Assorted Good Stuff

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Recommendations for one post to read, one video to watch, one podcast episode to hear this weekend.

I am so loving that Audrey Watters is back to regular writing after a long absence to write a book1 and some very personal reasons. Her sharp, insightful voice has been sorely missed in regular discussions around school and technology.

For evidence, read the most recent post to her Hack Education blog, “The History of the School Bell”. Sounds dull? Trust me, it’s not.

If you have 30 minutes or so, enjoy the conversation between writer/artist Austin Kleon and essayist/cartoonist Tim Kreider. Kreider’s collection of his funny, thought-provoking essays and cartoons called “We Learn Nothing” is the starting point but you don’t need to have read the book to enjoy and learn from their discussion.

Although, I highly recommend Kreider’s book. You should also look into Kleon’s work for lots of additional, somewhat quirky inspiration. Steal Like An Artist is one of my favorites.

As for a great, quick listen, you won’t go wrong with any episode of the podcast produced by Atlas Obscura. The contributors to all things Atlas (website, books, experiences, trips, and more) spotlight the weird, remarkable, and wonderful places that exist all over the world.

Start with a visit to the Unclaimed Baggage Center to enjoy some great audio storytelling. Then browse through the remaining episodes, available wherever you get podcasts,2 for more wonderful listens.

Have a great weekend.

The photo has nothing to do with the topic. Just a nice sunrise picture from my collection.

1. Anyone who works with instructional technology needs to read Audrey’s Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning. It’s a comprehensive and very entertaining story about why there’s very little new in current classroom tech and how it’s being used.

2. If you use an iPhone, I highly recommend the Overcast app.

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