The Recalibration of Play

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Am I worried about the proliferation of digital devices in our homes and schools? Not really. I’m more concerned that parents, when with their children at home, are simply using tablets, laptops, iPod Touch’s, Xbox consoles, etc. as a distraction device. An easy opportunity to abdicate parenting to the device itself. This is clearly wrong. Those parents have […]

I Unfriended You On Facebook. Are We Still Friends?

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Facebook. Love it, loathe it, like it, lambaste it … whatever your fancy, almost one billion of us are attached to it one way or another. My social media journey, like many of you, included Facebook at a time when most of us had no idea where social networking was heading. Path? Pinterest? Google+? These […]

Why You Must Define the So-What of Learning

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Whether you work for a private family-owned business, a publicly traded corporation or in the kindergarten-to-higher-education continuum somewhere, you’re going to have to define learning – whether it’s for your employees, colleagues or students. So let’s examine the “so what” learning definition – meaning why learning is present in organizations. As 2012 creeps along, the […]

The Collaboration Commons Idea

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One of the problems that I see occurring in both offices and schools is we’re often stuck with 19th century collaboration infrastructure with 21st century technology and wishes. For example, many libraries (be it K-12 or public) have setups like the following:   In the corporate world, all too often the office looks like the […]

Udacity & Coursera. Is It Really Education Reform?

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The name Sebastian Thrun may not mean much to you, but it should. And if it doesn’t now … it probably will at some point. Last year, Professor Thrun of Stanford University and his colleague Professor Norvig opened up an otherwise closed AI university course to the world. Instead of 200 students (tuition paying Stanford […]