Updated: November 27, 2013 10:09AM
Chicago Public Schools has decided against using inBloom, a controversial data storehouse run by a nonprofit, and will work directly with a state-run data program, a spokeswoman said.
In Illinois, an online platform called the Illinois Shared Learning Environment, or ISLE, is in development to collect student data in one place.
The services of inBloom, which would allow access to a broader range of digital applications and content, were an optional add-on, but not mandatory, Illinois State Board of Education officials have said.
On Tuesday, CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said CPS will use only ISLE.
She said CPS has the resources to implement the data-sharing effort on its own and doesn’t need a third party.
“We believe the best course of action for CPS is to work directly with [the state board of education] to provide the data needed to participate in this important initiative,” Carroll said.
Critics of inBloom were concerned about privacy, the security of the data and how the data would be used.
One CPS parent who has been worried about inBloom, Cassie Creswell, lauded CPS. “This is great news,” she said.
But Creswell said more information about ISLE’s system is needed.
A state board of education spokeswoman has said data collected by ISLE will be relevant only “to instructional applications” and won’t have anything to do with a child’s health or disciplinary matters.
In Illinois, two Downstate districts will pilot the ISLE program this winter, according to the state board. Over the next two years, 35 pioneering districts that receive federal money will start participating in ISLE.
That includes CPS, which committed to participate in ISLE and over three years will receive $19 million of federal money from the Race to the Top fund.
The dopest manipulators of animated art and technology out there. Complex.com: The original buyer’s guide for men.
Jon Cates, SAIC FNVMA faculty has been named one of the top 25 GIF artists to know.
Solemn Towering Resilience (by Bishop Zareh)
Video by Bishop Zareh
The solemn towering resilience of Siberia’s tree-scape provides the backdrop of inertial movement, obscured and distracted by virtual lines and boundaries that move with a pattern slightly too complex to predict. The rules of their space define our ability to perceive our own forward movement.
But deep within this internalized exterior space are dancing lights which move in a new dimension. One whose reality more mimics our physical memory, our memory of being outside of the virtualized exteriority.
The movement of light still occurs within the music, but slightly offset from it. The hard and sharp and angular come in unforgiving waves, while the lights are too far off to be swing, too infrequent to be syncopated, connected yet shifted out of phase.
Music by Slava
“Moscow-born, Chicago-raised, Brooklyn-based producer Slava can offer the armchair musicologist hours of entertainment dissecting his attempt to reunite house’s splintered factions. Analysis aside, it’s also a very solid collection of viscerally compelling dance music.”
- Pitchfork, pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17915-slava-raw-solutions/
pre-glitch - GL1TCH.US - post-glitch @ SXSW - jonCates (2013) (by jonCates)
Marc and Brett are in London this week. They start installing work for this show. It opens on Friday. Come by if you are in town.
My group Temporary Services has work in London now & my collaborators Marc & Brett are there this week installing. Go meet them Friday if you’re in the UK!
Mobile Phenomena + Audible Dwelling
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Mobile Phenomena, by Temporary Services, 64 pages, 2012
Audible Dwelling, by Learning Site, 56 pages, 2011
But despite the amusing theatrics, the unlikely story of Blagojevich’s political career serves as a reminder that the American electoral system rewards candidates with charisma and campaign fundraising skills over those with ethics or actual competency for public office.
Read the rest of Jason Prechtel’s review of GOLDEN: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out Of The Governor’s Office And Into Prison in the Gapers Block Book Club.
I see a lot of great Photoshop opportunities with this book cover.
Is this Chicago? I’m guessing it is because of the Picasso statue in the background.
(Photo) Student supporter of the current strike by Chicago teachers who are fighting against attempts to reduce education to an unending series of high-stakes tests rather than a process of developing “the whole child.”
The Real Time Communications Conference at IIT (Taken with Instagram at IIT Bronzeville Campus)
Sneak Peak: Mobile Phenomena
This is the cover of our latest publication. It is at the printer right now. We hope to have it in a couple of weeks.