Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-08-01

  • Cities Are Immortal; Companies Die http://bit.ly/pEWOmx. Masie briefly mentioned this Kelly article (I think)  in his great presentation at #cityafrica # (link updated after the fact)
  • Historic medical manuscripts go online http://ow.ly/1v9v0b #
  • Omniscient Mobile Computing: What if Your Apps Knew Everything About Where You Are? http://ow.ly/1v9tkE. Reminded of Masie at #cityafrica #
  • Is RT a form of legitimate peripheral participation? Attended #tedxstellenbosch yesterday & did a lot of RT, wondering “did I padticipate”? #
  • @Sharoncolback not sure if it’s so simple, see @jeffjarvis who is very public re. personal stuff & who inspires many in similar situations #
  • Am I addicted to the internet? Maybe, but so what? http://ow.ly/1v8Cd0 #
  • Before iPhone war, Samsung sells 5M GS2′s in 85 days http://ow.ly/1v8BPZ. Got my samsung galaxy S2 last week and loving it so far #
  • Are there some things that shouldn’t be tweeted about? http://ow.ly/1v8BDT #
  • Feds Will Pay Doctors For Using Medical Records iPad App http://ow.ly/1v8AYl #
  • Electronic medical records get a boost from iPad, federal funding http://ow.ly/1v8AH5 #
  • The current impact agenda could consider the impact of inspirational teaching, not just research http://ow.ly/1v8An8 #
  • Mendeley 1.0 is here! http://ow.ly/1v8y0T #
  • Learning spaces haven’t changed much since structured education emerged centuries ago. #cityafrica providing inspiration for change #
  • @wesleylynch venue is packed, hard to find 5 seats next to each other, realm team always inviting 🙂 #
  • @wesleylynch re-designing cities to be integrated spaces for working, learning and living #
  • @wesleylynch not sitting with #realm team, but chatted a bit #
  • @hotdogcop “quality teaching” isn’t going to happen without policy change that affect salaries and other factors related to job satisfaction #
  • @hotdogcop interest groups aren’t confined to academia though…some academics seek radical change, institutional structure makes it hard #
  • @hotdogcop “academic” doesn’t have to mean “top-down” or “policy maker” #
  • @hotdogcop agreed, but we train the people who will be called on to implement change #
  • @hotdogcop Mokena has some great ideas re. the city & education. would be interesting have him talk to our academics #
  • RT @TEDxStellenbsch: The future city already exists <- no, the technology exists, it’ll take a few years to implement #cityafrica #
  • Mokena Makena the best speaker so far at #tedxstellenbosch #CityAfrica #
  • Classrooms are not inspiring #cityafrica #
  • How could learning spaces change if city / community / nature were more fully integrated? #cityafrica #
  • How would the world look if cities were planned to integrate nature? #cityafrica #
  • Cities and nature don’t have to be mutually exclusive #cityafrica #
  • @vivboz hi vivienne, I’m not sure what writing group you mean? #
  • If the world can’t see or hear you, are u relevant? Do gangs and violence allow young people to be feared, if not seen & heard? #cityafrica #
  • How do our living and working spaces change the way we think and what does that mean for how we live? #cityafrica #
  • At #tedxstellenbosch trying to better understand the relationship between city and community #cityafrica #
  • Using social media: practical and ethical guidance for doctors and medical students – The British Medical Association http://bit.ly/nHBIyj #
  • Sites for the QR-enabled Tourist http://bit.ly/qcMuan #

Posted to Diigo 04/12/2011

    • humans are incapable of imagining something they have never actually experienced
    • this is one of the most important reasons that it is so hard for the teaching of thinking skills to take hold in education
    • Teachers and curriculum designers who were never asked to think in their own educations cannot imagine how to include it in their own teaching. More importantly, they have no idea how to assess it.
    • Differing ideas bring different levels of value, but they all bring value. Even an observation that leads to a dead end is not wrong — it is just an observation that turns out not to be productive, and the process of finding the dead end is helpful in itself. Students are not only learning to think, they are learning the collaborative process by which modern work teams complete their projects.
    • To use this technique, the teacher must be comfortable facilitating a process that may go in a totally unpredictable direction. Students may notice things the teacher hadn’t already known. Students might be puzzled by and ask questions about something the teacher doesn’t know. The skilled teacher will not be bothered by this because the act of working this out with the students is an excellent lesson in itself. A teacher who cannot say “Hmmm. I have never thought of this before. Let’s think about it” will not be happy with such an approach.
    • A course that focuses instruction on thinking skills needs to focus assessment on thinking skills as well
    • Assessment is actually the key. If students are assessed by how they use thinking skills to analyze a new work of literature, devise a scientific experiment, draw a conclusion about historical data, or apply appropriate mathematical processes to solve a problem, then they will need to be taught how to do it in the first place
    • We talk hard about life-long learning, but I do not believe that it is figuring in to the procedures, policies, and pedagogies of formal education nearly as much as it should
    • Today, with everything changing so fast, the ability and proclivity to learn is as critical as the basic literacies were in my time
    • Imagine education focusing less on what’s been taught, and much much more on skilled, curious, resourceful, and habitual learning