Showing posts from January, 2007

Is Your CEO, Jack Nicholson's movie Character?

"You can't handle the truth!" yells Jack Nicholson's character in A Few Good Men. Kevin Jarrett (NCS-TECH blogger) plays the part of Tom Cruise in teasing out the truth, as blushes in the transparency of the open courtroom, the blogosphere. The shout echoes through the chamber, dying in the silence. The truth as to why the scene is so engaging is that people CAN handle the truth--to think otherwise is, well, dumb. In the Cluetrain Manifesto, that seminal work, the following appears: Companies need to listen carefully to both. Mostly, they need to get out of the way so intranetworked employees can converse directly with internetworked markets. Corporate firewalls have kept smart employees in and smart markets out. It's going to cause real pain to tear those walls down. But the result will be a new kind of conversation. And it will be the mos…

Act Without Encumbrance

Some wonder if politically charged questions should be asked on a blog. Maybe truthful questions would be better. . .if they are politically charged, one has but to remember that truth is what it is...we cloak it with our fears, hopes and joys. Blogging is just for sharing what you're learning, reflecting about, right? It's also a safe place where educators can wonder what life would be like if politics had NOT invaded the situation. In an entry on, the blog for leaders, the blogger wonders... I may be asking a politically incorrect question on an educational blog, but as a new administrator who must look at the data and figure out how to get all students proficient on the state mandated tests, I bet I am not the only administrator to be asked this question from teachers or community members.
Can All Students Learn? If only more administrators had bothered …

Redemptive Conversations

Today, I stumbled across 4 blog entries that seemed to relate to the same theme--Change. Sure, there were tons more to wade through, including mine, but I found myself drawn to these stories. The last blog entry I read--and, probably didn't understand completely because it was so thick, dense with ideas...compacted---was one from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. I'm fortunate to find my way through even one of her blog entries, since there is so much rich stuff there. One of the ideas that jumped off the screen at me was this one: Rather reflection in action, transparency in our process via conversations with experts on the Web will enables us to spend time exploring why we acted as we did, what was happening in a group and so on and inform our practice as we move forward. In so doing we develop sets of questions/answers and this informs our ideas about our activities and practice. …

Put Yourself At Risk

Challenge yourself, put yourself at risk, take a chance on learning. Start a blog, take a moment to be introspective and share that introspection with a larger audience. But that isn't the way it works, is it? Consider this post by Peter Rock at GNUosphere in discussing acceptable use policy with a group of students: Students must not transmit unauthorized, copyrighted works (such as movies, music, games, etc.) over the school network. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking”, I said. “But let me be clear on one thing. Regardless of what you or I think of the ethics, the legality is something else. Many of you may have a solid argument as to why it should be OK to do this but the fact is, it’s illegal. Doing so is irresponsible and we can’t let you as it puts the school at risk.”. .Sorry to let the extremists down. This school won’t be used as a site for civil disobedience. Don't…

Transformational Transparency

Or should that read, "transformative transparency?" I like the latter better. Transparency can be transformative because it allows us to see exactly what's changing, or that change is even occurring. Who among us hasn't been fascinated by the human embryo as it grows in the mother's womb? I know I was fascinated to see the stages of development, the growth of a human being while still in the womb. Whether it was still pictures or a video, the insight into what was happening thrilled me. I was seeing something countless generations had been unable to see before technology. Sylvia Martinez (Generation YES) asks the questions that bring this blog post on, causing me to reconsider this topic again. What if the technology is so transformative that it can’t be ignored? What if the learning experience could not be achieved without the use of technology? Isn’t that t…

Resurrecting the Blogger

Over at blog, there's a blog entry about the "Death of a Blogger Part II." One of the points that Ryan Bretag makes includes this one: The bottom line is that blogs need to evolve or face a sure death of stagnation and lack of change capability. For me, it starts with evaluating how well blogging is functioning as a collaborative tool that adds value to the educational community. He goes on to write: There are times when I ponder what the goal is for the edublogger community. Obviously, there will be those that immediately move to the power of blogging is that it is about the individual; it is about whatever that person wants it to be about.

While this is true, I would hope the end goal for edubloggers is improving education and that the goal of individual blogs or community blogs will focus on how they are helping to achieve this larger co…

YouTube Liberating Force

One of the videos that I immediately downloaded from YouTube was the UCLA Police incident involving a student in the library who was hit with tazer blasts. It is a powerful video clip, made all the more meaningful because it was recorded by another student using a video-camera-phone, then uploaded to YouTube. There are several videos like this on YouTube--someone documenting injustice in an impromptu way with the technology tools at hand. Since I find these stories great illustrations of how technology enhanced an individual's power to connect and collaborate on problems that might have been under-reported by mainstream media, I like to collect them. Here's a story that came to me via D'Arcy Norman: , where I quote from one of the sources mentioned: In case you missed it, here is the Youtube link showing the confrontation at Montebello between Union organize…

Every Day

I love Karyn's conversation about her move...go read all of it. It speaks to me of leaving home for a place where we find it hard to find ourselves in our surroundings (the "no me hallo" phenomenon). Here's the excerpt that caught my attention: For years I had been wondering why I was here. If it was so divinely ordained, why the heck did I feel so out of place? Then Ron Lubensky threw me a lifeline, and that was the beginning of the meme. Ron is a Canadian by birth, but he lives in Australia. Has done for 20 years. He related how his accent and Canadian-ness remain an object of curiosity for people. He related this exchange: "How long are you here for?" "Forever" "How often do you go home?" "Every day" Every day. Every day. Doh! I wrote that on a piece of paper and stuck it n…