Monthly Archives: July 2010

Don’t Miss This One (Event) – Future of Education with James Bach

Hope I’ve got time to attend this one…

Join me Tuesday evening for a live and interactive interview with James Bach, author of Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion Can Lead to a Lifetime of Successir?t=technologyr04-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B003IWYG2A.
Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
James doesn’t seek to eliminate schools but he does want to deconstruct the belief that formal education is the only path to a great education.Read more at

Forget About Remembering Focus is the New Literacy

This is one of the best articles I’ve read recently on the subject of Education. It’s so nice to hear this refreshing perspective on ‘how’ we are to cope with the overwhelming amount of information. This post should be read by Education ministers and those who are responsible for curriculum design.

The three minute video below is also worthy of your time.

Forget About Remembering, It’s Focus That’s the New Literacy

The cost of information is rapidly approaching zero.
Students are adrift in a sea of text without context.
Educators must help students make more effective use of the information that fills their lives – how to better access it, critically evaluate it, store it, analyze, share it, and maintain their focus.
“Filtering, not remembering, is the most important skill for those who use the Internet.
Knowledge was once an internal property of a person, and focus on the task at hand could be imposed externally, but with the Internet, knowledge can be supplied externally, but focus must be forced internally.”

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Social Media Secret…

Want to transform your organisation using Social Media?

Think about this first: the secret to Social Media success is… you have to love people and sharing and learning and community and engagement and transparency and collaboration…

Urh.. No? Then save your time and money and do something else… really!

What Scott Gould Learned from Chris Brogan – Love People

When I’d finished reading this article I felt genuinely inspired, not just to clip the post or comment on it, but to think hard about the key messages Scott learned from Chris. I quickly realized how many times I’d broken those simple rules, especially with loved ones, and I’d have to say, I felt somewhat ashamed – too often, without contemplation = habit :-(

Scott quite clearly states that this post is not just about how many RT’s or mentions, it’s beyond some kind of personal ego trip, he posted it because it actually contains some real gems of wisdom, some-of-which I’d inadvertently forgotten with all the tech hype and the hussle and bussle of daily life.

As a result of reading this, I’m also turning over a new leaf as of this moment. I’ve written the five points down on a small piece of paper and attached them to the fridge via a magnetic clay model of Düsseldorf. Thanks Scott for sharing this publicly, I’m sure others will benefit from it too.

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What I Learned From Chris Brogan

Now I’m good with connecting people, but Chris did it at a level that I’ve never seen before. People who he met once on Friday morning, he remembered the names and details of and called them by name Friday evening.

When I asked Chris how he did this, he looked at me and just said “I genuinely just love people.”

In two words, Chris Brogan taught and modeled for me this: love people.

valuing the person in front of you
closing your laptop when someone walks in the room
remembering their names and life details without fail.
giving them your attention – all of it
valuing people equalling

Mobile Phone use in the Classroom

A long article, but worth reading for those interested in teaching and education.

“We need to educate young people to be responsible with technology, to learn to see the dangers and not be a bully.” ~ Lilian Soon

Mobile technology for learning is most definitely a big part of the future!

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ICT – Ringing the changes

Features | Published in TES Magazine on 9 July, 2010 | By: Sara Parker

Traditionally regarded as a classroom menace, mobile phones are now
being recognised as a learning aid with immense potential, as Sara Parker


Why We Like to Keep Busy

I think its about a natural balance of idleness, playfulness and busyness surrounded by lots of sport, sleep and love.

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Why We Like to Keep Busy

from World of Psychology by John M Grohol PsyD

Why We Like to Keep BusyDo people like to keep busy for no reason? Or is being idle okay with most of us?

The researchers also found that people were happier when they were busy, even if they were forced into busyness.

How can people be happy being busy, if that busyness serves no purpose?

Why do people prefer to be busy doing something, anything? The researchers speculate it may be rooted in human evolution:

In their strife for survival, human ancestors had to conserve energy to compete for scarce resources; expending energy without purpose could have jeopardized survival. With modern means of production, however, most people today no longer expend much energy on basic survival needs, so they have excessive energy, which they like to release through action. Yet the long-formed tendency to conserve energy lingers, making people wary of expending effort without purpose.

Their conclusions?

If idle people remain idle, they are miserable. If idle people become busy, they will be happier, but the outcome may or may not be desirable, depending on the value of the chosen activity. Busyness can be either constructive or destructive. Ideally, idle people should devote their energy to constructive courses, but it is often difficult to predict which actions are constructive (e.g., are business investments or scientific discoveries always constructive?), and not every idle individual is capable of constructive contributions. [...]

We advocate a third kind of busyness: futile busyness, namely, busyness serving no purpose other than to prevent idleness. Such activity is more realistic than constructive busyness and less evil than destructive busyness.


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