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#3quotes from Papert

Image from Wikimedia Commons MIT professor Seymour Papert wanted to turn education on its head.He was disillusioned with the idea that we should 'instruct' children and that they would learn solely from content delivery. He was particularly critical of the use of computers as 'replacements' for teachers. There's a clear indication of those sentiments in this quote from his seminal work from 1980, Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas: “In many schools today, the phrase 'com...
Tags: New York, Technology, Learning, Education, Computers, Teaching, Brighton, Schools, eLearning, Seymour Papert, Papert, Making, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Mindstorms, Doing

5 short podcasts to boost your creativity and success

Podcasts can educate us on a variety of topics, but they don't have to last an hour or more to have an impact on the way you perceive the world. Here are five podcasts that will boost your creativity and well-being in 10 minutes or less.The Slowdown with Tracy K. SmithSmith, a U.S. Poet Laureate, narrates this podcast, which features poetry readings. The episodes are mostly just five minutes each. With more than 60 to choose from, there are a variety of poems to explore, from "Dancing in Buses" ...
Tags: Productivity, Podcasts, Learning, Success, Creativity, Work-life balance, Innovation, Curiosity, Charles Barkley, WBUR, American Public Media, Tracy K SmithSmith, Library of Congress the Poetry Foundation, Brain Training PodcastA, Sean Castrina

Five Scientific Steps to Ace Your Next Exam

Below, I’d like to outline a simple strategy you can use to ace any exam you might have coming up. Although the specific strategy is my own, the approach is based on cognitive science. In particular, I’m going to look at five key ideas from cognitive science that are easy to miss, but extremely important if you want to study effectively. The Strategy to Ace Exams 1. When to Study and How Much The first question to answer is when you should study and how much. The obvious answer to...
Tags: Learning, Lifehacks, Rapid Learner This, Jeffrey Karpicke, Jakub Jilek, Janelle Blunt, Karpicke Jeffrey D, Janell R Blunt Retrieval, Lawson Rebecca

Why Every Professional Should Take MS Excel Courses

Microsoft office excel is considered one of the main integral parts of every business organization. Yes, you heard me as all around the world the MS Excel make the work easier for the professional as well as personal individuals. But the only thing is that most people around us didn’t know how to use MS Excel? Yes, there are about thousands of people who have no idea how to use it? As the main reason is that they didn’t know the importance of this because they haven’t heard about it neither the...
Tags: Startups, Learning, Microsoft, Others, Business Productivity, MS Excel

Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

Photo by Krzyboy2o on Wikimedia Commons This is a post for #OpenBlog19. I attended an event in Utrecht, in the Netherlands way back in 2007, at around the time that social media was emerging as a serious learning technology. Together for two days, we discussed how digital technologies and networks could support learning. The event was called 'Show that you Share' and focused on tools such as Creative Commons, personal learning environments and mobile phones as a means of creating, shari...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Knowledge, Social Media, Sharing, Smartphone, Copyright, Netherlands, Creative Commons, Utrecht, eLearning, PLE, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Personal Learning Environment

Learn about adjustment layers and layer masks in Photoshop

I've been using Photoshop for years, but I don't know what I'm doing. When I get stuck, I often turn to the YouTube channel Phlearn to learn how to do something. In this easy-to-understand 10-minute video, I learned how to use adjustment layers to make changes to all colors in an image and how to use layer masks to changes the colors of certain areas of an image. I wish I'd learned about these a long time ago.
Tags: Video, News, Learning, Photoshop, Youtube, Software, Applications

The Real Way to Improve Your Reading Speed

I’ve written before about how I first got interested in speed reading. I had read a book teaching it, and noticed it helped me read almost twice as fast. A few years after, however, I mostly stopped using the technique I had learned and went back to the normal approach to reading. A few years after that, I decided to dig into the research and found that, while speed reading isn’t entirely without merit, it tends to increase speeds at a big cost to comprehension. That is to say, speed reading is...
Tags: Learning, Wikipedia, Lifehacks, Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Krashen, Build Your Foundation First Both

