Tuesday, July 31, 2012

nic askew

we cry out for evidence that we belong..
...we have never been alone.

Seth's Blog: It could be one of two things

Seth's Blog: It could be one of two things

Monday, July 30, 2012

malte spitz


"Seen individually, the pieces of data are mostly inconsequential and harmless. But taken together, they provide what investigators call a profile–a clear picture of a person’s habits and preferences, and indeed, of his or her life."
"Betrayed by Our Own Data," Die Zeit

betrayed by it perhaps - unless we are the ones crafting it..
mesh yourself... no?

thanks Jodhbir

16 hours ago: Hi Malte,
Interesting talk. You might have heard of Sandy Pentland? He's a professor at MIT & he's also advocating for better data protection. You should look at his websitehttp://idcubed.org/
At the end, using big data is a very new phenomenon & it's normal that companies & governments need to learn & experiment on how to best manage it. Personally, I think that regulation will go down the self-determination path & Telco's will offer prizes / discounts for the clients who agree to share their data. In this scenario, we just need to see how many people will opt-out to see if the crowds are really concerned with data privacy... At the end, I'm happy Google stores my data, because I see the value in the refined & relevant searches

explosion of nodes

via Peter's cambrian explosion

via conversation
Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff)
7/30/12 5:51 PM
Dialogue CafĂ© is the world’s first open videoconferencing network specifically designed for civil society.#UhOkay bit.ly/OeDawO

be app

latest thinking/doing

Seth's Blog: The theater of the mind

Seth's Blog: The theater of the mind

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Roger Schank (@rogerschank)
7/29/12 5:46 AM
Is Algebra Necessary?
(the NY Times actually prints an important idea about education)nytimes.com/2012/07/29/opi…

i would even question the last paragraph - long division.

  & if it works for x&y=0, is that proof enough? what is proof? I'm thinking fixation on proof takes us to poverty.

what is proof of anything doing to us?

yong zhao

we're spending so much time and money on something most of us never use..
let's talk to ourselves about that... let's respectfully question that.
and ongoing.

i'm so surprised we haven't pushed past this ...
it seems so convoluted, (et al), so clear. so simple.

and now i hear descartes.. (and argyris) warning that we veer from simplicity, because then we appear ignorant to others. ie: no one ever believes in simplicity.

umair haque (@umairh)
8/7/12 5:15 PM
Yet, despite our disillusionment, we're not ready to face the challenge of challenging the illusion.

not that anything is good or bad..
the compulsion of something deemed necessary for all - is what's killing us.. no?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

don tapscott

collaboration - eclectic - adj possibilities
transparency - need values - sharing of knowledge
sharing - giving up assets - new power of the commons
empowerment - freedom

startlings - sense of interdependence
go beyond sharing info and knowledge - but our intelligence.. create some type of consciousness

let's do this

Peter Vander Auwera (@petervan)
7/28/12 9:10 AM
Finally found some time to listen to #TEDGlobal Don Tapscott @dtapscott Four principles for the open world: youtu.be/jfqwHT3u1-8 > magic!

Are We Losing Our Ability To Pay Attention? | HASTAC

Are We Losing Our Ability To Pay Attention? | HASTAC



spot on. so powerful guys.
especially this:
But I am awake enough to know ..

bold academy

Day In the Life of BOLD from Ryan McDaid on Vimeo.

2:30 - i was the person that everyone else wanted me to be
3:00 - know too much to not..
4:25 - a mindset - that we can
5:30 - create similar learning experiences for others

incredible experience & peek-in at The Bold Academy last night. huge grazie Jessie Yancey-Siegel Amber Rae Teju & et al: https://vimeo.com/46319954

Friday, July 27, 2012

alec couros

on connected - ness

howard and alec on connected-ness

be happy

via The Bold Academy on fb:

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn't interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

by: Oriah Mountain Dreamer


Harold Jarche (@hjarche)
7/27/12 6:28 AM
Innovators do not wait for examples or industry best practices. By then, it's too late.

disrupt/hack/create yourself..


Brad Ovenell-Carter (@Braddo)
7/27/12 6:30 AM
The new Canadian copyright law and its impact on online learningbit.ly/QiN28W


via  good

7/27/12 6:35 AM
What makes you happy? @HappyPostPro is globe-trotting to capture the answers on Post-It notes. (@GOODmkr finalist) bit.ly/MjxocP


Dan Gardner (@dgardner)
7/27/12 6:29 AM
How much for the name of the city? RT @Richard_Florida: Pittsburgh to sell naming rights to just about everything - bit.ly/Nyd102
via bif funnel ? via no -strings attached moneys? or not?


umair haque (@umairh)
7/27/12 6:43 AM
LOL "@JuiceRapNews: The ability to use as many, or as little words as we like. @umairh: "Define freedom in five words or less."”

