Vision challenge - Part 1

Here's a challenge for all of us educational technology advocates...

Can we articulate in a few short sentences or paragraphs what the

end result looks like?

Children learning collaboratively, students

as self-directed learners, a computer in every kid's hand, ubiquitous Internet

access, creative problem-solving rather than rote memorization, global

interconnections, etc. Whatever we think the desired end point should be: can we

articulate it in a clear, concise manner that's easily conveyable to others? Can

we describe what students and teachers and administrators are doing and why

(i.e., the educational purposes and benefits of doing so)?

One of the key aspects of successful facilitation of change is the ability to

convey a clear vision of what lies at the other end. As

David Warlick notes

, many of us feel that we need to tell a new story. However, it's not enough to just say we need one. We actually need to tell it. So can we

do it? Can we tell the new story?

I look forward to seeing what we come up with...

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Originally Poe envisioned a parrot, not a raven

Quoth the parrot — "Nevermore."

The Green Parrot by Vincent van Gogh, 1886
Culture & Religion
  • Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1949) is considered one of America's great writers.
  • Poe penned his most famous poem, The Raven, in his 30s.
  • Originally, the poem's feathered subject was a bit flamboyant.
Keep reading Show less

Your body’s full of stuff you no longer need. Here's a list.

Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.

Image source: Ernst Haeckel
Surprising Science
  • An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
  • Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
  • Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun.
Keep reading Show less
  • Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
  • Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
  • But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
Keep reading Show less