Mobile Nomads- Opportunities for Universities to Harness the Power of Community | Communication, Learning and Coaching to Drive Behavioral and Organizational Change What is a mobile nomad? Always on the go lifestyle University students, like many business folks, live in an “always on the go” lifestyle- walking and chewing gum, texting and walking and chatting, multi-tasking. The Android device or iPhone is ubiquitous, always with them (and me!). Speed of “been there done that” Recently a 20 something said to me, “By the time I graduate two years from now, the information I have been taught will be old and outdated at the speed of change today.” I do get his point, but George Washington will always be our first U.S. Brian Chen of Wired Magazine wrote, “Why listen to a single source talk about a printed textbook that will inevitably be outdated in a few years? Point taken. Emergent change in behavior: The mobile in the hand “About five years ago my students stopped taking notes. So students are constantly on the move through a set of classes, exams, papers, Face Book updates, tweets, and parties, (of course). Engage them! 1. 2. -The University of Wisconsin
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
Beautiful Word Clouds My Island View June 23, 2010 by tomwhitby When Shelly Terrell and I first discussed the idea that spawned #Edchat neither of us had any idea what it would become. It started as a place to begin, conduct and record some thought-provoking discussions about topics in education that we had an interest to discuss. We created the hashtag, #Edchat, selected a time, contacted Steve Anderson for techy help, and we were off and running. We began to involve more and more people, and soon needed more of a structure. The hashtag, #Edchat, soon grew beyond a hashtag for a discussion. Considering the size of the chat, and the speed at which ideas fly in, participants need a strategy to get anything from #Edchat. There is no way for anyone to follow every #Edchat tweet as they roll in at a rate of over 3,000 in an hour. The Live engagement during an #Edchat creates a great deal of energy. Beyond the great subjects explored during the #Edchat there are a few other elements that I appreciate about this weekly event.
Mobile Learning: A 5th Reading List Here are 10 of the more recent articles and blog posts that I have read concerning mobile learning. Links to the other 4 lists can be found at the bottom of this blog post. 1) 10 Reasons to Ban Pens and Pencils in the Class – A blog post that turns the criticisms applied to mobile devices on their heads by applying them to the ageless tools of the traditional classroom – Pens and Pencils 2) How Young is Too Young? Mobile Technologies and Young Children – An article on the use of mobile technologies by very young children. 3) Important Terms in Mobile Learning – Every new idea comes with it’s set of terms and subset of ideas. 4) 7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps for Learning – Mobile learning is about using mobile devices to enhance learning experiences for learners. 5) 32 Interesting Ways to Use Mobile Phones in the Classroom – A Google Docs presentation with 32 (and growing) ideas on implementing the use of mobile devices for teaching and learning Like this: Like Loading...
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. 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 The most successful ERP training programs combine the best of traditional classroom training with state-of-the-art eLearning simulations. Review training materials ahead of time Don’t stop
Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles Participating in professional learning networks Casting aside the limitations of physical space and time, social networking on the Internet expands the possibilities for teachers to take control of their learning and to push beyond the borders of the classroom, the school and the district’s annual professional development conferences. Online professional learning networks focus on a particular interest and invite discussions with like-minded people. These defined networks expand the concept of communities of continuous inquiry and improvement that flourished in schools in the early 1990s. Though many of these networks do hold specific discussions at a preset hour, much of the dialogue does not occur at the same time. The networks harness the power of collective intelligence and diverse educational viewpoints. Teachers in farflung locations can come together to discuss issues. One of the most popular online networks, EdChat, is on Twitter (twitter.com). Every Tuesday there is a one-hour real-time discussion that starts at 7 p.m.
Mobile apps reshape toys and learning | Cutting Edge CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--While older generations simply had to memorize facts at school, today's children and young adults learn best by playing, often with digital gadgets, according to experts at the Sandbox Summit. Held at the MIT Media Lab, the conference brings together educators and technologists seeking ways to better reach Generations Y and Z--groups ranging from toddlers to 20 somethings--and equip them with skills for the digital lifestyle of the 21st century. In additional to making compelling online games and educational content, they are also trying to design toys which bridge offline play with online apps. New technology, particularly multi-touch tablets, has brought interactive media and games to infants barely able to sit up by themselves. These technology and demographic changes mean that interactive media and educational toys need to be designed with the idea of "playful learning," or using technology combine entertainment and educational content, speakers said.
Learning in the 21st Century Means Adapting to Change Businesses talk about adapting to change quickly, but they don’t take advantage of it. When a practice is not producing results, it’s time to unlearn it. Organizations that don’t embrace new ways of operating and radically different approaches to corporate learning will not survive for three reasons: 1. 2. 3. Companies that fail to take these things into account are headed for the scrap heap. Change rips people out of their comfort zones, and the inertia that often follows is huge. Today’s prime directive is sharing control among all stakeholders — discern the underlying pattern and take action. Time cards were once a mainstay of industrial life. A quarter century ago, Stan Davis wrote in Future Perfect that the fundamentals of the universe, and therefore business, are time, space and matter. Leaders talk about speed but they don’t take advantage of it. Businesses must also focus on increasing the value of relationships with customers and partners.
100 Web Tools to Enhance Collaboration (Part 1) by Ozge Karaoglu 0 Comments January 5, 2010 By: Tech Learning Blog Staff Jan 5 Written by: 1/5/2010 8:48 AM ShareThis "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together." It is easy to collaborate with your colleagues around you. DabbleBoard is a whiteboard that enables you to visualize, explore and collaborate. CoSketch is another whiteboard that you can collaborate to visualize your ideas and share them as images. Stixy lets you create online bulletin board to collaborate with family, friends, colleagues. Grou.ps lets you create your own social network. I'm sure many of us are a member of a Ning group and Ning is the one of the best sites to create and join new social networks that interest us. ImaginationCubed is a multi user drawing tool. If you are using Twitter, you may want to try GroupTweet. Wallwisher is an online notice board maker. (You can read this post on my blog.)