Mon.Apr 23, 2012

Keynote at TheNextWeb: The future is motion graphic presentations

Ross Dawson

I am giving keynotes this Wednesday at TheNextWeb CxO Summit and on Friday at TheNextWeb Conference.

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Overthinking and Creativity - Think Like Child

Eide Neurolearning

From Life Hacker , look at the puzzle to the left. How long does it take you to solve? Preschoolers solve in 5-10 min, whereas programmers take an hour.

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To learn, we must do

Harold Jarche

As I was preparing to start our online PKM workshop last night, I came across one of the best articles that I have read in a long while that reflects the value of what the PKM framework supports. Anne Adrian, in My own serendipitous opportunities , talks about her experiences in online sense-making.

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The Rise of MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responses to interview questions posed by Kevin Charles Redmon, Independent Journalist and Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism 1. Are MOOCs an idea that were floating around the halls of universities for some time now, or was the first one in 2008 really a watershed moment? Many of the ideas that go into a MOOC were around before CCK08 but that course marks the first time the format came together.

Where the Jobs Aren’t for New Grads

Andy McAfee

I was reading an otherwise really good story about education and employment at Yahoo! news when I came across the following sentence: Most job openings are in professions such as retail sales, fast food and truck driving, jobs which aren’t easily replaced by computers. Actually, they are, or soon will be. We might need human burger-flippers for a while yet, but technology is already eating deeply into retail jobs (see this post , this one , and this article from the LA Times).

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Factoid of the day: National priorities edition

Dan Pink

“As a result of the [tax] code’s growing complexity, Americans spent a total of 7.64 billion hours in 2010 negotiating tax-related paperwork—more than twice the working time of all the elementary school teachers in the U.S.” ” (Source: The Week , citing Reason.com ). Factoids

Lives and times

Doc Searls

Music was a huge part of my life when I was growing up. It’s still big, but not the same. My life today does not have a soundtrack. As a kid my life was accompanied by music from start to finish. At that finish was another start, as a grown-up.

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The Tribulations of Customer Service with Opera

Luis Suarez

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Kapp’s Gamification for Learning and Instruction

Clark Quinn

Karl Kapp’s written another book, this time on gamification , and I certainly liked his previous book with Tony O’Driscoll on Virtual Worlds. This one’s got some great stuff in it too, and some other ideas that raise some hackles. Let me get one of the quibbles out of the way at the start: I hate the title “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction” (to the point I previously wrote a post arguing instead for ‘ engagification ‘).