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  1. “Big Marker” Looks Good For Online Conferencing
  2. The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy
  3. Two More Video Sites Like TED Talks
  4. Is This The Best “School Reformers” Can Come Up With?
  5. “How The Recession Has Changed Us”
  6. “A gadget’s life: From gee-whiz to junk”
  7. President’s Day Resources
  8. Search Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...
  9. Prior Mailing Archive

“Big Marker” Looks Good For Online Conferencing

Big Marker lets you create an online conference, and is free. It seems pretty straight-forward and usable.

I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.


The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy

Several major foundations, including Gates and Walton, are playing an increasing large role in education policy. I thought that readers might find a short list of related resources useful, and I would appreciate additional suggestions.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy:

Got Dough? Public School Reform in the Age of Venture Philanthropy is an important article in Dissent magazine.

Confronting Systemic Inequity in Education: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy is the title of a major new report from the National Committee On Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).

The New York Times ran a series of guest columns titled “Can $100 Million Change Newark’s Schools?” focusing on the recent donation to Newark schools by the founder of Facebook. Richard Rothstein is part of the Times’ series, and his post is titled When Billionaires’ Goals Do Harm. That piece (and several others in the series) is worth a look.

Schools Matter has a short excerpt from a Diane Ravitch interview where she comments on the role of foundations. Chapter Ten of Diane’s book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, provides more extensive details.

I’ve written two pieces for The Huffington Post on this topic:

Private Foundations Have A Place (And Have To Be Kept In Their Place)

Gates Foundation Minimizing Great Tools For Helping Teachers Improve Their Craft

Additional suggestions are welcome.

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You might also want to explore the nearly 600 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.



Two More Video Sites Like TED Talks

TED Talks are obviously the “cream of the crop” when it comes to engaging online video presentations on important topics. Over the last couple of years, though, I’ve found several other sites who, while not all their presentations demonstrate the pretty consistent excellence of TED Talks, quite a few of them are very, very good. I’ve posted about my favorite TED Talks and these other sites at one of my most popular “The Best…” lists, The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

I’ve just discovered two additional sites that I’m adding to that list.

The GEL Conference describes itself this way: “Short for “Good Experience Live”, Gel is a conference and community exploring good experience in all its forms – in art, business, technology, society, and life.” They have a nice collection of video presentations from their conferences.

99 Percent says this about itself: “The annual 99% Conference, held each Spring, brings together 400+ creative thinkers and doers for two days to hear talks from creative luminaries and exchange best practices on making ideas happen.”

I learned about these sites from a pretty impressive Mashable post titled 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education.


Is This The Best “School Reformers” Can Come Up With?

The Fordham Institute released a report this week written by one of their staff and a senior advisor to the Gates Foundation. It’s called Stretching The School Dollar. In many ways, it’s a perfect example of the thinking illustrated in yesterday’s Dilbert cartoon.

Thankfully, Bruce B. Baker has written a detailed critique of it that he accurately titles Stretching Truth, Not Dollars?

Here’s how he describes the Fordham brief before beginning his in-depth analysis:

The new policy brief reads like School Finance Reform in a Can. I’ve written previously about what I called Off-the-Shelf school finance reforms, which are quick and easy – generally ineffective and meaningless, or potentially damaging – revenue-neutral school finance fixes. In this new brief, Petrilli and Roza have pulled out all the stops. They’ve generated a list, which could easily have been generated by a random search engine scouring “reformy” think tank websites, excluding any ideas actually supported by research literature.

I wish he would have really told us what he thought of it without pulling any punches :)

It’s a long post, but well-worth the time…


“How The Recession Has Changed Us”

“How The Recession Has Changed Us” is what I think is a pretty amazing infographic from The Atlantic.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The Recession.


“A gadget’s life: From gee-whiz to junk”

A gadget’s life: From gee-whiz to junk is a Washington Post infographic show the “arc” of how modern gadgets have gone from being introduced, to being popular, to becoming obsolete. It also shows how their prices varied during that time.

I think it’s slightly confusing, but I’m still going to add it to The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology.


President’s Day Resources

I’ve just updated and revised The Best Resources About President’s Day.

Feel free to other additional suggestions.



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