Another Think Coming

AI and Audible

This is worrisome news…I love the audio stories via Audible, especially narrators like R.C. Bray and John Lee. I sincerely hope other narrators won’t lose their jobs. I understand why it is happening but sigh. In November, Amazon announced a tool that lets authors transform their eBooks into …

GB1: Harnessing #Adobe Express: The Blogger's Ultimate Toolkit for Content Creation

Photo via Pexels Guest blog by Leo Krause, Outreach Coordinator at Adobe Express In the fast-paced world of digital content, bloggers are constantly on the lookout for tools that can simplify and enhance their creative process. Adobe Express emerges as a powerhouse, offering a plethora of features …

Dropbox Breach

Oops. How many is this now, Dropbox? We’re reaching out because on April 24th, we became aware of unauthorized access to the Dropbox Sign (formerly HelloSign) production environment. Upon further investigation, we discovered that a threat actor had accessed Dropbox Sign customer information. You …

Guest Bloggers Welcome

Welcome to the Guest Blog category. This area will feature guest blog entries from colleagues as well as others. I retain editorial control over the guest blog entries, however. Topics A blog entry where you share how you’ve had “another think” about a topic due to new evidence. …

Writing by Hand

Reach for paper and pen… a paper published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests, concluding that “whenever handwriting movements are included as a learning strategy, more of the brain gets stimulated, resulting in the formation of more complex neural network connectivity.” source

3-2-1: Med-Gemini #AI

“Could the problem be pleurisy?” I was standing at the emergency room of a local hospital chatting with an ER doctor. A family member had been suffering something that was driving her crazy and sent her to emergency room several times, causing for sleepless nights. “Yes, it could …

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? …

Evidence vs Certainty and The Constitution of Knowledge

As I’ve shared in the past, one of the reasons I started Another Think Coming was how often I found myself revisiting old ideas that were no longer accurate or reflective of new information. You wake up one morning and the preponderance of the evidence has forced you to reconsider what you …

Book Bans: History Cover Up

Ruby Bridges on book bans: The excuse that I’ve heard them give is that my story actually makes, especially White kids, feel bad about themselves… “I believe that it’s just an excuse not to share the truth—to cover up history. I believe that history is sacred—that none of us should have the right …

Relief that Makes You Weep

What relief I have as a parent that my children made it through college, one of them persevering through the COVID pandemic to graduate. Relief that makes you weep, especially when I read the following: Most students at colleges that close give up on their educations altogether. Fewer than half …

The Impediment: Where Your Heart is Set

Doesn’t this sound familiar? “Remember that it’s not only the desire for wealth and position that debases and subjugates us, but also the desire for peace, leisure, travel, and learning. It doesn’t matter what the external thing is, the value we place on it subjugates us to another . . . …

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

AI at Work

despite many generative AI tools being readily accessible, most people don’t know how to apply them to their work. (source) Interesting. Maybe folks don’t want to use AI because it will learn about their work from the questions and context data they train it on. I have found people love AI …

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 …

Dark Use of #AI in School Setting

What a shocker. The principal who was targeted actually got removed from work for a bit. Baltimore police have arrested Dazhon Leslie Darien, the former athletic director of Pikesville High School (PHS), for allegedly impersonating the school’s principal using AI software to make it seem as …

UNESCO released a 2023 Global Education Monitoring Report

UNESCO released a 2023 Global Education Monitoring Report. As you might suspect, the report makes these claims. The Fading Attraction of EdTech I had a laugh (then a cry) about this image: Image above via Larry Cuban on Technology in Schools as cited by Dr. Gary Ackerman (@garyackerman@qoto.org) …

Meta.ai Launches: Guardian of Privacy?

Ok, you’ve heard that Meta.ai is now available for free. The question is, “What features are in place to secure your data? Can you trust Meta/Facebook/Threads/Instagram/Whatsapp/Messenger?” Facebook, now Meta, has faced numerous privacy issues while maintaining its supremacy as the top social media …

Ruthlessly Evaluate Every Classroom Tech Tool

I love the title of this article by Jessica Grose: Every Tech Tool in the Classroom Should Be Ruthlessly Evaluated It makes me think of a gardener ruthlessly pruning roses in a garden, pulling out weeds, making space for growing things. Ok, that’s the extent of my gardening knowledge. …

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 …

All is Well

“All is well” by Henry Scott Holland

Reports of #AI Being Dumb Shouldn't Stop You

Image Source: Generated in Bing’s Image Creator AI, then modified with Sketch.io. Based on Craig Alanson’s Expeditionary Force series featuring the best AI of all, Skippy “Trust the Awesomeness.” Is AI dumb? If you read Seth Godin, "ChatGPT is dumber than it looks,” …

Inflammation and Long-Term Memory Connection

When your students say, learning hurts their brain, believe them… New research reveals that the process of remembering something long-term comes at a cost – specifically, inflammation in the brain and DNA damage in nerve cells, as the memories get ‘fused’ into neurons and stored. But …