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NOTICE: THIS BLOG HAS MOVED


After much thought and consideration, I’ve consolidated four sites at one blog/site.  Over the years I’ve drifted from writing about ONLY math-related topics to writing about a more general topics in learning, futuring, and education. While this site will always remain near and dear to my heart, it is being slurped up into a larger body of content now housed at busynessgirl.com.  When you’re at Busynessgirl, all you have to do is click on the button that says MATHEMATICS and you’ll be back at your old friend, Teaching College Math.  But there’s lots more there to see, so maybe you’ll explore a little too.

Click on MATHEMATICS to be back at all the posts about math from TeachingCollegeMath.

All the Resource pages are on the new blog.  There’s still a RESOURCE tab at Busynessgirl.  It’s got Mindmaps, Presentations, and more (in reorganizing, I’ve added more resources).  There’s still a GAMES tab at Busynessgirl.  It’s still got categories for all the math games, broken down by subject.

PLEASE UPDATE ALL YOUR BOOKMARKS AND HANDOUTS SENDING PEOPLE TO TEACHING COLLEGE MATH!!!   Eventually, there will be 301 Redirects on every page of this site (permanent redirects to the new site).

The RSS will automatically move you (I think).

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Email Manifesto


There are lots of email annoyances that make us groan:

  • When “Reply All” is used instead of “Reply”
  • When someone has a bad grammar or spelling error
  • When someone replies to the wrong person (the “wrong Bob” problem)
  • Weird formatting errors (like sudden font changes)
But these aren’t the reason we hate email, and most of these types of errors are just simple human error.  A consequence of too much multitasking and scattered thinking.The reason we hate opening our inboxes is that many emails, like the “kitchen sink” email (see below), are too difficult to tackle. Emails like this paralyze us and stall our to-do lists.  These “kitchen sink” emails (and other annoying email types) arise from senders who still treat email as the equivalent of a written letter of correspondence to Grandma.  But email (which is now 40 years old) is no longer a substitute for formal written conversation.  It’s now a substitute for conversation.If we could just agree on a few things within organizations, email could be easier for everyone.

I was intrigued by Chris Anderson’s Email Charter (from June 2011) but I didn’t think it was quite right for my organization (a Community College) and a little too technical when dealing with students.  So I wrote the following “Email Manifesto” that I think would improve dealing with the most time-sucking email problems at my college and presented it to the faculty yesterday.  It consists of eight basic axioms:

1.  An email should have one clear subject.

2.  Emails should be simple to respond to and to dismiss when completed.

3.  When an email “conversation” takes a U-turn into new territory, a new subject line is in order.

4.  Need to arrange for an in-person meeting? Suggest several possible meeting times in the first email communication.

  • If the person has a secretary, include them in the meeting request.
  • If there are several people involved, use a Doodle.

5.  If you want the recipient to take additional action outside their normal routine, make it as easy as possible for them to do so.

  • Don’t place the text of the message within an attached document if it can be pasted into the body of the email.
  • Include an easy-to-share blurb and link to website for more information for events, in particular.
  • Don’t link to files on drives that are only available on-site.

6.  If the message contains a lot of information, make required actions clear (bold them or use another color of text).

  • Use phrasing like “What I need from you is …
  • Consider placing the actions at the beginning of the email, followed by the rationale.

7.  There’s nothing wrong with a short email message or response – don’t take offense when you get one. The important thing is that the recipient took the time to read and respond. Lots of emails get answered from a very tiny keyboard or touch-keyboard.

8.  Because it’s difficult to read voice inflection, facial expressions, or body language from an email, consider using emoticons or expressions to convey these emotions.

  • Perhaps this is a jestful comment: Are you kidding me? ;-)
  • Perhaps it makes you sad: Are you kidding me? :-(
  • Perhaps it makes you angry: Are you kidding me? <fuming>
  • Perhaps you are sympathizing: Are you kidding me? <hug>

There are handouts (short and long) and a slide presentation.

 

Please feel free to share the Email Manifesto, modify it, and give the presentation – just include the author slide with my contact information.  Just a note about the presentation, when you get to the slides about Axiom #8, have your audience read each statement out loud.  This will quickly make the point about why we should use emoticons in email.

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Starting a New Blog: Need Your Input


Hello faithful readers.  I’ve started up a new blog over at EdgeofLearning.com for several reasons:

  • I’ve found (over the years) that non-math people are not thrilled about “following” a math-oriented blog.
  • I’ve started doing a lot of speaking about education and technology in general, and want the “brand” for my consulting to be more centered on learning than on math, specifically.
  • I want to do a lot more writing in my role as a Learning Futurist (and needed a new space for it).

So I imported a bunch of the blog posts about higher education, futuring, and learning in general into the new space (no worries, they are all still here at TCM too).

Now the question is … how do YOU want me to handle cross-posting?

