We’re Trying To Do “The Wrong Thing Right” in Schools We’re Trying To Do “The Wrong Thing Right” in Schools Whenever I think about the way most schools are structured today, I always come back to the same question: Do we do the things we do because they’re better for kids or because they are easier for us? For instance: separating kids by age in school. Is that something we do because kids learn better that way? Or do we do it because it’s just an easier way organizing our work? Do kids learn better when we separate out the content into different subjects, or is it just easier for us? To be sure, these are not new questions, nor are they unique to my thinking. So why bring it up yet again? A couple of weeks ago, thanks to some serendipitous surfing online, I came across this 10-minute snip of an interview with Ackoff, a pioneer in the field of systems thinking who was a professor at the Wharton School prior to his death in 2009. “Peter Drucker said ‘There’s a difference between doing things right and doing the right thing.’
Gary Hamel: Reinventing the Technology of Human Accomplishment Watch Gary Hamel, celebrated management thinker and author and co-founder of the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), make the case for reinventing management for the 21st century. In this fast-paced, idea-packed, 15-minute video essay, Hamel paints a vivid picture of what it means to build organizations that are fundamentally fit for the future—resilient, inventive, inspiring and accountable. "Modern” management is one of humanity’s most important inventions, Hamel argues. But it was developed more than a century ago to maximize standardization, specialization, hierarchy, control, and shareholder interests. This video is an excerpt from the University of Phoenix Distinguished Guest Video Lecture Series.
Hans Rosling: the man who makes statistics sing “No!” he says, almost shouting, when we meet in a function room of a utilitarian west London hotel. “Statistics take up four pages in most daily newspapers – stock values and sport [league tables]. “That’s an exceptionally stupid citation,” says Rosling, who reckons it is most often employed by people who have a fear of maths. A professor in international health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Rosling has used his moving graphs to illustrate everything from the percentage of women worldwide using contraception, to the average amount of sleep enjoyed per night in various countries. And, like McCandless and Tufte, Rosling uses his graphs for a serious purpose: to highlight widely held misconceptions. As part of his ambition to educate people about the world they live in, Rosling appears in an hour-long BBC Two programme tonight. “We face huge challenges,” Rosling says. And we’d all better hope that he’s right. Before our time is up we talk about ageing populations.
Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff The New Psychology of Success (2000), Dweck developed a continuum upon which people can be placed, based upon their understandings about where ability comes from. For some people (at one end of said continuum), success (and failure) is based on innate ability (or the lack of it). Deck describes this as a fixed theory of intelligence, and argues that this gives rise to a ‘fixed mindset’. At the other end of the continuum are those people who believe success is based on a growth mindset. These individuals argue that success is based on learning, persistence and hard work. According to Dweck: In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. The crucial point for individuals is that these mindsets have a large impact upon our understanding of success and failure. Needless to say, this idea of mindsets has significant implications for education. Crucially, Dweck’s research is applicable to all people, not just students.
De nieuwe wijsheid van Semler Ricardo Semler pleit voor het inside the box denken. Vanuit zijn indrukwekkende landgoed toont hij de kijker een nieuw spectaculair vergezicht. We zijn slimmer dan ooit. Maar zijn we ook wijzer geworden? Eerder zagen we in De kapitale kracht van geluk hoe de schatrijke Braziliaanse topondernemer Ricardo Semler geluk en liefde centraal stelde in management en bedrijfsleven. Toch blijven we in het bedrijfsleven en overheid vasthouden aan de angst voor chaos en blijven managers en tussenmanagers benoemen om de angst te verzachten. Tegenlicht daalt wederom af in de wereld van Ricardo Semler, een wereld waarin wijsheid, intuïtie en inside the box denken meer dan ooit tevoren een centrale positie zouden moeten innemen. Regie: Kees Brouwer Interviews: Kees Brouwer Research: Maren Merckx Productie: Jenny Borger Eindredactie: Marije Meerman, Doke Romeijn, Henneke Hagen, Frank Wiering
Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine About the video What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading. More videos Hans Rosling asks: Has the UN gone mad? Hans Rosling explains a very common misunderstanding about the world: That saving the poor children leads to overpopulation. The world might not be as bad as you might believe! Hans Rosling is debunking the River of Myths about the developing world.
150 Teaching Methods Lecture by teacher (and what else can you do!) Class discussion conducted by teacher (and what else!) Recitation oral questions by teacher answered orally by students (then what!) Discussion groups conducted by selected student chairpersons (yes, and what else!) Lecture-demonstration by teacher (and then what 145 other techniques!) Lecture-demonstration by another instructor(s) from a special field (guest speaker) Presentation by a panel of instructors or students Presentations by student panels from the class: class invited to participate Student reports by individuals Student-group reports by committees from the class Debate (informal) on current issues by students from class Class discussions conducted by a student or student committee Forums Bulletin boards Small groups such as task oriented, discussion, Socratic Choral speaking Collecting Textbook assignments Reading assignments in journals, monographs, etc. Attachment: 150 Teaching Methods [PDF, 33 KB]
Enkele lijnen herschilderen en files dalen spectaculair Door een aanpassing van de wegmarkering en door het omdraaien van pijltjes boven het wegdek - die wijzen nu naar boven, niet meer naar beneden - staan we ‘s ochtends op de ring van Antwerpen de helft minder lang aan te schuiven richting E19 en A12. Op de Antwerpse binnenring bij Antwerpen-Zuid werden in maart vorig jaar de wegmarkeringen herschilderd. Net na de afrit Berchem telde de Antwerpse binnenring drie doorgaande rijstroken richting Gent/Kennedytunnel en twee naar de E19 en A12 richting Brussel. Een beetje verder kwam er aan de rechterkant nog een rijstrook bij richting E19/A12. Maar het verkeerscentrum kwam tot de conclusie dat tijdens de spits veel meer mensen richting E19/A12 rijden dan richting Gent. En dus werden de lijnen herschilderd. Eenvoudig maar doeltreffend Door die eenvoudige ingreep daalde het aantal voertuigverliesuren op de binnenring voor Antwerpen-Zuid in de ochtend met 44 procent, op de E313 naar Antwerpen tussen Ranst en Antwerpen-Oost met 23 procent.
