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Kyle Webb

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Feb 04, 16

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  • “Experience has long been considered the best teacher of knowledge.   Since we cannot experience everything, other people’s experiences,   and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. ‘I   store my knowledge in my friends’ is an axiom for collecting knowledge   through collecting people (undated).”
  • Chaos is a new reality for knowledge workers.
    • Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
    • Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information   sources.
    • Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
    • Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
    • Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual   learning.
    • Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is   a core skill.
    • Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist   learning activities.
    • Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn   and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of   a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong   tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the   decision.

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    • five social media literacies:

      • Attention
      • Participation
      • Collaboration
      • Network awareness
      • Critical consumption
  • none of these literacies live in isolation
  • For students, the classroom is a marketplace, with multiple seductive attractions from the online world competing with physical presence.

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Jan 31, 16

"Learning is a messy journey. We are all different, and we skip, slip and jump our way towards becoming knowers... towards creating our own sense of meaning in any discipline. The abundance of information we now have at our fingertips combined with the indefinite capacity for making new connections, has opened new avenues for structuring our classrooms. This short book is intended as a companion piece to a course giving learners and instructors a framework within which they can see their community of learners as the curriculum of their course.


Jan 28, 16

"As education has evolved, we've come to depend on so many more stakeholders than simply teachers and parents. I've written before about how vital stable administrators are to the running of a school. I've written about how much we rely on policy makers as well. But as our reliance on technology continues to grow, we must cultivate and ensure that the position of director of technology is not merely the most advanced IT guy in the district.

There are specific qualities that make up a great tech director, and while they are hard to find, I want to make the case that this position is critical to get right. Don't settle on someone who just knows technology and networking. Make sure they have other skills as well.


Jan 27, 16

"More than one-third of the world's population is under 20. There are over 30 million people today qualified to enter a university who have no place to go. During the next decade, this 30 million will grow to 100 million. To meet this staggering demand, a major"

  • Few of us today will have a fixed, single career; instead, we are likely to follow a trajectory that encompasses multiple careers.
  • The Internet has also fostered a new culture of sharing, one in which content is freely contributed and distributed with few restrictions or costs
  • The latest evolution of the Internet, the so-called Web 2.0, has blurred the line between producers and consumers of content and has shifted attention from access to information toward access to other people.

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Jan 24, 16

"Seneca College offers noise-blocking headphones — like the ones construction workers wear — to students with test anxiety while they write. It bought 15 pairs and needs more.
“Anxiety Drop-ins” are a hit at the Ontario College of Art and Design University to help ease mid-term stress.
At the University of Toronto, hundreds of students flock to 14 free drop-ins for “mindful meditation” each week to learn to battle distraction by focusing on their breathing, not their blues.

Jan 24, 16

"It's a new year and that means new bean bag chairs. Chances are high that someone in your office — the Chief Innovation Officer, perhaps, or the Senior Motivational Poohbah — will decide that your firm is not innovative enough, not creative enough, for the year 2016. Action will be taken. Free meals and, of course, free coffee will be requisitioned. Consultants will be summoned. And bean bag chairs, the lovable symbol of the freewheeling workplace, will be ordered.

We are living in the Decade of Perks. Companies are falling over one another offering workers such goodies as squash courts, hoverboards, lap pools, nap zones, pet care and more. What began as a Silicon Valley fad has spread to corporate America writ large. Even pest-control firms are getting in on the act. One such firm, in Provo, Utah, provides its employees a golf simulator. Urban planners, meanwhile, are doing much the same, only on a larger scale, desperately trying to lure the so-called “creative class” with hip restaurants, theater districts and other cultural bonbons.


Jan 24, 16

"Microsoft Excel is packed with useful data management features that don’t see a lot of use, like pivot tables, index and match, and conditional formatting. If you’re just using excel to sum and chart columns, this graphic can show you some other tools to help you become the spreadsheet ninja you always wanted to be.


Jan 19, 16

A new way to learn morse code

When I tried to learn morse code I found it to be very difficult. The traditional way is to study a chart and memorize each combination of "dit"s and "dah"s. I wanted to create a new online tool that would be enjoyable so that I could quickly learn morse code. Instead of memorizing charts I'm relying on repetition and actually hearing the sounds. Someone who has studied morse code before might say that this isn't the "correct" way to learn or that it doesn't teach perfect timing, but that wasn't the point. It's suppose to be fun and easy, that's it.

Jan 18, 16

The collapse of parenting: Why it’s time for parents to grow up

If anyone can be called the boss in modern, anti-hierarchical parenthood, it’s the children

Jan 18, 16

Public schools are often criticized for not keeping up with student needs — and that's hard to refute.

In a world of constant change, the majority of public schools have remained rather unchanged for decades. The structure is so standard that the public school you attended probably looked a lot like the schools your parents and grandparents attended — even if they did walk uphill both ways in the snow to get there.

Jan 18, 16

Find The Farthest City On Earth From Anywhere Else.

Have you ever wondered what cities are furthest away? What Country really is on the opposite side of the world to you? Use Furthest City to search any world city with a population of over 100k.

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