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They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith rode into North Dakota via an August 2015 TEDx talk promoting his film Most Likely to Succeed. Greg Tehven, founder of the Fargo-based tech incubator Emerging Prairie who has ties to social impact investing … Continue reading They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith knows good storytelling has the power to sway people’s opinions and has the money to buy the best messaging. His first outing was “Most Likely To Succeed” a documentary screened nationally with … Continue reading Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!

Data Unicorns? Tech Giants and US Dept of Ed Form Alliance to Leverage Student Data — Without Parent Consent.

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog.  Project Unicorn: Billionaire partners promoting data interoperability and online “Personalized Learning” When the Unicorns “protecting” student data are interoperable with the Unicorns taking it, parents and lawmakers might want to pay attention. According to Technopedia, … Continue reading Data Unicorns? Tech Giants and US Dept of Ed Form Alliance to Leverage Student Data — Without Parent Consent.

2011 Video: Personalized Learning’s Plan to Replace Teachers? “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. …in short, it’s not Blended Learning in my definition if you’re not changing your staffing model and that’s where this gets tough because you’re talking about differentiated staffing. That means different levels, and distributed teaching. That means some … Continue reading 2011 Video: Personalized Learning’s Plan to Replace Teachers? “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

Tracking for the Rest of Us

Wages and benefits are a function of supply and demand. If there are too few of a particular worker to meet employer demand, wages and benefits go up. If there’s too many workers, employers can cut compensation, knowing that among … Continue reading Tracking for the Rest of Us

Living the Gig Life: Tom Vander Ark’s Plans for My 6th Grader

That my kid was a potential stepping stone to the introduction of the entrepreneurial spirt – so valued by those pushing the gig economy – into our public school and also a source of financial gain to boot, was a … Continue reading Living the Gig Life: Tom Vander Ark’s Plans for My 6th Grader

An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

On August 5th Alison McDowell was a guest on KEXP’s news program Mind Over Matters. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below ( be patient – it takes a little bit of time for the … Continue reading An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum