Tuesday, November 30, 2010

phil schlechty

From the Schlecty Center:  Phil Schlechty comes out of a background as fundamental as an Ohio farm and as lofty as The Ohio State University. He is an exceptional speaker, thinker, writer, and leader. He has deep, abiding passions for equity, excellence, the public schools, and American democracy—reading any of his books makes this clear.

Phil is a synthesizer and connector. He has often said that he "stands on the shoulders of giants," to whom he owes a great debt—thinkers and writers in the fields of history, sociology, education, and business, primarily. His unique talent lies in the ability to draw upon such diverse sources of inspiration and to develop coherence among them around issues of kids, schools, communities, and leadership.

Phil is a skillful, entrepreneurial leader. At the Schlechty Center he has assembled an energetic group of talented professionals, challenged them to develop their unique talents in building the organization and serving its customers, and then supported them aggressively in their work.

Phil is a storyteller, and his stories (often quite funny) are usually metaphorical, linked to some important point about why, and how, schools might be transformed. He bridges disciplines, cultures, and points of view—comfortably and with keen insight. He teaches us all how to do that. He leads by example, and by asking "what if...?" questions.

A state legislator once said to him, "Son, you have a way of being able to get the hay down to the ponies." That's Phil. You'd like to get to know him.

Phil is up and writing every morning around 4:30, same time as when he got up to milk the cows before school—that's when and how he thinks best.

He wouldn't have written this, however—too self-congratulatory. It was written by appreciative staff.

his books

dang - i was 2 hours off - have to catch the tape.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

buy this satellite

Kosta luanched this at TedxAthens nov 26..
please share it...

not a fair game unless we all get to play...

 notice the videos you can watch in the above site - one is Ethan Zuckerman.... cool.
Kosta is below...

Palomar 5

part 2 that has Kosta in it - sharing his idea at 5:45 and presenting at 16:27

Palomar5 - The Movie - Part 2 from Palomar5 on Vimeo.


kevin kelly

just digging into - what tech wants

online community: it was a new continent more alien to me than Asia. later.. it seemed almost Amish to me.

 at the very cultural moment when pundits declared that writing was dead, millions began writing online .. -what tech wants by @kevin2kelly


paul alisthton

so privileged to talk with Paul today for quite a while.

Paul heads up an orphanage for street children in Kampala.
he's in need to $90 per month for 12 kids in his orphanage - so they can continue with school.

we talked about alternatives.
Paul's planning to start his own school for orphans - a way to provide more for less.
we talked about getting web access.. thanks to Kosta..
and we talked about what he plans to teach/learn:
agriculture and farming, music dance and drama,acrbatics ,TECHNOLOGY , art and craft ,leadership principal values ,football and writting and reading for those new coming children from street of kampala and slums ,campentry as well information education and communication senistisation

I have bought the animal and like goats hens rabits ducks for the project and we also hire a small pieace of land where the children are growing up vegatable but on small scale

am working toward have a place called a childrens home , the abandoned destitutes orphand and vulnerable children because they are facing many problems like sleeping outside and lack education so I want to save their future....so they can become very important citizeen in the world

austin and hans - let's see what we can do..


hagel and brown

what finding/living your passion does..
via a wired 2008 cover story on Shai Agassi.
once you have a mission you can't go back to having a job.
the power of pull - @jhagel & @jseelybrown
p. 208


Friday, November 26, 2010

hagel and brown

it's not so much information we need 
as knowledge. 
and knowledge means people. 
p. 174 power of pull @jhagel @jseelybrown


kosta grammatis


i believe he's speaking this very moment... energy...


doodling in math class

interesting to get that last night and this (when the mind wanders) today via @jhagel


mimi ito

excellent post: when youth own the public education agenda

I've devoted my career to researching how young people take up new technologies like computers, mobile phones, and the Internet and make them their own.  If we pay attention to what young people do when they are socializing and having fun with these new media, it's clear that they are both highly engaged and learning a great deal.

