Despite the fact that trees reproduce, transform energy, absorb water and nutrients, and communicate via chemical signals, humans tend to overlook them as interesting or important subjects for wonder or instruction.
I've been meaning to put together some links on this topic for a while. I've mentioned Merlin Mann's 43Folders site in passing before, but for those of you new to, or curious about, GTD as a approach to personal productivity, here are a few sites of interest.
Instead of the piece of paper on the wall that says you are an expert, you will have an array of products and experiences, reflections and conversations that show your expertise, show what you know, make it transparent. It will be comprised of a body of work and a network of learners that you will continually turn to over time, that will evolve as you evolve, and will capture your most important learning.
Food for thought, certainly. Steve Olson helps stimulate further discussion on this (and other) issues with his 10 Things I Wish I Had Never Believed post. Go check it out.
From Chris' Parking Lot blog:
I think first of all that there is a false dichotomy between talk and action. To be more precise I should say that there is a symbiotic relationship between talk and action. We can act any way we choose, and that is just fine, but when we want to take action that is wise, we need to be in conversation with others. We may also be in conversation with context as well, which looks like a literature review, a market study, an environmental scan and so on. Regardless, wisdom follows from being with the insights of others. Wise action is what we do after we have talked well together.
George Siemens presents an informative overview (as a PowerPoint presentation and audio commentary) of the use of Web 2.0 technologies in schools and universities. He also comments that social networking tools can help organizations become more "self-aware"; at least, when not hindered by restrictive business practices. An "8-week workshop" on the uses of Web 2.0 technologies can be found here.
is built on tag feeds from YouTube for videos, Flickr for photos, the New York Times AND the Sudan Tribune for news, del.icio.us for what people are bookmarking, and Google Blogsearch for, well, blogs. What you get is a dynamic, constantly updated page of content about what’s happening in that part of the world and what’s happening in other parts of the world in response.
among other things a grade tracker, message board, to do list, and contact list. Again, since the student has the ability to keep these portals private, there are all sorts of ways that we can start introducing RSS and content management types of skills.
Yoko Ono's letter to John Lennon today, the 27th anniversary of his shooting death in New York City.
December 8, 2007
Some thoughts on teaching, learning, and the process of communication. Posts on these pages are collected under the following categories:
Ambience: a grab-bag of words, sounds, and pictures.
Projects: completed works and works-in-progress.
School: items of educational interest.