I came across an insightful blog post over at The Innovative Educator about handing-in assignments vs. publishing them.  The thought had never occurred to me before, but in reading about it, it "clicked" and I think it makes perfect sense.  Why would a student email their professor a Word document when they could just simply post their assignment to their blog and share the link with their professor.  Obviously, there are a range of scenarios where this could be problematic, but there are just as many cases (or more) where this would make so much sense in terms of fostering students who consider the broader impact of their thinking and writing and see themselves as participating in the braoder discussion of their topic through the act of completing their homework.

As a builder of learning tools, the same tracking mechanism for collecting assignment could be adapted to support this blended model of handing-in/publishing assignments.

One thinker on the topic of education and education policy who I mentioned this to earlier today, Jimmy Dahroug, mentioned the impact that having a student's assignments available publicly online might have on them over time as the Internet remembers everything.  This was seen as a possible breach of privacy or at least a risk to students who may express immature or improper viewpoints at a young age that they later regret.  My response that this type of blended model should be paired with some additional curriculum about reputation management and encouragement for students to act wisely whenever they post something publicly online – whether homework or their feelings about My Little Pony.

For our readers not familiar with blended learning, it is the mixing of different learning environments to create richer educational experiences for students.  It's a model that does not threaten the traditional classroom, but rather extends it.

Please checkout the promo video about Waywire featued below.

I think they hit it right on the nail when they said:

"we are the first generation that makes less on average than our parents generation".  

I'm not an expert on foreign policy, but wasn't the Arab Spring fueled by youth who were tired of having a bleak econmic outlook for their future?  Aren't there paralels right here in the states?  It's time that American youth had a platform for real news and media engagement that was not dominated by the same powers that fueled the economic mess that we're in and don't feel the same challenges that the generation gradating from college now feels.

This project is in it's early stages, so it's unclear yet if it will succeed, but I am rooting for it.  I hear about it from Mayor Cory Booker's twitter feed because he is one of the advisors.  If anything, at this point from a Good to Great perspective, it looks like they are getting the "right people on the bus."  

What do you think about this project? 


The Malcolm X Foundation Presents Malcolm X Weekend May 18th & 19th in Harlem, NYC

On Saturday, May 19, The Shabazz Family and the recently revived Malcolm X Foundation will host a day-time block party festival in New York City to honor and celebrate El-Haj Malik El Shabazz's 87hh birthday, declaring "MAY 19 IS MALCOLM X DAY!"

The event will comprise of the community celebrating Malcolm X with poetry, speeches and entertainment. Specific details have yet to be determined. However, local elected officials, community and educational leaders expect to be in attendance.

The vendors include food, music, education based products, books, merchandising, and community organizations.

The family friendly event will be held at West 165th Street, between Broadway (Dr. Betty Shabazz Way) and St. Nicholas Avenues. The event is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Shabazz Center's annual program that celebrates the life and legacy of Malcolm X will immediately follow in The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, located at 3940 Broadway (between W 165th and 166th Streets).

Earlier, on Friday May 18th, fans are welcome to celebrate the life and legacy of Malcolm X at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem from 5 to 9 p.m.

This year, we worked on promoting the Freedom Sisters traveling exhibit at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, in New York City. The Freedoms Sisters is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Cincinnati Museum Center. It is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, bringing to life 20 African-American women, from 19th-century to the present-day, whom have fought for equality in the United States.

On February 17, 2012 the Windows Team published post on their blog revealing the design of the new Windows 8. At first the logo perfectly symbolizes their new Metro-style design principles in the new operating system. They even make an effort to go back to the root of Windows, which is "windows" in the original logo that came out in the early 90s and not the flag.

I loved it at first; but, then, started to have some serious reservations against this new logo. Something was missing-It felt bland and extremely flat, seemed as if the life was sucked out of the former logo, in order to only accommodate to the new Metro-style. This leap into the future seems so big that it's forgetting the past. In the attempt to be innovative, even from a design perspective, it's apparent brand-loyalty has been completely compromised in this new logo. Bowing down to become so modern, simple and contemporary almost feels as if they want to follow Steve Jobs' Apple-style and not creating their own verity of their future. Whenever you have a costumer-base, as vast & significant as Microsoft, you want to make sure that you keep them loyal, this includes how you chose to brand yourself and/or change your branding. When people get used to seeing logos, for 25 years, for example, like Microsoft, and you suddenly change your signature logo, your customers may not necessarily take kindly to the change, especially when it is fundamentally different from the same logo that they've seen for the past quarter-century. People who are loyal to a company, feel like they have a vested interest in that company itself, they develop psychological & emotional attachments to a company, and when something about a company suddenly changes, especially when it's something like a logo-change, it may draw people away from the product that a company is marketing.

Which one would you choose?

So, I've tweaked what I thought was missing from their logo. To me, it seems to now keep a certain identity they have had for the last 25 years. It feels vibrant and lively, yet keeping it simple and tamed. It pays homage to the past and heads straight to the future.