My biggest challenge has been to find what it would take to get alignment between the energy that kids bring to video games, text messaging, and social network sites and the learning that parents and educators care about.
{and i'd add.. let's question what parents and educators are saying they care about... and push back on why?.. maybe we'll find more of a bend toward kids pull to relationships than any amount of content to learn..maybe there's more in what kids are doing than we can even see ourselves...} 

YouMedia space in Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Centre in downtown Chicago. The space was teeming with teens sitting on bright comfy sofas, chatting and eating, playing Rock Band, mixing music, heads down in front of laptops, and getting feedback from digital media mentors.

this is the reform.. 
this is how we do it..


ivana sendecka

what a great collection on what's driving us..

listen to what matters most.
via the lovely @ivanasendecka

and @umairh :
economists talk a lot about imbalances. i'd say the real problem is deeper:  
a bankruptcy of the heart and soul. 
it's about mattering.

in that case.. we have much to learn from the homeless and trafficked, etc... no?


alan november

grazie to whoever is taking notes here on Alan's #atle10

as per Alan.. all the latest, best thinking..

There’s going to have to be a partnership between parents and teachers, working together, to prepare children for a world more complicated than the one I grew up in”

the cool thing is that partnership is going to be much more organic and holistic than it has been the last 30+ years...   if we doing/learning things that matter, if we're not using diff process to learn content, but rather diff content to learn process... so that kids can learn per passion.. parent involvement will naturally and gleefully happen.
and the complicated world... i'm thinking that it's just the networks.. the node to node capability that might look complicated... but the end of the day results.. i believe we'll feel like we've gone back to the good ol days... where people and relationships matter most.. not money/jobs.

{draft of shareski's strategic plan}

chris brogan

on how his twitter toolbox..
helpful stuff i'm sure.. need to read this again.

Twitter’s a stream. Dip in when you can. Get what you need. Close it and reenter life.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

yossi vardi

intro'd to me via the power of pull..

about 5:44
twitter is not about information
it touches on the very basic primal needs of people...
when you have twitter or ict.. you are not alone..
you don't have to be engaged in active communication not to be lonely

spot on..

this is kids texting for sure... i see kids being happier...
it's about attending being attendant, about being available..
fb whatever..
what makes the web 3.0 4.75 .... it has to have this thread of social/emotional

at the end of the day - it's all about people...
gave me a chance to feel connected

togetherness if very powerful
grooming of monkeys - like gossip - to understand each other.. who the players are - in order to function in the world

most sought after feature in the yahoo... what music are friends listening to
again - about curiosity .. being attended and being attending


anuradha koirala

cnn hero - for saving/rehabilitating over 12000 girls from sex slavery in nepal...since 1993...

via  @jackiegerstein

trafficking is making homeless people seem well off.
it's making us seem ridiculous.
it's making algebra seem pointless..


hagel and brown

successful pull business count
rather than
like seat time.
p. 84 the power of pull by hagel, brown & davison

p. 86:
Flexible access to people and resources can be enormously powerful in a world driven by changes that, more often than not, lead us in unanticipated directions....
p. 87:
If we do not master the ability to access people and resources as needed, we will risk becoming progressively marginalized by those who understand and embrace the foundational changes playing out on a global scale.
Rather than relying on financial leverage, we need to become more adept at "capability leverage" - finding and accessing complementary capabilities, wherever they reside in the world, to deliver even more value.

serendipity can be systematically and methodically shaped
passion leads to pursuit, which creates connections

p. 91
unexpected encounters with people is far more valuable in the era of the big shift than other forms of serendipity  (yossi vardi and kids on cells - all about people)

p. 94-95
serendipity - finding things we didn't know we were looking for
tacit knowledge exists only in people's heads.. you've got to stand next to someone who already knows and learn by doing.
serendipity - means to access rich flows of tacit knowledge, in long term relationships

amplify - to increase # of encounters and filter - to focus
pull is not a spectator sport

use deep listening to draw out and uncover big issues
conferences are a filter for the broader world.


finding a job

heads up from @willrich45 on this comment, i particularly like this part:
I cannot change this system and I have stopped trying. Mr. Obama was my last hope and he turned out to be a ditherer. But my kids will be fine because my spouse and I have decided to look to the school as a source of socialization and the home as a source of education.
We made several good decisions:
1) We put the TV on the curb when the first child was born;
2) We bought a piano when the first child entered elementary school;
3) We play chess every night;
4) We ignore the education experts and supplement our kids math, science, reading and writing (The teachers say they are ahead of their class but we no longer listen to them);
5) We volunteer at the school and support PTA fundraising but we no longer waste our time trying to change this system. (However, we are politically active for the first time in eliminating the education compensation system.) ; and
6) we buy pre-paid college tuition for birthday presents.