You’ve got three choices:

  1. I can separate (as much as possible) math stuff to this blog and general learning and futuring stuff to EdgeofLearning.  If you want both, you can subscribe to both.
  2. When I post on EdgeofLearning I can announce the post and include a link here on TCM.
  3. When I post on EdgeofLearning I can include the full text here on TCM.

Your thoughts?

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Random But Organized Thoughts (10-10-10)


Data Visualizations and Data Mining

  • RT @geekend2010: If you are not quite up on who is suing who in mobile these days, this infographic should help http://ow.ly/2OXSh

Links for STEM

  • RT @rmosvold: Teaching calculus with Wolfram|Alpha: http://bit.ly/dcrxzD / Too bad it’s not open. Not going to read it otherwise.

Teaching and Learning

  • RT @tech4mathed: New blog post about an upcoming feature for @Livescribe, I am STAYING TUNED!
  • RT @mathhombre: RT @tperran Differentiated Instruction & Implications for Universal Design http://bit.ly/9KCl73 Good overview of inclu …
  • RT @simbeckhampson: RT @nancyrubin: Formal VS Informal Learning – A great debate – http://ow.ly/2PVZ1 (via @twazzup)
  • Discussion about buttons in course shell: We need a button at top called “How to get an A” with study tips, help options, grade policies #fb
  • Rec latest by @derekbruff: Multiple-Choice Questions You Wouldn’t Put on a Test: Promoting Deep Learning Using Clickers, http://is.gd/fQ2R1
  • RT @facultyfocus: What faculty behaviors bother students the most? Not knowing how to use the technology. http://bit.ly/aT5DQF @MCCLIFT
  • RT @sahana2802: The Seven Needs of Real-Time Curators http://bit.ly/9yEln6 | Time for content curators to help make sense of the tidal w …
  • RT @britz: People do lrn more informally on job- but 2 learn this way efficiently/effectively they need filters & critical thk skills? # …
  • RT @jonathanpryder: confusion between retrieving/accessing inofrmation and learning. the former is not the latter! #elearningdebate
  • RT @simbeckhampson: Rosett: informal learning doesn’t support standards, guidance and evidence. It’s all heat and no standards < it’s …
  • RT @tsphethean: Institutions have nothing to fear from networked individuals learning informally, in fact they can benefit from them. #e …
  • RT @Quinnovator: RT @eLearnMag: What is “Terra Nova” and what does it mean for the future of elearning? http://t.co/sGmKBQ8
  • RT @cognitivepolicy: Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love (a powerful and insightful article!) http://fb.me/J28lVwsH
  • RT @MareeConway: Dom Thurbon we need to ask where education fits in world where no there’s no premium on information #TEMC2010
  • RT @hybridkris: “@avron: Ed Cohen on the rebirth of the LMS. http://bit.ly/caH8rv”
  • RT @RobertTalbert: YES. @KarenJan: Should we be concerned? “SAT scores of HS sen’s intending to go into ed.rank below every other major” …

COINs 2010 Conference (I didn’t attend, but the tweets were interesting)

  • RT @mrch0mp3rs: #COINs2010 the more trusting you are, the more central you are in a network. Also, the less they talk, the more they are …
  • RT @mrch0mp3rs: #COINs2010 the more people share knowledge (offloading info through wikis, blogs, etc), the more productive they are – @ …
Futuring
  • RT @Geofutures: “long-term decline of US power and prosperity, because Americans no longer invest collectively in their common future” h …
  • RT @horizonwatching: Gartner: Top Technology Trends You Can’t Afford To Ignore http://bit.ly/ceSWGI
  • Future Of Ed Webcast http://bit.ly/byNzvq via @aforgrave
  • RT @lloydwalker: Fun archive of past visions about the future: http://www.paleofuture.com/ #retrofuturism

Great Quotes

  • RT @JoyGayler: RT @steverubel: Most people don’t schedule their work. They schedule interruptions that prevent work from happening. http …
  • RT @TriciaRansom: RT @Chookooloonks: “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~Ayn Rand
  • RT @Urbanverse: so true. RT @dinet: Steve McKay: “If it doesn’t hurt, it’s probably not change.” #SDsummit
  • RT @simbeckhampson: Social Learning “An invasion of armies can be resisted but not an idea whose time has come” ~ Victor Hugo (via @jayc …
  • @ColinTGraham what if there is a silver bullet for ed, and you just haven’t seen it yet?
  • RT @MareeConway: No amount of technology makes up for a boring teacher @changelabs #TEMC2010

