Just 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!
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
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.
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
Education, especially education reform, isn’t easy. Yet, does it always have to be so complex? With the help of members of the Ed School community, we found that the answer sometimes is a simple no.
Source: Does It Have To Be So Complicated? | Harvard Graduate School of Education
“Reach out” is my latest annoys-me-so much phrase. I get it all the time. People reaching out to me. Wanting to reach out to someone else.
Don’t reach out to me. Contact me. Approach me. Give me a call. But please, don’t “reach out.”