however, above that, the writers 5 observations on school, i don't agree with #2
2) Parents can not effect what children learn in school; they can only raise money and volunteer. In this way, PTA's help keep costs down and provide an alternate stream of revenue. Every conversation with anyone in the school system from teachers to principals to superintendents about academic rigor has fallen on deaf ears.

i think today they can. i think that is how this shift is going to happen - through parents and students. perhaps parents haven't been able to affect a change in the past because they didn't really believe in the change they were trying to affect. perhaps their efforts fell short because they weren't respectfully questioning what success really is. we have to get down to that first.

we are learning a ton about human trafficking and homelessness and suicide in the lab. they are all everywhere.. on so many different literal and non-literal levels. (ie: homeless isn't about a shelter, it's not houseless, it's about belonging. how many of our situations are due to homelessness.. in the classroom in our jobs, ...)
we're finding that the best way to change any of them is twofold:
1) awareness. most happen because the "victim" believes they are alone and in a sense they are... because most around them have no clue of the amount of people each affects
2) seeking the bigger than. more than looking for cures.. we're finding that zooming out.. looking at bigger than views/values.. provides organic answers... holistic preventive measures.

i like what jon jost has to say.. comment right above linked one

original article here

wow...just read it. the original article. dang.
how is it that everything is focused on finding a job.
who determined that was everyone's goal in life? i realize most people believe that is their goal in life.. but if given a minute and permission to truly reflect.. is that what we're really after?
today - we have the means for creating/enabling/sustaining our own life's passion. not a job.
i believe if/when that happens.. when people start doing that... we will need less money.. . we'll be sharing more... we will have fewer health problems.. we'll be doing what matters.. what we're meant to do.
and we'll have more time.

so - imagining we do have more time - what would we be doing with that time? i'm thinking - spend it with people, help people, listen more, swim in rich conversations...
we need to take a listen to our kids..  
they are on to something. 
and we're missing it.
24/7 connections with people they choose to connect with... that's the gold we're after. not a job.

lisa gansky's the mesh is a great read if you doubt the possibility of less is more.


cheryl lemke

Cheryl Lemke: “We are moving from an era of using processes to teach content to an era of using content to teach processes."

from this post on why school improvement plans suck.
... in the end, we hope that we will have produced a PAPERLESS, DYNAMIC document known as our School Improvement Plan that will, in many ways, present itself to our school trustees and senior administration.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

matt levinson

push back from the kids now that the parents are entering their online communities- parents became more aware of what their children were already doing..

realized parents hadn't had any online convos with kids

funded - kids pay a leasing fee each year.. end of 8th grade - end of 3 years - they have the option to buy..
had alan november

marci hall - works with teachers and students.. leadership academy

students spread the tech - from one class to another..
open to listening to kids..

organic prof development - the one to one - because you have to live in it...

jackiegerstein: on the job - just in time PD is the best

when you go one-to-one - school becomes life,, no longer 7 hours a day but 24/7
that's huge.. that's why it matters.. that's the big diff..

future of ed webinar - on his book from fear to facebook

notice dream connect do

a glimpse into a log entry (this one is longer than any others i've done - it's really a simple thing - unless you're really needing to reflect - which i guess i was tonight)

1) i noticed the potential of not only tapping into material resources we already have, but people resources... ones in unlikely places. i noticed that homeless people are very likely squandered geniuses..

2) i noticed how incredible speculating can be.. as i witnessed lucas and james having an amazing conversation.

3) i noticed that being social is at the heart of young people today...

1) i imagine... if we can reawaken homeless people, both literal and figurative (ie: some students are out of place - homeless - in a classroom, some adults are displaced at work, or emotionally, or relationally, etc) - we will be blown away by the resources we have... the potential we have.. and how the very act.. (not even the product of getting more done) ... will create/rebuild/enable people to not only satisfy their physical hunger.. but to feed their souls as well. i imagine a huge growth in wellness/health as this movement unfolds.