How to Tell if Your Kid Is Ready for Preschool

From the time my son was an infant until he was about 2-1/2, he was in daycare for 45 hours per week. He was chronically overstimulated, which was exacerbated by the fact that he couldn’t/wouldn’t nap at the daycare.Read more...
Tags: School, Learning, Education, Lifehacks, Preschool

Bridge to the future

Photo by Neiljs on Wikimedia Commons I recorded a podcast interview with Martin Couzins and Nigel Paine recently, and it's now available online to listen to. It's part of a series called From Scratch, and I really enjoyed being quizzed by the dynamic duo about my new book Digital Learning in Organisations. Some of the questions really made me dig deeply into my thoughts to address.Nigel actually thought my book was something of a 'bridge to the future' in his closing comments. That's re...
Tags: Podcast, Technology, Learning, Interview, Digital, Nigel, eLearning, Martin, Nigel Paine, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, L&D, Organisations, From Scratch, Martin Couzins, Neiljs

"If you’re not making mistakes, it means you’ve given up," says Nick Offerman at Big Think Edge

Nick Offerman teaches a video lesson for Big Think Edge called "Pursue Betterment, Not Perfection".Hear the actor, writer and woodworker's best advice for work, success and happiness in under 5 minutes.Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships. None How does actor, writer and woodworker Nick Offerman land roles, build boats, and write books, all while having one of the most enviable marriages in Hollywood? His method isn't easy, but it...
Tags: Work, Hollywood, Learning, Life, Failure, Happiness, Creativity, Innovation, Nick Offerman, Personal Growth, Goal-setting, Ron Swanson, Offerman, Nick OffermanDon

The Flip Side of Happiness

Too much of a good thing can backfire. And that, research reveals, includes happiness. It’s intriguing to find significant research explaining the downside of emotions. Not least because I’ve always been intrigued with the upside of bad emotions and the downside of good emotions. Anger, for example, has an upside. And, in a never forgotten experience with a client, paranoia—at least for a lawyer—can have an upside too. American culture is all about the pursuit of happiness. We’ve institutionali...
Tags: Decision Making, Learning, Careers, Change, Creativity, Career Development, Gruber, Relationship skills, Entrepreneurialism, Viktor Frankl, June Gruber

How to Learn Chinese: 8 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started

I’ve been learning Chinese now for roughly five years. Including a burst of intensive immersion during three months in China near the beginning, plus plenty of practice since, I now feel fairly comfortable with the language. I’m still a long way from perfect fluency, but I’m at a point where conversing in Chinese is pretty easy, I can read novels without a dictionary and I’ve even done some impromptu speaking and media interviews while in China. Learning Chinese has been one of the hardest subj...
Tags: Learning, China, Lifehacks, Anki, Olle, Liu Cixin, Pleco, Olle Ligne

A Math Cartoon that made my kids and Me go…Wow!

“Daddy, I’m bored!” Ask any Parent. Keeping children busy is difficult. Sometimes I wish children would be okay being bored. But that’s not the acceptable any more. There is a constant drive to be always on. An expectation that one has to be constantly stimulated, excited, thrilled. Even with 5 minutes of nothing to do, it’s a crisis!   Why?   Because they’re Bored! Sadly very often the very first thing that children (& Adults) reach for is YouTube.   (Or perhaps Rescue-me Tube) The problem...
Tags: Google, Learning, Parenting, BAFTA, Maria Montessori, GTD, NumberBlocks Snappy

The evolution of mathematics, from agriculture to quantum mechanics

Mathematics has snowballed from counting to 10 on our fingers, to calculus, to abstract concepts like imaginary numbers that move in 11 dimensions and predict particles physics.The math that led us down the rabbit hole of quantum mechanics is bizarre and while we can crunch the numbers, we can't really understand what they mean. If the math confirms that particles can move in 11 dimensions, is that a fundamental truth of the universe?
Tags: Space, Math, Learning, Brain, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Mind, Humanity, Ask an astronomer