Great links for everyone

  • RT @timoreilly: Puts the lie to the claim that patents help small inventors: Why Geim Never Patented Graphene http://bit.ly/9QrEC3
  • RT @eLearningGuild: This Is How Google Beats Apple in Your Living Room http://bit.ly/adgcwS
  • RT @JoyGayler: [great idea] RT @prsarahevans: I like that at the Westin all of the employees state their passion on their name badge.
  • RT @simbeckhampson: “Houston, we have a challenge…” (problems, failure and innovation) by @janet_frg > http://t.co/KTuRHTH < Excel …
  • RT @rossdawson: In US 92% of 2-year olds online & 33% of babies have sonogram pics online before they’re born – ahead of Europe http://b …
  • RT @Ginaschreck: Blog post by Mark Zuckerberg on today’s new features http://rww.to/bLQ8QD AND  RT @MikeGwaltney: Or, competing story, why Facebook’s New Groups Miss the Mark and you’ll use Facebook less: http://bit.ly/9NldKm #edtec …
  • RT @edwebb: CCTV vigilantes: Snoopers paid to catch shoplifters from home http://diigo.com/0d22k
  • RT @edyson: Why are the women in Social Network movie so lame? Glad someone asked! http://bit.ly/du82ZU
  • RT @davidwees: The more you practice multitasking, the worse you get at it. http://is.gd/fL4o0 #edchat

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Random But Organized Thoughts (10-3-10)


Not sure how I missed this Quantified Self video on the “Arithmetic and Butter” experiment. http://twurl.nl/ehsfk8
Twitter is like drinking from a firehose? Maybe we should all watch first three minutes of this:http://twurl.nl/m6xga8 via @karlgude
Karl Gude’s 2009 TEDxLansing talk on Visual Information http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDSUJj_fBqg #Dataviz #m161
RT @betajames: RT @hrheingold: My Crap Detection 101 video: http://blip.tv/file/3333374
Oct 1, 2010 1:28 AM
RT @CarnegieFdn: Adults with some college key to Obama’s education goals. http://bit.ly/9Salp0
RT @rossdawson: Infographic: Used mobile phones yield 1000 times more gold than gold ore! http://bit.ly/cPXSiv #dataviz #m161
RT @MikeGwaltney: Valuing Reflection: @pamfb7557 ponders her ed. philosophy, refocuses her practice. Excellent! http://bit.ly/beQ7PW #ed …
RT @longformorg: The mind behind ‘Lemmings’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto’ on the future of gaming: http://bit.ly/bEOfmn (by @DavidKushner, @Gam …
RT @wendyinfutures: Giving you game pleasure feedback better eating habits: Video Game Powered By Healthy Eating – PSFK http://bit.ly/c9HQQU
Sep 30, 2010 10:18 AM
Note to self: Find South Park episode about Silicon Valley and the lost Internet.
Sep 29, 2010 10:12 PM
RT @Seriosity: RT @ibogost: Serious Games Summit call for entries: http://bogo.st/i6 Two topics: health & #gamification. Deadline 10/14 …
New logo for new blog … thoughts? http://screencast.com/t/Mjk5NDNk
RT @simbeckhampson: Vint Cerf – 2020 Shaping Ideas (Video) Found that quote “Internet of Things” 2:25 mins – http://bit.ly/dCmmwf
RT @johnmsmart: Social impact bonds. A surprising UK social innovation we should copy here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_impact_bond
RT @WEBfuturetrends: Workplace benefits of the future: nap time?? http://fb.me/vQTspy7L
RT @Intellagirl: #geekpoll Forrester says we’re slacking off in content creation on social networks http://bit.ly/aBILyK.
RT @jackiegerstein: Washington Post – Online education evolves as advances in technology make major impact http://bit.ly/a1JeGI
Not quite done yet, but my Edge of Learning logo is getting closer. (new blog … coming soon) http://screencast.com/t/YmQ1Nzg5N
Sep 27, 2010 9:42 PM
RT @patrapp: I just found a Droid app for Librarything that scans barcodes and adds to my existing list. Before that I entered title/tags
RT @tonnet: Lars is Learning: No pain, more gain? Research supports “less learning more often” – http://t.co/91IJzDO

Not sure how I missed this Quantified Self video on the “Arithmetic and Butter” experiment. http://twurl.nl/ehsfk8
Twitter is like drinking from a firehose? Maybe we should all watch first three minutes of this:http://twurl.nl/m6xga8 via @karlgude
Karl Gude’s 2009 TEDxLansing talk on Visual Information http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDSUJj_fBqg #Dataviz #m161
RT @betajames: RT @hrheingold: My Crap Detection 101 video: http://blip.tv/file/3333374
Oct 1, 2010 1:28 AMRT @CarnegieFdn: Adults with some college key to Obama’s education goals. http://bit.ly/9Salp0
RT @rossdawson: Infographic: Used mobile phones yield 1000 times more gold than gold ore! http://bit.ly/cPXSiv #dataviz #m161
RT @MikeGwaltney: Valuing Reflection: @pamfb7557 ponders her ed. philosophy, refocuses her practice. Excellent! http://bit.ly/beQ7PW #ed …
RT @longformorg: The mind behind ‘Lemmings’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto’ on the future of gaming: http://bit.ly/bEOfmn (by @DavidKushner, @Gam …
RT @wendyinfutures: Giving you game pleasure feedback better eating habits: Video Game Powered By Healthy Eating – PSFK http://bit.ly/c9HQQU
Sep 30, 2010 10:18 AMNote to self: Find South Park episode about Silicon Valley and the lost Internet.

