October, 2011

The Fallacy of Digital Natives

Dan Pontefract

I have a problem with both the term digital native and how it has been manufactured into one of society’s greatest myths. I also believe there is an improved way in which we should be articulating the use of technology in the learning continuum.

The Future of Work Is Learning

Luis Suarez

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The global state of the mobile industry

Ross Dawson

Mary Meeker, formerly of Morgan Stanley and now of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers , continues to do her annual presentation at Web 2.0 Summit , providing an unparalleled compilation of research about the global internet industry.

Do you really need separate social learning tools or platforms in the workplace? Part 1

Jane Hart

We are hearing a lot about new social learning tools and platforms that are becoming available – but do you really need them in the workplace?


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Six thoughts on the Klout scoring changes

Ross Dawson

Today influence ratings service Klout significantly changed its rankings. Last week Klout CEO Joe Fernandez announced there would be changes , saying “a majority of users will see their scores stay the same or go up but some users will see a drop”. It seems that was not correct, and rankings levels have been revised such that most people’s scores go down. The results appears to be plenty of unhappy people.

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You can’t manage informal learning – only use of informal media

Jane Hart

In Memoriam: Steve Jobs

Andy McAfee

Let’s stop and note: the billionaire CEO of a Fortune 50 company has died, and spontaneous memorials to him have sprung up all around the world. I ask in all seriousness – has anything like this ever happened before in the history of modern capitalism?

The race to platform education

George Siemens

Across the full spectrum of education – primary, secondary, and higher – we are witnessing a race to develop platforms for content, learning, teaching, and evaluation. As liberating as the web is, tremendous centralization of control is occurring in numerous spaces: Google in search/advertising/Android, Amazon in books/cloud computing, Facebook in social networks, etc. I use a smaller range of tools today than I did five years ago.

Thoughts on Steve Jobs, The Book

Steven Berlin Johnson

I just finished reading Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography on the flight back to SFO a few minutes ago, and wanted to jot down a few responses while they were fresh in my head. The first is that we are very lucky that Jobs reached out to Isaacson (and that Isaacson agreed to do it.) I can't think of a better biographer for this project--so much so that one of the strange thoughts I had after Jobs died was, "At least we're going to have this book to read."

High Fluid Intelligence, Gestures, and Simulation

Eide Neurolearning

In an interesting study, German researchers found that increased hand gestures of 11th graders predict their correct solving of a chessboard visual analogy problem as well as predicting increased cortical thickness and higher fluid intelligence. ".all

The future of Chief Marketing Officers and leadership

Ross Dawson

Last week I attended a breakfast organized by IBM for a small group of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and influencers, hosted by its Australian CMO Mark Willson. IBM had recently launched its global CMO study , showing what CMOs are thinking about marketing today and in the future.

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The journey was the reward

Doc Searls

I was in the midst of late edits on The Intention Economy this afternoon, wondering if I should refer to Steve Jobs in the past tense. I didn’t want to, but I knew he’d be gone by the time the book comes out next April, if he wasn’t gone already.

Key social learning resources: Part 6 #sociallearning

Jane Hart

Continuing my series of key social learning resources, here is this week’s selection. 1- In Jane Bozarth’s Nuts and Bolts column for Learning Solutions Magazine, this month she provides an excerpt from the eLearning Guild’s Report, Social Media for Learning.

The open access debate

George Siemens

At the EDUCAUSE 2011 conference today, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Hal Abelson – founding director of Free Software Foundation and Creative Commons. He presented on the state of openness in education.

Leadership emerges from network culture

Harold Jarche

Tweet Even five years ago it was not the norm to work at a distance. Employers wanted to keep workers on-site, when it made no sense, as this post from 2005 noted: virtual work, but we need you onsite.

The "Big Five" IT trends of the next half decade: Mobile, social, cloud, consumerization, and big data

Dion Hinchcliffe

In today’s ever more technology-centric world, the stodgy IT department isn’t considered the home of innovation and business leadership. Yet that might have to change as some of the biggest advances in the history of technology make their way into the front lines of service delivery. Here’s an exploration of the top five IT trends in the next half decade, including some of the latest industry data, and what the major opportunities and challenges are

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How tablets are changing how we consume news

Ross Dawson

Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has just released some great research on how people use tablets (still mainly iPads) to consume news. The infographic below summarizes the findings – click on the image to go through to the original full-size version.

