Sunday, September 30, 2012


convo with self - what matters - the start up of you - everyday - you put in the 10000
shared spaces - we have all we need - share more - city as school - provide resources
connections - networked individualism - (app to) jump start your mesh network
rhizomatic expertise - useful ignorance - deliberately not teach, but rather know the person and facilitate curiosities
convo with others - listen w/o an agenda - every actor has a story - listen for that - people are good - at least every week - are we asking the right questions.. is the conversation accessible to all

steve hargadon - connected learning

link to actual hangout and resources here: steve-hargadon-future-education

james bosco - connected learning

find the live video and post here: james-bosco-reschooling-society-toward-new-era-american-education

was a great session - caught my wind when james talked of perhaps there not being a way to deschool... at least not soon enough.

so i emailed him.
we have since had a most lovely 90 min skype.

game on.

can't thank you enough steve hargadon - for connections made on future of ed.
can't thank you enought for carrying this on.. esp loving the hangout format.. jon - you rock for aggregating it all.
steve as well - the mightbell resources are wonderful.

jabiz raisdana - connected learning

alan, alec, bud, howard, jabiz, jim (melanie on the invite)

very cool watching jabiz, having gone through this same experience, where now you are the one pulling people together to share, so you are leading your guru leaders in a discussion, or moreso, calling them together in order to take them in.. it's this high, sur-realness. i love that he said: i have nothing formal planned.. i'm just hoping i know enough about this that it will make sense.. always a risk that it could fail big, or be big (my translation)

19 min ish in - the idea of a playspace where you're writing to the air..
realize/accept - that you could have an audience or not.. writing for self
free space..

bud hunt has a great post on the session here: habit vs series of events
school and not school
school is authentic.. what's not fitting is the power element..  [30ish min in]

30:48 - howard - the difference between an audience and a public
public is more of hagel's allure - not only an allure - but a back and forth and ongoing convo

33 min - jabiz - having a space to work through your writing.

33:27 - alan - rather than getting this shiny thing, for alan - valuable to be wrong in public, "let's be human out there - let people see the full range of our development"

34:20 - bud - totality of work that is bigger than one or two posts.. easier to take that risk...

38 - jim - so many ways to use a space

43 - bud - huge - blog as a tract home.. not a home a house.. that they leave after assignment/class (my translation) 

love this.. again from bud's reflection of jabiz's hangout:
I said during the webinar that I felt like the infrastructure that we build, support and maintain should feel more like an invitation than an obligation.  We should make spaces and places on the Web where we’d actually like to spend time, and we should be working to bring other folks in to the party.  I think that’s the kind of work that Jim and Alan do.  They play in public and invite others to play along.  I think that Jabiz does that in his classroom.

48 - jabiz - huge - the question on - 14 yr old mind on line - what about future employers seeing this.. that's changing.. it's more authentic you.. we're realizing that hospitality and you as a whole person creates a better match anyway... less contrived. via jim - blurring the line of academic/non academic, personal/professional

50- alec - end up with sanitized profiles, being in this home online - helps you become.. perhaps even more important than the idea of doing it all for a future employer (my translation), a space that allows us to learn better with others

52 - alan - isn't that the ultimate for these spaces.. pile of creations - we get to decide and shape -

53 - bud - if we want students to choose - sometimes it's to not be online, forcing choice is messy

53 - jabiz - keep hearing melanie's voice - on finding voice

55 - jim - a space where you own everything and you decide where/when to share, wonder how much blogging has laid foundation of owning, so we can use, like how much electricity do we use, - a management system for you..

58 - howard - to jabiz - how do you get to beyond a grade, beyond - the teacher wants me to do this. jabiz: give them ownership of the class, making rubric, et al (sounds m wesch-ian), even when we try to empower kids, we come to them with our ideas, so trying to flush that out ..

thanks guys.. sorry i missed it live.
important stuff.

Seth's Blog: Instead of outthinking the competition...

