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Day: June 26, 2011

Program or be Programmed

Thanks to @ChadSansing for sharing this video with us during the National Writing Project Hackjam today.

We need to teach kids to program their lives, instead of being programmed. Watch this video, and you’ll understand what I mean.

Hacking Bill Gates – What I wish he was tweeting

Hacking Bill Gates tweets

Using Mozilla’s Hackasaurus Goggles, I’ve revised Bill Gates tweets so that he is posting the stuff I’d like to see him posting. Read his (edited) tweets carefully…

What is a hacker?

What is a hacker?

As part of the National Writing Project Hackjam at SLA today, we were asked to describe what we thought a hacker was. I decided to "hack the activity’ a bit, and I crowd-sourced the project. The above montage is what was created. 

Science Leadership Academy

Science Leadershup Academy

It’s not obvious from this picture, but the Science Leadership Academy is not a fancy looking building. It’s also not a very large building, and when I walked inside the building, I didn’t feel like I was in an amazing place. The open learning spaces were an interesting feature, but are certainly not unique to SLA.

The message I got is that a strong school is not about the building, it’s about the people. So before you go and build your fancy building, remember to make sure it contains the supplies you’ll need, and that you support the work people will do in the building.