Formatting update: after some positive feedback on the new format, which bears a strong resemblance to the KnowledgeWorks-Era internal communication of the same name, it is here to stay.  One change for the wider audience which doesn’t know me as well as my former colleagues did: synopsis comes before the link to the source, and commentary (if any) will appear after the link.

Competency: new report out highlight’s Maine’s implementation and getting to “the heart of personalization” (CompetencyWorks)

Maker Movement:  new school opening in NYC this fall. Urban Assembly Maker Academy describes the new school as featuring “new kinds of classroom experiences that recreate what the workplace looks and feels like for tech professionals.”  (NY Chalkbeat)

Common Core: author says the Core isn’t the real problem, it’s a symptom of a larger problem.  (Online Athens, GA) I’d say that’s a good description of ALL the opposition to the Common Core, not just her take on it. Because Common Core affects everyone in education right now, it is perceived to touch anything anyone finds wrong with it. I fear though, that Common Core has become a catch-all to explain why something can’t be fixed, when the real reason is that the individual or organization just doesn’t want to fix it.

Casinos: Ohio schools aren’t benefiting as much as thought.  Money split among so many districts, and revenues haven’t matched expectations.  (Enquirer)

Screen time:  studies show it is damaging to kids. (Psychology Today) what the article doesn’t make clear is if there is a difference between playing and learning, between violent games and non-violent games, between playing in school where classroom breaks and other interruptions are more common and playing at home where it can go for hours on end, etc. 

Career-Tech: 5 things to know about vocational ed in Ohio.  (NPR State Impact) it will take a lot to convince a generation or two of parents who went to college that career-technical is not a dead-end path because the powers that be don’t see your kid as college material.  Maybe the job market will help, but, let’s be honest: how many of us reading this made fun or otherwise tried to steer clear of the vocational-school kids?

BONUS LINK: in case anyone is denying the above, here’s a version commonly heard at high school sporting events (YouTube)