Seth's Blog: Instead of outthinking the competition...

perhaps that diminishes the whole idea of competition.
perhaps we co-create a completely new game.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

bill taylor - bif8

reading practically radical by bill taylor..
on amazon

bill spoke at bif8, so very excited to dig into his words..

right off the bat:
despite millions of words of advice from gurus on organizational renewal, and despite billions of dollars budgeted for reengineering, six sigma, and other dogmas of transformation, the work of making deep-seated, sustainable change remains the hardest work there is.

reaffirms in me the notion of - not waiting for innovations to scale (or sustain), but rather working on scaling (or sustaining or thriving) the individual.
i do think we're onto something huge.
not that it's anything new. but perhaps actually moving forward with it is.

loving this:
looking at a familiar situation (an industry you've worked in for decades, products you've worked on for years) as if you've never seen it before... a fresh line of sight
flip of deja vu - looking at an unfamiliar situation and feeling like you've seen it before.

how do you look at your organization and your field as if you are seeing it for the first time?
vuja de.. here via bill, via tom kelley (ideo), via bob sutton (weird ideas that work), via jeff miller (sailor), perhaps via george carlin (napalm and silly putty)

all leading to and about - this unlikely twist - as taylor calls it:



Thursday, September 27, 2012

tom vander ark

Join me today, Thursday, September 27th, for a one-hour live and interview with Tom Vander Ark on his book, Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World. Tom is founder of, and also CEO of Open Education Solutions and a partner in Learn Capital, a venture capital firm investing in learning content, platforms, and services with the goal of transforming educational engagement, access, and effectiveness. Previously he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation and was the Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he implemented $3.5 billion in scholarship and grant programs. Tom was the first business executive to serve as public school superintendent in Washington State. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom has published thousands of articles and blogs. In December 2006, Newsweek readers voted Tom the most influential baby boomer in education.

bottoms up anytime anywhere opportunities of learning

Mightybell link for resources and conversations following this webinar are here:

obrien from denver
a big city needs a portfolio approach - gates strategy 2004

Caroline Vander Ark 6:16 PM
More on Moorseville-

steve asked - do we have a way to switch the national dialogue..
pessimistic about that
optimistic about opportunities being created
city and state leaders can make an extraordinary amount of difference

Caroline Vander Ark 6:17 PM
Tom's EdWeek blog today-

michale fullon's new book
for 10 examples of extended impact

dlaufenberg 6:30 PM
This is where Larry Cuban falls on Common Core -

laufenberg 6:31 PM
but doesn't the rocketship model put more students on each teacher's caseload... trying to facilitate more relationships?
Caroline Vander Ark 6:31 PM
- Noah joined the Main Room. ( 6:32 PM ) -
Tom Vander Ark 6:31 PM
yes, 3 rocketship teachers cover 4 classrooms worth of kids
but have them for 75% time and get paid 20% more

needs to happen in next 36 months... close digital divide - making sure every family is connected - and every kid has a device
when every kid has a connections 24/7 - huge difference

what if there are no basics? - to common core...

antero garcia

anterobot (@anterobot)
9/26/12 12:08 PM
#301d please read this:…

he really is that cool.

as is our ability to shift more towards a mindset of transparency??

one size

yeah.. we re thinking we may have that assessment piece nikhil.. spent several hours w/ ACT s innovation team last week at bif. 
their first comment to us... we know people hate us and we need to change. 
second comment after listening to our prototype for self assessment..we need your idea, your prototype.. we don't hear that voice(youth), we dont know tech enough, .. then...we do have funding.
reeces peanut butter cup moment for sure. what better way to show people this is about and... not either or...

we spend too much time fighting camps..



 read on to see what effect abusive relationships have on the victim. Do you want your child’s teacher to be suffering from these things?
  • A loss of enthusiasm.
  • Uncertainty about how your are being interpreted. 
  • A concern that something is wrong with you
  • A loss of self confidence
  • Anxiety or a feeling of being crazy
  • Distrust of relationships

how many students feel this way?

