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Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room: David Weinberger - Amazon.com. Reinventing Organizations: Frederic Laloux - Amazon.com. Zappos Goes Flat, Gets Rid of Managers - Inc.com. The Evolution of Work - Forbes. RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work? Training Secrets From Inside The Googleplex.

Anyone who’s tried to keep up with the online ad business, especially lately, knows it’s a turbulent tumble of ever-changing products—search, display, video, mobile—with vastly different sets of advantages and potential payoffs.

Training Secrets From Inside The Googleplex

So imagine being one of the poor Google sales agents tasked with keeping up with the company’s dozens of offerings. Its thousands of agents don’t have to master one or two products, but every single one. That’s why the company has tossed out the old-school, classroom-style of teaching. Every other Friday, the company hosts a "Product Spotlight," a dial-in conference call which Learning and Development Manager Debbie Newhouse tells Fast Company is run like a Jon Stewart-style "talk show" (well, minus any adult toy-themed spinning wheels).

How do we deal with unwilling corporate learners? Recently Brent Schlenker returned to blogging after a year back in the corporate training world, and he talked about some of his experiences.

How do we deal with unwilling corporate learners?

At the end of his post he made an interesting – if not depressing – statement. “The truth is, there are no learning problems in corporate settings. There are only people unwilling to learn” He then asked, “How do we change that?” How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN. For many people, Twitter conjures up the worst of the internet: disjointed, meaningless phrases, unrecognizable abbreviations, and endless drivel about where someone's getting their double mocha today.

How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN

So, Why Tweet?!?! For the inquisitive educator, there are some jewels herein that can lead to stimulating discussions, new resources, and an ongoing supportive network. You just have to know where to look. To that end, here is a list of educationally focused chats that we recommend (listed by day): Chat for educators teaching 4th grade #4thchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT/7pm CT Chat for educators teaching social studies #sschat Mondays 7pm ET/4pm PT/6pm CT Chat for music educators #musedchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT Chat for ELL educators #ellchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT Kindergarten Chat #kinderchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT General education chat #edchat Tuesdays 12 noon ET/ 9am PT 7pm ET/4pm PT Chat for science educators #scichat Tuesdays 9pm ET/6pm PT Chat for arts educators #artsed Thursdays 7pm ET/4pm PT. 20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network - Getting Smart. “20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network” by Miriam Clifford first appeared on the InfomED blog.

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network - Getting Smart

Networking is a prime form of 21st century learning. The world is much smaller thanks to technology. Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise. Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development? By The Hechinger Report Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers.

Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development?

Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that’s going wrong), overcoming classroom management problems, or helping students with disabilities. Or, at least, that’s what a group of Internet-savvy educators who convened in New York City this week are hoping.

“Being connected [through social-networking sites] is an opportunity for growth anytime, anywhere,” said Steve Anderson, director of instructional technology for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina, speaking yesterday at the second annual #140edu conference, a reference to Twitter’s 140 character limit for tweets. A teacher can go on Twitter, he added, and “learn 10 new things.” “A teacher could be teaching a lesson on the Civil War.

The Teaching Channel. The Missing Link in School Reform. In trying to improve American public schools, educators, policymakers, and philanthropists are overselling the role of the highly skilled individual teacher and undervaluing the benefits that come from teacher collaborations that strengthen skills, competence, and a school's overall social capital.

The Missing Link in School Reform

(Illustration by Brian Stauffer) In Waiting for Superman, the 2010 documentary that describes the failure of American public education, several children and their families, along with educators like Geoffrey Canada and philanthropists like Bill Gates, drive home the argument that the key to school reform lies in improving the competence and skills of individual teachers. Making the case for a crisis in K-12 education is not difficult. Open any newspaper and you are likely to find an article reporting on the sorry state of US public education. Student competence in basic subjects like math and reading is alarmingly low and trails that of other nations.

10 Characteristics of Great School Cultures - Getting Smart. Profiling great schools and conversations with effective school leaders leads to one overarching conclusion–culture is key.

10 Characteristics of Great School Cultures - Getting Smart

A powerful culture makes teachers better and kids smarter. A Step-By-Step Guide to Personalize Learning. Introduction to Edcamp: A New Conference Model Built on Collaboration. Editor's Note: Blogger Mary Beth Hertz was one of the organizers of Edcamp Philly, a free education "unconference" that took place in Philadelphia last May.

Introduction to Edcamp: A New Conference Model Built on Collaboration

The event attracted the attention of educators from around the world--not only for the excellent content and collaborative spirit, but also for the unconference model itself -- one that costs next to nothing to produce by facilitating ad-hoc community participation. Since then, groups of educators around the world have begun to organize local edcamps in their areas. Connected Learning Infographic. Teacher Collaboration Gives Schools Better Results. Five years ago, Sparks Middle School hit bottom.

Teacher Collaboration Gives Schools Better Results

Its test scores were some of the worst in the district. A Glimpse into the Future of Learning Infographic.pdf. Building The Basics of Personalized Professional Learning (Part I) Personalization is hard--but not for the reasons that you may be thinking.

Building The Basics of Personalized Professional Learning (Part I)

Choosing the right content and software is daunting. Creating adaptive paths for learning is extremely complex. Developing sets of competencies for your learners is an arduous task. But, none of these are the truly hard part. Forget Faculty Meetings in Principal Leadership.