Sep 29, 2010 10:12 PMRT @Seriosity: RT @ibogost: Serious Games Summit call for entries: http://bogo.st/i6 Two topics: health & #gamification. Deadline 10/14 …
New logo for new blog … thoughts? http://screencast.com/t/Mjk5NDNk
RT @simbeckhampson: Vint Cerf – 2020 Shaping Ideas (Video) Found that quote “Internet of Things” 2:25 mins – http://bit.ly/dCmmwf
RT @johnmsmart: Social impact bonds. A surprising UK social innovation we should copy here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_impact_bond
RT @WEBfuturetrends: Workplace benefits of the future: nap time?? http://fb.me/vQTspy7L
RT @Intellagirl: #geekpoll Forrester says we’re slacking off in content creation on social networks http://bit.ly/aBILyK.
RT @jackiegerstein: Washington Post – Online education evolves as advances in technology make major impact http://bit.ly/a1JeGI
Not quite done yet, but my Edge of Learning logo is getting closer. (new blog … coming soon) http://screencast.com/t/YmQ1Nzg5N
Sep 27, 2010 9:42 PMRT @patrapp: I just found a Droid app for Librarything that scans barcodes and adds to my existing list. Before that I entered title/tags
RT @tonnet: Lars is Learning: No pain, more gain? Research supports “less learning more often” – http://t.co/91IJzDO

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Random But Organized Thoughts (9-26-10)


I’ve decided to give my husband a new job title: Professional Skeptic. If you need an honest critique of the believability, ask him.
RT @Eclectopedic: Study: Most Americans want wealth distribution similar to Sweden: http://bit.ly/9SzJ5j
Meeting of the futurists in Bolinas http://twitpic.com/2s0ams
The Timetables of History, A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events, by Bernard Grun
Check out Hansoft for game design management.
http://twitpic.com/2rpudt This is where I am tonight.
I’m at Noisebridge in SF. Awesome hacker space. :)
Progress report. We are up to #14 on the list of game dynamics. Have generated at least one good paper idea from it.
What is a 3-part paradigm of reward schedules? (game design)
Pessimists are more accurate but optimists get more done.
RT @randyfuj: Video Gaming Prepares Brain for Bigger Tasks http://bit.ly/acZS11
Blogs about video game design on Gamasutra http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/
If you need to memorize a lot of facts, you might want to check out Anki http://ichi2.net/anki/index.html
RT @mebner: nice presentation about “Technology Trends in Higher Education ” http://bit.ly/9F5feq
@joewehr A Learning Futurist scans industries outside of education to look for trends that will infiltrate (among other things) #lrnchat
RT @briancroxall: The presentation on #clir from me and Liz Cooper was well received. Want to see the Prezi? http://bit.ly/chPTq2
RT @entrecon: RT @ask4ferguson RT @danicrino: DNS FAILURE: Facebook is down which means 9 months from today, many children will born.
RT @iftf: Managing the Future Workplace? Start Here. – http://bit.ly/bNObXn #FutureOfWork (via @mfcrawford)
RT @wiredcampus: Preventing Online Dropouts: Does Anything Work? http://bit.ly/aFV6kO
Who finds it funny that lunch box I use everyday has “Fight the Future” written on it? #fb http://twitpic.com/2qznft
RT @CarnegieFdn: Merit pay has little effect on achievement. http://bit.ly/bJVYRa
GREAT video on Video Games and Learning (the divide between entertainment and education) http://is.gd/fmirw
What if we turned instructor evaluation upsidedown. Every new instructor observes three other classes, two within discipline, one outside.
RT @hybridkris: Flash Trounces HTML5 on Mobiles. Interesting points on a demo covered at Wired. http://bit.ly/bZZ0ts
RT @michael_rowe: With Open Source Lectures, Who Needs So Many Lecturers? http://ow.ly/1qTfJ0
RT @ileneca: The Stagnating Labor Market, 1: Dropping Out Of The Labor Force http://goo.gl/fb/WM3ZE / great data! #m161
RT @Quinnovator: a complete spreadsheet of Android tablets with comparative featuresets http://ow.ly/2H35T (via ITFORUM)
I just LOVE that our Math ELITEs are spreading to other schools. WestshoreCC is blogging about their room hack… http://fb.me/Ab04T4w3
This presentation by @RobertTalbert is also AWESOME and we used that today in Calculus as well #m161 http://twurl.nl/nl4v0s
This was an AWESOME little applet for slopes of tangent and secant lines (put in the function of your choice) http://twurl.nl/iawsty #m161
That last quote was from an article one of my students read called “Brain Secretary: The Enemy of Learning” http://twurl.nl/tha3bf
“Research shows that if you leave a group of adults sitting, listening for more than 7 min, their minds begin to drift into sexual fantasy.”
Effective Assessment in a Digital Age (pdf) http://twurl.nl/e1ga3p (probably worth a read, but long)
If education doesn’t offer the option to consume learning in a personalized way, many learners will simply go out and get it themselves.
“if they don’t offer the option to consume a product in a personalized way, many consumers will simply go and get it themselves” – Bilton
How to be alone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7sZzSXYs

I’ve decided to give my husband a new job title: Professional Skeptic. If you need an honest critique of the believability, ask him.

