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My 25% PD

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I didn’t pose my 25% PD last week. For some reason I am finding it harder and harder to actually sit down and write. I find it really easy to sit down and read. I’ve probably read more in the past year then at any other time in my life. That’s a good thing I guess, I just have to remember to take time to reflect on what I’m reading.

Healthier Testing Made Easy : A great article on assessment from Edutopia and a related link to a Grant Wiggins video interview .

Miguel Guhlin : Do I have to say any more? Will somebody please go over to Miguel’s house and take away the Deep Change book…and then ship it to me. 🙂
If you haven’t been reading Miguel’s blog lately you are missing out on some great postings. Everything he writes is worth reading but here are a few of my favorites over the past two weeks.

Absolute Surrender


Not a Whisper


3 Simple Ways to Bypass Filters

and just so there is no mistake about it myspace.com myspace.com myspace.com . The thing that I find interesting about this whole filtering conversation is, shouldn’t I be the one complaining? I live in China, which has been in the headlines a lot lately about the filtering of content. Funny thing is, I think I have less content blocked here in China then most schools in the United States. Interesting.

Bud the Teacher: Podcast: Myspace, Myspace, Myspace

Learning Is Messy (Brian Crosby): Response To: Powerful Beyond Measure I lost this blog for awhile, but glad I found it again. So much great stuff here!

TechCrunch: Update on Pandora/Last.fm Mashup for the latest and greatest in web 2.0 tools you have to love TechCrunch. I am a huge fan of Pandora and will have to look at this mashup a little closer.

2 Cents Worth: Just read everything here!

Weblogg-ed: Will’s back and at the Milken conference. Some great reflections from a non educational gathering of brains.

Because we are celebrating TV Turn Off week here I am only on the computer during school hours. So at home the TV and computer have stayed off all week allowing me to catch up on some of book reading.

Finished Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century : My favorite part of the book was the stories at the beginning. I’ll put this book in my professional library to give to teachers as a resource and starter book when talking about the new skills needed in the 21st century

Millennials Rising : I’m about half way through this book now and enjoying it. There are a lot of good stats in the book that can be used for presentations.

The Search: Should finish this book tonight. A great look at the history of search and Google. I graduated in 1994 from high school, so to think that 95% of this book forces on changes and inventions since I left high school is weird. I remember in the late 1990s when search was growing and before the dot com bust that every day I was using a different search engine. A friend would recommend this one, or that one. Search was everywhere. I remember using Google for the first time in Saudi Arabia in late 2002 when someone in my Master’s course recommended it as a search engine. The rest as they say is history.

I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.

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