2) i imagine this is how school of the future will look. much like your favorite casual debates/convos at the uni - sitting in a coffee shop and speculating/drinking up life

3) i believe that is ed and youth will be the vehicle to the social change we crave.. and with Kosta's and others efforts to connect more people... it won't be long till we're living that civic value
i'm reading hagel and seely's pull - which is currently a daily strength and enlightenment. i swear each book i read i feel will be the last best.. because it resonates so much and helps me find my voice more. this one is no different. my daily internal struggles seem to be answered within hours as i continue reading.

i'm visiting with the mayor, homeless street people, and other community members face to face.. that i would never have imagined even talking to before. i'm listening to global voices right in my own town.
i'm continuing to talk to people in australia, argentina, germany, africa and greece to name a few - which is only amplifying the small voice inside me that keeps screaming fractal.. we are all the same. and we all want good.

i'm learning a lot about what keeps us from connecting. what i'm seeing/learning - is that most often it is that split second that we stall... out of fear or ego or whatever... and in that moment.. the serendipitous connection carries on without us

1) i'm noticing more daily and that has completely changed my perspective on life. no more boring meetings.. because now it's an adventure - a challenge.. what will i learn.. what can i notice. i video people non-stop and usually watch the video at least once again. that has resembled what dan coyle calls deep practice.. it's like i'm seeing life in slow mo... if i missed it - i can now rewind it. i'm wondering why i've never done this before..it's such an organic process..

2) i'm dreaming more boldly. i'd say that is coming a lot from all the reading i'm doing.. in books... online.. i'm immersing myself in things that work.. people that believe. but it also is solidified.. like in deep deep cement.. with each encounter i have with someone who has had something taken from them... with people who's gifts are so buried... that there's not even a sign of life in them

3) i'm connecting to unlikely people, and i'm connecting unlikely things in unlikely places... which i think is fairly new for me. i've always wanted to travel..and now i am - outside of my bubble. i think the biggest reason for that is the growth mindset (dweck) i practice and feed on every day. i seek out voices i used to avoid. it's not all easy.. some days i can't breathe.. but when i'm reminded of those with life sucked out of them.. i refocus in an instant. it's like my energy is now a precious gem.. and i've got to keep it sharp and focused. i think about all this - all the time. i have so many voices in my head now... and i listen to them charge me.. strengthen me.


allyson byerly

on noticing.. with her 5 yr old...


notice deeply -dear parents

notice - :50 to 1:50 scott noppe brandon talks about noticing deeply.

thank you @mrslauer for tweeting me @wfryer 's post...
and of course Seth... #14 esp


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

jeff utecht

via his student Brian's post:

how does this happen you ask? such an incredible video/message/delivery for an 8th grader?
Jeff's brilliant answer and example:
Autonomy: Take as long as you need, and use the media that you want.
Purpose: Share your experience with others.
MasteryYou can reflect anyway you want: Essay, blog post, video, presentation, etc.


shimon schocken

figured out what to do: when a kid like this gets into a fit.. the best thing you can do is stay as close as possible...
what they're used to is people going away

john hardy

decided to give back locally
together - these volunteers and teachers and making it happen
1. be local
2. let the environment lead
3. think about how your grandchildren might build


Monday, November 22, 2010

adam mackie

part of Adam's log this week - with our notice dream connect do... this was his do..
i give it a huge - yes it matters and a huge - yes it's awesome... what do you think?


Sunday, November 21, 2010

zach bonner

if you have a good heart - you have to use it...

how can you not help

via @hardlynormal post

document.... reflect.... share

I think this is how to get better at what you (any you) do.. how to live on the edge.. in knowledge flow vs knowledge stock . Document, reflect and share.
@ChrisBrogan does it: see chores
I spend 50% of my time connecting with people, by commenting on their blogs, by replying to their tweets, by answering their questions in my own comments section, …  The more I spend time networking and building relationships, the more I get lucky.I write my chores down on a poster in my office. The more I can keep on task, the more I can accomplish.

@JimFolk and Seth Godin do it: see documenting/blogging

Jim’s explanation of edgility
@Shareski does it: see blogging as reflection on the Huffington Post.
I love his means of validation… something that matters to him.. (and those of us who trust him know the depth of that value – which speaks volumes) … his golf clubs.
This resonates with the kids idea of validation:

