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Cultivating curiosity

Creativity and science

Carl Sagan is one of my favourite people in the world. Not only did he have his own sense of delight in discovery, but he could express it  in ways that cultivated that sense in others.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-02-28

  • @hotdogcop Tweeted this earlier, pretty funny, but also pretty accurate http://onion.com/h3coIN #
  • The Changing Landscape of Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE http://bit.ly/dFXmaz #
  • Richard Feynman on the pleasure of finding things out http://bit.ly/gij2ve #
  • Massive Health Uses Big Data, Mobile Phones to Fight Chronic Disease http://ow.ly/1s4Epd #
  • The Daily Is Interesting, But Is It the Future of Newspapers? http://ow.ly/1s4En9 #
  • Gladwell Still Missing the Point About Social Media and Activism http://ow.ly/1s4ElH #
  • “This Game Sucks”: How to Improve the Gamification of Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE http://bit.ly/fMWN4f #
  • eLearn: Feature Article – The Effects of Twitter in an Online Learning Environment http://bit.ly/gqrqfQ. Students resist adoption of Twitter #
  • eLearn: Feature Article – Administering a Gross Anatomy Exam Using Mobile Technology http://bit.ly/f74yAj #
  • Onion Report: Increasing Number Of Educators Found To Be Suffering From Teaching Disabilities http://onion.com/h3coIN. Humour #
  • Skateboarding Physics Professor At Large — Blog Archive » Building A New Culture Of Teaching And Learning http://bit.ly/hco11U #
  • Presentation Zen: Nurturing curiosity & inspiring the pursuit of discovery http://bit.ly/h4SJtd. Why don’t we value curiosity in schools? #
  • @hotdogcop Seems to be this idea that “if you build it, they will come”, but the reality is that no-one knows what to do when they get there #
  • The Need for Student Social Media Policies (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE http://bit.ly/fhj7F9 #
  • Evidence of Learning Online: Assessment Beyond The Paper — Campus Technology http://bit.ly/e8iuuQ #
  • E10 Podcast: Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom Discuss Faculty Attitudes and the Joy of Learning | EDUCAUSE http://bit.ly/fmLBnk #
  • The Daily Papert. Words and wisdom of Dr. Seymour Papert http://bit.ly/fs947e #
  • Mendeley Update: OpenURL support, improved article pages, & easier citation entry for OpenOffice http://bit.ly/fyOwcc #
  • Thought Leader » John Vlismas » Hofmeyr, Bloody Hofmeyr http://bit.ly/eNQumA. Intelligent response to Steve’s rant #
  • Managing your research the modern way: Research together with colleagues using an activity feed | Mendeley Blog http://bit.ly/e1eQAS #
  • The Enormous Technological Challenges Facing Education http://bit.ly/eVBik5. Nice summary of the emerging tech in the latest Horizon report #
  • A WikiLeaks Clone Takes On Higher Education – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://bit.ly/g5WL4W #
  • @subcide Great, thanks for the update. #Mendeley is one of the tools I use most often and it’s brilliant to see it continually improving #
  • Thought leader: nothing to correct http://ht.ly/40Xq0. The problem of “corrective rape” in SA, aimed at the LGBTI community. I wasn’t aware #
  • The ‘myth’ of e-learning http://bit.ly/gXQmUx #
  • @dgachago17 #Hootsuite (web app) is also pretty good at updating multiple services simultaneously #justsaying #
  • Not sure which version of #Mendeley added this, but I just found the “Send by email” feature, and it is SOOO welcome 🙂 #
  • Acceptable Use Policies in a Web 2.0 & Mobile Era: A Guide for School District ~ Stephen’s Web http://bit.ly/i1MBPZ #
  • Critical Thinking: More than Words? http://bit.ly/i5rLtO. We talk about critical thinking with our students, but don’t discuss what it means #
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Posted to Diigo 02/25/2011

    • As scientists and other specialists learn more about how our brains work, for example, many of the traditional instructional methods used for the past 100 years (or more) seem to be out of kilter with how human beings really pay attention, engage, and actually learn something
    • utter incredulity concerning the continuation of the old one-way large lecture hall
    • The massive lecture rooms are not designed to produce an ideal learning situation but rather to get a great amount of people through the material on a large scale
    • “tiny professor somewhere down there” in front going through the material but without engagement or connection with the students
    • If one of the goals of education is to “have a lively exchange of ideas,” the depersonalized one-way lecture seems to be an outdated method for stimulating this exchange
    • Einstein said many years ago that “it is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry….”
    • We are obsessed with giving prizes to students who memorize the most facts and bits of information (and in the shortest amount of time). Why don’t we give prizes for the students who demonstrate their unabashed curiosity and demonstrable pursuit of discovery?
    • The curious can eventually overcome their ignorance, but the chronically incurious—and yet self-assured—are stuck with their ignorance for a lifetime.
    • The ineffective teachers are the ones who have lost their curiosity and sense of wonder for their subject or even for their job
    • The best teachers guide, coach, inspire, and feed that natural flame of curiosity that lives within every child
    • The courage to teach, then, is the courage to expose yourself as you demonstrate your curiosity and wonder for your subject
    • This kind of passion is infectious (and memorable).
    • School for a student is ephemeral and short, but learning, self-education, and inquiry last a life time so long as a student’s unabashed curiosity remains alive
    • The best teachers (or trainers, coaches, etc.) are those who light the sparks and inspire students to pursue a lifetime of exploration and discovery
    • When designing an online or blended course, then, the question might be, “Which of these skills and those closely related skills are core for your discipline and map to your learning goals and outcomes?

    • A useful design theme for thinking about new writing spaces is “cognitive surplus.”
    • Shirky describes cognitive surplus as “the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles.”
    • The motivation for doing shared work with those “spare brain cycles” is simple: We, as people, like to create and we like to share.
    • an emerging trend in online courses is for learners to create while learning
    • Some of this creation work focuses on current course topics, resulting in mini-conferences and expansion of course materials. Other creative course work flows forward to future learners, to the community, and to other groups
    • So what are the alternatives to the traditional research paper?
    • Why is the traditional paper so prevalent in assessment, and how can we move beyond it to alternative evidence of student learning?
    • Writing is a core competency and we are now writing more than ever
    • What kinds of writing do learners need to do in their chosen careers, lives, and professions? Much of the writing will rely even more on critical thinking and research skills
    • Papers are popular because writing requires skills such as: