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Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

Eli Pariser makes a great point about the dangers inherent in online "filter bubbles."

Seth Godin asks What's high school for?

Seth Godin says:

Perhaps we could endeavor to teach our future the following:

Dear 16 year old me

Here is an absolutely amazing video shared by Karl Fisch. Please share it with your students.

 

Idea: Have your grade 11 and grade 12 students create their own public service video for their 10 or 12 or 14 year old selves. 

How do you see yourself?

Venn diagram - geek, nerd, dork

(image credit: dullhunk)

Peer observation vs teacher evaluation

The basic model for teacher improvement has three assumptions.

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Social media for parents

Reprinted with permission from our school's Imprint magazine.

On May 2nd, at 6:00 PM, Stratford Hall will be hosting a social media bootcamp for parents, with myself leading the workshop. The intention of the night is to teach parents some of the basic issues with social media, and how parents can be proactive in helping their children understand these issues.

Donor's Choose for Global Education

I just sent off this email to someone in the UNESCO office for Global education. What do you think?

I teach kids, not subjects

I listened to a podcast recently where a teacher made the claim that his job is to teach chemistry, not values, and I would argue that if this was really the case, he is failing at his job. If we think of values as being a set of cultural norms, then it is easy to argue that it is impossible to engage in the act of teaching without teaching values.

A constructivist approach to symbolic logic

First, some background. Symbolic logic is a way of taking ordinary sentences, and turning them into mathematical statements, and then examining the truth value of the sentences by working in the symbolic form. An example of a complex argument which was completed using almost all symbolic logic, see Gödel's theorem.

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