Cathy Davidson (@CathyNDavidson)
7/27/12 6:36 AM
Today's meditation: If there is no fixed standard of educational success, do learning disabilities exist?


umair haque (@umairh)
7/27/12 6:43 AM
LOL "@JuiceRapNews: The ability to use as many, or as little words as we like. @umairh: "Define freedom in five words or less."”


amy: Connie says badges are for making pathways transparent, creating equity

amy: The thing they are missing is it doesn't change equity because it is not changing resources

 me:  exactly - it's just changing ways to prove things.. which i think is one of the biggest problems.. that we think we have to prove things

 Amy:  Erick just had an epiphany... rather than badges, unlocks.

Seth's Blog: Two kinds of unique

Seth's Blog: Two kinds of unique

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Whoever has the platform sets the rules and controls the game.

eLearning Learning (@elearningPosts)
7/25/12 8:35 PM
MOOCs are really a platformbit.ly/OGf7We

rushkoff - program or be programmed - no?


let's facilitate this. too many people seem to be asking if it's legal for 
them to think for themselves. let's help people see the value of making 
two ongoing conversations [1) with self, 2) with others] transparent. 
toward the intention economy (searls) and betterness (haque)

let's realize how much more humane it is to encourage people to be
themselves. to create themselves, be their own entrepreneurs, with their
own platforms - networked individualism - (wellman)

@michaelebeling shared from Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

terran lane

Audrey Watters (@audreywatters)
7/24/12 9:08 PM
On leaving academia bit.ly/M809ho

boris groysberg


and michael slind's book talk, inc
the power of conversational leadership

In their new book, Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations, Groysberg and communication professional Michael Slind show how several global companies are adopting principles of face-to-face conversation, and why this approach positively affects a company's bottom line.
"In many ways the book is not about communication as much as it is about performance," Groysberg says. "In an economic environment where there is so much uncertainty, the senior management of a company might not know where the company should be going in three years. But your frontline customer-facing people might. Having communication that goes bottom-up is just as important as having communication that goes top-down."

and at the bottom - the excerpt from the book:

dan meyer

abstracting abstraction

concretizing abstraction

reminded me of this
Roberto Greco (@rogre)
7/24/12 4:20 PM
“You are a link. That’s the point. You’re not watch­ing the world, you’re part of the world. In it. …”williamtozier.com/slurry/2008/03…

just what is ...it..

Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer)
7/26/12 6:53 AM
Interesting commentary on @khanacademy here. Impossible to pack into a pullquote for a reporter, though.bit.ly/QJWOWe

nikhil goya - youth voices




Helen Keegan (@heloukee)
7/24/12 11:35 PM
"Wikipedia would be a shambles without #bots" BBC News: Meet the 'bots' that edit #Wikipediabbc.in/NtR567

also love what Stavridis has to say about it at 15 min in on his ted
twitter as well at 12 min in


Steve Collis (@Steve_Collis)
7/24/12 11:07 PM
this person @imma65 who blogs here engagednready.wordpress.com has spent years re-envisioning learning spaces. Ping @irasocol

why cities


huge.. great article. people are starting to get this.
yet no one is freeing up the now claimed #2 market in the us, at 1.3 trillion.. public ed, where we have brilliant minds .. all ages.. yet grouped by age.. held up in classrooms for 7hrs a day.. prepping for tests, or stressed about test results (performance on something soon trashed. rather than the flourishing of a city).


thanks J Sertl on fb


the living classroom

via michelle taylor

in-response/life in a day

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

college admissions

and this from 2010

SAT scores and GPAs are much of what make or break a college application. And yet, over the course of my years in the Yale admissions office, I found myself continually surprised by how many of the students we accepted had sky-high SAT scores but seemed to lack basic practical and creative skills, whereas others with more modest scores were stunning successes at Yale, both academically and personally.

Many students who appear to have tremendous potential at age 17, based on their SAT scores and GPAs, don't look so wonderful 20 years later.

