Hey gang. It’s been a bit, but life has been… crazy. However, I’m rounding the bend on a number of projects and have breathing room again.
I did manage to find about an hour each week to watch the final season of Picard—by far the best season—and a quote from Captain Shaw in the final episode really struck me. His recorded review of his first officer, Seven of Nine, described how she was reckless and a rule breaker. But, very often, the rules she was breaking were probably already broken anyway.
My message to you, keep breaking the rules that are already broken. Trust me, there are plenty of them out there.
And now, for this week’s 10 Things…
10 Things Worth Sharing
- Somehow, I’d never watched Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” until I had to do so for classwork. What a shame. Of course, Daniel Day-Lewis is superb, but so is just about everyone else in the film. If you want to catch a small glimpse into what it took to get the 13th Amendment passed, spend 2.5 hours with this film. Or read the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin that goes into much greater detail on Lincoln’s political brilliance.
- In other classwork explorations, I’ve read Joseph Rost’s Leadership for the 21st Century. His idea of a “new school of leadership” has me thinking about how digital learning coaches like myself should apply this thinking to our jobs. Promising stuff I’ll talk about more soon.
- The National Educational Technology Plan is being revised as we speak for the first time since 2017. Of course, the world of educational technology is entirely new since then. Project Tomorrow is hosting listening sessions for a number of stakeholder groups if you’re inclined to let your voice be heard.
- The final meeting of my teacher fellowship happened this past Tuesday, and we began planning the professional development event we’re hosting for our district in June. As my fellows struggled to come up with session ideas they believed were “good enough,” I reminded them that what may be obvious to you is amazing to others.
- Ethan Mollick has a new paper on Using AI to Implement Effective Teaching Strategies in Classrooms: Five Strategies, Including Prompts
- Some great ideas for using Midjourney at the college level that can likely be adapted to K-12, as well.
- If you’re like me and you’re missing your weekly dose of Logan Roy, you can hear actor Brian Cox cover the entire history of ancient Rome in 20 minutes.
- I love seeing old maps and the arbitrary borders they show that are arbitrarily changed even today. Of course, you can see how an area changes over time with Google Earth, but you can also overlay historic maps on Google Maps.
- Career and competency-based education programs continue to grow here in the United States. My own district is remodeling our old elementary school into a new CTE center with multiple pathways for students to explore, many of which may lead them directly into a career right after graduation. College isn’t the path for everyone, and I’m excited to see that apprenticeships are on the rise here in the US.
- Personal news: I’ve pretty much abandoned Twitter. I still check in with the folks I want to hear from, mostly professional connections. I’m moving to Mastodon for many social interactions. Also, I’ll be adding ActivityPub to my blog to better syndicate content. Come hang out with the cool kids 😉
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