Tuesday, March 5, 2013

tweets mar 5 - findings in failings et al

Paulo Simões (@pgsimoes)
3/5/13 6:49 AM
Sugata Mitra: Slum chic? 7 reasons for doubt dlvr.it/32WZ0c (via @oldaily)#elearning #edtech
avoid the vagaries of child-centred behaviour.
oh my.

failures.. not.
it's a trail of finding outs...
rora goes further and claims that disassociating learning from adult guidance can lead to uncritical acceptance of bad content and bad learning habits.

sorry... but wait.. isn't that what we have now?

bad habits have nothing to do with age... no?
The school playground is a competitive space that many children fear. It is, for many, a place of social isolation and exclusion. Most teachers and parents have experienced the evils of self-organised ‘peer groups’ not just on terms of pressure but also of exclusion and bullying.
perhaps because of what they are getting a 10min break from..?
Who among you in the developed world would abandon all teaching and install ‘hole-in-the-wall’ learning for your own children
a lot of unschoolers.. and on the rise..
once they disarm holts sentiment..
The requirement that a child go to school for about 6 hours a day, 180 days a year, for about 10 years, whether or not he learns anything there, whether or not he already knows it or could learn it faster or better somewhere else, is such a gross violation of civil liberties that few adults would stand for it. But the child who resists is treated as a criminal.
that learning is natural and natural learning is legal...

Richard Florida (@Richard_Florida)
3/4/13 7:29 AM
Cities = efficiency. Rise of the urban sharing economy - via @embadger_ - theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-econo… …2.0"ted.com/pages/tedbooks… …

We’re also witnessing a paradigm shift toward sharing in the offline world because of the online technology that enables it. None of that technology, including Internet payment models, network search tools and identity verification systems that make trust at least somewhat possible among strangers, is going away. The Internet has essentially allowed us to expand the circle of people with whom we share. But even more fundamentally, the open-source culture of the web has taught us how to share, and made sharing a default of social interaction.
Center's Internet & American Life Project. “It’s a frictionless process online and in the digital form. Why wouldn’t that be the gateway drug to being a sharer in other contexts?”
SnapGoods sells itself with the slogan “own less, do more,” a nod to the idea that our culture increasingly values the accumulation of experiences over assets (if you don’t own your own camera, maybe you can afford to take a trip as an amateur photographer to Yosemite).
All of these models – alongside bikesharing, coworking spaces, shared nannies – are really at the end of the day about efficiency, even if the shared economy simultaneously speaks to our more altruistic motivations to do right by each other and the environment. Ownership, by definition, implies idleness. Whatever you own that you’re not using right this second may be going to waste. Or worse, you’re wasting scarce money on it.
Ownership, by definition, implies idleness.
Bureaucracies have to figure this out because the benefits will be so immense, at the citizen and city scales. The very thing that makes cities so powerful – their ability to agglomerate – will only be enhanced by the sharing economy. Academics tell us that great things grow out of dense human interaction. Picture what’s possible when those same people are further connected to each other through networks modeled in the digital age and built on the real-world sharing of cars, spare bedrooms and whisks. 
 future of ed   - world as classroom -

3/2/13 2:09 PM
@ezraklein: An average ER visit costs more than an average month’s rent wapo.st/Z4PHa9” #GreatChallenges#healthcare

ReachScale (@ReachScale)
3/3/13 7:26 AM
World Economic Forum: Where will the “Household Names” in Social Enterprise come from?bit.ly/YfdbLP
Why aren’t the big players flocking in to scale these enterprises that are solving problems and could be doing so profitably when they reach scale?

Eric Mazur (@eric_mazur)
3/3/13 7:19 AM
Education cultures: East meets West -- do inquiry and motivation have to be mutually exclusive?ow.ly/iggtj
In the Western understanding, students come to school with levels of innate intelligence and curiosity. Teachers try to further arouse that curiosity in specific subjects. There’s a lot of active learning — going on field trips, building things. There’s great emphasis on questioning authority, critical inquiry and sharing ideas in classroom discussion.
interesting take.. and really.?

davidwees (@davidwees)
3/4/13 7:28 AM
Which child would you be more worried about? => Welcome to the education machine soa.li/SHPeDtK #edchat via@SHCommunityDev
The answer is disquieting, but simple: Schools are not truly designed for learning. They are designed to enforce conformity.
s true that most teachers have been eager to adopt newer, inquiry-based learning techniques, but it is difficult for innovation to trump crowd control in small rooms with large class sizes.
Children, especially boys, have difficulty adjusting to a learning environment that is inflexible and based on quiet routine and repetition. A child who learns quickly, and in a non-linear, non-traditional manner, must exercise extreme patience to endure a day in a traditional school.
death of us - mostly voices of boys.. - who are suffocating from holding their breath
girls are often more inclined to play along - and are suffocating from trying to catch their breath.
but i'm thinking it goes both ways..  not necessarily a gender thing..