In the lab via Jim and Adam, we’re experimenting with logging/documenting/sharing and are creating activity systems mappings through participatory action research as a means to monitor growth vs grades, rubrics, tests, etc.
We’re seeking to create/sustain/enable a scalable self-construction… so that people (any people) know what to do when they don’t know what to do.
If you have the document/reflect/share thing down… bravo. If not, or if you know someone that doesn’t…check this.. see if it helps.
You really can do/learn whatever you want.
I spent 2 hours with an incredible homeless man last night. This paradigm shift… it’s going to blow us away. Who’s not homeless? (via kids – we don’t say houseless… it’s not so much about a shelter as it is about belonging.) We can’t not. We don’t need more resources.. we just need to be more resourceful… to share more.
What an incredible time we are living in. What a great opportunity for meshing ed. Let’s notice, dream, connect and do… in whatever flavor you choose.

insight on learning from learners

matthew... omg this kid really gets stuff... The most interesting part I thought was the way that we were not only thinking about what we were learning about, but also thinking about the progress of our actual learning in general.

jay.. I have learned about how to teach Hebrew to others and what to do when the other person doesn't know the basics. I demonstrated this when some of my friends and I were teaching someone in America.

love it..
would love to hear what jay found out about WHAT to do when someone doesn't know the basics...


Saturday, November 20, 2010


cool jets @pushingupward - grazie

i thought 

was cool too.. until they told Kosta he was insane..
insanely brilliant perhaps..

The blue

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

Friday, November 19, 2010

conrad wolfram

problem with math - no one is really happy...

using computers is the silver bullet for making math work
in the real world - math isn't done by mathematicians..
why teach math?
1) technical jobs
2) everyday living - skeptical about stats, etc
3) logical thinking

we spend 80% of our time doing step 3 by hand

it's the chore - it's the thing you'd like to avoid if you can
math not equal to calculating

calculating was typically the limiting step
math has been freed
but that liberation hasn't gotten into ed yet
automation allows math

we should be assuming computing for calculations and only do hand when it's needed:
what's worth teaching by hand:
practical: mental arithmetic

what we're doing right now is forcing people to do math...
if people are interested in it - fine - great - but no forcing...
line between what we're making people to do

math myths:

what are the basics
are the basics of driving learning how to service or design it?

need to separate the basics of what you're trying to do and the machinery of how it gets done

automation has allowed freedom - driving is now a separate piece than design
in the same way it has automized math

order of the invention of the tools vs the order of the way you use it..

myth 2:

do we really believe the math kids are doing in school today, more than applying procedures to problems they don't really understand for reasons they don't get.
what's worse: what they're doing isn't even practical today.. maybe 50 yrs ago
computers can really help...
like anything - they can turn into a multimedia show - why show a student how to solve a problem by hand when the computer can do it for them anyway. - this is just nuts

how you can make problems harder to calculate - change quadratic to a quartic
 normal in school:

normal in life - messy - hairy:

the problem we really have in math is not that computers dumb down math but that we've dumbed down problems

myth 3:

if you go through tons of examples - you can get how the basics of the system works better.
understanding procedure and process is important - but there's a fantastic way to do that these days.. it's called programming...how most procedures and process get written down these days..
programming is the way we should be doing that. - and a great way to engage students and check if they really understand

what we have here - a unique opportunity to make

can't think of any other subject where that's recently been possible - usually a choice

we want people to feel the math - that's what computers allow us to do

calculus has traditionally been taught very late - why is this? because it's hard doing the calculations

what about - adding sides to a polygon - looking at limits, diff calc - taking things to an extreme - a view of the world we don't let people see for many many years after this - yet very important practical view of the world.

one of roadblocks in moving this agenda forward - exams
in the end - test by hand
hard to let computers come into exams
but then - we can ask real questions...

this isn't some optional extra - letting people feel the math..
moving to the knowledge economy to the computational knowledge economy

this is not an incremental change - we're trying to cross a chasm
suggesting - we should leap off

completely renewed math curriculum
not even sure we brand it math - but it is the mainstream subject of the future

if this resonates with you - or intrigues you - go here to help out..
if you want to jump in but can't this soon with kids... join us.. - meeting monday..


ethan zuckerman

what a great video in Ethan's latest post:
fighting the evil forces of apathy

The end result of the space:
connectivity and the membership policy is that many of Kenya’s best and brightest young geeks can be found at the iHub on any given day. This helps explain why there’s also a crowd of expats – the iHub has become a pilgrimage stop for people hoping to understand the future of information technology in Kenya, and in the developing world as a whole.

They’re separated physically, but Facebook – which most Kenyans access through their phones, allows them to stay in close touch. Daudi tells me about Ghetto Radio, a station that’s built a youth audience around the idea of being an “underground” station… though it’s probably the most popular station for its target demographic. “They run polls on Facebook and get thousands of responses. Lots of the folks responding can’t actually hear the station.”

