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Brush teeth. Make coffee. Contact Congress.
202 225 3121 (main congress switchboard number)
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Big thanks +Alice Keeler for the opportunity to share the work I'm doing at +Amplified IT. I'm super excited for the impact Little SIS can have on increasing meaningful tech adoption in classrooms.
 
Learn about the transformational power of Little SIS for Classroom -- a tool created by our own product division, Amplified Labs, for automating the setup and rostering of Google Classroom -- in this guest post
+Andrew Stillman wrote for +Alice Keeler 's blog: http://alicekeeler.com/2017/01/19/little-sis-google-classroom-astillman/

The post shares a success story from Port Arthur Independent School District, where technology coordinator Kenneth Daigre says, “I just want to say that what you guys have done for us here is the only way we could ever do Google Classroom in our district. Within minutes of our rollout, we had teachers of our pilot schools communicating their joy. Teachers have begun emailing and thanking us for syncing their SIS student schedules with google for classroom. Many of them have stopped using an online application similar to Google Classroom and this helped them make the switch. Thanks Amplified IT for the program of the year!”

Learn about pricing, supports, and how you can get started with Little SIS in your district: http://labs.amplifiedit.com/little-sis-for-classroom/
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Exciting developments in Google Classroom, and some much appreciated free advertising for Little SIS for Classroom;) 
 
Grateful for the mention of +Amplified IT ' s Little SIS for Classroom in this exciting blog post from the EDU team: http://labs.amplifiedit.com/little-sis-for-classroom/

Among the new features mentioned here, the ability to distribute assignments to individual students (a.k.a. differentiation) is the most impactful on the way teaching and learning can happen in the tool -- something I suspect will turn a whole bunch more teachers / schools on to using Classroom. Congrats to +Zach Yeskel and the Classroom team on another important milestone. The responsiveness of this team in relation to its users is truly an inspiration.
Classroom is designed for everyone involved in a student’s education. Today, we’ve got a bunch of Classroom updates designed for our many types of users.
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I want to personally thank the NYCPD and our elected and non-elected public servants (public educators especially --who have led a 25 point increase in HS grad rates in less than 15 years), and my neighbors for making NYC a great, safe city that helps represent the best a diverse, free, liberal (lowercase l) America has to offer the world.

Crime drops when people -- especially those born to less fortunate situations -- grow up to feel hope and purpose in life. With all its grit, and despite the brutal cost of living, NYC is a place that somehow makes the dream feel possible for more people than almost anywhere on earth. This is something that our public schools and police force play a critical part in. Smart, relationship-oriented public servants working every day across the challenges of diversity and economic inequality to forge connections with young people and communities. Keep on NYC!


Those responsible for the much safer city deserve kudos, though there still are hot spots that deserve more attention.
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Promises of a better future. Good luck to you (us) all!
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I had a really interesting Jan 1st attempting to build a workaround to a bizarro issue related to the Spreadsheet being in the Hawaiian time zone, which prior to 1945 had an offset of -10 hours and 30 min, but now has only a -10 hour offset. It turns out that when users put a time in the sheet, because the time value actually references a date of 1899 (the beginning of the epoch), Google Apps Script reads the time with the original timezone offset, which can cause all kinds of headaches.

Has anyone come across this issue before when handling spreadsheet times?

Originally, I had thought that .getDisplayValues() would lead me to a solution here, but then I also needed to be able to reverse-compute the correct JS date value to set back to the cell in relation to a calendar event, so things got considerably more complex. Wondering if I'm missing something here...
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Oh there is a .getDisplayValues() now, I must have missed that. I am more ingrained in the python world (where dates don't have this problem). Good luck :)
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Hey - so our election really did just get "social media hacked" by the Russians. It really did. Do any educational technology professionals have anything to say about this?
You don’t need a security clearance to understand how Vladimir Putin does it. Just open your eyes.
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I think that is the wrong question, Bjorn. More accurate would be "What actions are we the people going to make our government take now that we know this information?" We have to educate our citizens -- in school and out and demonstrate digital citizenship, digital literacy and responsibility should be... not just a part of curriculum, but a part of the examples we set throughout each day, as ingrained as looking both way when we cross the street.
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I spent some time researching my genealogy over the past few weeks and discovered that fully 7 of my direct blood ancestors fought in the American Revolution. This recognition of my connection to the founding story of the US emboldens me beyond what I believe to be mere politics. We are entering a time in which the defense of core liberal (lowercase l) values -- enlightenment epistemology (a.k.a. science, reason, and a evidence-based truth) and democracy based on core Constitutional freedoms -- is re-emerging as something that people of good faith and education must take up in their daily responsibilities. With Trump we are at the edge of a very dangerous precipice. Vigilance and -- if necessary -- active and public resistance will need to become understood as the duties of patriotism, citizenship, and humanity. This is not politics. This is the protection of the rare and hard-fought human creed that is represented in the traditions of the western enlightenment movement that spawned our current civilization -- via science, technology, economic power, and innovation -- as we know it.

