In schools we have the great privilege of choosing how we represent all kinds of families. This couple, featured in the NY Times, is a great example to share with adults and children of all ages. It is essential to allow our communities to see many different kinds of families, and this is just one. Bookmark it.
This video is a commercial for a new set of toys for girls that challenges limited views of what girls want to play with. Watch these great kids sing and build a dream-like Rube Goldberg device. Girls rock!
This kid warms by heart. He teaches clearly, accessibly, about transgender identity, while also sharing a resource, the book When Kayla Was Kyle.
Watch, and learn:
Phone addiction has spread far and wide. I see it amongst my friends, my family, my colleagues, my students, strangers. Really, everywhere. Not everyone, yet, but I'm getting worried. I am an educational technologist. I love technology. I am writing on my laptop while listening to Spotify remote streaming to my TV. But, things go awry when it interrupts our ability to love and interact with each other.
I feel like maybe we're on a pendulum ride that has swung way over to one side, and we'll swing back a bit. I hope so, because I'm not loving blind compulsion to "interact" with our devices. We should control devices, and not the other way around.
This video spoke to me so clearly in exhibiting this phenomenon. I hope you take 2 minutes and 11 seconds of dedicated (no multitasking) to watch it. It's sad in some ways, but so spot on.
The video of a small child grappling with the ethical questions around eating meat is a powerful example of a teacher (his mother) getting out of the way while her child goes through an entire philosophical investigation from start to finish. I often say that, as teachers, sometimes our job is just to get out of the way. Here's why:
I just used Posthaven's shockingly-simple Posterous importer to pull all of my 300+ blog posts here to Posthaven. Over the years I have written this blog on Wordpress, Typo, and Posterous. Today I moved to Posthaven, even though they have almost no features. Notice, you can't even leave a comment on this post. Yet.
I am not sure why I am confident in them, but I already am. I was struggling getting my three blogs moved to various services, and with Posthaven, they are all easily back again under one roof, as it was under Posterous. My other option was Tumblr, but there is just something about Tumblr, I can't put my finger on it, that I don't like. Not to mention I would have had to pay the JustMigrate.com team to move my posts to Tumblr. I don't mind paying, actually, I pay for this Posthaven account ($5/month) covers all of my blogs. Tumblr just wasn't it for me, even though they have many features like blogging apps for Android and iOs, and integrated Disqus comments.
For now, I am feeling at home at Posthaven. Let's see how their features roll out over the next few months. I, for one, am excited.
For all my friends out there that need a pep talk, this is the kid who is going to give it to you.
Cameron Russel speaks truth to power in this shot, elegant TED talk where she challenges assumptions about modeling. She makes the viewers confront their own stereotypes, while raising awareness of how she benefits from stereotypes (sometimes) while others suffer. Her understanding of privilege is sophisticated and nuanced, and she shares it with us with ease.