Many of the major messes confronting us today - in corporate boardrooms and on Wall Street, in politics and even in churches - have been created by people who tested very well and earned high grades at prestigious institutions. They are smart, but foolish. The world might improve if we deliberately and systematically selected students not only for their knowledge and analytical skills, but also for their creative and practical skills - and their wisdom. 

antero garcia

and now colorado gets him for a while..
cool jets..

welcome Antero..

james stavridis

Imagine a global security plan driven by collaboration, not conflict. That's the vision ofJames Stavridis, Supreme Commander of NATO: Bridges, not walls. 

walls don't work... let's build bridges to create security

whoa - 85% of afghan's can't read when enter force - so they teach them.. 

baseball - creates security because it shows role models

esp like 12 min in - on twitter
and 15 min in - on wikipedia - 10's of thousands of people including info..  a perfect image for the fundamental point that no on of us is as smart as all of us - 
vision of wikipedia: world in which every human being can create and share the sum of all knowledge

Stavridis - saying - together we can create the sum of all security


Roberto Greco (@rogre)
7/24/12 4:20 PM
“You are a link. That’s the point. You’re not watch­ing the world, you’re part of the world. In it. …”williamtozier.com/slurry/2008/03…

michael karnjanaprakorn

Michael Karnjanaprakorn   @mikekarnj

Michael Karnjanaprakorn, CEO and Co-founder of Skillshare"a community marketplace to learn anything from anyone." At Skillshare, they believe that:  "[E]veryone has something they want to learn and something they can teach to others. This means our communities are really the greatest universities. Our platform helps make the exchange of knowledge easy, enriching, and fun." Michael and I will talk about the ways in which teaching and learning are becoming separated from our traditional learning environments, whether this is old wine in new bottles or represents a truly significant change (think of Craigslist and classified ads), and the importance of  passion and personal potential in learning.

Prior to Skillshare, Michael Karnjanaprakorn led the product team at Hot Potato, which was acquired by Facebook. And before that, he developed products and services at Behance. As a philanthropist, Michael was the Co-founder of All Day Buffet and The Feast, which was listed as one of “25 Ways to get Smarter in 2010” by The Daily Beast. In his spare time, he is an avid poker player, NYC foodie, HBO fanatic, and sometimes foursquare mayor of Tacombi. Michael is a graduate of the University of Virginia and VCU Brandcenter.

Join me Tuesday, July 24th, at an early time for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Michael Karnjanaprakorn, CEO and Co-founder of Skillsh

raquel recuero

democracy-youth-and-the-internet - session on connectlearning.tv

notes from session

interesting when Raquel talks about her children - and that there lives are all online via relatives, et al.
and then talks about why this isn't even a conversation (tech in schools et al) in brazil - because rather than risk things being online - they are forbidding it

Raquel to Augusto: the counter-intelligence, from my point of view, are fighting with the same guns... thus violence against violence
“We’re not being effective in changing the ways people think because we’re being violent.” - Raquel

people agenda (open uni)

to piggy back on this post: open university

this idea is great - sam's post on helping parents (people) become their own startups..
but let's not settle for one book.. (and i confess - i haven't really looked at it.. but what i read below makes me wonder).. that might not even address the means to setting our youth free - is it addressing - non-compulsion? or is assuming a publicly prescribed curriculum. [i know, i know, with good intent, but we do need to open our eyes a bit more, this is the human spirit we are (mis)shaping, no?]

"How People Learn" examines these findings and their implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn.

what if those 3 things aren't the road to betterness? (haque)

This popular trade book, originally released in hardcover in the Spring of 1999, has been newly expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This paperback edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning.

what if what we need is to get out of the classroom, what if the classroom(including the compulsory curriculum here) is what is causing the behavior and the non-learning

Like the original hardcover edition, this book offers exciting new research about the mind and the brain that provides answers to a number of compelling questions. When do infants begin to learn? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What can teachers and schools do-with curricula, classroom settings, and teaching methods--to help children learn most effectively? 
what if we are spending our time answering the wrong questions?

i do agree we need local conversations - to both hear voice and to inform. most people don't realize the options they have, many don't believe it's legal to think for themselves, so they are looking to pick sides. and today - they don't have to.
if we can help people see that.. let them co-create their own options, crowdsource their own dreams..
practicing the art of conversation will not only pull us through all this mess.. it will get us back to us. - what tech wants - and what it could be helping us with.

detox app

Don Tapscott (@dtapscott)
7/24/12 6:31 AM
How elections launch tech startups

why google? thinking like this: election-startup-obama - best minds in tech - ie: optimizely - dan siroker from google, seth bannon - amicus

what we're working on in re: detox app

we would love help with this. we believe it could change the world.. seeing as how ed is the #2 market in the US at 1.3 trillion. and more important - that it takes up 90% of people's 16,000 hours - where they could be becoming expert at the thing they can't not do - their art.

trying to get an idea for a phone or website app to walk people through daily talks with themselves - so that the tech can then 
1) connect them to their people 
2) leave a trail of their intentions (to replace diploma/degree/et al)
what do you think?

