Digitally Lit #264 – 10/17/2020
Welcome back to Digitally Literate and issue #264.
Thanks for showing up this week. I appreciate you.
This week I worked on the following:
- Be the Documentarian of Your Life – Document your thinking online to lead to new inspiration.
- Protect Your Center – The challenges and opportunities as we struggle with an internal vs external locus of control.
- The Doorway Effect – Do not let your shadow walk you. You are not a slave of the past.
- Writing For Yourself – Do you write for yourself…or for others?
- Trouble Sounding Stupid – How do we support individuals as they leap out on that stage and speak their narrative?
- Work Like a Maker, Not a Manager – Schedule and protect time for creativity and building.
- Become a Digitally Literate Educator – As a reminder, I’m building up an open, online course for educators in Pre-K up through higher ed that want to be digitally literate in teaching, learning, & assessment.
The School of Life channel on the challenges of understanding your own minds. We’ve spent decades on the earth before we’ve grasped even very basic things about who we are and how we function.
It’s not for nothing that the Ancient Greeks felt philosophy had only one command: Know yourself!
This story hit close to home this week.
When people ask what I do, I usually don’t dig into my research or development. To keep things simple, I suggest that I teach teachers. This usually derails the discussion. 🙂
As I help prepare teachers for the field…and support them while there are there…I try and pay attention to the challenges present in/out of the classroom.
This post discusses the challenges of toxic positivity and the need to support educators. This post was quickly, and emotionally, shared by many of my peers.
As a society, we need to make a decision about the value of educators in our systems. Stop treating teachers like baby sitters the whole year, and then sending them a Starbucks giftcard one week a year. Pay teachers. Support teachers. Treat teachers like the professionals they are.
Burnout occurs when the distance between the ideal and the possible lived reality becomes too much to bear. That’s true of the workplace, and that’s true of parenting.
The common denominator among millennials, then, is that we’ve been inculcated with the idea that failure — like our failure to find secure employment, or save enough money to buy a house, or stave off an avalanche of medical debt — can be chalked up to simply not trying hard enough.
For more than a decade, Mark Zuckerberg could care less about politics as Facebook became a global force.
His recent political moves are part of an effort to protect his company from pressures that range from antitrust scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic to criticism of its privacy practices and of its role in disseminating misinformation and conspiracy theories.
The truth of the matter is that Facebook throttles traffic and amplifies some voices while silencing others. The algorithms that manipulate human behaviors are largely unintelligible for regular users.
Read more in this thread from Clara Jeffery.
But…at least Zuckerberg indicated this week that the social network would update the algorithm to ban Holocaust denial statements. So…there’s that. ¯(ツ)/¯
The problems with Twitter’s attempts at anti-disinformation in the run-up to the US Presidential election
We’ve talked quite a bit about the misinformation war underway around the globe. This has kicked into high gear as we inch closer to the 2020 US Elections.
Doug Belshaw breaks down the problems as Twitter seeks to deal with disinformation on their network. As Belshaw notes…these networks are an existential threat to the US election.
Students are hungry for what English teacher Dave Stuart calls moments of genuine connection, small instances when teachers connect individually with a student.
Students need to be respected, seen, and heard. Moving direct instruction online may allow time for more of these connections in class.
Some great guidance from Ben Kuhn on how to set up an awesome video conferencing hub.
We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.
Spent some time listening to the best protest album of 2020 while finalizing this issue.