time for us all to wake up .. no?

skills gap

Deb Mills-Scofield (@bluelobsternets)
9/26/12 5:10 PM
Mind the (Skills) Gap

Make more higher education certification-focused. Instead of spending years in the classroom to learn an entire subject, give students and workers access to ad hoc courses and certifications. This will shorten the educational time commitment, thereby lengthening the time an individual has to actually master the skill on the job. 

mesh - sharing

Hadass Eviatar (@lionsima)
9/27/12 6:01 AM
Donating to Dr. Freedhoff's daughter is even better than donating to me, given the good work he does in the...

future of money... no?
all I read was just this one sentence...

imagine our minds wrapping around gansky's (et al) whole mesh idea...
what if we realize we live in abundance - the less greedy we are...?

teach vegas

We were talking about how to standardize listings so they can be shared out to the community. If you are teaching a class we recommend using the following format (eg if Shaun were teaching): Shaun Swanson wildcard Ayloo is teaching "You Can Do Math!" (PROVIDED YOUR OWN TEACHER LINK TO AVOID Skillshare FEES). This way the links transfer when people/ entities share posts to the wider public.

talk to self

Subvert Magazine (@Subvertmagazine)
9/27/12 6:30 AM
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” - Coco Chanel


perhaps answers and addresses this question as well.. no?
9/27/12 6:07 AM
#fillintheblank: The biggest barrier to affordable health innovation is _____. @TEDMED#greatchallenges…

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

moocs - history

distributed the platforms...
decentralized structure

currently working an an #unmooc
  - via alec

put comments on own blog - we'll aggregate them put them in.. so sessions aren't spent spinning wheels (my translation)

reference bon stewarts posts on moocs

Mark McGuire 6:19 PM
It's like extending a home or café into a city - the difference in scale creates something different in kind.

distributing the course over the web - to allow for agency

Peggy George 6:20 PM
in case you missed the link--the Mightybell site for resources about MOOC and a place to continue conversation later:

openness allows for mentors from all over

xmoocs - content - have to grow beyond content..

Alec Couros 6:40 PM
Put learner in the middle of that diagram - and around her, various MOOC experiences, informal f2f opportunities, job experience, formal education, etc. ... bring that all into once space, have it assessed, and then take that to your future employer. Let the monopoly of accreditation die a quick death.

Alec Couros 6:29 PM
if i failed to make any point strongly, I believe that learners really must have their own spaces for learning, reflection, etc. ... essential not just for MOOCs but for identity/citizenship.

Steve Ransom 6:31 PM
@Andrew... I wonder that as well. For those new to this more self-directed and connected learning, it can be overwhelming
Diethild 6:31 PM
@Andrew, getting lost is part of the process.

minh 6:33 PM
It is not possible to overestimate tha learning that goes on amongst lurkers

steve asks - what does open mean - dave says - getting in semantic debates aren't beneficial.. (my translation) - debate creates sides.. doesn't bring people in

Mark McGuire 6:53 PM
xMOOCs are in the mall, near the picturesque fountain. cMOOCs are the connected cities that contain them.

Mark McGuire 6:54 PM
xMOOCs open the door to the lecture theatre; cMOOCs open the door to learning.

6:55 PM
cMOOCs invite immersion in self-organising criticality

break the curriculum up - and people mobilize it - via dave
destabilize the hierarchy

revenue is in the credentialing - fee is in the assessment as opposed to for the learning

Audrey Watters 6:45 PM
interesting that those in the Social Network Analysis Coursera class today got an email warning us NOT to collaborate or "overshare"

stevehargadon History of the MOOC @davecormier @courosa @oldaily @WelshCloggy @Ignati @couki1 #futureofed

jotnot experiment

Seth's Blog: The simplest customer service frustration question of all

Seth's Blog: The simplest customer service frustration question of all

Sunday, September 23, 2012



make room for curiosity..

