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June 27, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video Of Yong Zhao’s Keynote Speech At ISTE

Professor Yong Zhao gave a terrific keynote speech yesterday at the ISTE Conference in San Diego (I wasn’t there, but followed it through Twitter). I’ve posted about many articles by Professor Zhao, and he’s contributed to my Education Week column.

Here’s a video of his keynote (thanks to Alice Mercer for letting me know ISTE posts videos of speeches). It’s embedded, and you may have to click through in order to view it if you’re reading this post on an RSS Reader:

Professor Zhao has also posted his slide presentation here, and sample chapters of his new book.

January 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two):

With new superintendent in place, L.A. school board gears for battle on charter plan is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Billionaire’s Charter Plan To Split LA’s School District.

Will the U.S. Supreme Court Gut Public-Employee Unions? is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

Strong Unions, Strong Democracy is by Richard Kahlenberg, and appeared in The New York Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

Supreme Court signals it’s ready to hand CTA, public unions big setback is from Ed Source, and that’s going on that list, too.

Where Are All the High-School Grads Going? is from The Atlantic.

What Easter Island’s colossal stone statues teach about the dangers of modern school reform is by Yong Zhao.

How to Fix the Country’s Failing Schools. And How Not To. is by David Kirp and appeared in The New York Times.

Seven Fallacies about Teaching is an interesting post from Icing On The Cake.

New L.A. schools chief favors steady progress and collaboration over drastic change is from The L.A. Times.

Arresting developments: Too many American schools use police officers to enforce classroom discipline is from The Economist. I’m adding it to The Most Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On South Carolina Officer’s Violent Arrest Of Student.

Foundation Influence in Education Policy Deserves Greater Scrutiny is from The Chronicle of Philanthropy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy

From Walton to Zuckerberg: How Education Philanthropy Has Changed is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Netflix chief announces $100 million fund for education is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America:

November 1, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

In another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I’m starting this weekly “Ed Tech Digest” post where I’ll share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Never Send a Human to do a Machine’s Job: Top 5 Mistakes in Ed Tech is by Yong Zhao. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

Pupils learn poorly when using most computer programs is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

This infographic doesn’t give the most objective explanation of these ed tech terms, but they can provide a quick intro to teachers new to the field. I’m adding it to My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus A Few From Other People) (thanks to Teach Thought for the tip):

Boundless EdTech Cheat Sheet

March 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: The Dangers Of STEM Obsession

It looks like Fareed Zakaria has been reading Yong Zhao’s writings.

He has just published a great column in The Washington Post titled Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous.

It’s a must-read that was shared on Twitter by Ron Ritchhart.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery.

Here’s an excerpt:

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January 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Videos: Intriguing New Documentary On Schools Called “Most Likely To Succeed”

A new documentary on education had its premiere this afternoon at Sundance. It’s called “Most Likely To Succeed.” I learned about it through a tweet by Daniel Pink.

I’m not entirely sure about its thematic focus, but it does include impressive people like Linda Darling-Hammond and Yong Zhao.

Here are some clips, including an interview with the filmmakers at the end:

CLIP 5 from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

MLTS Teaser: Vince from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

Yong Zhao from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

Linda Darling-Hammond from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

December 31, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory”

One day after The Washington Post published an expose of test-taking culture in South Korea (see Statistic Of The Day: This Is Why We Don’t Want Our School Culture To Be Like South Korea’s), The New York Times publishes its own Asian testing story — this one focused on China, Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Of course, scholar Yong Zhao has been raising these questions for years about China (I’ve written about his work many times in this blog), and it’s nice to see him quoted in the Times story.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery.

May 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech

'hackNY 2011 Spring Student Hackathon' photo (c) 2011, hackNY.org - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Most readers know that I’m a big proponent of using technology to help students in their learning process.

In fact, you can see a collection of applicable articles and related “Best” lists at The Best Advice On Using Education Technology.

Most readers also know I’ve got a lot of misgivings about how tech is being used in education, particularly in ways that seem to prioritize profit over learning (though that’s certainly not the only reason it’s being misused).

I thought I’d bring together a number of those kinds of “Best” lists, along with specific articles, and encourage readers to also contribute their own.

Here they are:

The Best Posts About The Khan Academy

The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s — Help Me Find More

The Best Posts On Computer-Graded Essays

A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools

Audrey Watters has written too many excellent posts to count on this topic at her blog, Hack Education.

