Redacting Science: #Texas Censorship

A school district in Houston {Cypress-Fairbaks ISD} has voted to redact chapters on vaccines and climate change, and parents and educators are worried Via Erum Salam, The Guardian I have to agree with this assessment from PEN America of this act: “A narrow ideological viewpoint is reshaping …

Authentic Writing vs AI Writing

Is it safe to say, without evidence, that most writers don’t write for the pleasure alone, but for money? And if they write for money, as part of their work or to publish, then their end goal is financial remuneration, so they can make a living wage? (No, no it is not…see note at the end of this …

AI Fears: #AI is Not Friend to Higher Education Professors #HigherEd #Education #EdTech #AI

I have to admit I love the doom and gloom of this article, Memo to Faculty: AI is not your friend. A FlowChart: Stages of AI Adoption in Higher Education For fun, I cooked up this chart in Mermaid code (so much fun!): Key Points Some key points from the article as identified by Claude.ai; my …

Concealed Handguns in TN Schools

What do you think? More guns in schools or not? My opinion is simple. Given the choice of being unarmed and facing an active shooter, it would be better to be armed. But most active shooters arrive well-armed with assault rifles. Would a pistol be sufficient? Tennessee Passes Bill to Allow Teachers …

AI In Schools: Misalignment of Values

Image source: Someone in a Facebook ChatGPT for Teachers group Great news, right? Custom GPTs will be usable by free users of ChatGPT, those custom GPTs will no longer be behind a paywall. The letter above was shared by an educator who is creating custom GPTs for his K-12 students to use. Can vs …

AI: Privacy is a Perk

It’s all about your privacy perspective, isn’t it? Free account? Expect none to little privacy, or whatever suits the vendor. Pro user? A possibility of privacy protection. Let’s juxtapose Ruben Hassid’s reaction to AI-powered video avatar with Perspective AI’s disclaimer to free users. See anything …

AI Fears: Lacking Evidence, Part 4

In previous blog entries, I shared a list of AI fears. Did those fears have any evidence? This is part 4 where I share the AI fear and an AI’s response with AI evidence. Skeptical? Good. I won’t mention the problem with confirmation bias, only remind you of Trecek-King’s quote: …

AI Fears: Lacking Evidence, Part 3

In a previous blog entry, I shared a list of AI fears. But, when I ran it through Trecek-King’s FLOATER acronym, the AI megaprompt suggested that while well-reasoned, the fears lacked evidence. Of course, it’s not that the fears lacked evidence, but that MY original post was missing …

Attracting GenZ to Teaching

In this article, EdSurge asks , how to attract GenZ to Teaching. But the article went on and on…so a summary of tactics via Perplexity helped cut through the words. I hope you find it useful…. What Would It Take to Attract Gen Z to Teaching? Early Exposure: Increase participation in …

AI Fears: Lacking Evidence, Part 2

In my previous blog entry, I shared a list of AI fears. But, when I ran it through Trecek-King’s FLOATER acronym, the AI megaprompt suggested that while well-reasoned, the fears lacked evidence. Of course, it’s not that the fears lacked evidence, but that MY original post was missing …

AI Fears: Lacking Evidence, Part 1

In an online course I co-developed, an educator wrote via AI the following question: What are we so afraid of in education that would make us not embrace this new technology in order to educate the future leaders of our world? A quick aside: Wow, it’s been so long since I posted something …

MyNotes: Writing by Hand

The verdict is in…again? it takes a lot more brainpower, as well as cross-talk between brain areas, to write than type. That’s a good thing for our brains. Not so much for the edtech industry which counts on selling devices to schools. My Notes Writing by hand…improves memory and recall of words, …

On AI-Generated Content

I don’t disagree with this… For my own part, I see no problem with AI-generated content if it’s accurate, well-written, and not intended to deceive. Via Stephen Downes, Stephen’s Web, OLDaily

The Fortune Cookie

“Working out the kinks today will make for a better tomorrow.” - Fortune Cookie A conversation earlier this week highlighted that there are times when a fast response isn’t the best one. As one gets older, it’s easy to look back and ask, “How might I have handled that …

Lack Of Freedom for #Missouri #Texas #Arkansas Women

Ajax and Cassandra by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, 1806 via Wikipedia Why does our culture endorse this approach? Makes me want to read Cassandra Speaks again. Missouri law requires women seeking divorce to disclose whether they’re pregnant — and state judges won’t finalize …

Technology in Schools: A Long History of Issues

Should we even be using AI given the negative impact on climate, the environment, on disadvantaged people? Or, as Helgztech put it so delicately: And you’re comfortable with exploiting the labor of those whose work was scraped to create the AI output? The unacknowledged writers and artists? …

What Starts Here Changes the World #education #politics #protest

This image from by Michael Minasi of KUT Austin is an eye-opener. via Nerve Endings Firing Away

Banning LGBTQ+ Teachers #Texas

“…banning educators who fall under the umbrella of being trans, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming is not only a violation of their rights, but also, it would do a huge disservice to students across the state of Texas.” via KXAN Sigh. Texas. I so agree with statements like this one: “It goes …

Survivor's Guilt: How Do You Handle Coworkers' Layoffs?

In education, I’ve noticed how important is for people to always be upbeat and positive. It’s a bit of a strain having to endure people doing their best to avoid losing it. If something bad happens, it’s important to acknowledge it. “Big” Reasons for Layoffs. What do …

Ads On My Windows 11 Machine?

To offset this foolish trend by Microsoft, I have been testing living 100% in Linux Mint on a Microsoft Surface (take that you ad-monger!). so far, not bad. Microsoft is starting to enable ads inside the Start menu on Windows 11 for all users. After testing these briefly with Windows Insiders …

The Budgetary Cliff: 2025

This has to be the scariest article ever…what will the impact be on all those professional learning facilitators, conferences, and more as the education budgets for countless districts implodes? How far will the shockwave reach as schools reduce in force? How will teachers caught in the mushroom …

AI: A Snake in the Academic Garden of Eden

That tempter of old has crept again into the garden offering forbidden knowledge, knowledge unearned and undeserved, once again. Tony Wan writes a wonderful article on the subject of AI, covering key points we must all remember as we rush to bite the apple from the tree of knowledge, forbidden …

HellDivers 2 Teaches Lessons

In the screenshot of above of my son and I, in transit to a mission, he’s the one determining which mission to go on, while I stand looking on off the left. “Get a cup of Liber-TEA,” yells a Helldiver as he flings a grenade into the oncoming horde of mechanicals. Yes, I have joined …

AI Creators Are Not Responsible for What Harm May Result #AI #mgshare

Leonardo da Vinci failed, if he hoped to keep men and women in ships safe: … I do not publish nor divulge [methods of building submarines] by reason of the evil nature of men who would use them as means of destruction at the bottom of the sea, by sending ships to the bottom, and sinking them …

Do Hard Stuff Daily

What about dental care? David Truss writes this sermon about doing hard stuff. But is dental care even mentioned once? Flossing is hard. Most dentists recommend it. Lots of people don’t do it. Harder Things Bring Results David Truss makes this point: Harder things bring results that you can see, …