Looks like someone's trying to revive the reviled Inbloom (the $100M public education data cloud that Gates created) by making a kinder, gentler one. I, along with some other student data privacy advocates, see this as much less threatening than InBloom but I would have to see all the particulars before I could say it was okay. From Washington Monthly:
Koedinger launched LearnSphere earlier this year with the hope
of making it easier and faster for researchers to analyze big datasets —
mostly student keyboard clicks — in order to test educational theories
and boost learning outcomes from elementary school to college.
“In some ways, it’s a deep philosophical difference,” Koedinger said.
“We are not looking that much at collecting demographic data and
certainly not any kind of record information. Those are the things that
tend to be particularly sensitive.”
No student names, no addresses, no zip codes, no social security
numbers, he says. No race, family income or special education
designations. “The student identifier column, even if yours is already
anonymized, we re-anonymize it automatically,” he added.
Unlike inBloom, which wanted public school districts to use its
servers to store student information, Koedinger has no plans to store
school records and doesn’t anticipate that school officials will upload
anything to his virtual warehouse of data. Instead, he wants education
researchers and software developers to upload their data. Those who want to share data can upload it to one of the
sites that LearnSphere is managing, or they can keep it on their own
server and control who gets access to it. The goal is to build something
called a “distributed infrastructure,” which allows researchers access
to data on someone else’s computer.
I happened to drive past the Wilson-Pacific site the other day. Every building is down save one. It's pretty interesting seeing them dig up all around the remaining three houses on the block including Licton Springs. And, it appears Capital Projects has put up a solar panel structure at one corner of site, presumably for electricity use. Good for them.
You may have heard the news story about two 14-year old boys who are missing after their parents gave them permission to take a 19-foot boat out into the Atlantic ocean to fish. Their overturned boat has been found but no sign of the boys. It is unlikely the boys, as experienced fishermen and boaters, would
have been wearing their lifejackets. The hope is that they were able to
realize the danger and to have put them on and are floating around
One question (from the Washington Post via the Today show) burning up social media:
Why were the teenagers, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, allowed to
take a 19-foot, single-engine boat onto the Atlantic Ocean without adult
supervision in the first place?
Naturally, this is the kind of accident could have happened to adults who are experts as well. But here's what former Coast Guard safety expert who now does rescues and investigates accidents had to say:
He said teenagers can spend years on the water and still be
emotionally and mentally unprepared to deal with emergency situations.
Asked whether teenagers should be allowed to go boating offshore without
supervision, he said parents should consider the question very
“I would rephrase the question,” he told The Post on
Monday. “They should ask: Should I send a teenager who has no experience
with crisis out into the largest wilderness in the world, completely
surrounded on all sides by something that will kill them if they get in
“Then the answer becomes obvious: No.”
Do you struggle with giving your teens the chance to explore and test their abilities to react to new situations?
What's on your mind?