Thursday, December 17, 2009

What Matters Now

From Seth Godin, who collected these thoughts and comments from many who we should listen to and learn from.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Way New Collaboration - Prisoners' Dilemma, The Tragedy of the Commons, and other interesting ways to cooperate. 'Rational self-interest is not always the dominating factor.'

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rheingold on Where We Are Going

Howard Rheingold thinks different about social media, education, classrooms, students and teachers, how we got here and what the species needs to do in order to survive.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Crap Detection 101

Howard Rheingold discusses how to critically evaluate web sources. How to calibrate your BS detection equipment!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

How Not To Learn

Chris Brogan writes on a variety of topics and is one of Tom Peters' 'cool people.'

Here he comments on confusing opinion with analysis in How Not To Learn.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Paradox of Choices and Mistaken Expectations

While surfing through my favorite bicycle blogs, I came across this fascinating post by Kent Peterson, who runs Bike Works, a favorite charity in Seattle. More on their great work in another post, probably over on my bike blog.

Kent helps a cyclist choose among many options for pedals, and notes that the variety of choices makes the decision more difficult. He recommends the cheapest pedals!

Kent also links to a great TED video, the Paradox of Choice, with Barry Schwartz describing how the variety of choices available in a post-modern, industrial, consumer society makes us less satisfied with our lives, not more so. And, in turn, that led me to a couple of TED talks by Dan Gilbert, Harvard psychologist. The first I came across was about How We Are Deceived by Our Miscalculations of the Future, where he discusses the origins of how to use Expected Values to make decisions, and why humans don't operate that way. The other talk centered around the idea of what Gilbert describes as our psychological immune system lets us feel happy with our lot in life, even when events don't go according to our expectations.

I plan to use all three of these videos next quarter in both Microeconomics and Managerial Accounting, where we discuss traditional economic decision models that emphasize rational decision-making. That may not be exactly how we humans operate!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Critical Thinking

As one who supposedly teaches critical thinking and advocates that students learn to calibrate their BS detectors, I recommend Jon Stewart's interviews with stock market charlatan Jim Cramer as required viewing.

It is very difficult to not be cynical about efficient market theories, quantitative financial analysis and market economics in general when we all suffer from the gigantic check-kiting scheme that was substituted for sound financial practice over the past ten years.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Social Media Dead Ideas?

Are social media a waste of time? Michele doesn't think so!

Grown Up Digital

Don Tapscott's Grown Up Digital describes the Net Generation (Millenials?) approach to technology, social networking, education, work, life, etc. Tapscott spends a lot of time differentiating those for whom technology is like air from those (me and the other boomers) who believe in our cores that it's magic.

For educators, some of the keys include putting to rest once and for all the 'sage on the stage' approach to the classroom, and underscoring an approach that is much more collaborative and conversational.

Worth reading, and worth checking out his blog.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Obama and Technology

During the campaign, I was bombarded by emails from David Plouffe, Michelle Obama, and even Barack himself, asking me to volunteer, contribute, tell me friends, etc., almost on a daily basis. Some argue that their use of technology and social media to build an army of volunteers and raise funds is what ultimately won the election

Now that they have taken office, the new administration is confronting the realities of legacy systems.

Here's what they found.

And, here's how it rates.

It will be interesting to see how their use of techonology evolves.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Merlin's Desktop Viewer

Merlin’s First Desktop Tour from Merlin Mann on Vimeo.

Lots of cool ideas here. I've started playing around with Skitch, which seems more flexible for screen captures than Jing. And, you can post images to Flickr and other websites easily!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Walking the Earth

John Francis discusses his decision to not travel via machines and to walk instead, his life in education, and his years of silence. Relevant to this blog, he discusses teaching classes without talking! Good comments on silence, listening, and how 'we are the environment.'

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Online Social Networking for Educators

NEA summarizes how educators can use social networking tools for career development, with links to tools and resources.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Community Colleges' Value

Here's an article from the SF Chronicle that underscores community colleges as both a bargain and an opportunity.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How To Succeed in ACCT (By trying hard!)

Here's a note-worthy piece from David Albrecht, on How to Ace Your Accounting Classes. Lots of tried-and-true advice, but worth the bookmark.

On a separate note, do you wonder why all the signs look like they do? The film Helvetica, broadcast on the local PBS station last night, explores graphic design, visual imagery and how it affects us. Thought-provoking, in light of the sameness of much of our online learning materials!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Sydney Awards

Here's David Brooks' collection of favorite long-form essays from the previous year, including Michael Lewis," The End," about the financial collapse, and "In the Basement of the Ivory Tower," a remarkable piece about today's college students, instructors, and expectations.