Why look at education? Education lies at a peculiar crossroad in society. On one hand it has the responsibility of anticipating real-life skills by preparing us for an increasingly complex world – but education methodologies can only be formalized after practices have been defined. This dichotomy is particularly aggravated when it comes to technology, where fast-paced innovation and perpetual change is the only constant. This visualization attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades.
American Educational History: A Hypertext Timeline Last updated February 4, 2013. See the lesson plan designed for use with this timeline. 1607 – The first permanent English settlement in North America is established by the Virginia Company at Jamestown in what is now the state of Virginia. 1620 - The Mayflower arrives at Cape Cod, bringing the "Pilgrims" who establish the Plymouth Colony.
We have all heard the forlorn refrain: "Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time!" This phrase has come to stand for the rueful reflection of an idiot, a sign of stupidity, but in fact we should appreciate it as a pillar of wisdom. Any being, any agent, who can truly say: "Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time!" is standing on the threshold of brilliance. We human beings pride ourselves on our intelligence, and one of its hallmarks is that we can remember our previous thinking and reflect on it – on how it seemed, on why it was tempting in the first place and then about what went wrong. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel C Dennett Tell us what you think: Discuss the book
By The Unknown Transcriber Lambert here: The Unknown Transcriber has done a superlative job transcribing this important talk [applause]. I especially like how Lessig contextualizes Swartz’s death as a consequence of corruption. It’s all about the rents, baby!
5 March 2013 Last updated at 15:58 GMT By Jane O'Brien BBC News, Washington Could learning music help children with attention disorders? New research suggests playing a musical instrument improves the ability to focus attention. How music could be used as mental health medicine To the musical ear, life has a rhythm comparable to grand opera or simple folk tunes.
It’s the invasion of the Can’t-Help-Yourself books. Unlike most pop self-help books, these are about life as we know it — the one you can change, but only a little, and with a ton of work. Professor Kahneman, who won the Nobel Prize in economic science a decade ago, has synthesized a lifetime’s research in neurobiology, economics and psychology.
Competitive intelligence and strategic surprises: Why monitoring weak signals is not the right approach « Silberzahn & JonesThe difficulty of anticipating strategic surprises is often ascribed to a ‘signal-to-noise’ problem, i.e. to the inability to pick up so-called ‘weak signals’ that foretell such surprises. In fact, monitoring of weak signals has become a staple of competitive intelligence. This is all the more so since the development of information technology that allows the accumulation and quasi-automatic processing of massive amount of data. The idea is that the identification of weak signals will enable an organization to detect a problem (or an opportunity) early and, hence, to react more quickly and more appropriately.
“Because a thing is going strong now, it need not go strong for ever,” [Margaret] said. “This craze for motion has only set in during the last hundred years. It may be followed by a civilization that won’t be a movement, because it will rest upon the earth.
“Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die.
With nods to Buddha and Aristotle, a United Nations expert panel on Monday called for all countries to measure and track the happiness of their people, and to adopt a “a very different model of humanity” oriented toward subjective wellbeing rather than per capita gross national product. Ranking Canadians as fifth-happiest in the world based on survey data — after Denmark, Finland, Norway and Holland — the World Happiness Report says happiness is unequally distributed within and among countries for reasons that transcend money and politics. The high-level meeting to launch the report at the United Nations in New York was a coming-out party for Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan nation that turned itself into a science experiment by starting to track and promote its Gross National Happiness 30 years ago by decree of its former king. Now a democracy, its prime minister, Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, chaired the meeting.
An invented language makes it easier to translate sentences into lesser-known tongues MACHINE translation can make French, Spanish or even Japanese accessible to English speakers. But it requires a wealth of documents with copies in each relevant language to learn how to translate. This works for widely spoken languages, but it can be a tall order for some of the world's 7000 or so tongues.
Joe Mortis Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing. The curious art of diagramming sentences was invented 165 years ago by S.W. Clark, a schoolmaster in Homer, N.Y.  His book, published in 1847, was called “A Practical Grammar: In which Words, Phrases, and Sentences Are Classified According to Their Offices and Their Various Relations to One Another.” His goal was to simplify the teaching of English grammar.
Buy a printable PDF in English and in French . Read the French version – Thanks to Gilles Peyroux. See a text-only version http://bit.ly/rhetological We’ve now has Rhetological translated into German , Italian and Spanish .
By CHRISTOPHER SHEA Can physicists produce insights about language that have eluded linguists and English professors? That possibility was put to the test this week when a team of physicists published a paper drawing on Google's massive collection of scanned books.
"Before PowerPoint, you had to go find a designer to create a custom presentation," says Stew Langille. "Even though everyone hates PowerPoint now, it was really helpful when it first came out." Now Langille’s startup, Visual.ly, is attempting to do for infographics what Microsoft did for presentations.