we're imagining this app as a means to facilitate the chaos as we redefine public ed:declaration of interdependence

we're also imagining it a better way to facilitate curiosities, create gatherings that matter - globally. esp vs our current way of schooling the world...

teacher's union

Mike Klonsky (@mikeklonsky)
7/24/12 6:27 AM
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Teacher unions will be a key issue at SOS Convention.michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/2012/07/teache…

i don't understand all this.

and, not either or

7/24/12 6:14 AM
EVERYONE! PICK SIDE NOW! EDX OR COURSERA! RT @jryoung Berkeley Joins ‘EdX’ Effort to Offer Free Open Courses - chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcam…

unfortunately.. how were doing public Ed and.. life.. no?

i do like the ability to take a course for free - then decide at the end if you want to pay for the paper or whatever..
takes out the mystery - finds those really into it..

but - we live in the time of and. not either or.


Brigham Yen (@brigham)
7/23/12 6:55 PM
@Richard_Florida Downtown LA, the transit hub of LA, is going thru an amazing urban renaissance, we cover it: dtlarising.com #DTLA

Seth's Blog: Risk, fear and worry

Seth's Blog: Risk, fear and worry

Monday, July 23, 2012


per falk - @perfal

from this page 

It was the grading criteria are important to keep in the background so we know what we're working towards. It is very important when we have the ability to freely choose what we want to do that we can link it to the rating criteria and objectives, it will be easy fun with a TV show but that's the challenge for us students, and Per is to link it to curriculum, which is the framework for the course.
to me - that's more self-directed or personalized learning of a curriculum.. not chaortic, rhizomatic, nomadic ... learning


what think ye?

the open university

open university

under rhizomatic learning:

For the educator, supporting rhizomatic learning requires the creation of a context within which the curriculum and knowledge are constructed by members of a learning community and which can be reshaped in a dynamic manner in response to environmental conditions. 
seems odd that for rhizomatic learning someone has to create a context within a curriculum.. 
that's the only part i'm not resonating with in the rhizome section - well - and the talk of the branches being topics.. that's just a web no?

p. 6:

Our aim is to produce a series of reports that explore new pedagogies for an interactive world. The reports are intended for teachers, policy makers, academics and anyone interested in how education may change over the next ten years.
By pedagogy we mean the theory and practice of teaching, learning, and assessment.
reports for teachers and policy makers and academics? over the next 10 yrs.
probably - if we go that route - and keep to the curriculum.. no?

We acknowledge inspiration from the NMC Horizon Reports as well as other future-gazing reports on education. 
nmc horizon as future gazing? - in respect and love, it's more like reporting on current innovations - not future

In our report, the first in a series of annual briefings, we explore current and emerging innovations in education for the 21st century, in the hope that it will guide teachers
and policy makers in making informed decisions about curriculum design, course development and teaching strategies
what if curriculum design, course development and teaching strategies are the problem? - or at least - not our best focus..

1. - we can already do those things with a kindle - as much as we need to - no?. a lot of sales here sounds like ways to present things.. do we need that?
2. - shirky - it's all already out there.. why keep reproducing.. and charging [1.3 trillion, ed 2nd largest market in the us] - why not add to wikipedia et al
or write your own books -
3. oh my.

Each of these principles can be assisted by
technology. For example, good performance could
be clarified by providing students with interactive
walk-throughs of successful solutions to problems.
Technology-enabled feedback can include
immediate automated responses to open
assignments and written student reports. The
computational technique of latent semantic analysis
processes a corpus of text (such as previous
student work over a range of marks, or a set of
model answers) to uncover similarities in meaning
between words and phrases, then uses this to
simulate human judgements of the coherence and
style of a new pi
ece of student writing.

instagrok's idea is closest to feedback like a game gives - model responses? yikes.
this is where the focus of teaching, assessing and learning.. falls short on the first two.

imagine something like jerry's brain idea as a replacement for measuring and credentialing...
onto the intention economy - no

so much of this seems bent on proof. measurement. and a lot - proof and measurement of things other people have decided you should learn.

maybe i'm just in a cranky mood.
will come back later.


we also know that these courses also exhibit very high attrition rates, possibly as high as 97%.

because choice at the high end is involved.. hang out, do work or not, get credit or not, pay or not...

Anya Kamenetz (@anya1anya)
7/23/12 2:06 PM
some good points on coursera et al:bogost.com/blog/mooc_rhet…

nic askew

unprotected conversation

be you.