Seth's Blog: Truth and consequences

Seth's Blog: Truth and consequences

zoom out often..
I'm thinking the urgency is much like in breathing...

breathe out..
breathe in..

An Apologia for Copying

An Apologia for Copying

how do we share more.. call it copyRIGHT find.. we have all we need. if everyone is known by someone.. taken care of per se.. so that the idea of money as currency shifts (keeping the and)to.. transparency/sharing/et al.. as currency...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Seth's Blog: Hurrying almost always makes it take longer

Seth's Blog: Hurrying almost always makes it take longer

bif 8

oh my. trip in.. lovely traveling with my dear mentor Amy. bus to biltmore.. not next to tony.. my agenda... but rather next to jeff.. random and unlikely connection... a bif-like agenda... no doubt. [mtg with act innovator team.. they may help with app. self assess vs standardized assess. how ironically cool would that be?] meet up with idea rock stars.. Adam, Scott (who is speaking in two days at tedxyouth with Seth and sam), and Dana, at coolest vegan eatery. innobeer.. finally mtg local boulderite Andrea. lovely. hugging al.. day 1 loving Saul on video. go bif team.. great idea. opening words.. bif isn't an event.. it's a community. killer trend.. organizing networks. going big and small co-created by us. less event ... more community. why do you do what you do..? (pic of his grand twins) the power of stewardship.. leaving things better and we have a sense of urgency... a decade is a Terri le thing to waste. like any good catalyst... get the reaction started and get out of the way. Carne Ross - a very gentle anarchism Robin Chase - peers Inc.. doing all the stuff that a company finds expensive to do.if you get the platform right ... people can exponentiate. Andrew Hessel - kept hearing rhizomes... ie: every time cells divide.. have to rewrite a new geno.. the rewriting.. perpetual beta... makes it a living cell Darell Hammond - on his experience growing up:it struck my justice nerve. huge on Colin ward ..child in the city.. (hearing @rogre 's book as well) David Stull - thru music.. product of their work becomes a sense of their potential.. a safe vulnerability. Jeremy Heimans - (loved his presentation mode... it was face to face.. his videos showed us history of himself) entrepreneurialism.. showing up with nothing.. and doing stuff. how you can be more... be: purposeful, entrepreneurial, ny Rudy, transnational Sherry Turkle - can't have participatory community unless you can talk to each other. couldn't be fully present unless they were also absent. they wanted to know who wanted them. student: we are not as strong as tech's pull. interest: reclaiming convo and community Jeffrey M Sparr - rethinking mental illness (totally.. Cathy Davidson's post on: standardizing humanity.. if there are no standards.. do learning disabilities exist) peace in mind ... love in your heart. Mark Freeman - loved MC Bateson quotes: stretched midlife so long, in desperate need for punctuation. and: active wisdom. now.. when you realize what matters... still have time left to live it out. (city as school feeds this) Lara Lee - you can't turn a bike unless you lean in. lean into fear. Dries Buytaert - how to build a great community... unplug the server. it takes open source to licence fee/ regs. open source is an unstoppable trend. Tony Hsieh - a great brand is a story that never stops unfolding. (total city as school)city hub..lab.. don't know where it startsnor where it ends. roi to roc.. return on community.4 min mile... thought it was impossible till someone did it.. then others did it... belief that it's possible. Mike Lowinger - gotta have sole. Hillary Salmon - why not.. Valdis Krebs - event organizers don't care about connections ... they just care about the nodes. tweet from Saul he used: serendipity as service. (this was the be app as groundhog day)how to do random luck as a service.serendipity isn't's already out there... just need to unclothe it ( what tech wants to help us with) Tom Yorton - improv(e) your innovation. be nimble. rapid prototyping. yes and. what I love (one of the many thongs) about bif... i can explain what we're doing with our obscure quiet revolution.. by referencing bif stories.. and by referencing #bmif... love that. grazie all... more to come.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

ted hughes

oh my...
read. and read. and read again.

this is nclb..

was going to post some... here... but it's all good.. so go to brainpickings... then to his book?

fitting with this i-want-to-put-you-in-a-category
perhaps we start to question that.. acknowledge it's not boding us well.
perhaps we make up for the overwhelming-ness by learning to swim in vulnerability.
my category is human.. ? nice to meet up with you.

fitting with this from shirky earlier as well..

imagine a new nclb... imagine people actually have time to hangout..
because the policy et al that categories create - are acknowledged as not us..?

ellen langer:
prejudice decrease as discrimination increases...

redefine public ed - nclb - being known by someone, talking to yourself daily.

