at the attention my latest blog post has been receiving and I’d love if you guys checked it out!! https://t.co/zhQ4SXkXfH

    tags: grades learning #MustRead School Change #mvifishares eportfolio

    • If I had to put a date on when points became my main priority, I would say it was my first day of high school.
    • You could be wondering “Why doesn’t she want to focus on simply learning?” My answer is very easy. No one has time for that. Just as my day is split into 7 periods, so is my time after school. There is only so much I can do and only so much that I can handle.
    • If I learn now, I’m denied a bright future of learning later.
    • When I hear the frustration of my teachers about the desperation students have for points, I feel two things: guilt and a longing to be able to say that I don’t live on points and I fully submerge myself in my subjects. But that possibility seems untouchable, a million miles away.
  • HT @AngelKytle

    tags: entrepreneurial iDiploma School Change school model school3.0 #MustRead #mvifishares innovation

    • Their incubator ensures that young people are well positioned for college admissions and academia with a potent orientation toward autodidactism.
    • Their teaching emphasizes three strands of personal growth for their students: Authentic Leadership, Personal Development, and Autodidacticism.
  • “design thinking can help everyone form the kind of lifelong habits that solve problems, achieve goals and help make our lives better.”

    HT @AllisonToller

    tags: design thinking nytimes com #MustRead #mvifishares

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  • tags: productivity #MustRead mindfulness

  • tags: idiploma MVIFI Student Voice AP #MustRead #mvifishares School Change

  • tags: nais Maker #MustRead #mvifishares STEM STEAM

  • tags: serendipity innovation creativity iDiplomaSeminar reading list #MustRead #fsbl observationjournals

    • A surprising number of the conveniences of modern life were invented when someone stumbled upon a discovery or capitalized on an accident: the microwave oven, safety glass, smoke detectors, artificial sweeteners, X-ray imaging. Many blockbuster drugs of the 20th century emerged because a lab worker picked up on the “wrong” information.
    • While researching breakthroughs like these, I began to wonder whether we can train ourselves to become more serendipitous. How do we cultivate the art of finding what we’re not seeking?
    • “As their highnesses travelled, they were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of.” And he proposed a new word — “serendipity” — to describe this princely talent for detective work. At its birth, serendipity meant a skill rather than a random stroke of good fortune.
    • serendipity as something people do.
    • “non-encounterers”; they saw through a tight focus, a kind of chink hole, and they tended to stick to their to-do lists when searching for information rather than wandering off into the margins.
    • “occasional encounterers,” who stumbled into moments of serendipity now and then.
    • Most interesting were the “super-encounterers,” who reported that happy surprises popped up wherever they looked.
    • You become a super-encounterer, according to Dr. Erdelez, in part because you believe that you are one — it helps to assume that you possess special powers of perception, like an invisible set of antennas, that will lead you to clues.
    • In the 1960s, Gay Talese, then a young reporter, declared that “New York is a city of things unnoticed” and delegated himself to be the one who noticed.
    • discoveries are products of the human mind.
    • As people dredge the unknown, they are engaging in a highly creative act.
    • What an inventor “finds” is always an expression of him- or herself.
    • Some scientists even embrace a kind of “free jazz” method, he said, improvising as they go along: “I’ve heard of people getting good results after accidentally dropping their experimental preparations on the floor, picking them up, and working on them nonetheless,” he added.
    • an incredible 50 percent of patents resulted from what could be described as a serendipitous process.
    • capable of seeing “patterns that others don’t see.”
    • That’s why we need to develop a new, interdisciplinary field — call it serendipity studies — that can help us create a taxonomy of discoveries
    • A number of pioneering scholars have already begun this work, but they seem to be doing so in their own silos and without much cross-talk.

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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#MustRead Shares (weekly)

  • tags: impact #MustRead PBL design thinking

  • Sometimes the impetus for making is a practical problem. Other times, play, curiosity and imagination are the motivators. Regardless, researchers from Harvard’s Project Zero agree, “maker experiences help students learn to pursue their own passions and become self-directed learners, proactively seeking out knowledge and resources on their own” (Agency by Design, p. 3).

    HT Parker Thomas
    @JimTiffinJr @boadams1 @TJEdwards62 @craigyen thought you might enjoy reading this about teacher pd. https://t.co/B3Belz7pvP

    tags: Maker makered makereducation agency #MustRead badging resources

    • The nature of maker-based learning actively engages students, nurtures their agency, improves efficacy, and develops a creator or producer identity instead of a (passive) consumer one.
    • In Thomas’ experience, too many people fail to reflect on WHY they’re choosing certain tools, and HOW those tools will be integrated into the curriculum and culture of school.
  • So the question becomes: how do we get better at using design to create impact?

    An answer that has been gaining traction is education.

    tags: design design for social impact design thinking impact #MustRead higher ed degrees

    • Impact Design Hub spoke with Sara Cornish and Josh Treuhaft, two graduates from the inaugural class of the School of Visual Arts’ Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program, a two-year, cross-disciplinary MFA program, which aims to teach students to address social challenges through systems-level design thinking and offers one of the first graduate degrees in this field.
    • Yeah, and I think there was an understanding that we were not only joining the program, but also helping to build it, which was really exciting. I remember that the interviews were so filled with anticipation. They told us, “This is going to be amazing. You’re going to be part of something that’s an absolute first. You’re going to help trailblaze the field.”
    • it was never explicitly about learning the way to design for social innovation. It was more about teaching a variety of different thought models, processes, and tools that you can use for various types of work relating to social impact. Ultimately, the program is about systems thinking and how things are connected to each other.
    • Framing and strategizing and mapping is great, but at the end of the day, actually putting things in the world and seeing what they do is really important.
    • If you treat your thesis and your projects as real opportunities that could lead to some sort of impact or change and take it all seriously, you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish.

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