Making BI Analytics Fun -- TDWI Making BI Analytics Fun The search for BI insight already has a game-like feel to it. Advocates of "gamification" want to amplify this effect and immerse BI users in their task. The greatest trick Tom Sawyer ever pulled was when he convinced his friends to help him paint Aunt Polly's fence on a beautiful Saturday morning. It was a trick, to be sure, but none of Tom's friends seemed to know (or even to care) that he'd been tricked. Painting a fence is hard work -- on a splendid Saturday morning -- with a 12-year-old's mindset -- is thankless work. There's a movement afoot to bring a similar kind of experience to business software -- called "gamification" -- and proponents claim that it has particular resonance in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, where the search for -- and discovery of -- insights already has a game-like feel to it. This isn't to turn BI into "Angry Birds," stresses Donald Farmer, product advocate with QlikView. The (Game) Play's the Thing
Assessment and Rubrics Learn more about our Online Courses, Online Certificate Programs, and Graduate Degree A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, group work/cooperative learning, concept map, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects. Quick Links to Rubrics Social Media Project Rubrics Wiki RubricCriteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions. Blog RubricAssess individual blog entries, including comments on peers' blogs. Twitter RubricAssess learning during social networking instructional assignments. Discussion, Teamwork, and Group Work Rubrics Online Discussion Board RubricAssessing ability to share perspectives, refine thoughts through the writing process, and participate in meaningful discussionPrimary Grade Self-Evaluation Teamwork Rubric (PDF)Features of a sandwich to graphically show the criteria PowerPoint and Podcast Rubrics A+ PowerPoint Rubric Joan Vandervelde's rubric provides 10 performance categories
6 Photographers Asked to Shoot Portraits of 1 Man... With a Twist Canon recently conducted an interesting experiment on the power of perspective in portrait photography. They enlisted the help of 6 photographers and asked them each to independently shoot portraits of a man named Michael. But there was a twist: each photographer was told a different thing about Michael’s background. The photographers were told that Michael was: a self-made millionaire, someone who has saved a life, an ex-inmate, a commercial fisherman, a self-proclaimed psychic, and a recovering alcoholic. Michael, an actor, did his best to take on the personality of each character. Here’s a taste of what the 6 resulting portraits looked like through 6 different perspectives of who Michael is: Fisherman Alcoholic Millionaire Convict Life Saver Psychic “A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what’s in front of it,” Canon says.
The Mobile Future: Wearables Eran Kinsbruner, Director, Product MarketingPerfecto Mobile Mobile is everywhere today — there is no denying it. And just as enterprises are catching up to the trend, another twist is coming into play: wearables. But these new technology advancements aren’t totally revolutionary; they are simply an extension of mobile. In fact, everything is starting to mobilize. 2014 will truly rewrite the rules of mobile engagement between enterprises and customers, employees and each other. But how will enterprises cope with another addition? Preparing for wearables Enterprises still need to properly test, deploy and monitor mobile applications. From consumer electronics, mobile health, industrial equipment to military applications, all areas will have use cases for comparable mobile functionality and this new wearable technology. Adjusted strategy Developers need to adjust alongside this mobilized world. Enterprises in today’s mobile world need to be more agile than ever.
5 Do's and Don'ts for Expanding Your PLN as a Teacher A professional learning network involves making connections and building personal relationships with other educators around the world for the purposes of sharing ideas, resources, and voicing educational concerns. When you have your own PLN, you are in touch with other teachers just like yourself around the clock. What’s more, you are constantly learning and becoming exposed to new practices to revolutionize the way you educate. Keep in mind these 5 best and worst practices for expanding your PLN. Do’s of Building a Professional Learning Network 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Don’ts of Building a Professional Learning Network 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. There you are—10 tips to guide you in developing a strong and effective professional learning network.
Gross National Happiness The phrase Gross National Happiness (GNH); Wylie: gyal-yong ga'a-kyid pal-'dzoms) was coined in 1972 by Bhutan's fourth Dragon King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The phrase was coined as a signal of commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan's culture based on Buddhist spiritual values instead of the western material development that was represented by gross domestic product (GDP). Slogan about Gross National Happiness in Thimphu's School of Traditional Arts. Origins and Meaning Today, GNH has come to mean so many things to so many people but to me it signifies simply - Development with Values. The GNH concept has inspired a modern political happiness movement. The four pillars of GNH philosophy are: The GNH concept evolved through the contribution of international of scholars and researchers to become a socioeconomic development framework. Quantitative and Qualitative Indicators GNH and Happiness Movement Timeline 2012 - Professor Dr Peter T. Conferences