RT @Eclectopedic: Study: Most Americans want wealth distribution similar to Sweden: http://bit.ly/9SzJ5j
Meeting of the futurists in Bolinas http://twitpic.com/2s0ams
The Timetables of History, A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events, by Bernard Grun
Check out Hansoft for game design management.
http://twitpic.com/2rpudt This is where I am tonight.
I’m at Noisebridge in SF. Awesome hacker space. :)
Progress report. We are up to #14 on the list of game dynamics. Have generated at least one good paper idea from it.
What is a 3-part paradigm of reward schedules? (game design)
Pessimists are more accurate but optimists get more done.
RT @randyfuj: Video Gaming Prepares Brain for Bigger Tasks http://bit.ly/acZS11
Blogs about video game design on Gamasutra http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/
If you need to memorize a lot of facts, you might want to check out Anki http://ichi2.net/anki/index.html
RT @mebner: nice presentation about “Technology Trends in Higher Education ” http://bit.ly/9F5feq
@joewehr A Learning Futurist scans industries outside of education to look for trends that will infiltrate (among other things) #lrnchat
RT @briancroxall: The presentation on #clir from me and Liz Cooper was well received. Want to see the Prezi? http://bit.ly/chPTq2
RT @entrecon: RT @ask4ferguson RT @danicrino: DNS FAILURE: Facebook is down which means 9 months from today, many children will born.
RT @iftf: Managing the Future Workplace? Start Here. – http://bit.ly/bNObXn #FutureOfWork (via @mfcrawford)
RT @wiredcampus: Preventing Online Dropouts: Does Anything Work? http://bit.ly/aFV6kO
Who finds it funny that lunch box I use everyday has “Fight the Future” written on it? #fb http://twitpic.com/2qznft
RT @CarnegieFdn: Merit pay has little effect on achievement. http://bit.ly/bJVYRa
GREAT video on Video Games and Learning (the divide between entertainment and education) http://is.gd/fmirw
What if we turned instructor evaluation upsidedown. Every new instructor observes three other classes, two within discipline, one outside.
RT @hybridkris: Flash Trounces HTML5 on Mobiles. Interesting points on a demo covered at Wired. http://bit.ly/bZZ0ts
RT @michael_rowe: With Open Source Lectures, Who Needs So Many Lecturers? http://ow.ly/1qTfJ0
RT @ileneca: The Stagnating Labor Market, 1: Dropping Out Of The Labor Force http://goo.gl/fb/WM3ZE / great data! #m161
RT @Quinnovator: a complete spreadsheet of Android tablets with comparative featuresets http://ow.ly/2H35T (via ITFORUM)
I just LOVE that our Math ELITEs are spreading to other schools. WestshoreCC is blogging about their room hack… http://fb.me/Ab04T4w3
This presentation by @RobertTalbert is also AWESOME and we used that today in Calculus as well #m161 http://twurl.nl/nl4v0s
This was an AWESOME little applet for slopes of tangent and secant lines (put in the function of your choice) http://twurl.nl/iawsty #m161
That last quote was from an article one of my students read called “Brain Secretary: The Enemy of Learning” http://twurl.nl/tha3bf
“Research shows that if you leave a group of adults sitting, listening for more than 7 min, their minds begin to drift into sexual fantasy.”
Effective Assessment in a Digital Age (pdf) http://twurl.nl/e1ga3p (probably worth a read, but long)
If education doesn’t offer the option to consume learning in a personalized way, many learners will simply go out and get it themselves.
“if they don’t offer the option to consume a product in a personalized way, many consumers will simply go and get it themselves” – Bilton
How to be alone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7sZzSXYs

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Not dead


I know you think I’ve stopped blogging, but I’m just extremely swamped.  I’ve got new classrooms, new job duties, new faculty at the college, a conference at our home college, new technologies, new ideas, new student projects, and new presentations.  I’ve got two more articles coming out in the next couple months and more on the way, so stay tuned.  One of them is B.I.G.  I’m also out of town six times in the next eight weeks (Mountain View, TEDxDetroit, Kansas City, Flint, Savannah, and Boston).

If you miss me, come find me on twitter @busynessgirl (where I still exist in tiny bursts of time).  You don’t have to have a twitter account to subscribe to the RSS or visit the web page.  For now, that will have to do.