Seth's Blog: I want to put you in a category

Seth's Blog: I want to put you in a category whoa.. __________

james burke

paradigm constraint..
unexpected worldwide ripple effect...

1) apply mythodical doubt
2) be reductionist

learn more and more about less and less
make your specialist niche so small there is only room for you

change is leaving behind, because reductionism has specified so much that no one else knows what you are doing
a life stime of specialist silo thinking.. makes it difficult to predict what will happen when your noodling bumps into others noodling

net - much easier for noodler to exposed to other noodlers..
innovation happens between the disciplines

maybe we need more no-man's lands
einstein - linear reductionist language -
focus is what the machine is meant to do and a waste for the human mind

each node -
mozart to helicopter in 10 jumps...

something you know may be meaningfully related to something someone else knows..
using webs.. as you travel.. you find 1+1=3

not so much the right answer.. but what path they took
interdependence - we need to be more cross (or anti) discipline than ever before
reductionist might not be fast enough or systemic enough anymore

had you known in advance....
institutions make change to make sure that innovations don't mean disruption

future - personal nano factories
feynman.. plenty of room at the bottom - 50 yrs ago
all our value have been shaped on scarcity..
now we live in abundance

we have no paradigm for this new future... we've never been there before
respond to the challenge.. not - business as usual

thank you for giving this talk before i did.. you can stop now..
why come together ? his opening statmentss..

James Burke is a living legend. Or, as he put it, “No-one under the age of fifty has heard of me and everyone over the age of fifty thinks I’m dead.”
He is a science historian, an author, and a television presenter. But calling James Burke a television presenter is like calling Mozart a busker. His 1978 series Connections and his 1985 series The Day The Universe Changed remain unparalleled pieces of television brilliance covering the history of science and technology.Before making those astounding shows, he worked on Tomorrow’s World and went on to become the BBC’s chief reporter on the Apollo Moon missions.His books include The Pinball Effect, The Knowledge Web, Twin Tracks and Circle

via rogre

Saturday, September 15, 2012

pat farenga

Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 recording is at
Mightybell Discussion and Resource Space:

Pat Farenga and his wife have three girls, ages 23, 20, and 17. In addition to writing for GWS for twenty years, he has written many articles and book chapters for publications as diverse as Mothering magazine, Paths of Learning magazine, Home Education MagazineThe Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society and The Encyclopedia of School Administration. He has also published and edited several popular books about homeschooling including his own book, The Beginner’s Guide To Homeschooling. Farenga’s recent work includes a cassette tape, A History of Homeschooling and How You Can Become Part of It (Tape one of The Singing Turtle Homeschool Starter Kit, 2002) and a chapter in A Parent’s Guide To Homeschooling (Mars Publishing, 2002). His most recent book isTeach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling (Perseus, May 2003). Farenga wrote the article about homeschooling for the International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd Edition, due in Fall, 2009.

Farenga also appears on local and national television and radio shows as a homeschooling expert; he has appeared on The Today ShowThe Voice of America, NPR's The Merrow Report, and CNN's Parenting Today. Farenga has been quoted as an expert on homeschooling many times in the national media. Farenga has addressed audiences about homeschooling and the work of John Holt throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Italy.

