21st Century Skills are so last century! The new mantra, the next big thing, among educators who need a serious sounding phrase to rattle around in reports is ‘21st Century Skills’. I hear it often, almost always in some overlong, text-heavy, Powerpoint presentation at an educational conference, where collaboration, creativity and communication skills are in short supply. Thank god for wifi! But does this idee fixe bear scrutiny? Collaboration & sharing Young people communicate and collaborate every few minutes – it’s an obsession. Communication Again, we live in the age of abundant communication. Problem solving Problem solving is a complex skill and there are serious techniques that you can learn to problem solve such as breakdown, root-cause analysis etc. Creativity Beware of big, abstract nouns. Critical thinking Digital literacy Across the Arab world young people have collaborated on Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to bring down entire regimes. Conclusion
Classmint.com - Online Cornell Notes, Flashcards and Study Groups The 21st century skills teachers should have Technology advancements have touched every facet of life including education. This latter has been radically transformed and teachers who do not use social media and educational technology in their teaching no longer fit in the new system.That’s why every educator and teacher should reconsider certain values and principles . Today I am sharing with you two short videos that will hopefully change what some think about teaching. The following videos are among the top educative videos online . Watch this first one minute 40 seconds video to see the negative side of some teachers. Negative version of when i become a teacher So if you want to fit in the system and develop professionally then this is how to do it . watch this short video to learn more. positive version of when i become a teacher The 21st century teachers are characterized by certain holistic and student centered features , some of them are summarized below . The risk taker : The Collaborator : The model : The leader : The visionary :
BrainFlips The 20% Leadership Challenge Google engineers, for some time now, have been apportioned 20% of their time to focus on things they are passionate about. Google even makes mention of it in their job descriptions. It’s time for leaders, particularly senior leaders, to introduce this concept into their leadership workflow. But, there is a slight twist. I’m not proposing leaders spend 20% of their time to focus on things they are passionate about. No, that would be too easy. The 20% Leadership Challenge … spend twenty percent of your time on a weekly basis coaching, mentoring, listening, collaborating with and helping members of your direct team as well as their direct reports. Not in team meetings, operational check-ups or strategy sessions, but in 1-1 personal discussions. It doesn’t have to be everybody every week. But it has to be 20% of your time. It’s my personal thesis that this is one of the easiest methods in which to drive engagement, which drives performance, which then drives customer satisfaction.
Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful Around 2003 I came across Charlie Munger’s 1995 speech, The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, which introduced me to how behavioral economics can be applied in business and investing. More profoundly, though, it opened my mind to the power of seeking out and applying mental models across a wide array of disciplines. A mental model is just a concept you can use to help try to explain things (e.g. Ockham’s Razor — “the simplest solution is usually the correct one”). There are tens of thousands of mental models, and every discipline has their own set that you can learn through coursework, mentorship, or first-hand experience. There is a much smaller set of concepts, however, that come up repeatedly in day-to-day decision making, problem solving, and truth seeking. This post is my attempt to enumerate the mental models that are repeatedly useful to me. How-to Use This List Therefore, here are two suggestions for using this list: Notes
Five Tips for a Successful Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Training Program by Thomas Michael “ERP systems constantly change due to upgrades, additional features, or addition of new functionalities. In addition, knowledge leakage due to employee attrition can be as high as 25% in any given year. Consequently, ERP training is an ongoing business requirement and not a one-time event.” As if designing and deploying a comprehensive software training program isn’t challenging enough, creating such a program for an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation provides its own unique and additional problems. We have worked with some of the most successful companies in the world and have created hundreds of training programs. Based on our experience we have compiled this list of five tips to make your job of creating an ERP training program a bit easier. Don’t let training be an after-thought Implementing and operating an ERP system can easily cost millions of dollars. Deploy various training delivery methods Review training materials ahead of time Monitor progress closely