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January 21, 2015 0 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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For anyone who doesn't really get the difference between public, charter, private, etc. schools in a city - this is +MaryBeth Hertz, an amazing Philly teacher who I'm so glad organizes the Philly EdTech Meetup with me. Our next one is called "Demystifying the Classroom Pilot" (and if you're in #Philly  please come out on Thursday night!) In this video - she can't come out because she just had a baby - Mary Beth explains how school funding and structure works for the benefit of both teachers and entrepreneurs so they understand the barriers/complications that are implicit in the adoption of new technology, often based on type of school.  

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January 15, 2015 0 comments 2 shares 1 plus ones
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From training, to performance, to social.  +Harold Jarche, great as always.  "...if courses are all you know, that’s what gets built. Moving from Training, to Performance, to Social can sum up my professional journey in supporting organizational learning. All are needed, but too often the easiest solution is the course, designed to disseminate the approved content."  I've taken Harold's PKM (Personal Knowledge Management) course before - this introduces a new shorter one called Workplace Learning.  I may be convinced.  #WOL

9 ways to improve workplace learning

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January 05, 2015 4 comments 0 shares 0 plus ones
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I am so surprised at this study's outcomes. On so many levels.  This is about online classes and note the example of online classes they use. One thing I will say - that a sweeping statement like this while using one school as an example for online education is surprising considering the source of the study. Though I suppose it is more valid in some ways because it really is the same experience, scaled. To include more schools would be confusing because everyone does "online" differently. I just think here the outcome is probably valid. Not so sure it would be same result with many other online courses at other institutions.

Study finds no impact of increasing class size on student outcomes @insidehighered

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January 05, 2015 1 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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Joshua Kim - thinks most important story of the year was the one we all talked about from NYT a few weeks ago about science classes and how large classes will no longer subsidize small ones in California schools -  we all discussed  (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/27/us/college-science-classes-failure-rates-soar-go-back-to-drawing-board.html)  +Laura Gibbs +George Station +Justin Schwamm and PLN...

The Most Important Higher Ed Story of 2015 | Technology and Learning @insidehighered

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December 31, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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 +Laura Gibbs - how do we get from here to Connected Learning? :)  Quite the challenge!
"So papa, how do you like the iPad we got you?"  This is in German but you don't need to understand the language.... +George Station +Justin Schwamm  and PLN friends you will get a laugh too (as will everyone)

Embedded video - Snotr

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December 28, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 1 plus ones
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Love this video. From the   #EVERYchild series.
"Innovation can come from anywhere, it comes down to how you look at things."  

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December 27, 2014 6 comments 2 shares 3 plus ones
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Good suggestions listed in this article, though I've found that for some fear can be more palpable, and tougher to overcome, than described here.  Probably very different for everyone based on their own experience.  "While we aren’t building learning from scratch, a lot of the things we can do will be start with an idea and a subject or area of explorations. Foundation building is work, but once it is done, it can be shared, repurposed, and forked. With that, I have a few guidelines for trying to create new experiences in digital media and connected learning I’d like to share."

Let Go of Fear for Connected Learning Success | DMLcentral

I want to talk about the one thing that I think is the biggest risk in connected learning: Not Trying. The biggest barrier to meaningful experimentation that I’ve encountered is the fear of an experiment not working or achieving the desired results. In other words, people are afraid of failure.

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December 27, 2014 18 comments 13 shares 6 plus ones
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+George Station this is your neck of the woods - accurate?  

Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science - NYTimes.com

A small but growing number of universities have adopted a more engaging, demanding form of the standard introductory courses, and research suggests the new style works better.

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December 27, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 2 plus ones
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Wish I'd known before the holidays! Consider +UNICEF if you use this feature! :)

The Best Amazon Feature That Not Enough Shoppers Know About

If you're not already...

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December 15, 2014 4 comments 1 shares 13 plus ones
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Been thinking about this, and happened across this older blog post by +Shane Parrish .  Great quote - “I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.”
— Charlie Munger

The Work Required To Have An Opinion

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