Farenga now works as a writer, speaker, and education consultant. for the latest writing and information about Pat's work

work with children or on children
teach your own, john holt
how children fail, john holt

how you treat a child more important than how you teach them

illich was a huge changer for him.. ended up moving to live near him..                      escape from childhood.. john holt, after spending time with illich
instead of education... john holt, getting away from compulsory schools
schools are great.. just get rid of compulsion

1976 - growing without school

john didn't have his own children,, and didn't study ed

steve - did that give him the objective (non fatigued) vision.. more a grandparent take

holt thought not being trained in ed was one of his strengths..
same as sugata mitra - he was a physicist

2 mill homeschoolers, 2% of school pop
more homeschoolers than montessori and waldorf et al combined

we don't give kids enough space to play

people are social, they learn from being with people
but not grouped in classrooms with like age

the whole social nature of a child's life - play - has been sabotaged by institution of school

steve's chore issue has been agency

grandparent piece

the way you get good at making choices.. agency.. is by having a lot of choices to make

pat's daughter didn't take any math, then later when found she needed it.. took 6 months to catch up to her college class.

steve - parent that had never asked her son what he wanted to do.

the institution gets so big it causes the problems.. illich

small is beautiful
creates more jobs for teachers.. but requires openess - that not everyone is certified teacher.. not all classrooms have same age..


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Friday, September 14, 2012

ontology & taxonomy

shirky on ontology

Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags

I also want to convince you that what we're seeing when we see the Web is actually a radical break with previous categorization strategies, rather than an extension of them. The second part of the talk is more speculative, because it is often the case that old systems get broken before people know what's going to take their place. (Anyone watching the music industry can see this at work today.) That's what I think is happening with categorization.What I think is coming instead are much more organic ways of organizing information than our current categorization schemes allow, based on two units -- the link, which can point to anything, and the tag, which is a way of attaching labels to links. The strategy of tagging -- free-form labeling, without regard to categorical constraints -- seems like a recipe for disaster, but as the Web has shown us, you can extract a surprising amount of value from big messy data sets.
That strategy of designing categories to cover possible cases in advance is what I'm primarily concerned with, because it is both widely used and badly overrated in terms of its value in the digital world.

maybe it's not expensive and time consuming if we gyrate back and forth between human and machine.
for example.. for what we're doing.. it's ok, and good even, if we connect two people, they meet up, only to find out that one meant the country and the other meant the plate. if they know they get another try tomorrow. and that it only took 10 min out of their day today. now it's them caring enough to refine their verbiage. [thinking 50 first dates, groundhog day]

this is bound up in .. people caring enough to tweak their verbiage, to not needing a reminder... because they start to believe/see the benefits of being more themselves..
i think a big part of it is that gyration.. machine to man to machine...
i don't know.

The essence of a book isn't the ideas it contains. The essence of a book is "book." Thinking that library catalogs exist to organize concepts confuses the container for the thing contained.

maybe it's back to that idea of disengaging from a role, being a thumbprint. maybe that's why ... people signing up to do things on a google doc.. they need reminders...
if it mattered.. if it was a perpetual beta.. meaning.. ground hog day-ish... they'd get to do nothing.. a see those results... and they'd get to go all out.. and see those results..
it would come down to what they made it.. with no outside motivation needed.. except that what they put in ... yielded a different day...?

from wikipedia:

Taxonomy (from ancient Greek τάξις taxis, arrangement, and νομία nomiamethod)[1] is the academic discipline of defining groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared characteristics and giving names to those groups. Each group is given a rank and groups of a given rank can be aggregated to form a super group of higher rank and thus create a hierarchical classification.[2][3] The groups created through this process are referred to as taxa (singular taxon). An example of a modern classification is the one published in 2009 by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group for all living flowering plant families (the APG III system).[4]

Ontology (from onto-, from the Greek ὤν, ὄντος "being; that which is", present participle of the verb εἰμί, eimi "be", and -λογία-logia:sciencestudytheory) is the philosophical study of the nature of beingexistence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.[citation needed]

disrupt ourselves.. no?

