4 Words You Should Never Say to Your Boss | Brazen Life
An important reminder for us educators to beware things like, “I am a math teacher.” Implies a certain focus of the job. While it might sound corny, I wish we called ourselves “facilitators of learning.” That covers all manners of work in a school/learning setting!
Brand New IDEO: Michael Hendrix and Paul Bennett on the Global Design Consultancy’s Upcoming 24-Hour Make-a-Thon – Core77
“We build to think.” IDEO uses a Make-a-Thon to engage in a creative ideation exercise about… itself. What if schools did this more?!
Capturing the character of the IBM brand | VSA Partners
Great two-minute piece about IBM brand. Strong lessons for schools.
“We don’t try to manage the IBM brand. We try to manage our character as a business. And we’ve never defined IBM by what we’re selling. So if we’re not going to define our brand by what we make, what defines us? And it comes back to this notion of our corporate character. And that’s our belief system and our purpose and our mission and what makes us us. We tend to that and the brand takes care of itself.”
Dept of Ed Report Encourages Sharing Across Disciplines | EdSurge News
“The entire third chapter covers the potential for combining data from traditionally siloed systems to better address student needs.”
Part 3 of 3 of @appratt’s series on US DOE Expanding Evidence Report.
‘Expanding Evidence’ Report Tempers Research With Design | EdSurge News
“In each of these examples, the design-based approach to continuous improvement involves multiple stakeholders sharing and reflecting on many kinds of evidence. But in common practice, designers, researchers, technologists, and teachers work in silos. Or at least, they hang out all too infrequently. Innovators who can successfully cross disciplines, on the other hand, have the potential to build powerful education interventions by combining evidence and problem-solving approaches from different professional communities.”
Part 2 of 3 in @appratt’s series about the US DOE Expanding Evidence Report.
Latest Department of Education Report Urges More Collaboration | EdSurge News
3 part series from @appratt about US DOE “Expanding Evidence” Report. Calls for collaboration among sectors – corporate, social innovation, education [like Unboundary 7.0] to innovate education in more profound and meaningful ways.
Mozilla’s Debuts Open Badges To Showcase Out of School Learning and Skills | EdSurge News
“SHOW ME YOUR BADGE: Away with the gold stars. The Mozilla Foundation officially unveiled Version 1.0 of its Open Badges project at the Digital Media and Learning Conference this week. It’s the culmination of eight months of beta testing and development, during which over 600 companies, non-profits, foundations, and other organizations have issued over 60,000 badges.”
What a Startup and a School Have in Common | EdSurge News
“A couple of weeks ago we posed the question, What Happens When You Cross a School and a Startup? Voilà, Clever on Campus was born.”
Design Thinking Comes to Independent Schools – Independent Schools, Common Perspectives – Education Week
Let’s Save Great Ideas from the Ideas Industry – Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review
While I do not agree with the general blanket that Haque lays over “TED thinking,” I am stirred by his insistence that heart and action are required and not just sharing of cognitive ideas. Haque’s writing is writing that I seek to challenge me. Because I watch (consume?) so many TED talks, this seems an important challenge to me. To us.
“To me, this is the greatest and truest failure of today’s idea industry: it is a mind without a heart. TED thinking cheats us of the better angels of our nature; of ethos itself, the highest, truest, and noblest of all the arts of human thought.
“Great ideas, then, demand something from us — something more than pleasure. They demand more than just our “attention” — and far more than our standing ovations. They demand not just our eyes, wallets, and hands, but our hearts, minds, and souls. They demand our heartbreak, our hurt. They demand our minds don’t just “accept” — but, as critical thinkers, object, protest, question.”
Sparks and Experiments: The Right Way to Manage and Execute Side Projects – 99U
“What if they created an entire product division, meant to execute internal “what if…” and “wouldn’t it be cool…” ideas?”
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