Communication- Evidence the World is Changing
I wrote a post about Swivel the other day (a really interesting data sharing/graphing site) at about 11:40 at night. By the next morning I had two comments from the co-founders (Mr. Dimov and Mr. Mulloy).
To me this demonstrates how the world has fundamentally changed. It really is about conversation and the people who take the time and have the skill to communicate are going to succeed. These are the skills our students will need.
I have to feel that Swivel will do very well. These guys get it.
Just randomly thinking here . . . please pass if you’re busy and looking for direct application. I’m not a photographer, yet I’ve got over 10,000 images scattered among three flickr accounts. I haven’t bought film recently (or ever that I recall) but I’ve got to imagine that the film combined with processing would have cost quite a bit. Then I’d have to figure out how to store all these pictures etc. I’d also have even fewer friends than I do now as I tried to get them to look at all these pictures and give me some feedback. Instead the accounts have around 45,000 views -that includes one that’s pretty much totally private – just stuff for family and friends. Strange to see things stack up like that. Does this matter or am I just indulging my ego? I think it does matter. The web combined with digital photography has created the right economy for a lot of non-professionals to really improve at a number of skills. I’m talking about photography but it could just as easily be writing, art, music or film etc. Granted it doesn’t work for all things (math would be far different for instance) but that doesn’t mean we should ignore what it does work for. I’ve now got a free audience (voluntary and various) […]
This image was sent around my old job as “proof” kids would cheat if given tests on computers. There was some sort of panic laced headline like “As if you needed proof that monitoring was a good idea!!!!” The image was taken using Remote Desktop. I don’t think the sender saw the irony. If your test can be answered simply by using the dictionary would it really be worth taking anyway (unless it was a test on how to use a dictionary- then we’re ok)? I actually semi-like this question because it requires the student to think (at least a little). Are there other meanings for “high profile?” Which one applies to this sentence? It looks like it defeated this student’s attempt to cheat. All in all, I’m depressed on several levels.
We’ve been interviewing a lot lately between people being relocated with spouses, moving up in the world, staying home with children, etc. Historically, I had been frustrated with what I could glean from the traditional question/answer interview format. It turns out I can pretty much make up any kind of interview process I want now. So I did. The following is what we did on our last interview. Certainly not perfect but I think it’s on the way to getting us what we want and it’s a big improvement on what we had before. Part 1 The interview started with a 30 minute inbox activity with two tasks. Task #1: Respond to an angry email from a parent about filtering. Task #2: Prepare to present on your philosophy of education. This will be done Ignite style (20 slides, 15 seconds per slide on auto advance). Your slide images have been chosen. You can change the order but that’s it. This will be the opening activity for the interview portion. Part 2 – The Interview 5 minute Ignite presentationThe Ignite presentation is going to stay. We’ve done that in two interviews now and it seems to actually show something about how people think. (based on task #2) 10 minute role playing based on this scenario. 15 minutes with these 4 questions. […]