Education Innovation In a society driven by industrial age economics and measurements, it isn't surprising that we have slowly transformed the first knowledge economy work, education, into a factory, complete with six sigma performance objectives and assembly line views that treat all children of a given age or class of learner the same. Of course, individual educators and … [Read more...] about Balancing the Education Equation with Execution, Transformation and Innovation
The European Facilities Management Conference in Vienna featured a student poster contest. I was taken by Tilburg University's Dorian Teensma's and his Twitter idea. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to fit it into my Social Media in Higher Education report, so I thought I would share it here. I'll let Dorian's poster speak for him. Download the PDF here. … [Read more...] about What Can Twitter do for Facilities Management?
CIO Magazine ran a story this week (July 29, 2010) on six predictions on how cloud computing will change IT, taking it from the hodgepodge of today's options into the smooth waters of a post-cloud world where IT only has one choice. Even the opening premise leaves me flat, because as we move to a post-cloud world, some other disruption will be on the horizon which will … [Read more...] about Six Cautions for IT in the Cloud Planners, or Why Bernard Golden is Wrong
In July 2011 Wired printed an article titled: The New Way to Be a Fifth Grader, which outlines how the Kahn Academy is changing education for schools and for individuals. I think the simple idea of outsourcing lectures and doing homework in the classroom is powerful. Children listen to their iPods or watch TV or game, all of which could be used as input mechanisms for … [Read more...] about A Simple Change: Outsource Lectures, not Homework
Conference presentations are difficult work: take a big, messy concept or idea and distill it down to fit into some arbitrary time constraint pre-determined by the conference leaders. Credibility wanes when positioning that idea and the forced-simplification that follows. If the presenter is honest he or she will admit to their constraints and briefly cover what they can't … [Read more...] about Being a skeptical conference presentation consumer