We need to strive to look at the school system through the eyes of the student, not just at the student through the eyes of the school.
huge - ginormously huge.
An anachronistic system has mistakenly identified my two sons: one as a problem child because his behaviour is out of line with his abilities as a learner, the other as a model student because his excellent behaviour has masked his resistance to learning.
Both of them will probably come around eventually, and be successful in this system, but it will be in spite of it rather than because of it. When they do emerge, having coped with an ungainly organization of mass production, they will be perfectly prepared for life in the early 20th century.

Alex Myers (@Alex_Austin)
3/2/13 1:59 PM
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. ~Cicero Roman philosopher 44 BC

Stanford University (@Stanford)
3/4/13 7:30 AM
Want to boost your productivity? You might do well to share your email inbox w/ a crowdsourced personal assistant:stanford.io/1628jOV

One user originally restricted emails from her boyfriend, but later allowed her assistant to see them after realizing that his emails also contained important tasks. By the end of the study, only 10 percent of participants felt that a user might drop EmailValet over privacy concerns. Some users even communicated details of their life to their assistants, such as their job, or hometown, to give the assistants the right context.
"That's how they got value out of the system," Bernstein said. "It's a reminder that privacy and security are negotiated. If you give me enough benefit, I'm willing to share a little bit of information with you."
placebo ing us toward trust economy
 In the face of smarter and smarter machines helping with more and more of our daily tasks, Klemmer points to crowdsourcing as an example that humans still command a realm of tasks beyond the reach of computers. People are adept at nuance and context, he said, that still stymie the best machines.
"A lot of the exigencies of daily life require a humble creativity that machines don't yet have," Klemmer said.

Blue School (@BlueSchoolNYC)
3/4/13 7:32 AM
RT @eduKateNYC: "It begins with art, design and you." - @johnmaeda Your life in 2020 -- written in 2010. risd.cc/w0kWhV#SXSW #STEAM
Consider attempts by schools to quell mobile phone usage in the classroom. In many parts of Asia, where the mobile phone took hold sooner than in the U.S., schools have given up. To a student in Hong Kong, their mobile phone is as vital as the beating of their heart. The word "mobile" means your world can all "go" with you, and by 2020 it will be too hard to imagine going without. We won't carry today's angst of feeling tied to our mobile devices in an apologetic sort of way. Instead, it will be the accepted norm, an innate part of daily life, and will vanish within our collective consciousness.

John Hagel (@jhagel)
3/4/13 7:42 AM
An intriguing perspective on the evolution of TED by @StevenLevybit.ly/XHDfAe

Dale J. Stephens (@DaleJStephens)
3/5/13 6:04 AM
Today my book, Hacking Your Education, launches. Hear me on @NPR this morning:npr.org/2013/03/05/173…

George Siemens (@gsiemens)
3/5/13 6:26 AM
"participatory,networked, distributed..learning that challenge..inherited cultural concepts of schooling" theory.cribchronicles.com/2013/03/04/moo… @bonstewart

ReachScale (@ReachScale)
3/5/13 6:39 AM
Waste-to-energy: from pit latrines to biogas by @davidwogan @Sanergy blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/201…#sanitation

chrisflanagan (@chrisflanagan)
3/5/13 6:43 AM
BIF advisor @RogerLMartin has new book out "Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works." Can't wait to read. His writing is always so strong.

Will Richardson (@willrich45)
3/5/13 6:45 AM
"The Complexification of Education" buff.ly/Yp9UcY "In the long run, we'll all hate MOOCs" by@gsiemens

complexifying education. Instead of trying to provide a neat tidy commentary of MOOCs and higher education changes, we should be provide a complex view, one that acknowledges the failure of mono-views of educational change. What we face in higher education is a far more daunting task than “let’s all run MOOCs” or “online learning is the future”. 
When someone is done reading this book, in fall of 2013, I’d like them to put it down and say “Wow. Something big is happening. We don’t know what to do about it. We need to raise the quality of discourse around higher education so that we can suitably respond to the dramatic and historic changes impacting the university”.