Monday, January 28, 2013

tweets jan 28 - obsessed w/management & de botton

Ira Socol (@irasocol)
1/27/13 6:01 PM
@chalkrelic Revolutions, by definition, happen quickly. If they don't, they are stopped by counter-revolutions

Ira Socol (@irasocol)
1/27/13 5:58 PM
@jackiegerstein I think that's it. Teachers need to accept much less, take many more risks, but its counter to all of their training #educon

Audrey Watters (@audreywatters)
1/27/13 4:31 PM
Thx to those who came to my #educon chat on politics of ed-tech. Recommended follow-up: @doctorow's Little

Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach)
1/27/13 7:56 AM
@chrislehmann @TimothyMBoyle I'm trying to imagine an admit system based on passions, not transcripts. #educon
perhaps a mesh network - with each person's head/heart as the platform.
perhaps even better - that it's crafted by some objective tech - as you live - so that the focus is not on proof of things, but on the day

Chad Sansing (@chadsansing)
1/27/13 7:49 AM
"Call Me Maybe Josh Davis," ode to our COO & his snow-day calls/FB celebré, made by kids on a snow

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 4:28 PM
The true hilarity of the MOOC fun is that 97% of what people are calling MOOCs is what we've been calling 'online learning' for a decade

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 4:31 PM
Combining courses from different universities around the world to create your own degree. i mean.…

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 4:35 PM
You can't scale access to 12 profs at MIT. only their content. And they've been giving that away for a decade.#moocrant

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 4:36 PM
The internet offers access to networks of people you can learn from. That's the scaling that is different.#moocrant

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 5:57 PM
@BenjaminHarwood i think it was the investment... it allowed people to think that online learning might be a way to acquire brand

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 7:10 PM
@KateMfD @ns_allanc there is going to be no intrinsic interest from senior management in free and open. advantages? maybe.

dave cormier (@davecormier)
1/27/13 7:11 PM
@KateMfD @ns_allanc teaching a mooc with firewalled journals, for instance, is going to be a challenge.

Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann)
1/27/13 4:37 PM
A report from SLA Media: Students Power #EduCon

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
1/28/13 6:20 AM
RT @DanyDeGrave: The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward. - Arthur Koestler RT@lisatbds

Jason Silva (@JasonSilva)
1/28/13 6:20 AM
The brilliant @alaindebotton recommends some of his favorite books!…
didn't read in hs youth
I’m always close to tears reading Judith Kerr’s delightful children’s story, “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.” It tells of a tiger who turns up, quite unexpectedly, at teatime at the house of a girl called Sophie and her mother. You’d expect them to panic, but they take the appearance of this visitor entirely in their stride — and their reaction is a subtle invitation for us to approach life’s unexpected challenges with resilience and good humor.
I got very angry about the food industry reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s excellent “Eating Animals.” Now, a few years later, I’m bewildered and deeply worried by the way one can be impressed and moved by a book and yet do absolutely nothing about one’s indignation and simply put all the good arguments to one’s side — frightening evidence of the impotence of books in the hands of fickle readers. 
would have liked to meet John Ruskin, who has been a big influence on me, and whose eccentric visions of the ideal society (at the level of architecture and morality) I am constantly inspired by. He felt sad, persecuted, lonely and misunderstood. I would have wanted to try to be his friend. 
Suggestions for kids 
I’d give them Theodore Zeldin’s “Intimate History of Humanity,” a beautiful attempt to connect up the large themes of history with the needs of the individual soul. I’d point them to Ernst Gombrich’s “Art and Illusion,” which opens up the visual arts and psychology. There’s a lot of despair in adolescence, so I’d recommend comfort from pessimists like Pascal and Cioran. I’d especially give them a sad, poignant, questing little book called “The Unquiet Grave” by Cyril Connolly (written under the alias Palinurus). 
What are you planning to read next?I’d love to read Chris Ware’s new book, “Building Stories,” which was unfortunately out of stock (an extraordinary oversight) and has just become available again. In the meantime, I feel I’m going to have a great time with Douglas Coupland’s new little book about Marshall McLuhan.