Interesting reading this week:

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Interesting Reading by Gyula Kardos, shared on Wikimedia Commons as a public domain work of art

Online life is real life, aleph-nought in a series. A good reminder that this whole online vs real life is an artificial construct. There is just life. Some of it you will spend online. Some of it you will not. And goes towards the point I tried to make at an ICT steering committee meeting – we need to teach our guys about being “good men” in all contexts, and not just inside the school gates. (Shared by John Scalzi on Twitter.)

Why are we still ignoring @SirKenRobinson? Because New Zealand government policy demands us too? Or because our educational leaders are not brave enough to run their schools in ways that meet policy demand but are not driven by them? Either way, it’s pretty much why I left classroom teaching. (Shared by Richard Wells on Twitter.)

No benefit to single-sex education, Australian Psychological Congress to be told. Aargh! As a feminist, I have such angst at working at a boys’ school. This did not help! But I found it a really interesting read as this is the main thrust of the marketing our school runs. Should I put the cat among the pigeons and share it with our SMT? (Shared by Stuart Kelly on Twitter.)

Genre readers have less empathy? I’m not feeling that. A few weeks ago I shared a post about how literary fiction makes us better humans, so it seemed only fair to share Val McDermid’s response. And what a response! Pithy, funny, and throws some shade. Read what you like, people! (Shared by Rachel van Riel on Twitter.)

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Interesting reading this week:

Kardos_Interesting_Reading_1891

Interesting Reading by Gyula Kardos, shared on Wikimedia Commons as a public domain work of art

Unleashing creativity. Stephanie shares her experience of blogging every single day.  There is some great musings here on being creative and I absolutely love the shout out to schools to encourage students to continue to create.  I also have a serious case of font envy from those presentation slides!  (Shared by Train the Teacher on WordPress.)

Sustaining a makerspace.  Kristin Fontichiaro shares really practical ideas to keep makerspaces sustainable in terms of budget, time and energy.  I love her reminder about being clear about the WHY of makerspaces because that should then drive the HOW.  And did I mention the ideas were practical?  (Shared by Miriam on SLANZA’s G+ community.)

Great books for resistant readers in middle school and high school.  Pernille Ripp has some great book suggestions that would appeal to some of the reluctant boy readers at my school.  Some we already have, but it’s always good to get new titles to tempt those ‘tricky’ customers.  (Shared by Pernille Ripp on WordPress.)

Tweeting, not sleeping?  Balancing sleep and social media.  This article caught my eye as I work on my Tech-free Tuesday post.  I think there are some interesting findings here, though we need to be cautious about the whole correlation / causation thing.  (Shared by School of Information Studies at CSU of Facebook.)