Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/30/2005

Free Mind Mapping Software Open Source mind mapping tool. About mind maps. Tag: Review: Everything Bad is Good for You - Slashdot In, Everything Bad Is Good For You, Steven Johnson tries to convince the reader that video games, television and the Internet are good for us, despite critics who talk about "vast Wastelands" and "infantilized societies". The book raises interesting questions, but in the end is a lightweight analysis that is better for engendering sound bites on NPR and The Daily Show than for convincing serious readers. Tag: What exactly is the role of podcasting in knowledge work? - Denham Grey The place, value and importance of podcasting is still emerging within PKM and corporate KM. Tags: Re-appraising Emotional Intelligence - Training Journal Does EI really exist? (No, not really. It is a rather loose collection of concepts.) Is EI important for learning? (Hmm… the assumption that if you feel good, you learn good is a gross oversimplification.) Tag Forbes "Attack of the Blogs" is surprisingly accurate - Dave Taylor This article is deliberately going to take the opposite tack to the vast majority of bloggers who are, predictably, jumping to the defense of the blogosphere after Forbes Magazine published a feature by Daniel Lyons entitled Attack of the Blogs. Tags:


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/27/2005

Web 2.0 Cracks Start to Show - Wired The debate revolves around the cracks that are starting to appear in Web 2.0, a term coined by O'Reilly Media Vice President Dale Dougherty to describe a post-dot-com generation of sites and services that use the web as a platform -- things like Flickr, BitTorrent, tagging and RSS syndication. Language and the 'Otherness' of the Environment - Dave Pollard We can only think what our embodied brains permit and our brains work by analogy. Your brain knows more than you think - Web India Although behavioral performance is generally accepted to reliably reflect knowledge, it is heavily influenced in the laboratory and in the real world by other factors, such as motivation, attention and environmental distractions. Thus behavior may vary, but knowledge endures. Where The Brain Combines What's Heard And Felt - Science Daily When sense perceptions from various sense organs are processed in the brain, this information is integrated - for example, when we are watching a ventriloquist, our brain combines information pertaining to both language and vision.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/23/2005

Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age - George Siemens Connectivism and learning. A child's view of tomorrow's learning - Parkin's Lot Today's US K-12 pupils were born into digital technologies. They intuitively integrate things like computers, the web, instant messaging, cell phones, and e-mail into their daily lives. Emerging Technologies: A Framework For Thinking - ACT DET A review of emerging technologies in education. Remarkability and the Ten Faces of Innovation - FastCompany Innovation roles are intended to offer a chance for people feeling stuck in an ordinary work life to have the rewarding experience of being just a little bit more extraordinary. Presenting Stanford on iTunes - Stanford University & Apple Stanford provides access to university content through iTunes.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/17/2005

E-learning 2.0 - Stephen Downes eLearning will shift from being a medium in which information is transmitted and consumed into a platform on which content is created, shared, remixed, repurposed, and passed along. Why Google's Business Model is So Revolutionary - Dave Pollard Recently Google discovered there's a third great source of revenue in today's wildly inflated and delusional stock market: IPOs. I'm convinced that, more than anything else, Google went public because it gave them a ton of cash to do even more things for free for their customers -- which is exactly what they've done since then, offering a never-ending stream of wonderful goodies. The Net Generation Goes to College - The Chronicle of Higher Education Change your teaching style. Make blogs, iPods, and video games part of your pedagogy. And learn to accept divided attention spans. A new generation of students has arrived -- and sorry, but they might not want to hear you lecture for an hour.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/16/2005

October 16, 2005

Reflections "Awakening Faith in an Alternative Future" by Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers. Drawn from the introductory chapters of Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future

Hype Cycle - Gartner Group Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, assessing the maturity, impact and adoption speed of 44 technologies and trends over the coming decade. What is a hype cycle? 'Folksonomy' Carries Classifieds Beyond SWF and 'For Sale' - New York Times NETWORKING sites on the Web started as online personal ads, and most are still built around the desire to meet people. But there is a new, rapidly growing generation of networking sites built around purposes, not people. Meet the Life Hackers: The science of interruptions - New York Times Information is no longer a scarce resource - attention is. David Rose, a Cambridge, Mass.-based expert on computer interfaces, likes to point out that 20 years ago, an office worker had only two types of communication technology: a phone, which required an instant answer, and postal mail, which took days. "Now we have dozens of possibilities between those poles," Rose says. Science is not body of knowledge - Sun-Sentinel Contrary to what some think, science is not a body of knowledge. Science is a method. Religion, on the other hand, is a body of knowledge.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/15/2005

The Dream Factory - Wired magazine From design to delivery, custom manufacturing is coming soon to a desktop near you. Inside the "fab lab" revolution. "How Level is the Leadership Playing Field?" Online Survey Captures Perceptions of Being Pink in a Predominantly Blue Environment - eMediaWire Executive Coach Leigh Henderson was curious to see what it would take to change the question from "Why are only nine Fortune 500 companies run by women?" to "How did women come to hold 50% of the top jobs at Fortune 500 companies?" The World Is Spiky - John Hagel The world is not flat -- location still matters. Wicked Problems Rip Mix Learn Four main web technologies: blogs, RSS, social bookmarking and flickr and the role technology can play in education.


