Over-housed

overhouseJust learned a new term: over-housed.  From what I understand, it means someone who lives in a dwelling with an empty bedroom.  Given that definition, I think I am over-housed.  Are you?  Is that unoccupied bedroom always unoccupied?  Is it your kid’s room and he/she may return anytime? Do your relatives expect that it is there for them whenever they come to visit?

That said, the context in which I learned this term was a local television news story about HomeShareSLO, a local nonprofit organization with the mission to help change lives by connecting people and homes.  From the organization’s website:

We facilitate matches between home providers–people with an extra room–and home seekers–those looking for a home.  It is a way to meet the housing challenges faced by seniors and others.

While I’m not ready to bring a third person into our home, I think the concept is a great idea!

 

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Skype’s Snapchat-inspired makeover puts the camera a swipe away, adds stories

Friday, Microsoft launced a completely revamped version of its Skype application, with a new set of features that draw obvious inspiration from messaging rivals, like Messenger and Snapchat.  It will be interesting to see how it fares.

Source: Skype’s Snapchat-inspired makeover puts the camera a swipe away, adds stories | TechCrunch

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Glutton for punishment?

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Not an Open and Shut Case

via Remember ‘Open Schools’? Probably Not, And Here’s Why : NPR Ed : NPR

There is a difference between the philosophy of the open classroom and the construction of classrooms without walls.  Problems arise when you continue to teach a “closed” approach in an “open” space.  Also, in building open learning areas, acoustics are critical—and typically ignored.

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What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you! – The Hechinger Report

When the AP United States history students at Aragon High School in San Mateo California, scanned the professionally designed pages of http://www.minimumwage.com, most concluded that it was a solid, unbiased source of facts and analysis. They noted the menu of research reports, graphics and videos, and the “About” page describing the site as a project […]

Source: What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you! – The Hechinger Report

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How would George Mason make America great again? | SmartBrief

We often praise the Patrick Henrys of the world, the folks who explain their nonparticipation in particular change efforts as a principled stance. But perhaps George Mason is the better example both for our national politicians and for leaders in every company and organization in America today. Whether it is economic reform at the highest levels or new policies on leave or telework for your company, by being in the room, you can shape the debate even if you do not ultimately agree with the outcome.

Source: How would George Mason make America great again? | SmartBrief

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Report: Digital Natives ‘Easily Duped’ by Information Online — THE Journal

A study from Stanford Graduate School of Education researchers found that most middle, high school and college students have trouble discerning news articles from advertisements online.

Source: Report: Digital Natives ‘Easily Duped’ by Information Online — THE Journal

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