Seth's Blog: Strategy matters more than ever

Seth's Blog: Strategy matters more than ever

silicon valley bubble

Tim O'Reilly (@timoreilly)
7/23/12 6:02 AM
Looking beyond Silicon Valley's bubblenyti.ms/MDNNxw

esp reinvent ed.. ?

Karen Cator, director of educational technology, United States Department of Education
Karen Cator
The advent of digital tools will have an impact on education that will rival that of the printing press, said Ms. Cator. The challenge is making the shift from print-based materials to digital ones that offer new levels of interactivity. Until then, she said, schools will be hampered by the need to invest simultaneously in books and bits.
Karen - new levels of interactivity - as in city as school

Tom Vander Ark, managing partner, Learn Capital
Tom Vander Ark
The very idea of school has already begun to shift permanently, said Tom Vander Ark, whose firm invests in companies working in educational technology. Mr. Vander Ark believes that, in many schools, traditional classrooms will give way to ad hoc and ever-changing groupings of students who are working on similar material on a given day.
Tom - absolutely - gatherings that matter because they are per choice/passion/intention - that's what tech can do for us - match.com style - cool if via self-reflection (redefine public ed)
Tom - imagine if that phone app or whatever isn't driven by knowledge - but by passion and intent of each individual. and then that data is used to create serendipitous connections

Larry Cuban, emeritus professor, Stanford University School of Education
Larry Cuban
Mr. Cuban, who wrote about computers in the classroom as far back as 1986, said that predictions of impending educational revolution are nothing new. There is danger in people falling for the hype, he said. But Mr. Cuban believes that change in education will not come as quickly as many predict. He noted that some reformers have been attempting to end summer vacation for decades. “Summer is still here,” he said.
Larry - perhaps that's the ticket - summer - as always here. imagine if it always felt like summer because we changed public ed up so much that it became real life.

Eileen Lento, education strategist, Intel
Eileen Lento
Rural schools are perhaps the best place to experiment with digital teaching methods like online courses, since they have trouble offering some types of classes already, said Ms. Lento. Online classes will begin to supplement the physical classroom gradually, she said, but will lead to changes in everything from the schedule of the school day to the architecture of school buildings. “Later, you know, as things evolve and people get used to it, you’ll see more complex changes,” she said. 
Ellen - city as school, school as life

David Silvernail, director, Center for Education Policy, Applied Research and Education
David Silvernail
The technology to change the classroom exists already, said Mr. Silvernail. The challenge is using it effectively. He has been examining the effect of a program in Maine through which all middle school students were given laptop computers. The results varied widely, and the classrooms that used the laptops the most often were not necessarily the most successful. As schools rely more on laptops and mobile devices, it is crucial to determine when students benefit from the presence of the computers and when teachers should put them away, he said.

David - we do have all we need. this can turn on a dime.. if we focus on what matters most.. make that our one common intent - what tech wants

Sunday, July 22, 2012

amy lewark

from her postings on fb

Whoa... taking a very deep breath... this was all so much closer than I ever could have imagined. The shooter graduated from the same graduate university program (UC Riverside Neuroscience) to which I had gained entrance to finish my PhD. I don't think I could ever truly understand what would motivate someone to do something like that, but I have to wonder if disappointment over the job opportunities in the industry played a role at all. Twelve years later, I'm still trying to figure out my place in this world, and I'm grateful for all the friends I've made along the way.

Amy Lewark In a strange twist, I've read that this is the worst shooting since the one at VA Tech, and this morning, Monika Hardy let me know that Jeff Brazil, who has interviewed my kids, and who won the Pulitzer Price for his coverage of that shooting, published her writing on MIT's DMLCentral, which includes a lengthy quote from some writing I did for the TSD Innovation Lab. I'm feeling a bit weirded out by everything. My life is full of strange coincidences. Including that I finally watched the Netflix movie last night that literally has been sitting next to my TV for months... the Tarantino film "Inglorious Basterds" which ends with a theater going up in flames, and snipers taking out the Nazi audience. So, I literally went to bed with that imagery in my head, and then when I woke up, the first thing Erick said to me is that this shooting had happened. I think I am going to need some of that 'nerve tonic' that Dennis the Menace's neighbor always needed.


But perhaps, really, this is a call to action... That the things Monika says in this article are so very important. There were so many other things I did before I became a "scientist" and I looked at the world differently. I'm trying to get that back, get in touch with unconditional love, and art, and release the ideas of perfection that were installed by the school system. I am thankful to my children for helping me see the world as I once did.

We have massive research and many evidences available...[ie: Diane Ravitch is declaring a bunch of them here, we’ve gathered particular ones here]…that what we’re doing in the name of public education is not serving us well. Perhaps we declare some new laws in regard to public education, in regard t...