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’m not a fan of the presentation style but what Phil Zimbardo is saying is interesting and relevant to what we do in teaching and education. I’d start about the 1:40 mark- so that’s only 5 minutes of invested time if you watch it. —-My summary—- People end up biased in their perceptions and break down into the following categories with two main options in each category. Past Oriented (positive/negative) – looking backwards and basing decisions off that Present Oriented (hedonistic/fatalist) – focus on the now Future Oriented (goals/transcendentallife begins after death)- cost benefit analysis, anticipated consequences So the goal is to be able to shift perspective depending on the situation. Optimum profile is high on past positive, moderately high on future, moderate on present hedonism and always low on pass negative and present fatalism. Past positive – gives you roots, identity Future – wings to new destinations and challenges Present hedonistic – energy for exploration Any time perspective in excess ends up being bad news. If this interests you at all there’s a much longer and more detailed PDF available on Zimbardo’s horrific flash site. It’s under Publications>Downloads (which I’d link to directly if the page wasn’t in flash). —-Application—- So there’s the obvious application to students and teaching them to use different time perspectives. I’d also like to […]
It is still January right? Instead of looking through all my images or even culling the weekly summaries I opted to see which ones had lingered in my head. These are the ones I remembered. Some of them were pretty popular on the Internets but others received little attention. This is an unposed image of my grandfather’s girlfriend at his funeral. One of the pictures I missed that lingered. I can’t find or erased another of a woman holding her hand up to the glass of a window at night. I must do a better job with metadata.
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky And they all look just the same. And the people in the houses All went to the university, Where they were put in boxes And they came out all the same, And there’s doctors and lawyers, And business executives, And they’re all made out of ticky tacky And they all look just the same. Organized education as a whole seems to have become about narrowing things down, putting each person in as small a box as possible. From grades to subjects to majors, the focus is on narrowing and limiting. Somehow the idea that all students should know the same things and be exposed to the same experiences has become seen as a good idea. It’s become synonymous with the idea of equality in education. I’m saying that education ought not be equal, it ought to be individualized. Education ought to help people find their paths, find, focus and hone their own innate talents and interests. I’m not laying all of this responsibility at education’s feet but we have students for 12 or 16 years. 12-16 years. Surely we can do a better job helping students figure out who they are and how they might fit into the world. School shouldn’t be an extended test to see how long you’re willing to […]