2/23/16

Don't be an Alchemist with Cory Doctorow Transformative Principal Special

Cory Doctorow is a Canadian journalist and science fiction author. Follow him on Twitter, Web site, BoingBoing

Cory spoke at ASTE this week, and I am excited to share the things I learned from him.

  • Failing well
  • We tend to ignore failing.
  • What we should teach kids about technology
  • Reidentification - people can figure out who you are.
  • What we should teach kids
  • Anonymity + distance = jerky behavior
  • Should we be critical of the software and systems we use?
  • Proprietary vs. open
  • There’s never been a field or endeavor where scrutiny by your peers has not helped.
  • Adversarial peer review.
  • You can lock yourself into bad systems if you’re not careful.
  • If 10% of a group got together and spent their money on developing open source software then they would produce something better that what is available.
  • We did this at Kodiak Middle with our Pickr app
  • Collective action threshold
  • What is one thing that you can do to be a transformative principal? Got out of the students’ way. Employees were empowered to cost the company money if that made the experience better.
  • His teacher let him read all day for two days.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • National network of campus clubs for EFF. Email Shahid@eff.org for more information.

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