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S Spaeth

Institutional - Community learning spectrum.pdf - 3 views

  • Intellectual property is shared
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    Communities identify authentic problems that are inter-disciplinary and reach beyond the definition of the course.
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    Hey Stephen,
    I am having trouble opening this link. Can you send another?
S Spaeth

Presentation Zen: Making presentations in the TED style - 0 views

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    There is not one best way to speak at a TED conference, there are many different ways. But what the good presentations have in common is that they were created carefully and thoughtfully with the audience in mind and were delivered with passion, clarity, brevity, and always with "the story" of it (whatever it is) in mind. So let the list of 10 above be your general guide. In addition, take a look at some of the TED presentations below. They all follow a different style but were effective and memorable in their own way.
Nils Peterson

Foreign Policy: The Next Big Thing: Personalized Education - 0 views

  • According to the analysis of business expert Clayton Christensen, personalized education is likely to begin outside formal school through a combination of entrepreneurial vendors on the one hand and ambitious students and parents on the other. Once far more efficient and effective education has been modeled in homes and clubs, those schools, communities, and/or societies that have the ambition, the means, and the willingness to take risks will follow suit.
  • Many more individuals will be well-educated because they will have learned in ways that suit them best. Even more importantly, these individuals will want to keep learning as they grow older because they have tasted success and are motivated to continue.
  • According to the analysis of business expert Clayton Christensen, personalized education is likely to begin outside formal school through a combination of entrepreneurial vendors on the one hand and ambitious students and parents on the other.
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      That does seem right -- the system is unable to adapt and innovate and Christensen's Innovator's Dilemma seems to apply.

      But the previous paragraph, 'well programmed computers' seems to miss the collaborative, interpersonal, Web 2.0 potential for 1-1 tutoring.
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    most of history, only the wealthy have been able to afford an education geared to the individual learner. For the rest of us, education has remained a mass affair, with standard curricula, pedagogy, and assessments.

    The financial crisis will likely change this state of affairs. With the global quest for long-term competitiveness assuming new urgency, education is on everyone's front burner. Societies are looking for ways to make quantum leaps in the speed and efficiency of learning. So long as we insist on teaching all students the same subjects in the same way, progress will be incremental. But now for the first time it is possible to individualize education-to teach each person what he or she needs and wants to know in ways that are most comfortable and most efficient, producing a qualitative spurt in educational effectiveness.

    In fact, we already have the technology to do so. Well-programmed computers-whether in the form of personal computers or hand-held devices-are becoming the vehicles of choice. They will offer many ways to master materials. Students (or their teachers, parents, or coaches) will choose the optimal ways of presenting the materials. Appropriate tools for assessment will be implemented.
S Spaeth

Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System | eMOLT - Overview - 0 views

  • This information will help both lobstermen and scientists understand variations in water temperature and salinity. Both fishermen and scientists have noticed changes in the location of lobsters based on changes in bottom temperature. eMOLT data will help quantify these observations.
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    Lobstermen collect data

    Lobstermen collect eMOLT data by attaching temperature and salinity probes to their lobster traps. The probes measure water temperature and salinity while the traps sit on the bottom. When the traps are brought in, the temperature and salinity data from the probes are downloaded to a computer.

    eMOLT data is available over the internet

    This website is a collaborative effort between GoMOOS and eMOLT to bring you environmental data collected by both of these programs. The Internet mapping tool found on this site allows you to see the location of GoMOOS and NOAA buoys and the approximate location of the eMOLT sites. We do not show the exact location of the eMOLT sites in order to keep these lobster trapping sites confidential. Using the map, you can select the data you are interested in and then create a graph to view the data.
S Spaeth

Main Page - OpenWetWare - 0 views

  • sharing of information, know-how, and wisdom among researchers and groups who are working in biology & biological engineering.
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    OpenWetWare is an effort to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and wisdom among researchers and groups who are working in biology & biological engineering. Learn more about us.
    If you would like edit access, would be interested in helping out, or want your lab website hosted on OpenWetWare, please join us.
S Spaeth

Matthews et al: Selecting influential members of social networks - 0 views

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    Opinion leaders are influential members of their social networks, strategically selected for their ability to sway community norms. The aims of the study were to assess: 1) whether it is feasible to identify student opinion leaders (SOLs) and their social networks among Grade 11 students at two high schools in Cape Town, South Africa; and 2) whether these opinion leaders would be willing to be involved in an HIV/AIDS prevention program in their school. The students (N = 412) completed a semi-structured, anonymous, self-administered questionnaire. ... Of these, all but two at each school were willing and available to participate in a HIV/AIDS prevention program.
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    Focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention but can we use principles in other contexts and Facebook recommendation tools to support the process?
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    I've been thinking about how to support the development and visibility of SOLs using technology, without creating a creepy treehouse. How do we make them more visible and accessible?
S Spaeth

Seamless Services?: Lowering barriers to adding images to posts - 0 views

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    The Zemanta blogging service helps me reconsider the value of a Flickr account. I established a Flickr account, SCSpaeth, several years ago and added pictures periodically. But I have never made much use of the pictures. While pictures can add to the interest in a blog post, finding images, adding them to the blog and documenting them properly took a lot of effort. So, I only added them when they added enough to compensate for the extra work.

    The Zemanta service changes the barriers to using more images.
S Spaeth

SPage- The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups - 0 views

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    In this landmark book, Scott Page redefines the way we understand ourselves in relation to one another.The Differenceis about how we think in groups--and how our collective wisdom exceeds the sum of its parts. Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? And why are the best group decisions and predictions those that draw upon the very qualities that make each of us unique? The answers lie in diversity--not what we look like outside, but what we look like within, our distinct tools and abilities. The Differencereveals that progress and innovation may depend less on lone thinkers with enormous IQs than on diverse people working together and capitalizing on their individuality.
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    We (Jayme Jacobson, Nils Peterson, and I) have been talking about this a lot lately. This article reminded me of another article in the Harvard Business Review by Lakhani and Jeppesen on crowdsourcing. They found that successful Innocentive solvers often worked in disciplines removed from the posted problem.
    "Radical innovations often happen at the intersections of disciplines…The more diverse the problem solving population, the more likely the problem will be solved."
    Lakhani and Jeppesen May 2007 Harvard Business Review

    Thanks Stephen
S Spaeth

YouTube - Networked Student - 0 views

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    The Networked Student was inspired by CCK08, a Connectivism course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes during fall 2008. It depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler's high school students. The Networked Student concept map was inspired by Alec Couros' Networked Teacher. I hope that teachers will use it to help their colleagues, parents, and students understand networked learning in the 21st century.

    Anyone is free to use this video for educational purposes. You may download, translate, or use as part of another presentation. Please share.
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    This video should be required viewing for incoming faculty. Especially the end of the video; it gives a good description of the new roles faculty can take when they leave the lecture stand.

    Thanks Stephen
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