Not so irrelevant 007
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
My latest roundup of links and tools...
Some really cool posts about Twitter\n
- Twitter set theory & the wisdom of the group (a must-read) \n
- 17 ways to visualize the Twitter universe
Reading blogs is like visiting a new city\n
- I need to think this way about all of the unread posts in my feed aggregator (thanks, Mike Maloy!)
- Like many others, I am enjoying using Zamzar, a video download / file conversion tool
As someone in a Ed leadership program right now, I couldn't agree more that it is a waste of time and hoop-jumping to get an administrative license. My professor lectured for two hours to a class of adults on the importance of collaboration in adult education. Lame-o.
A great way to think about the social Web\n
- No one has 'forgotten' or 'left out' anything. You just haven't added it yet. Alan Levine, Wiki Way (thanks for the tip, Vicki Davis!)
The firestorm subsides\n
- In case you missed the latest edublogosphere hubbub, you can check it all out here (start at the beginning!). I thought that there were lots of thoughtful replies to Jon's concerns, but Vicki Davis' and Ric Murry's and Tom Hemingway's stand out for me. I also really liked Wesley Fryer's reflective post today on his own history and the changes that he's seen. \n
- One of my previous posts, Linked, may provide a useful way of thinking about blog 'superhubs' as connectors, not inner circles. As the conversation swirl about Jon's post so aptly demonstrated, getting noticed by the superhubs can bring you into the conversation very quickly and get you a substantial increase in traffic. My experiences with the Did You Know? video and my post about classroom cell phone videos, both of which were picked up by bloggers with far larger audiences than me, bear witness to that truth.
Happy reading, everyone. Like Wesley, I am here for the learning revolution. Hope you are too.\n
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.
When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.
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