Given the richness of the conversation at the iHub, it’s not always the easiest place to get work done. Erik tells me he spends two days a week working from home in the hopes of getting grantwriting and other focused activity done. Limo Taboi is based in the quietest corner of iHub and exudes a sense of calm amd focus that creates a cone of silence around him and his laptop.

it’s exciting to think that there’s a movement in different corners of the continent to mobilize youth around the idea that they can and should have a voice in politics.

iHub makes sense because it’s the physical manifestation of the creative collaboration that took Ushahidi from idea to project to platform within months. I had to go to Nairobi before I really got it.


don tapscott

listening to him here at Quest 2010
we're in a compulsive shock that is causing us to wake up and look at our conditions.
at the same time - new communications - that are enabling us to rethink all these institutions (any institutions)
when you have the cream of the crop boycotting the former means of pedagogy - the writing is on the wall
we have the best model of learning that 18th cent tech can provide
boom bust echoecho:computer replaces tv - no longer passive recipient
his son - and friends watching tv - and testing things out as they watch (diff than the gunsmoke days)

first time in history were children are in authority of something really important
60's generation gap
no gap today, kids and paernts get along pretty well... compared to beatles, etc
today - generation lap - kids are lapping adults
the dumbest generation - don't trust anyone under 30

in terms of brain develop - a lot we don't know about the brain learned more about the brain in last 7 yrs than in all of history
2 critical periods of brain development:
  • 0-3 not much affect by all of this (hugged and read to)  (ipad for babies?)
  • 8-18 - extended adolescence - after dna, the #1 variable determining what your brain is like is  
how you spend your time... 1/3 of brain is developed during this time
if you spend 24 hours a week being the passive recipient of someone else's video game - that's the kind of brain you develop (as dan's generation did), if you spend equiv being active, initiator, authenticator, multi-tasker... gives a diff kind of brain as well

most controversial - multi-tasking: it looks like doing 5 things at once, but she's not.. pushing the brain past many of conventional limitations.. not the dumbest generation but the smartest generation

kids coming home and living at home - why is that a bad thing?
youth community service is at an all time high
youth crime has gone down
clean (drugs & alcohol) kids is up

safety, balance, failing schools, generation firewall, (all kids should set privacies on fb)

dumb generation - newspaper comes out once a day

the problem - is the model of pedagogy..
lecture is useful to motivate and that's about it...
we need to a student focused model - not just because we can - but this new generation learns differently

to 7 yr olds - you know the deal... you can partner, single out, ... your choice, teacher is curating a customized a collaborative experience - how can portugal do this? portugal telecom is a big funder... because they don't have a lot of internet in the home.. now that kids have them at school... kids ask parents to have it at home

we don't have the funds.... is not an excuse....
we have the funds for government employees
we don't have the funds for our children to have their birthright - access to connections (knowledge and people)
virginia tech just got rid of all math lectures... a math emporium

master in ed 1975 - took a graduate course... prof was available - but was able to go his own pace

we need to fix this,
kerry academy - school as camp

ended with story of joe - doesn't read books... but... (list of things he's done) got a rhodes scholarship 2009, reads fiction,

200 mill families have their kids in homeschools

when you have a time of paradigm shift - you get a crisis leadership
BIRDS starlings video: sharing info in a primitive way, an openeness an interdependence, an integrity - together they have great power
could we achieve a consciousness that goes beyond an individual...
the problem has been that humans that are not conscious cannot learn
institutions that are not conscious cannot learn
if we can create a community of consciousness

my notes from him here at BIF 6

his site here wrote growing up digital and wikinomics and ..


data oh data

got this.. via email.
had some face to face conversations of the like..
then found this and this via @alfiekohn - when seeking air to breathe


How Informal Learning Networks Can Transform Education

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:
How Informal Learning Networks Can Transform Education
View more presentations from Alec Couros.

and his latest..
love it - techno communist..
participatory media - anybody can jump in

citizenship in a world that is more connected

i think i might like slideshare with sound... would it still be tweakable? is it teakable now?


innovation lab

link to the live presentation

we're hoping to learn how to put sound to slides


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

a j juliani

project inform

link to presentation

they develop a passion from these projects..

