Saturday, October 15, 2016

Where did the word "P-RESUME" or "PREsume" come from? Hanna Phan uses the word in THE RESUME IS DEAD ebook .... it is the "PRESENTATION RÉSUMÉ"

The Resume is Dead
This article is recommended by Ross Cooper in his blogpost about Digital Portfolios.

Here is the essence of the advice from THE RESUME IS DEAD (you can see it as a Kindle ebook)

Michael Margolis gives the following tips:

To help you with this, your bio should address the following 5 questions:

  1. Who am I?
  2. How can I help you?
  3. How did I get here (i.e. know what I know)?
  4. Why can you trust me?
  5. What do we share in common?
Your bio is the lynchpin for expanding your thought leadership and recognition, especially online. It frames the conversation and sets the tone. It’s your job to reveal a bit about yourself and how you see the world. Do this well, and people will eagerly want to engage with you further.


So here is my bio

I'm a teacher of English at a language school and an SAT Tutor (I help students prepare for tests like SAT, ACT, PERT, GMAT, GRE and end of course exams).

Two quotes drive my life as a teacher:
Learning should be fun for the learner and the teacher.   Dr. Abraham S. Fischler, former president of Nova University.  His book of commentaries is available at

I just lost six hours of my life.  That's a text message from a teenager to his mother, commenting on his day at school in Bologna, Italy.  The message could be sent by many teenagers.

Early in my career as a teacher (April 25, 2005) I heard Dennis Littky, a principal of a school in Rhode Island, say in an interview, "Ask students what they think of school and the most common response is BORING."   Littky wrote a book called The Big Picture: Education is Everyone's Business.   I obtained the right to translate that book into Spanish and I asked volunteers to translate the first chapter into Turkish, Arabic and Portuguese.  The interview on National Public Radio and the book had such an impact on me that I carry these quotes in my head.   Contact me for free ebooks.     954 646 8246

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  1. Who am I?  I'm a teacher who prefers to be a "guide on the side."  See  and
  2. How can I help you?   I bring in procedures that I've seen in Auckland (New Zealand), San Diego and Los Angeles, Rhode Island and New York City.
  3. How did I get here (i.e. know what I know)?   I listened to mentors who were inspired in part by Neil Postman (Teaching as a Subversive Activity).  The title is scary, but Chapter 12 of the PDF (free) tells teachers how to make classrooms engaging.
  4. Why can you trust me?   Check my blogs.  I'm consistent.
  5. What do we share in common?   You want students to be engaged.  So do I.

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One of the stories in the book about THE RESUME IS DEAD is about Hanna Phan, a software engineer.  She learned how to use SlideRocket to make a slide presentation... and she calls her PRESENTATION RESUME a "PRESUME" (a P-RESUME)

Here are some slide shots

Get the toolkit from John Spencer


A collection of BlogPosts about Digital Portfolios (perhaps you will find these articles interesting)

As a school counselor, director of a school or a teacher, you might find digital portfolios useful.

I subscribe to a "" spider that hunts for articles about digital portfolios.   Here are some of the blog posts that the has found.

Ross Cooper has a book coming out soon.

Here are some important points from Ross Cooper's blog:

  1. Teaching digital citizenship is now a non-negotiable, and this upcoming school year we are rolling out the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum across all grade levels. Now, if we’re then simultaneously having students leverage “safe” made for school technology because we’re afraid what might happen, they’re missing out on valuable opportunities to apply what they’ve learned. In fact, in this context, I would go as far to say we’d be a bit hypocritical by first declaring, “Digital citizenship is important; let’s practice it!” and then saying, “Use this, because we don’t want you to experience what’s out there.” (Of course, the exception would be if we’ve chosen a certain tool due to it’s lower cost, because we want a simple interface for lower grade levels, etc.) Nevertheless, experiences with authentic tools allow for students to apply what they’ve learned in settings that very much mimic the real world. And, at the same time, teachers are present to turn mistakes into beneficial lessons.
  2. Teaching entrepreneurialism is quickly becoming a non-negotiable, and we’re doing our students a disservice if they’re simply handing in all work for an audience of one, the teacher. Not only should students be learning how to do their work, they should be learning and experiencing how to share and market their creations. While this idea may begin with students simply “copying and pasting” their finished products into their portfolios and then sharing them out (pretty much worst-case scenario)…in time, students can be creating and promoting their own businesses, publishing and marketing eBooks, gaining loyal audiences with podcasts, etc., all of which are only possible with an authentic platform…Everyone, no matter the age, has access to the same “business growing” technologies (many of which aren’t all that complicated, by the way). So, if it’s what adults “do,” our students should be doing it as well.
  3. The resumé is dead, or dying. If our students are applying for colleges without digital footprints, we’re doing them a disservice. 

  4. He recommends that we read this article.   (And, if we’re applying for jobs without digital footprints, we’re doing ourselves a disservice). Need convincing? Hop over to Google and search for “resumé is dead” or check out this article right here…In short, we need to make sure our students are searchable. So, when their names are plugged into Google by a prospective college or employer, not only will no damaging content be found, but students will be given a leg up on the competition due to digital footprints we helped them build…Kidblog won’t show up on a Google search, and neither will Seesaw. And, while programs such as Weebly and Wix are easy to use, I would rather have students get acquainted with a tool that’s used on 25 percent of all websites. In fact, once they graduate high school, with a few clicks they can easily export their portfolios from a district or company server (if necessary) and upload the content to their own website and server space, independent of any district or school.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Sisyphean task

The transformation of Education 
requires some heavy lifting ...