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Random But Organized Thoughts (9-19-10)


RT @mr_blackstone: Powerful article: How Ed Reformers Push the Wrong Theory of Learning — http://bit.ly/a3EzGR
Words of wisdom about teaching math from a student who just taught for the first time: http://is.gd/fhbfx
I have no idea what the source for this cartoon about ancient #math is, but I LOVE it! http://twitpic.com/2ps8lr
RT @rkiker: RT @DeborahMersino: Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom from The New York Times http://nyti.ms/cXGswh #gtchat
We’ve Got the Data, We Need Insight http://is.gd/fgApP from @PeterWinick
RT @mctownsley: “I finally did it. I stopped giving points for homework.” http://bit.ly/9sNKhY #sbar #grading #homework
RT @jryoung: RT @ITJil: How Videogames Train Your Brain http://www.good.is/post/how-videogames-train-your-brain1/ (@GOOD stuff)
RT @republicofmath: #Patterns are the basic building blocks on which #mathematics is formed. http://wp.me/pJESd-wP
RT @mccannt: Horribleness of Blackboard finally put me over the edge. I’m abandoning it for good. Feel like abused spouse who finally left.
Great discussion today at LIFT. Eight faculty showed up for our Friday afternoon chat about Themed Studies: http://twurl.nl/vw0ttm
RT @jimzimlfc: Leave it to the canadians – Love it – Chemistry Ph.D. thesis explained via dance routine http://bit.ly/9z3esj
RT @KoreenOlbrish: “@GETWIGI: Why Do Video Games Still Stereotype Girls/Women? http://bit.ly/9Dc4Pu / great post
To be a futurist in education/learning, you have to go to conferences/events OUTSIDE ed to see what’s coming. Ed events are 5+ years behind.
While some websites are claiming RSS is dead, we in education are still waiting for decent incorporation of RSS into the LMS. Sigh. #irony
RT @nancyrubin: Are you using RSS? – Inside Higher Ed http://t.co/pr3BAmv
RT @WEBfuturetrends: “Future Think” – Review of an Intriguing Book on How to Adapt to Change Part Two http://t.co/v5KCpiO via @wibiya
RT @WEBfuturetrends: Japanese govt released foresight survey – basically futuristic view of a panel of 40 scientists http://t.co/9tKgCyj
RT @RobertTalbert: The calc students who are the most eager to use derivative shortcuts tend to be the ones who are worst at basic algebra.
RT @WorldFutureSoc: Maybe the reason we haven’t had time-traveling visitors from the future is that they prefer to travel ahead, not back.
RT @mrch0mp3rs: Hey @busynessgirl, did you hear about the White House summit on Community Colleges? http://beard.it/9FQnxy
RT @PCSTech: The National STEM Video Game Challenge – http://bit.ly/aTa0aG – #edtech
RT @randyfuj: RT @ricardolucas Should Math Education Be Replaced by Video Games? http://is.gd/fcvPe
RT @sidneyeve: Excellent analysis of “the future of [news] media” in the digital age http://bit.ly/ayRxZQ Thx @Jordan_Press
RT @Wolfram_Alpha: New from @Downloadsquad: Wolfram|Alpha now processing U.S. retail sales data: http://bit.ly/a9TZgl
RT @kylepace: Nice copyright resource for teachers: http://www.thecopyrightsite.org/ #edtech #infoliteracy
RT @randyfuj: How Real Life is Like an MMO http://bit.ly/bbXB3Q via @GadgetExpert @Seriosity
RT @colwar: “10 Rules of Teaching in this Century” (via Campus Technology) http://bit.ly/a05hxm (higher ed focus on curriculum redesign) …
RT @republicofmath: Clique finding #algorithm may prove to be especially useful to #biologists: http://wp.me/pJESd-wl
RT @eLearningGuild: RT @TechZader: University Assigns Freshmen “Personal Librarians” http://bit.ly/9LgIjr
RT @marcparry: Update @wiredcampus: MIT Looks to Make Money Online, But Not With An OpenCourseWare Paywall: http://bit.ly/bKJtVi #highered
RT @colwar: “Learning by Playing” (via NYT) http://nyti.ms/9rBQx7 (designing & playing computer games – lesson = quest) #yam
RT @lcbyoung: RT @soul4real: New blog post: Saying Goodbye to Blackboard Part I http://t.co/2TFWd6N =>good wordpress info too
RT @silverwaver: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted – review http://bit.ly/bLEu1I
RT @gsiemens: what is the most important cognitive bias to be aware of? http://bit.ly/cSvydY
RT @hedwygNL: The famous prezi of @busynessgirl in my #prezi #book :-) http://plixi.com/p/45043472 #fb
RT @hedwygNL: Maria Andersen @busynessgirl in my book with her great prezis and interview :-) http://plixi.com/p/45042669
RT @hedwygNL: :-) RT @MikeDeBock: Splinternieuwe boek “Presenteren met Prezi” van @hedwygNL Bedankt! http://bit.ly/d4pYpj
RT @divbyzero: Judith Grabiner: “The derivative was first used; it was then discovered; it was then explored and developed; and it was f …
RT @davidwees: What is Wolfram Alpha?: These are just some brief notes on the Wolfram Alpha presentation I attended today…. http://bit …
RT @gsiemens: I’m now addicted to http://www.quora.com/ -thx to @sebpaquet
RT @davidwees: Wolfram Alpha for educators: http://www.wolframalpha.com/educators/ #edchat
RT @davidwees: See an example of balancing a chemical equation here: http://bit.ly/d2phCc #scichat #chemistry
RT @davidwees: Wow! You can balance chemical equations using Wolfram Alpha. #scichat
RT @KoreenOlbrish: Congrats! RT @marciamarcia: Proud to announce… A New Book is Born http://j.mp/TNSLborn #newsociallearn
RT @noahWG: Just when you thought xkcd couldn’t get any more effing brilliant, this gem is posted… “Password Reuse”: http://bit.ly/d8738I
RT @MitgutschK: Play our brand new game “Afterland” developed at MIT Gambit – http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/afterland.php
RT @cliveshepherd: Dilbert on social media – http://is.gd/f8SKL / laughed out loud
RT @bduperrin: Selling social software to traditional organization is like selling condoms to priests. No value without new behaviors.
Twitter chat schedule (for all known chats): http://twurl.nl/svj2iy
RT @chrisfinlay: You are crazy if you don’t read Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. http://ow.ly/2D4CG #designthinking …
I used to think I’d stop blogging when I ran out of things to say. I realize now that it is because there’s too much & not enough time.
Create free clickers for on-the-fly questions using generic PollEverywhere questions and a card for response codes. http://is.gd/f7REY
Themed Studies at MCC: http://sites.google.com/site/themedstudies/
For those of you who have asked for more information about Themed Studies at MCC, here’s the link: http://is.gd/f7OGh

