Saturday, November 30, 2013

23 Defining Traits Of Your Favorite Teacher

23 Defining Traits Of Your Favorite Teacher:

Via Buzzfeed.   Somewhat trite, but often on target.  Those rare moments that make the profession worthwhile....

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

75 favorite books from the past 7 years - Austin Kleon

75 favorite books from the past 7 years - Austin Kleon:

Funny that some of the things I miss about teaching are things I could continue doing, like writing about what I've been reading.  Austin Kleon does that, and he's developed a pretty good list.   I could too.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Art of War -- Indexed

Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Illustrated - Indexed:

Interesting, with plenty of great graphics for loads of occasions.....

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success | Brain Pickings

Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success | Brain Pickings:

There's been a fair amount of talk about 'grit' in meetings I've attended recently, especially those that focus on student persistence and completion rates.   This adds more to the conversation.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pay Attention!

Paying attention is a skill: Schools need to teach it.:

Key quote, 'The world is complex, and it isn’t going to get any simpler. Unless we can create a population that is capable of thinking about complexity in complex ways, it is highly unlikely that the problems of global warming; economic inequality; access to affordable, high-quality health care; or any of the other challenges the U.S. and the rest of the world face will get adequate solutions. Good solutions to any of these problems will be complex, and they will not win support from a population that demands simplicity. '

Monday, September 16, 2013

Seth's Blog: What works?

Seth's Blog: What works?:

In the connection economy, though, the thoughtful, patient, mature and modern approach wins out. Because connection is built on trust and generosity, not on snark and short-term wins.
When your inner caveman shows up, the question you might ask him is, "will this juicy, satisfying, visceral action in the moment build my connection and weave a platform for my future, or is the price I'm paying for pleasing the crowd the fact that I'm tearing my platform down?"

Build a platform.  

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Instructure Con Keynote - Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters of Hack Education fame gave the keynote at the Instructure Conference in Park City.  She blogs about it here, and posts her slides as well...

In retrospect, the written comments read better than the spoken ones, and perhaps, the early morning time and the crowd hangover from MC Hammer the night previous explain part of that.

Extraordinary Instructors

The Two Lauras from Texas gave a fun and concise presentation at the Instructure Conference on being an Extraordinary Instructor.  While their focus is on the online classroom, since all classes combine elements of what used to be called online classes, their advice, their tips, are worth considering....

Here's the link:

What is also interesting is that they have a Canvas Course that is open to the world.   
So, how do we do that at EdCC?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Seth's 5,000th post

Seth Godin has posted 5,000 times to his blog, which I reference frequently.  

This one, from almost nine years ago, seems remarkably prescient.

Five Years from Now,  from 2004

Where will we be in another five years, or 5,000 posts?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Slideshare Favorites

10 Million Uploads: Our Favorites:

Shift Happens, Generation Y, Sequoia Capital's Good Times are Over, Netflix Culture, Internet Trends 2012, and much, much more!

'via Blog this'

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Thoughts While Walking the Dog, Revisited

I wrote this back in 2008, but much of it still rings true to me.....

Mean people still suck and we still should choose life and health....

And a few others.....

Livestrong 2009

Where Do We Fit?

Us vs. Them

[Expletive Deleted] Ed-Tech #Edinnovation

[Expletive Deleted] Ed-Tech #Edinnovation:

Key quote, 'Because there are other stories about the past and the future of education — ones where building human capacity trumps adding tablet capacity; ones where agency matter more than algorithms; ones where innovation comes from students, from professors, from librarians, from researchers; ones where new ideas are not driven by commercialism but by care; stories and initiatives that are local and will not scale but need not scale;...'

Disruptive innovation is a narrative, and it doesn't mean the future is preordained.....

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Seth's Blog: But I don't want to do that, I want to do this

Seth's Blog: But I don't want to do that, I want to do this:

More on picking yourself rather than getting picked.   "It's far easier to put your future into someone else's hands than it is to slog your way forward, owning the results as you go.
Grateful Dead vs. Bay City Rollers."

DIY future, people.

It’s a 401(k) World -

It’s a 401(k) World -

Tom Friedman on how just showing up will no longer cut it.  'We’re entering a world that increasingly rewards individual aspiration and persistence and can measure precisely who is contributing and who is not. This is not going away, so we better think how we help every citizen benefit from it.'

Monday, April 22, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Seth Godin had two posts that caught my eye in the past couple of days....

First is on setting limits, boundaries and expectations....

The second is on conservation of energy in conversations, and de-escalation....

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The World is Getting Better. Quickly. - Anil Dash

The World is Getting Better. Quickly. - Anil Dash:

It's getting better.  Note the references to the Gates Foundation work on education in the USA.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Not testable?

We don't teach courses.  We teach students.