Marketing Technologies in U.S. Public Schools is by Larry Cuban.

Framing the School Technology Dream is also by Larry Cuban.

Adaptive Learning Is An Infinite iPod That Only Plays Neil Diamond is by Dan Meyer.

Mind the Quicksand: A Word of Warning to EdTech Investors is from The Education Scientist.

Quotes: When Vendors Calls Themselves “Partners” is from This Week In Education.

I’ve written a fair amount about Internet Essentials in The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students. It’s Concast’s program to provide online access to low-income students. I have mentioned some skepticism about the program, but I was amazed about how much more skeptical we all should be of it. Read about it at The Washington Post, Why Comcast’s $10 a month Internet isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and at Quartz, Comcast promised poor Americans cheap internet, but most of them didn’t get it.

The History of “Personalization” and Teaching Machines is by Audrey Watters.

OPINION: A Distemperate Response to Silicon Valley’s ‘Edtech Revolution’ is from Ed Surge.

Bill Gates Is an Autodidact. You’re Probably Not. is from Slate.

Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops is from The Chronicle Of Higher Education.

Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away is by Clay Shirky.

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using With “Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb”

Can Students Have Too Much Tech? is from The New York Times.

Meet The Classroom Of The Future is from NPR and sounds awful.

iPads < Teachers is by Peg Tyre.

Ed-Tech’s Inequalities is by Audrey Watters.

Why Technology Will Never Fix Education appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

AltSchool, Media Hype, & the Dilemma of Innovation Stories is by Alexander Russo.

Quote Of The Day: Tech Is Not A Panacea For Schools

Never Send a Human to do a Machine’s Job: Top 5 Mistakes in Ed Tech is by Yong Zhao.

The New Yorker Features Ed Tech Run Amok

Five Things We Need To Know about Technological Change (Neil Postman) is from Larry Cuban’s blog.

 

The false promise of tech in schools is by Daniel Willingham.

What am I missing?

April 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Education Policy

''Wisconsin is Open For Business Closed for Schools'' photo (c) 2011, rochelle hartman - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Here are some relatively recent articles and blog posts on educational policy issues that are worth reading:

All schools should have good teachers is from The Los Angeles Times. I’m adding it to The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Both Why Teacher Tenure Is Important & The Reasons Behind Seniority-Based Layoffs.

How Seniority Reform Backfired In Minneapolis is by John Thompson. I’m adding it to the same list.

Evidence Based Education Policy and Practice: A Conversation is from Larry Cuban’s blog.

Evaluation: A Revolt Against The “Randomistas”? is by Alexander Russo. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

What Is A Standard Deviation? is from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to the same list.

A Brilliant Management Insight Helps Chipotle Retain Its Best Employees is an interesting article from Business Insider that I think has applications for the development of teacher leadership. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership.”

Big data: are we making a big mistake? is from The Financial Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven.”

Ainge: Analytics Sometimes Leads To Shortcuts is from RealGM Basketball. I’m adding it to the same list.

New Common Core exams will test whether a robo-grader is as accurate as a human is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Computer-Graded Essays.

The Classroom of the Future: Student-Centered or Device-Centered? is by Anthony Cody at Education Week Teacher.

A Teacher Offers Sound Advice to Tom Friedman is from Diane Ravitch’s blog.

Teaching as a Second Act, or Maybe Even a Third is from The New York Times.

One of many nails in the VAM coffin…. is from Better Living Through Mathematics. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation. Thanks to Alice Mercer for the tip.

Here is a VAM mathematical formula from Florida. I’m adding it to the same list.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On “Race To The Top” (& On “Personalized Learning”):

How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 5): Racing to the Past is by Yong Zhao. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results.

The Great Lakes Center has done an important review of infamous Raj Chetty, John Friedman, & Jonah Rockoff study on teacher’s value-added. I’m adding it to the list where many critiques of that study can be found, The Best Posts On The NY Times-Featured Teacher Effectiveness Study.

Classes of Donkeys is by David Truss, and offers some thoughtful commentary on the popular Class Dojo behavior management tech tool. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

On Using And Not Using ClassDojo*: Ideological Differences? is by Larry Cuban. Motivating is from ELT Reflections, and is also on Class Dojo. I’m adding both to the same “Best” list.

I’ll end this post with this tweet:

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