Jason Silva (@JasonSilva)
9/14/12 6:11 AM
"They're selling transformation and shipping incrementalism." -Clay Shirky on iPhone…

Let's start with Dediu and how we interact with our machines. "A change in input methods is the main innovation that I expect will happen in the next decade. It's only a question of when," Dediu wrote to me in an email. Looking at his data, he makes a simple, if ominous observation: "I note that when there is a change in input method, there is usually a disruption in the market as the incumbents find it difficult to accept the new input method as 'good enough.' "
So, when touchscreens arrived on the scene, other phonemakers didn't quite believe that it was Apple's way or the highway. After all, hadn't touchscreens been tried before and failed? And besides, typing emails was so hard on those things! And people loved their Crackberries! And. And. And then all their customers were gone.
Do we have any reason to expect that the touchscreen will remain the way we interact with our mobile devices for the next decade? Not really. They have proven to be effective, but there are clear limitations to interacting with our devices via a glass panel.
One critic of the touchscreen is Michael Buckwald, CEO of the (kind-of-mindblowing) gesture interface company, LEAP Motion. "The capacitive display was a great innovation, but it's extremely limiting," Buckwald told me. "Even though there are hundreds of thousands of apps, you can kind of break them down into about a dozen categories. It seems like the screen is holding back so many possibilities and innovation because we have these powerful processors and the thing that's limiting us is the 2D flat display and that touch is limited."

clays quote in the tweet is spot on for Ed..
let's disrupt/experiment with the seemingly ridiculous in a city...
so while edreform is flailing on with their incremental changes to a place most don't even want to go... nailing a school math test... we end up with a model based on real life input.. within an eclectic gathering of people.. a city.... closer to ai, and yet, closer to the human spirit.

scale the individual.. rather than the platform or the innovation..
John Hagel III 9. Individual as catalyst for change from Sogeti VINT on Vimeo.

 John Hagel III 12. Learn fast on the edges of an ecosystem from Sogeti VINT on Vimeo.
learn fast on the edges of an ecosystem

happy bday john.. and grazie..

Thursday, September 13, 2012

john hagel - on edge

Sinan Si Alhir (@SAlhir)
9/13/12 6:37 AM
"@jhagel: Go to the edge and focus on two horizons - some video clips on my"

just in case

we're so worried about risk.. our worry is way riskier.. no?

rcohen54 (@rcohen54)
9/12/12 6:31 AM
When did lawyering go from being a vigorous defense of the public good to simply generating CYA documents just in case?

just in case costing us trust.. community... people..

I every 40 sec globally... suicide rate

oh my .... math

oh my.

so a recap, and ongoing playing out in my head.. this replay.. replay... replay.

can't seem to understand why it's screaming at me.. while most keep joining in.

random connections in my head:

  • saturday, hans rosling tweets about the latest stats on suicide... one every 40 seconds globally
  • today a tweet with a link to a brief history of american k-12 math
  • math prof (@mathematicsprof)
    9/13/12 6:38 AM
    A History of K-12 Math Education in the U.S. --> #math,#education
    convo on how to teach... content that most won't use.. cause of detesting school an d self..perhaps worst war ever  (my words)
    from paper: 
    Kilpatrick rejected the notion that the study of mathematics contributed to mental discipline. His view was that subjects should be taught to students based on their direct practical value, or if students independently wanted to learn those subjects. This point of view toward education comported well with the pedagogical methods endorsed by progressive education. Limiting education primarily
  • Palo Alto School District parents are sufficiently discontented with the district's math performance that in massive numbers they are resorting to outside math tutoring programs. Forty-eight percent of parents report providing outside help in math for their children (in the middle schools, this number rises to 63 percent). The math-basics group HOLD's own informal survey of the best-known commercial math programs shows that Palo Alto parents are spending at least $1 million a year for math tutoring.77
  • ongoing conversations with Paul with peace for children in uganda - he works with 100ish youth, rescued from the streets, paul needs money and resources to send these kids to school, why? to teach them.. math, so they will feel successful
  • carol blacks, schooling the world is a constant replay.. hearing her words.. getting this right in america is so important, because the world does copy us
  • last year, a 40 yr old comes into the be you house.. says to me: they told me you could help me get a ged. i ask her: why do you want it? she replies: they told me - then i would be educated.
  • research is all around if you look for it ... but locally, kids dropping out of hs can be traced back to poor results in math in early grades.
  • as a math teacher of 20 yrs.. my requests for individual's math history, always included: and then in ___ (early) grade, i started hating math
  • watching a girl, maybe 6 or 7 walk to school today.. couldn't get her to smile, she was so upset, that face
  • yong zhao - high math scores on pisa (one of the tests we use to compare countries) seem to relate to low creativity, entrepreneurshihp and happiness
  • kids feeling value or not, according to how well they are doing on things that we spend crazy amounts of our time and money arguing over, but that most of us will never use