The New Yorker's Reznick writes (and this piece is on fire, and a must read, BTW):

"In other words, the Constitution is not by itself an insuperable barrier against the authoritarian temptation. As Obama pointed out in his final press conference, there is a distinct difference between debates over policy and moments when “core values may be at stake.” A President can at least try to constrain freedoms, issue racist decrees, intimidate, coerce. And, if that becomes the case, it will be on us, resolute citizens, to protect the republic—to demand, as Franklin said, that we keep it."
As Trump takes office, there is every reason to be on guard against a President whose attachment to constitutional norms seems episodic at best.
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Holy crow. In the US we'd just call these kids "digital natives" and lecture our resistant colleagues about the importance of disrupting traditional education;)

"At the Addiction Treatment Center in eastern China, more than 6,000 internet addicts — most of them teenagers — not only had their web access taken away, they were also treated with electroshock therapy."
The government has drafted a law to ban electroshock and physical punishment at detox camps, where most of the patients are children.
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Grateful for the mention of +Amplified IT ' s Little SIS for Classroom in this exciting blog post from the EDU team: http://labs.amplifiedit.com/little-sis-for-classroom/

Among the new features mentioned here, the ability to distribute assignments to individual students (a.k.a. differentiation) is the most impactful on the way teaching and learning can happen in the tool -- something I suspect will turn a whole bunch more teachers / schools on to using Classroom. Congrats to +Zach Yeskel and the Classroom team on another important milestone. The responsiveness of this team in relation to its users is truly an inspiration.
Classroom is designed for everyone involved in a student’s education. Today, we’ve got a bunch of Classroom updates designed for our many types of users.
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Some interesting arguments here from a law professor.

"Laptops at best reduce education to the clackety-clack of transcribing lectures on shiny screens and, at worst, provide students with a constant escape from whatever is hard, challenging or uncomfortable about learning. And yet, education requires constant interaction in which professor and students are fully present for an exchange."

"For all these reasons...I banned laptops, and it improved the students’ engagement. With constant eye contact, I could see and feel when they understood me, and when they did not. Energized by the connection, we moved faster, further and deeper into the material."

The central argument here seems to be that effectiveness of lecture / socratic discourse modalities of teaching / learning are fundamentally dependent on the full, undivided concentration and interaction of the teacher and learners.

Is this wisdom or outdated thinking? 
I banned screens, and it improved students’ engagement and their understanding of the material.
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I would call it a bit of both. Being heavily involved in vocational training (lead instructional designer) plus digital person by nature for roundabout 35 years I love everything digital. But in my opinion it is important to nurture the critical view on things. And it is as +Roberto Bayardo wrote: There's is strong connection from hand to head which works incredibly well, but not if the students are typing. Also iti s one of the worst situations possible, if they are loosing the connection to the teacher/trainer.
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My son Levi (9 y.o.) produced this little stop-motion holiday film over the course of a few days on his Chromebook, almost completely without adult guidance. A great example of how tech, properly introduced at a young age, can organically enable creative / productive play and set in motion skills to last a lifetime. Happy holidays all!

Ingredients:
- Imagination, storyboard & production timeline (he came up with these)
- YouTube videos on stop-motion techniques (he found these himself)
- Acer C720 (refurbished)
- IPEVO Point 2 View USB Camera (he researched and purchased with his allowance)
- Claytoon modeling clay
- Stop Motion Animator (Chrome App) - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stop-motion-animator/dhgmfcabdnkbdhelnooodefedbilcpho
- WeVideo (Chrome App) - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wevideo-video-editor-and/okgjbfikepgflmlelgfgecmgjnmnmnnb


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Best stop-motion ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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A really rich bit of research that should factor large in the minds of policy makers and educators.

The American Dream, Quantified at Last http://nyti.ms/2h06IGn
Research shows that only half of Americans in their 30s earn more than their parents did at the same age. A few decades ago, nearly all adults did.
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Good to see some numbers on this. In a post-fact world, will it make the difference? 
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Chief Product Officer, Amplified IT
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Apps Script Development, Physics and Math Pedagogy, Curriculum Development, School Leadership, School District Leadership
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educator disrupting edtech, dad, husband, coder, maker, home cook, bicycle rider, optimistic skeptic, American pluralist patriot, democrat
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10 year veteran NYC public school science educator and administrator, founder of successful urban STEM school, builder of online spaces and author/coder of popular free tools for schools
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  • Swarthmore College
    Econ, Engineering, 1995 - 1997
  • National Outdoor Leadership School
    Climbing, Canyoneering, Winter Camping, Caving, 1997 - 1997
  • Lane Community College
    Botany, Photography, 1997 - 1998
  • University of Oregon
    Physics, Philosophy, 1998 - 2001
  • City College of New York
    Secondary Science Education, 2001 - 2004
  • New York City Leadership Academy
    The Dark Arts of School Leadership, 2005 - 2005
  • Baruch College
    School Leadership, 2006 - 2008
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