In Greek mythology Sisyphus (/ˈsɪsfəs/;[2] GreekΣίσυφοςSísuphos) was the king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth). 

He was punished for his self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it come back to hit him, repeating this action for eternity. 

Through the classical influence on modern culture, tasks that are both laborious and futile are therefore described as Sisyphean (/ˌsɪsˈfən/).

Monday, October 10, 2016

Thanks to Ross Cooper and his blog, I found some blogs that students in New Zealand have posted.

Students can learn by looking at the work of other students.

Why not encourage students in Florida to write to students in New Zealand and ask for comments on each other's work?

Here's what I found

This is what I wrote in the comments

Here is Angela's work

This is a paper that Dr. Barrett recommends

Here is a school in New Zealand that is
doing pioneering work with "asking students
to publish their classwork."

Here is an example of a student's work

Comments by two students

Comments by a teacher in Florida

OOPS, sometimes posts get blocked...
Here are some of my comments...

your blog reply has a "suspected bot" warning and it's blocking two of my comments.

Here is what I wanted to reply to   Dr. Barrett


Thanks for the post. I like the way you linked digital portfolios with digital citizenship. I have been researching electronic portfolios for more than 25 years (, and I agree with your position that students should use what might be called “worldware” (software in use in the world). I just posted my own blog entry with my response to a K-12 teacher who asked about current research.
(You will see that I mentioned your post). I also pointed out the research from K-8 schools in Auckland, New Zealand, where they use Blogger (with Hapara’s Teacher Dashboard–developed with these schools) to document achievement in writing. I have been following those schools for at least six years, and they attribute some of their success to students writing for authentic audiences (they even put a map on student blogs to show where readers come from around the world).

My reply  (I dropped in "x" here and there to try to disrupt the notion that I'm a "bot")

Dr. Barrett, your work at ex portfolios  x  .   xorx g guided the creation of the FreeWebsiteProject  .  x  blogspot     xcom.  What admirable pioneering work you did to collect suggestions and demonstrations in the past.   My principal saw the TEDx talk you did and decided that students need to publish their work.  Our school currently has blogging on blogger  x .  x  cxom and we have three student books published through Createspace  x      x  coxm.    

I started scrolling down Ross Cooper's page to leave a comment ("I agree:  students need to use "real" blogging materials that are OPEN, not portfolios that hide behind the school's firewall")... and when I saw your comment, Dr. Barrett, I just had to thank you publicly for your work.   

(To anyone reading this post, please take a moment to go to Dr. Barrett's website and see the diagram about digital storytelling.   I showed this to my principal and to some students and some students wanted to start blogging after seeing the diagram.)
You can see some of the sites that my students have started  h x ttp  :   / xx /   wx wxw.  TxINY   . xcc   /  xFreeSites
You can also see hx t x t p : / x / tinyurl  .   xcom  /  sun daniel which is a free ebook that one of my students created.    Best wishes from Florida, Steve

(I'd like to share some links, but the posting program "blocked as a suspected bot"... please contact me at ManyPosters  [at]  g x m x  ail  .  xcom for additional links.  I also have free ebooks available to encourage posting, blogging and writing books with Createspace)


I also wanted to leave the following comment to 
Ari Yares

Ari Yares says

Ross – While I agree that digital portfolios are a way to build web presence for our kids, I’d be hesitant to say that they are a complete replacement for the resume. I think they serve different purposes and can certainly be connected. Certainly, as our students build their web presence, their portfolio should include their work history and what they did and accomplished in their work.
As our students enter the workforce, they are going to find that they cannot document some of their work online. This could be because of confidentiality (e.g. as a school psychologist, I’m not going to put a child’s evaluation online) or privacy concerns.
Beyond this, as someone who does a lot of interviewing and hiring, a resume can represent a print version of who you are as a professional. I’m much more likely to have someone’s resume in front of me during an interview than their digital portfolio or website, in part because I don’t want a screen between the interviewee and myself. The resume should encourage me to look at work products in their portfolio and get me to look at the candidate deeper.


here is my reply

What resources and what items can we put on our DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

Here is the start of a list of items to add to a digital portfolio
A Digital Library
What ebooks do you recommend?
Do you have a list of books that you have read?
What is your "mind set" (what do you carry in your head?)
In addition to a list of books, why not write two or three sentences about each book to encourage others to read or at least look at the wiki summary of the book?

See the John Vornle Library to get an idea of what a useful "annotated bibliography" does to guide other readers.
This is my current digital library

Blogs, Newsletters and Magazines that I read often
National Geographic magazine

void of musings by Proud Heng
Austin Kleon's newsletter (recommended by teachers at Miami Art Charter School)
Carol Dweck's website 

Ross Cooper's blog about digital portfolios (found via the Daily that I set up for Digital Portfolios.

List of Subscriptions
What does the potential employee read?   What is in the head of that person?  What does that applicant bring to our organization?  Does that person know about Dan Pink's ideas?   How about the "growth mindset" of Carol Dweck?  If that applicant is subscribed to Dan Pink's blog, then yes!

What channels do you subscribe to?

Facebook Pages that I like

Are you a beta tester?
If you are a beta tester, using a service like, you communicate to the world that "I serve" and "I'm curious."   That's helpful for some employers to know.
Look at this profile that BetaBound asks:

What scenes from a YouTube channel can you recommend?    What does your recommendation tell future employers about you?

For example, I can post these screenshots from a video and a future employer can think, "Hey, this guy Steve likes space.  He takes time to look for patterns, such as the three peninsulas in the north of Greece, so that he knows that the next shot shows the island of Crete.  Steve can see patterns."

Go here

It was in a live shot.  I'm not sure
this video will still be there