Everything You Should Know About Car Tires

Nobody wants to replace their tires. It costs a good chunk of money, and there’s nothing sexy about the purchase. At best, you’re ensuring that your car stays safe to drive. At worst, you’re experimenting with new tires that don’t work out too well. That said, replacing your tires is inevitable. Even if you don’t do much driving, you’ll need to replace them eventually. So how do you know which ones to buy? And how do you know when it’s finally time to pull the trigger? We’ve answered some of the...
Tags: Learning, Automotive, Lifehacks, Abraham Lincoln, Abe

learning as disservice

It is time to revive an insightful comment by a friend and inspiration, David Jonassen — as his Wikipedia entry says, Dave wrote about “learning with media, not from it”. “Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can be transferred and that we can carefully control the process through education. That is a grand illusion.” —David Jonassen Knowledge is personal. Knowledge is human. Knowledge cannot be managed. This is where ...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Wikipedia, Dave, Netflix, eLearning, David Jonassen, David Jonassen Knowledge, Forbes Learning

learning as a disservice

It is time to revive an insightful comment by a friend and inspiration, David Jonassen — as his Wikipedia entry says, Dave wrote about “learning with media, not from it”. “Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can be transferred and that we can carefully control the process through education. That is a grand illusion.” —David Jonassen Knowledge is personal. Knowledge is human. Knowledge cannot be managed. This is where ...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Wikipedia, Dave, Netflix, eLearning, David Jonassen, David Jonassen Knowledge, Forbes Learning

Weapons of mass distraction

Photo by Steve Wheeler Humans were once untethered, free to wander the world and explore at will. Then came telecommunications, telephones, computers and the internet to transform the ways we could communicate across great distances. But such innovation also tethered people to specific geographical locations.The invention of the mobile phone liberated us to move freely again, but in doing so, we became tethered in a different, more subtle sense. Now, wherever we gaze in modern, industri...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Technology, London, Learning, Communication, Smartphone, eLearning, Distraction, Mark Curtis, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England

Lifelong Learning for Lifelong Employability

What’s the best way to go about business learning and stay abreast of constant change and new developments? In the February issue of the McKinsey Quarterly, Beth Davies and colleagues go beyond my question and focus on learning for lifelong employability. They set up their conclusions by distinguishing between the skills people have and the actual skills companies need. Then, of course, they add artificial intelligence into the mix, making for an absolutely superb analysis of human competitive ...
Tags: Learning, Careers, Mckinsey, Beth Davies, Ralston Purina EVP

The Hidden Connection Between Habits and Learning

Learning and habits seem like to separate facts about our psychology. Learning is about knowledge, information and skills. Habits are about routines, behaviors and actions. However, I think the two actually work on mostly the same principles of the brain, and recognizing this connection can help you both learn better and form better habits. Learning = Habits To see the connection, let’s start by asking what a habit is. A habit is a semi-automatic behavioral response, given a certain set of cue...
Tags: Learning, France, Paris, Lifehacks

Scientific tips on how to cram for an exam

ASAP Science provides some excellent tips for intensive, last-minute studying of just about any subject where you need to remember a lot of information. The video covers a lot of ground, from memory palaces and cortisol to metacognition to other things I can't remember because I didn't study enough.
Tags: Psychology, Video, News, Learning, Memory, Neuroscience, Brains, Studying, Life Hacks

Personal and personalised learning

Photo by Marshall Henrie on Wikimedia Commons My keynote speech at the nextEd2019 conference in Lisbon was titled 'Personalising learning in the digital age'. I explored some of the older concepts such as personal learning environments, networked learning and desire lines, before moving on to discuss some of the latest thinking around personal learning.The event, organised by the Open University of Portugal, also featured several of the celebrated veterans of open and distance education...
Tags: Learning, Education, Scaffolding, Spain, Personal, Portugal, Brazil, Guide, Terry Anderson, eLearning, Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal, PLE, Steve Wheeler, PLN, Jeronimos Monastery

