How to Create a Learning Culture in Organizations Several excellent blog posts have recently come to my attention that, when combined, provide a how-to for creating a learning culture in organizations. One of these posts appears in Jane Hart’s blog, Learning in the Social Workplace. In this post, she writes that workplace learning is: Structured learning experiences (e.g., training) and informal learning experiences (e.g., communities of practice)Helping workers learn continuously on the jobPeer-to-peer learning that is “lite on content and rich in interaction”An integral part of everything that is done in the organization, supported by technology and social networksManaged by learning professionals who facilitate both formal and informal learning experiences Hart writes further that learning professionals should, therefore, take on a new role, that of “Enterprise Learning Community Managers.” Quayle offers some specific ideas for sustaining learning and change, such as: Do your homework on your employees.
This Is Unbelievable Pennsylvania just approved the operation of four new cyber-charter schools, bringing the number of online charter schools in the state to 17. This is literally unbelievable. We constantly hear lectures from “reformers” about data-driven decision-making and focusing only on results. They like to say “it’s for the children.” The existing cyber-charters in Pennsylvania have been evaluated and found to have disastrous results. Of 105,000 charter students in the state, 32,000 are in cyber-charters. Citing the Stanford CREDO study of cyber-charters in Pennsylvania, the Keystone State Education Coalition writes: “In an April 2011 study (PDF), the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University reviewed the academic performance in Pennsylvania’s charter schools. The virtual-school students started out with higher test scores than their counterparts in regular charters. Further, of 12 cyber-charters, only 2 made AYP. Like this: Like Loading...
Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning UNESCO Mobile Learning Publications Today there are over six billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer two do so from a mobile device. Given the ubiquity and rapidly expanding functionality of mobile technologies, UNESCO is enthusiastic about their potential to improve and facilitate learning, particularly in communities where educational opportunities are scarce. UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning Illustrative Initiatives and Policy Implications Exploring the Potential of Mobile Technologies to Support Teachers and Improve Practice Key Issues to Consider and Implications for Policy Makers and Planners Mobile Reading Back to top
Is the Internet Good for Writing? Part 1: Affirmative - Lingua Franca The science-fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon thought that 90 percent of everything was crap. Taking this side of the question is Clive Thompson, author of the new book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better. Thompson says he is “regularly astonished by the quality and length of expression I find online, the majority of which is done by amateurs in their spare time.” The length part, at least, is inarguable. Thompson, a journalist who has specialized in covering technology, asserts, “Before the Internet came along, most people rarely wrote anything at all for pleasure or intellectual satisfaction after graduating from high school or college.” Lord knows, most of those words are horrible, as Thompson readily acknowledges. But some substantial minority of amateur online writing—probably well below 10 percent—is pretty or very good, in a distinctly new way. The Internet is full of unexpected treasures that instruct and delight. Return to Top
Listening strategies: Active listening | Hacking Chinese - 揭密中文 In previous articles we have already looked at two kinds of passive listening (the first article was about background listening , the second about passive listening in general ). Now, the time has come to look at active listening, which is what I think at least traditionally is what people mean when they say that they’re practising listening ability. Active listening simply means that you actively engage all your faculties to try to understand and process the language you hear. To make sure that the processing is as complete as possible, we typically perform some activity which is not listening in itself, such as answering questions about the audio we just heard, taking notes while listening or translating the sentences we heard. In this article, I will do two things. If you want to skip the discussion about active listening and dive straight into some real exercises, click here to scroll down . Image source: sxc.hu/profile/amiroff Introduction Problem analysis Background listening </b>*}
4 Steps To Succeed In The Digital Age [Slides] OK, I admit it. I am a sucker for a great slideshare presentation. I subscribe to a number of respected marketers, business people and brands who create slideshare presentations I think are worth reviewing. And then I like to review them here. Last week I saw this great presentation from Jeff Bullas (@JeffBullas) from the land down under. Jeff writes some of the best blog articles on social media marketing, so I knew his slides would be great also. The Challenges: How to get found in a universe of over 500 Million + websites, 150 million blogs, 2.2 Billion banner ads served every day, 700,000 keyword searches every minute? How to Succeed in The Digital Age Step One: Design and build online assets (website, blogs, social accounts). Connect an online store, social account and mobile platform to your website. Step 2: Develop Your Marketing Strategy. This will define your vision, target audience and goals along with the tactics and metrics you will use to achieve them
Peut-on enseigner avec des mobiles ? Dans la plupart des établissements, l'usage du téléphone portable en cours est interdit. Pourtant les mobiles peuvent être aussi des outils pour enseigner. C'est ce qu'a voulu montrer et évaluer l'Unesco qui publie une étude sur "apprendre avec les mobiles en Europe". Elle met en évidence les difficultés à intégrer le smartphone dans la salle de classe. Les lecteurs du Café connaissent déjà des pratiques pédagogiques utilisant le mobile en classe. L'étude de l'Unesco recense assez peu d'applications du mobile pour l'enseignement en Europe. L'étude montre que cet enseignement peut être efficace et qu'elle peut motiver les élèves. F. L'étude Le travail de J Staub
Classroom 2.0 How Does #Edchat Connect Educators August 7, 2012 by tomwhitby For educators who have been connected since the early days of social media, it is difficult to understand the reason people would ask, “What is #Edchat?” We must remember that many educators using social media for professional reasons have joined only recently. The idea of using social media for professional reasons is a relatively new concept. One would hope that it is having a positive effect because the Department of Education declared August Connected Educators Month. In our technology-driven culture, sometimes we need to stop where we are and take time to consider how we got here. #Edchat began on Twitter three years ago. The popularity of Twitter for many is a result of its simplicity: Tweets are limited to 140 characters, so the writer isn’t required to say much. Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerrell), Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) and I (@tomwhitby) created such a chat to focus on topics for educators. Like this: Like Loading...