the candy shop

The Candy Shop Trailer from Brandon McCormick on Vimeo.

via kids in the lab..

john hagel

great post in harvard business
pulling for the long term

my notes from his talk at bif 6 (with link to audio)
currently reading the pull - excellent - eating it up


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

george siemens

answering questions from daughter's email:

Dictatorship worked because many people will accept a wrong, but confident answer instead of a tentative but right answer. 


george siemens

interview by onepercentyellow - leslie

we don't have to socialize in order to learn - but it seems to help
not the content that makes it valuable - but the long history - the connections

if i don't trust - hard to employ a gift economy

on facebook
who is facebooks customer - i'm not and you're not
it's not the people in facebook they are serving but the ones that are buying their info
privacy online is a transactional entity
exchanging privacy and data to use space - same with google

we don't know what's valuable in terms of privacy

do you have a digital homebase
email, the landing, twitter

the web blurs our identities into one
like- esp in facebook
one of unique elements of tech
reduces our abilities to be different people in different spaces
what does a blurring of identities doing for us



so - on learning.. on changing.. on innovating... on authenticity..

it's so easy to talk or write about learning something or changing or innovating - but if you are keen to reflection and voices of opposition - you find so many holes in yourself.. and usually in unlikely places. usually in the places you were flapping about yourself in.

which is good. which is grande. finding holes is what it's all about. thanks to carol dweck, i now crave that, i now listen for those voices.

problem is - many of us are all so used to pleasing each other.. that we don't give each other that critical feedback. (esp students to teachers) and then when it is given to us - we usually end up playing defense - rather than wondering what the heck it really means....

so here's a good friend.. called me on something.

we're into this passion seeking in the lab. and we've started asking if people's passions are real. like - convince us you believe this...  convince others you're into this... that it's riskier to not go with you...

so i did that with this friend and they replied

why do you need convincing?
and i said... like we've been saying in the lab:  i need to know if you believe in it.. i mean really believe you can do it. i need to know how bad you want to do it

and their response:
i'm doing it 
it's being done
it's like someone asking me "do you believe in god"
PROVE that you believe in God.
how the heck do i do that?
you can ask that question-- but  
the answer lies solely 
in the work that's been 
not in anything I can say.

well - that struck me hard. why was i doing that.. questioning passion.
i mean - i have seen this person going at it.. pretty much giving up everything for a project... how could i even be asking if they believed in it..

it was like trust being ravaged.

well - purging is good.
and while tripping over regurgitation can be emotionally exhausting it is oh so rewarding.
here's what i found - in myself..

i need to learn a lot about trust.

i wondered why i could feel i love people so much.. and yet send this lack of trust message with a nagging for verification. (funny - see - that's the very thing i'm so against in schools - in life - that we have to validate - why can't we trust - transparency makes us rich - etc... i know i believe in all that - and yet - that's what i'm sucking at most just now)

so i went back 35 years. 35 years of rarely speaking out about things. i remember thinking i had no real/valid/legit/valued voice. and my safety net - was to wait - wait till people asked me 20 times... if they got to 20 - i figured they wanted to hear my voice. it fit well with the perfectionism i mastered. the less you say... the less you say wrong.

i know this is crazy - but that doesn't make it untrue - it's how my head has worked. so - just this weekend - for the first time- i see that my endearing nagging nature.. repetitive questioning comes from voices in my head - that believe others think like i do/did.. and that i need to ask 20 times before they will find/speak their true voice.

no biggie if you don't follow. huge to me. huge lesson on trust. both ways. i'm so amped to work on this.
huge apology to the dear ones who have had to endure it.. and will probably still see it surface.. but at least now i know of it and can explain that it's my own doing...

good to note... the 35 years of silence (rarely do people keep asking for your voice 20 times) bode me well - i crafted listening. which i think is huge. and often neglected.

and i'm sure i need critique on my listening skills as well.
that's just how it flies.
i love that i get that now. i love that at 50 i'm finally (ridiculously late) embracing my imperfection....

the paradigm shift is to trust.
and once we shift... we will be blown away by the energy, money, time, paper (to write all the rules on), expertise, .. we never even knew we had.

i need to quit talking about trust so much.. and work on doing it myself.



great post on from leslie lindballe

i love this:
Presently our information is increasing exponentially, and knowledge seems elusive in a sea of post-modern relativism.  Siemens and Downes posit it is not that knowledge has been submerged under this wash of information, but that we are now able to see the non-propositional nature of knowledge as it really is.
In connectivism, knowledge is emergent from the connections between entities.  It is not a static thing that can be pinned down in words for all time, but contextual, process-driven, and constantly shifting.  This depiction of knowledge as something of an organic entity is reflected in the language of connectivism: connections and networks are grown and nurtured rather than constructed or formed.