RT @mr_blackstone: Powerful article: How Ed Reformers Push the Wrong Theory of Learning — http://bit.ly/a3EzGR
Words of wisdom about teaching math from a student who just taught for the first time: http://is.gd/fhbfx
I have no idea what the source for this cartoon about ancient #math is, but I LOVE it! http://twitpic.com/2ps8lr
RT @rkiker: RT @DeborahMersino: Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom from The New York Times http://nyti.ms/cXGswh #gtchat
We’ve Got the Data, We Need Insight http://is.gd/fgApP from @PeterWinick
RT @mctownsley: “I finally did it. I stopped giving points for homework.” http://bit.ly/9sNKhY #sbar #grading #homework
RT @jryoung: RT @ITJil: How Videogames Train Your Brain http://www.good.is/post/how-videogames-train-your-brain1/ (@GOOD stuff)
RT @republicofmath: #Patterns are the basic building blocks on which #mathematics is formed. http://wp.me/pJESd-wP
RT @mccannt: Horribleness of Blackboard finally put me over the edge. I’m abandoning it for good. Feel like abused spouse who finally left.
Great discussion today at LIFT. Eight faculty showed up for our Friday afternoon chat about Themed Studies: http://twurl.nl/vw0ttm
RT @jimzimlfc: Leave it to the canadians – Love it – Chemistry Ph.D. thesis explained via dance routine http://bit.ly/9z3esj
RT @KoreenOlbrish: “@GETWIGI: Why Do Video Games Still Stereotype Girls/Women? http://bit.ly/9Dc4Pu / great post
To be a futurist in education/learning, you have to go to conferences/events OUTSIDE ed to see what’s coming. Ed events are 5+ years behind.
While some websites are claiming RSS is dead, we in education are still waiting for decent incorporation of RSS into the LMS. Sigh. #irony
RT @nancyrubin: Are you using RSS? – Inside Higher Ed http://t.co/pr3BAmv
RT @WEBfuturetrends: “Future Think” – Review of an Intriguing Book on How to Adapt to Change Part Two http://t.co/v5KCpiO via @wibiya
RT @WEBfuturetrends: Japanese govt released foresight survey – basically futuristic view of a panel of 40 scientists http://t.co/9tKgCyj
RT @RobertTalbert: The calc students who are the most eager to use derivative shortcuts tend to be the ones who are worst at basic algebra.
RT @WorldFutureSoc: Maybe the reason we haven’t had time-traveling visitors from the future is that they prefer to travel ahead, not back.
RT @mrch0mp3rs: Hey @busynessgirl, did you hear about the White House summit on Community Colleges? http://beard.it/9FQnxy
RT @PCSTech: The National STEM Video Game Challenge – http://bit.ly/aTa0aG – #edtech
RT @randyfuj: RT @ricardolucas Should Math Education Be Replaced by Video Games? http://is.gd/fcvPe
RT @sidneyeve: Excellent analysis of “the future of [news] media” in the digital age http://bit.ly/ayRxZQ Thx @Jordan_Press
RT @Wolfram_Alpha: New from @Downloadsquad: Wolfram|Alpha now processing U.S. retail sales data: http://bit.ly/a9TZgl
RT @kylepace: Nice copyright resource for teachers: http://www.thecopyrightsite.org/ #edtech #infoliteracy
RT @randyfuj: How Real Life is Like an MMO http://bit.ly/bbXB3Q via @GadgetExpert @Seriosity
RT @colwar: “10 Rules of Teaching in this Century” (via Campus Technology) http://bit.ly/a05hxm (higher ed focus on curriculum redesign) …
RT @republicofmath: Clique finding #algorithm may prove to be especially useful to #biologists: http://wp.me/pJESd-wl
RT @eLearningGuild: RT @TechZader: University Assigns Freshmen “Personal Librarians” http://bit.ly/9LgIjr
RT @marcparry: Update @wiredcampus: MIT Looks to Make Money Online, But Not With An OpenCourseWare Paywall: http://bit.ly/bKJtVi #highered
RT @colwar: “Learning by Playing” (via NYT) http://nyti.ms/9rBQx7 (designing & playing computer games – lesson = quest) #yam
RT @lcbyoung: RT @soul4real: New blog post: Saying Goodbye to Blackboard Part I http://t.co/2TFWd6N =>good wordpress info too
RT @silverwaver: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted – review http://bit.ly/bLEu1I