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What would I see if I rode on a beam of light? - Donald Clark Traditional learning systems have typically been centralized and operate on the principle that learners are unable to decide what they need to learn, thus the system does it for them, which in turn creates a vicious cycle -- put the learners in a system that does very little to encourage critical thinking, formal reasoning, or meta-learning; then tell them they are unable to decide what they need to learn, thus others will have do it for them. Einstein's big idea: The Legacy of E = mc2 Einstein's big idea has been enormously influential, in ways that reach far beyond the purely scientific. Airs on PBS October 11, 2005 - Check local listings Knowledge Economy: Are we ready to capitalise on it? - eGov Monitor The "Knowledge Economy" is driven by high technology and is global in dimension. KM waves - more of the same? - Denham Grey Dave Pollard reviews KM paradigms in this thoughtful post that I somehow missed. He sees a paradigm shift from 1st to 2nd generation. A History of Apple's Lisa, 1979-1986 - Orchard The Lisa was first envisioned as a brand new business computer to succeed the very popular Apple II, and it was to be designed by Steve Wozniak. The project was quickly turned over to Ken Rothmuller, a former HP director, as Wozniak drifted away from Apple.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/09/2005

In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World - John Thackara We're filling up the world with technology and devices, but we've lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? Black pupils given learning boost - BBC A scheme designed to reduce the persistent under-achievement of black pupils is achieving good results, the government says. Podcasting for knowledge - Denham Grey Currently podcasting is very much one-way broadcasting, true it lowers the barriers and access to radio sound bites, but there is limited feedback opportunity and almost no interaction. Affordances for annotation, commentary, refutation and analysis are missing or serial at best. Wikibooks takes on textbook industry - c/net An attempt to create a comprehensive, kindergarten-to-college curriculum of textbooks that are free and freely distributable, based on an open-source development model. The Idea Economy: Battle over right to sell knowledge - International Herald Tribune In the information economy of the 21st century, the most priceless resource is often an idea, along with the right to profit from it. Places to Go: Robin Good's Master New Media - Stephen Downes Students, instead of being mere receivers of learning content, are active participants in the learning process, tasked as much with creativity as with consumption. Chinese Town Loses Hyperlink to Future - L.A. Times A remote Chinese village was poised for prosperity after a tycoon introduced it to the Internet. Then fate stepped in.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/04/2005

Alphabetical order - KM World Mortimer Adler devotes much of A Guidebook to Learning: For the Lifelong Pursuit of Wisdom, to railing against alphabetical order. He would hate what's going on now. The knowledge (worker) economy - KM World How many knowledge workers are there? Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not include it as a specific category, Davenport estimates there are 36 million, or 28 percent of the labor force, based on categories BLS does identify. Other estimates place the number as high as 45 percent of the work force. Da Vinci clue for heart surgeon - BBC A UK heart surgeon has pioneered a new way to repair damaged hearts after being inspired by artist Leonardo da Vinci's medical drawings. Review: 'The Shame of the Nation': Separate and Unequal - Nathan Glazer In the five years up to the writing of "The Shame of the Nation," Kozol visited approximately 60 schools, in 30 school districts, in 11 states. Design Thinking - Dave Pollard the intellectual process of intentional creation. It is much more than just imagination, or invention, or creativity, or project planning, though all of these are a part of it. The metaphor drawer - KM World Metaphors are a category of personal knowledge management (PKM) tools. The word's Greek roots literally mean to "carry across" as we juxtapose one thing with another.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/01/2005

Distributed Leadership in the E-Learning Organization - Stephen Downes I think Susan Smith Nash's exploration of the subject of leadership and organization is useful, but it seems to me that business writers still haven't grasped what post-industrial organization looks like. What Makes a Good Leader? - CLO The qualities that make an effective leader have two distinct perspectives: what followers look for and what research from the past few decades has shown. Innovative Practice with e-Learning - Joint Information Systems Committee Imagine how interactions in a classroom change when both practitioners and learners have in their hands, and in their control, immediate access to information, learning materials and a range of administrative and support functions. Our Impoverished View of Educational Reform - David C. Berliner The effects of high-stakes testing on curriculum, instruction, school personnel, and student achievement studies performed by Nichols, Glass, & Berliner. Additional links: SA.com, Joe Thomas, Susan Ohanian. The Trend Spotter: Tim O'Reilly - Wired O'Reilly books tend to colonize entire sections at Borders and Barnes & Noble, their distinctive cover design as recognizable as the Tide circle on a box of detergent or the Apple logo on the lid of a PowerBook.