Excellent starter kit for people interested in learning about Arduino

Arduino is an easy-to-learn prototyping platform that lets you create interactive electronic projects. This Arduino compatible kit is the one I recommend to people who ask me how to get started. The reason I recommend it is because it's very cheap and it has a bunch of components that would cost a lot more if you were to purchase them separately. Two things it doesn't have, but should if you really want to have fun with Arduino: a potentiometer and a servo motor. This kit, which has these compo...
Tags: Post, News, Learning, Arduino, Useful Stuff

How to Stay Relevant: 3 Tips From the Gaming World

I like video games. That doesn’t mean that I play them, however (many games take too much time these days). But I do keep myself updated with the world of gaming. From watching the trends, I notice two things: Many popular games come and go. Remember Pokemon Go? It was all the rage back in 2016. But nowadays, I barely hear of it anymore. That’s the fact with many popular games: they come and go. Some games are ‘evergreen.’ On the other hand, there are some games that are still popular years a...
Tags: Learning, Working, Lifehacks, Civ

toward a network society

Our current triform society is based on families/communities, a public sector, and a private market sector. But this form, dominated by Markets is unable to deal with the complexities we face globally — climate change, pollution, populism/fanaticism, nuclear war, etc. A quadriform society would be primarily guided by the Network form of organizing. We are making some advances in that area but we still have challenges getting beyond nation states and financial markets. The “quadriformist choic...
Tags: Leadership, Learning, Democracy, America, eLearning, Janus, David Ronfeldt, Greta Thunberg

Why Memorize?

Is memory redundant? After all, the world is just a Google search away. Who needs to memorize facts, dates, terms and definitions when you can pull them up in less time than it takes to wrack your brain to remember them? Some argue that just as teaching cursive or long division is becoming antiquated, so to is our scholastic obsession with memory. Why should we encourage people to memorize things if they’re so easy to look up? Your Mind Outside Your Brain An interesting idea from cognitive sci...
Tags: Google, Learning, Lifehacks, Magna Carta

Learning, about Learning.

Learning. It’s one of the Greatest joys of life! I’m currently doing a deep dive in everything related to Learning & Education. The purpose is to help, shape the learning journey of our students at ILM Montessori. I’ll be documenting & sharing the resources I come across and insights here.  This will help me consolidate my understanding of this rich and dynamic field, arrive at patterns and conclusions.  Best of all, connect with fellow educators and explorers. If you’re a teacher, a homeschool ...
Tags: Learning, GTD, ILM Montessori

Bridging the leadership gap in innovation

Guest post by Jesse Nieminen We’re living in an age where many industries are facing big changes. To thrive, or even survive, most companies need to find ways to innovate. Yet, most companies fail to do that. For example, according … Continue reading →
Tags: Leadership, Learning, Innovation, Mission, Vision, Jesse Nieminen

12 Fine Motor Skills Activities for Toddlers

Long before children start writing, they first need to develop their fine motor skills. This means strengthening those muscles that will help them have the ability to hold a writing tool and complete other important tasks such as feeding oneself, buttoning, zippering, and more. Any activity that encourages your child to coordinate both hands together is especially great for development. The fine motor skills activities for toddlers listed below help little hands to develop dexterity and str...
Tags: Learning, Parenting, Shopping, Activities, Toddlers, Fine Motor, Rainbow Hearts Dot

#3quotes from Bruner

Photo by Crabchick on Flickr In my #3quotes series I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas and theories in context. Too often, writers cite from theorists using secondary sources instead of delving into the original texts. In this post I will featuring direct quotations from legendary American psychologist Jerome S Bruner, whose work focused on the psychology of learning, pedagogical methods such as instructional scaffoldi...
Tags: School, Technology, Learning, Education, Boston, Scaffolding, Teaching, Ross, eLearning, Harvard University Press, Bruner, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Social Constructivism, Crabchick, Jerome S Bruner