RT @gsiemens: what is the most important cognitive bias to be aware of? http://bit.ly/cSvydY
RT @hedwygNL: The famous prezi of @busynessgirl in my #prezi #book :-) http://plixi.com/p/45043472 #fb
RT @hedwygNL: Maria Andersen @busynessgirl in my book with her great prezis and interview :-) http://plixi.com/p/45042669
RT @hedwygNL: :-) RT @MikeDeBock: Splinternieuwe boek “Presenteren met Prezi” van @hedwygNL Bedankt! http://bit.ly/d4pYpj
RT @divbyzero: Judith Grabiner: “The derivative was first used; it was then discovered; it was then explored and developed; and it was f …
RT @davidwees: What is Wolfram Alpha?: These are just some brief notes on the Wolfram Alpha presentation I attended today…. http://bit …
RT @gsiemens: I’m now addicted to http://www.quora.com/ -thx to @sebpaquet
RT @davidwees: Wolfram Alpha for educators: http://www.wolframalpha.com/educators/ #edchat
RT @davidwees: See an example of balancing a chemical equation here: http://bit.ly/d2phCc #scichat #chemistry
RT @davidwees: Wow! You can balance chemical equations using Wolfram Alpha. #scichat
RT @KoreenOlbrish: Congrats! RT @marciamarcia: Proud to announce… A New Book is Born http://j.mp/TNSLborn #newsociallearn
RT @noahWG: Just when you thought xkcd couldn’t get any more effing brilliant, this gem is posted… “Password Reuse”: http://bit.ly/d8738I
RT @MitgutschK: Play our brand new game “Afterland” developed at MIT Gambit – http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/afterland.php
RT @cliveshepherd: Dilbert on social media – http://is.gd/f8SKL / laughed out loud
RT @bduperrin: Selling social software to traditional organization is like selling condoms to priests. No value without new behaviors.
Twitter chat schedule (for all known chats): http://twurl.nl/svj2iy
RT @chrisfinlay: You are crazy if you don’t read Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. http://ow.ly/2D4CG #designthinking …
I used to think I’d stop blogging when I ran out of things to say. I realize now that it is because there’s too much & not enough time.
Create free clickers for on-the-fly questions using generic PollEverywhere questions and a card for response codes. http://is.gd/f7REY
Themed Studies at MCC: http://sites.google.com/site/themedstudies/
For those of you who have asked for more information about Themed Studies at MCC, here’s the link: http://is.gd/f7OGh

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Future-Proof Your Education


Here is my new prezi (designed for students) called Future-Proof Your Education.

How do you prepare for uncertain career paths where technical knowledge doubles every two years? You pay attention to the skills that surround the content: Interact, Flex, Learn, Explain, Analyze, and Focus.

ANALYZE … think critically, interpret data, predict, solve problems, make decisions, scrutinize information sources
EXPLAIN … convey ideas in writing, depict data visually, speak so that others understand, present ideas digitally
FOCUS … observe critically, read with understanding, be self-directed, listen carefully, set and meet goals
EXPLAIN … convey ideas in writing, depict data visually, speak so that others understand, present ideas digitally
LEARN…find information quickly, reflect and evaluate learning, manage information, leverage tech to learn, metacognitive
INTERACT … guide others, lead, collaborate, advocate and influence, resolve conflict and negotiate, share
FLEX … be able to adapt, be creative, innovate, think across disciplines and cultures, design/usability

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I am here.


To understand where, exactly, here is, you’ll just have to go see the rest: What Exactly is a Doctorate?

I have planned 20 hours a week to work on my finishing the dissertation starting in September. I’m guessing I have about 100 hours to go (which doesn’t sound too bad considering I’ve got 425 hours in).  I probably won’t be much fun for a few weeks.

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