i could go on..

biggest push backs... in the whole curriculum-ish debate:

  • what about the basics... and that usually means math...

many of us don't realize/believe that learning and life are non-linear. the book, printed page, was huge... but it got us thinking linear.
if life/learning were linear.. a pyramid would be a suitable model.. and a foundation/basics/prereqs would make sense

if it's not linear, if it's a networked mess, a rhizomatic root is a much more suitable model. no foundation. start anywhere, follow it anywhere... everywhere... every node appears connected to every node..


so comparing:

and then

  • people say..if i where going into surgery, i would want my dr to have a degree....and to have gone through all the right procedures to become a dr
many of us don't pay attention to the malpractice stats... at least not in this regard. or that we don't need more dr's, many are out of jobs just now. or that more dr's are going into more holistic approaches to healing. or that many dr's are not happy or are switching fields. just like many other professions, esp ones that we seem to hold in higher esteem, tout as being more successful because they make more money or do nobler things, we forget plato's words - that if it doesn't come from inside.. it doesn't stick. many of us end up in fields/work because we were pleasing others, we were living out others' wishes/dreams. and because of the procedures we have to, for example, become a dr, many get so caught up in making the grade... (along with all the other things that keep us busy in life) that it gets very easy to forget about the people. not to mention, well - to also mention, imagine if all these courses to become say a dr, were filled with only the ones bleeding to become a dr.. truly.. or imagine they are more hands on. as is.. we have a regimin to get everyone on that path, so our courses/spaces are filled with a bunch of people not choosing to be there, so, much of our time is spent on things like classroom management, motivation,.. rather than say, what people who have found their passion, would be spending that time/money/resource.
so - i guess i'm saying.. if i were going into surgery - i'd rather i was first of all in the right room for the right reason, but also that the person working on me had gained his wisdom most of all from experience and love of healing and of people, rather than the degrees on his wall.

the latest calculated degree of separation i've seen.. 4.47 - perhaps it's closer to pi.. 3.14 ish... the furthest distance, [ie: in a circle (which has a neat tidy shape so this isn't even there, just better visual for this than a pyramid) the diameter] is a most 3 ish times away. or perhaps... the limit goes to one.. the more we mesh it up.. the more we do start anywhere.

can you imagine the time we would free up, the resources we would free up, the people we would free up,

if we didn't depend on this supposed foundation, and all the ridiculous amount of policy/protection/credentialing/funding/time/people that we spend on it.

maybe we focus more on these numbers:: one every 40 seconds..
aren't we curious about addressing that battle/war.... loss...
at it's core.

this is a people agenda.
setting people free..

my hunch.. people will be falling in love with mathematical thinking... [fractals, exponentiation, limits, as they naturally show up in life.. not as a mandate at a certain age level... the resulting test score to validate your ability to think/be as a person]
just as we've experienced kids in the lab who thought they hated reading.. falling in love with the printed word...  with communication... with learning.

choice makes a huge difference.
debate is killing us.
let's each choose how to spend our days.. right now. no?

you come too.