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In a Complex World, Continuous Learning and Simple Truths Prevail

Charles Jennings

The book ‘The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine’ is Michael Lewis’ marvellous account of the idiocy and greed that led to the sub-prime bubble and the resulting global financial crisis. Lewis’ book focuses on a few smart people who saw the simple truths beneath the complex world of financial jiggery-pokery that led to wealthy people becoming even wealthier on the backs of others who were

Do you really need separate social learning tools? PART TWO – 6 ways to integrate learning into the workflow

Jane Hart

In Part One of this series of blog postings, I asked the question: “As business is becoming more social and we are using new social tools to work collaboratively with one another, do we really need another set of social tools specifically for learning?” ” In this post I am going to be taking a look at 6 ways organisations are already integrating learning into their workflow systems – so that the same… Read the rest. Social learning

Chronicle Interview: Why universities should experiment with open online courses

George Siemens

I did an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education on Why Universities Should Experiment With ‘Massive Open Courses’. Thanks to Jeff and Warren for the opportunity to share some of the work that Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, and a growing number of educators have engaged in over the last four years.

Unleashing the Next Age of Prosperity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I met with Carlota Perez in New York. I first met Carlota , - a friend so I will refer to her by first name, - around the time of the publication of her 2002 book: Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages. In her book, as well as her many articles and lectures , she frames the turbulent times we are going through into a clear, historical perspective. Let me briefly summarize her views. .

Talent Pools vs. Communities: What’s the Difference?

Kevin Wheeler

We toss the word community around a lot in recruiting, but most of us do not have a very clear definition of what makes it different from a database or a talent pool. A talent pool typically is a group of people who have been screened at least a little. They are people roughly qualifeid for a position or to work in an organization, but we really don’t have any realtionship with them.

The latest on the future of journalism: where value creation means jobs

Ross Dawson

As part of News Limited’s launch of its digital subscription plans that I wrote about earlier this week , News has just launched the site Future of Journalism , (subtitle: A Discussion Hosted by News Limited).

UX in Public Transit

Adaptive Path

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Oregon Transit Conference this week in sunny Seaside , OR. This was the conference for representatives of Oregon's many transit agencies. Topics ranged from grant writing how-tos and leadership to the future of public transit itself.

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Key social learning resources: Part 8 #sociallearning

Jane Hart

Here are 5 more resources this week that look at social approaches to working and learning – and in particular the new mindset required.

A few simple tools I want edu-startups to build

George Siemens

Outside of taking courses in XML, programming logic, and Python, I am not a programmer. I understand the importance of being able to program. I can get by with HTML and CSS. There are few things more irritating, however, than having ideas that one is not capable of activating in a meaningful way. It’s like having a desire to communicate but lacking the ability to speak. This isn’t a huge liability – as long as you have access to people who can translate your ideas into code.

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Spreading social capitalism

Harold Jarche

Tweet I had the pleasure of meeting Dan Robles at Innotribe and his recent post on It is Time to Evolve , got me thinking and making some connections. Dan starts with the big picture: How the world really works.

A typology of Foresight

Dave Snowden

I enjoy the responsibility of summary type presentations. You have to sit through a whole day of speeches that vary from the mundane to the brilliant and rapidly evolve a set of material that will allow you to go beyond a simple he said this, she said that type of approach.

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Using social media to track and drive organizational success metrics

Ross Dawson

This week I was MC for the AHRI HR Technology conference , and ran one of the workshops on the following day, on Creating Results Using Social Media. A real highlight of the conference was the Social Media: Risks and Rewards panel, which I chaired, with the participation of a fantastic cast of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Steve Barham of LinkedIn, Laurel Papworth of The Community Crew, and Sam Mutimer of ThinkTank Media.

The Innovator's Cookbook

Steven Berlin Johnson

ADHD, Creativity, and Reduced Inhibition

Eide Neurolearning

"ADHD may have negative consequences for academic achievement, employment performance, and social relationships. However one positive consequence of ADHD may be enhanced creativity."

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Review: SharePoint Conference 2011

Dan Pontefract

I recently had the opportunity to attend and speak at SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim, California along with roughly 8,000 other attendees. This was the first SharePoint conference since the Fall of 2009.

Why do we need social business?

Harold Jarche

Tweet The Dachis Group’s latest XPLANATiON of the attributes of a socially optimized business is a pretty good answer to the question, “What is social business?”