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Started Jul 27, 2010
Started this discussion. Last reply by Laura Gibbs Jul 27, 2010.
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The idea, Shen says, is to encourage what museum science educators call "active prolonged engagement," as opposed to "planned discovery." The former allows learners to explore information independently and to interact with it in an open-ended manner; the latter approach,…
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 1:19pm
[What Stephen Downes posted with regard to his eBook]
Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, May 21, 2012. I am very pleased to be able to announce the (self-) publication of my latest eBook, Connectivism and Connective Knowledge. It is a collection of blog posts, essays and…Continue
Posted on May 22, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments
Published on May 2, 2012 by theRSAorg
Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, Matthew Flinders, argues for a shift from the bland and fatalistic 'politics of pessimism' that appears to dominate public life, towards a more buoyant and engaged 'politics of optimism'.
Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: …Continue
Posted on May 2, 2012 at 9:30am
[via Faizan Barai at Google+]
An anthropologist proposed a game to African tribe kids. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told them that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: UBUNTU, how can…
Posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:34pm
Principal Tom Horn, a self-described "hippie kid from Eugene," has transformed a troubled alternative high school in Oregon—not to mention his teachers' job descriptions—by introducing a radical project-based learning model.
(See also …Continue
Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:00pm
TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.
Abigail Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, creating results that feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard…Continue
Posted on April 13, 2012 at 12:26pm
A friend of mine at Facebook, noting my affinity for the thinking of philosopher Martha Nussbaum, asked me to recommend a book of hers which he might read to begin getting to know her, too. I recommended Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, which was published in 2010. I attached this review of the book to my message to him: http://harpers.org/archive/2010/06/hbc-90007141. As I reread the review, I…Continue
Posted on April 11, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment
I think this sense, that truth lies most patent in what is most ordinary and is for that very reason least apprehended, is the first motive of philosophy. Socrates, that Post-Heraclitean, will call it “wonder”: “For that is the special affect of the lover of wisdom (philosophos)—wondering” (Theatetus 155d). There is, to be sure, a difference. Heraclitus observes the Common surrounding us all and blames humankind for being estranged from it; Socrates tries to induce a sense of estrangement…Continue
Posted on March 30, 2012 at 4:03pm
“What’s wrong with our children? Adults telling children to be honest while lying and cheating. Adults telling children to not be violent while marketing and glorifying violence… I believe that adult hypocrisy is the biggest problem children face in America.”…Continue
Posted on March 21, 2012 at 9:37pm
Posted on March 17, 2012 at 5:05pm — 2 Comments
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education -- sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.
~ E. B. White
[found at http://grammar.about.com/od/yourwriting/a/advice.htm]
Luck is, in my estimation, the most important idea one can understand, not only about using language interestingly, but also…Continue
Posted on February 25, 2012 at 2:07pm — 1 Comment
Posted on February 5, 2012 at 7:19pm
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/superintendent/bookclub.aspx : Dr. Starr held his second book club on Tuesday, January 31, featuring the book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink. Dr. Starr led a panel discussion that included Mr. Pink. Hundreds of people joined the discuss in…Continue
Posted on February 2, 2012 at 10:51am
Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment. Presented at the Learning Without Frontiers Conference - Jan 25th 2012- London (LWF…Continue
Posted on February 2, 2012 at 12:30am