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.
I was asked to speak about OER in K12 at the VMI STEM conference a few days ago. The speaker before me gave an accurate definition of OER and listed the normal places you’d expect – OpenCourseWare, MERLOT, Curriki etc. For what it’s worth, I listed those sites as well but when the places where I found digital content to be more interesting tended to be other places. It seems like the bridge that is far enough (but not too far) in K12 may be something that provides a central pillar of approved, vetted, standardized and permanentThink textbook refresh permanence. but that provides a access to fairly ephemeral, topical media elements. The image in my mind is something like the vine image below. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Randy Son Of Robert What becomes interesting is how you might do that. You could create a platform that allows those people with the time/interest in finding and sifting through things to populate content for those that don’t. It wouldn’t be hard using RSS. It seems like it’d be something like SuperPunch where someone who is passionate about a particular topic combs through different sites for things that are interesting. You could do state standard based aggregation but that’s likely to get messy and require an organization that […]
Image from page 776 of “The Ladies’ home journal” (1889) flickr photo by Internet Archive Book Images shared with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) Continuing on from Part One . . . I have way too many examples. If you read this blog often, you’ve probably seen most of these being bornAbsent the increasing number of imaginary posts I seem to write in my head that don’t magically appear here. Got to work on that API/neuron integration. but this is my first attempt at organizing and a more cohesive structure around key categories/processes and all in one place. This isn’t my normal pattern as I’m more of a folksonomic structure guy rather than taxonomic. What this has done is remind me of just how much work has been done in a relatively short time. I’ve only been here three years. Rampages is roughly three years old but wasn’t publicized initially and then had some rough growing pains. The last year or so I’ve been trying to convince people my department still exists . . . and still people find ways to do tons of amazing work. I’m not even including the stuff we do outside of WordPress. I’m only scratching the surface but this post keeps getting longer and longer. I threw a bunch of the links here. Some will […]
I wrote one post that was long and full of references to things like the Kennedy AssassinationAmazon has 11,850 results in books alone and Google gives you 856,000, furries and tattooing the whites of your eyes but it seemed a little too preachy and I’ve done more than enough of that lately. It was a long way of getting at my point, which is this- the Internet and our society (America in particular) makes it really easy to ingest laser like streams of information that focus solely on subjects you like and are said only by people who agree with you I count listening to opposing view points by people who you regard as idiots to be the same thing as listening to your own ideas. If it’s too easy to discount the messenger and the message then you aren’t doing anything but confirming your own thoughts.. The world is full of lasers and echos, it’s up to you to blend them and make something interesting. So take Dan’s video which says what he means much better than his later postI’ve got no problem with either but the video makes things much clearer than the posts seems to have done – at least judging by the comments.. dy/av : 009 : don’t be prez from Dan Meyer on Vimeo and […]