sculpture by Jonty Hurwitz original site for image
Week of March 1 – 7, 2015
Inspired by Austin Kleon, I am going to start posting a list of 10 things I think are worth sharing each week.
1.) Subscribe to Austin Kleon’s weekly list – it comes out every Friday and it is great! An eclectic mix of art, interesting things and innovations.
2.) The completion rate of moocs is an oft-cited issue that I think is bogus. The goal is not completion. Dave Cormier & George Siemens talk about moocs being like the beginnings of a conversation at a party, they help you decide if you want to stay longer. In this interview George alludes to mooc completion being “kind of like the question ‘who completes a library?’ We don’t have that mindset toward a library; we take the book we want to read and bring it back. MOOCs are more like that”
3.) Anyone interested in the history of communication and some of the threads that lead to the creation of the Internet will want to have at least a basic understanding of the contribution of Doug Engelbart, Vannevar Bush and The Hut Where the Internet Began?
4.) Do you think better chewing on the end of a pencil or tapping a keyboard? Research is providing some fascinating discoveries on How The Way You Write Changes the Way You Think
5.) Did you look at this list and think, great, I’ll save it and come back to it later, or did you savour and sift through the material thoughtfully? – perhaps you suffer from Collector’s Fallacy
6.) What effect does hearing have on teaching skills? I listened to this podcast from Hybrid Pedagogy three times and each time it seemed to be richer than the time before.
7.) We frequently talk about the way in which we view the world as being a matter of perspective. Jonty Hurwitz’ Anamorphic Sculptures and Engineered Illusions are the most literal and fascinating illustrations of the importance of perspective I have ever seen.
8.) On Feb 21st I participated in putting on TEDxYouthEdmonton 2015. Amazing ideas, articulated by a group of talented and energetic young Edmontonians! Our MC this year was Kelcie Miller-Anderson, one of last year’s keynote speakers. As well as being a talented MC Kelcie has developed a way of using oyster mushrooms to remediate tailings ponds!
9.) Networks, networks, networks . . . so many varieties of networks. A five minute video on tree networks and how the network serves as a communication system. “It’s a lot like how our brains work!”
10.) This list is about remembering some of the most significant findings of my week and in many ways that is what The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact is all about.