Siemens and Downes argue that the connections between entities are more important than the information passed between entities.

In teaching students how to grow their own set of connections, professors liberate their students...


Sunday, November 14, 2010

love 146


judy boyle

dang kids... this is what happens when you let them own their learning..
you end up meeting people like kosta grammatis who then intro you to judy boyle.. and then -
well then - your world is never the same...

the few short hours i've even known of jude - this is what i've learned...

human trafficking in her words:
In a nutshell my approach is
 "If there weren't a demand, slavery would not exist. IT"S JUST A BUSINESS. simple as that - could be apricots - happens to be humans."

some sites she shared...

www.thepolarisproject.org (trafficking in US)

If you feel like a reality check yourself watch the trailer for PLAYGROUND on the FB page. George Clooney produced this. Hideous doco about child trafficking in US. But this might be too much if your students are under fifteen-ish. 300,000 children are used in the sex trade in US per day. Much through the internet.

Good movies - all on the site:
Human Trafficking with Donald Sutherland and Robert Carlyle.

check thenoproject out on fb and on twitter

i'll be watching this again..
we need to help Kosta with digital equity ahumanright.org - [yeah - this happens through the internet - but it's also the transparency and connections - the public awareness that can kill it.]
we need to help Jude.. saying no to human trafficking...
and - 
we need to listen to kids... let them be themselves.. let them take care of each other...
they are clever.. they will make it happen ...
let's help..

tedmed 2010

bravo and exactly:
via @jhagel    we have to treat the system not the symptom
The landscape of illness is changing -
post by @markhymanmd on huffington

we were just talking about this the other day in the lab:


ian yorston

great post on having kids bring own cells/tools...more productive and saves money


Saturday, November 13, 2010

richard saul wurman

talking steam at risd

he says:
my life is... trying to have a connective tissue to everything that comes past me... -

some of what we believe about the world is wealth and health... and i believe in change
beaver pelts, shipping &rr's, oil, software, cell phones & sports teams
people make money in different things.... we're not in a static situation
nothing is quite what it seems

dibuka - 20th century art.

everything connects...

joke: everything is in walking distance if you have enough time
a joke - the opposite of expectation makes us laugh

a lot of innovation is the opposite of expectation
joke is very much like invention

very sensitive thing to be told you don't have a sense of humor

should be measured by soh (sense of humor) test, rather than iq test, people that can't pass, can't laugh about it...

is it in walking distance, keeping busy, how's it going,... - senseless questions

i care about words... an intense life of understanding. understanding proceeds any action..
if you don't understand, find that connective pattern,... that bridge

tv has brought worlds into his life

i can't forget things.. because everything i've learned that is interesting - i have connected to something in my mind
learning is remembering what you're interested in

what makes things happen.. what's the tail wagging the dog and the dog wagging the tail...what are the patterns that we think we can't live without and are always going to be here.... nothing
everything will change
don't depend on the currency of your lives to make a pattern for the rest of your lives

that change and that acceptance of change is very exciting (agreed - )

first book at 26 and at least one a year after that.

if something really interests you - 
just follow it... 
don't wait for anybody ... 
anything that seems like a dumb idea.. you can get it done.

nobody asks me to do anything...
i'm just trying to fill my plate with the things i don't understand

i'm powerful than anyone else in the room - because i more embrace my stupidity than anyone else..
impressing each other is how you make a mark...

what a false path - to try to impress somebody with your intelligence
we are all so stupid.. we know nothing.. only in the acceptance of our ignorance.. that nothingness..
understanding what it's like not to understand - is the basis of beginning

if i know to begin with it's not curious, it's not fun
it's the excitement of not knowing that keeps me moving

cool - his company is working on urban observatories - live museums

tedmed.com - health and well being is the future

page turner on ipad is not embracing it's new modality.. it's not a book

when you start a project.. great question is -  
what's the fundamental way in?
what's the best way to organize things...
some things by alphabet, some by location, some by biggest to smallest.....