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Curation and Kindness

Earlier today, an item in Stephen Downes' OLDaily took me to a Sue Waters post. In her discussion of the importance of curation, Sue observes: Curation is a life skill and an important part of being digitally literate.  Educators need to know how to curate information so they can teach students how they can curate content for research, their interests and passion. As part of this process educators need to encourage students to curate information using techniques that address their own personal learning needs. Her post is a remarkable synthesis of resources. I wondered how much time she had dedicated to researching...

Connecting 131014

Some days it really pays to scroll down a page. This morning I was scanning through my daily Conversation alert and saw news of Rob Brooks' latest post. Rob started his post thus: Hasn’t Malcolm Gladwell had a busy fortnight? His latest book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, shipped on the first of October. And the deluge of reviews washed out a flood of anti-Gladwell bile. He’s an unusually polarising author, Gladwell. And it looks like some of the criticism has stung. Thereafter he synthesised a number of contributions to the Malcolm Gladwell discussions. I really enjoyed the...

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I am fascinated by collective nouns. I like the idea of: a congregation of alligators; a shrewdness of apes; a blush of boys; a rabble of butterflies; a fling of dunlins;  and a convocation of eagles. I do get confused about these nouns, however. Goldfinches charm, hippopotamuses bloat and jays scold. There is a fluther of jellyfish and an exaltation of larks. I am delighted that owls meet in a parliament. I have been wondering whether there is a collective noun for massive open online courses. At present, given the diversity and availability of these courses, perhaps there is a flourishing...

Energy Shared

More and more these days, I am in awe of the energy that people share in their blogging. Two posts this week exemplified this energy. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano wrote about a modern classroom. In this classroom: The learning just oozes through the cracks of the physical classroom walls. Learning is amplified by the amount of people who are collaborating, participating, communicating and creating. The learning is NOT about the technology tools, but what students can DO with them to learn in new ways. The learning is about an authentic tasks, that allows students to contribute in a individualized and personalized manner to...

Sharing Openly and Open About Sharing

I glimpsed a tweet by Richard Byrne this morning: Just sent this to a good friend who had much of her blog's content plagiarized. So Your Content Got Stolen, Now What? http://bit.ly/H79gXu I have a great interest in open access and sharing so followed up on Richard's lead. I discovered an excellent resource on his blog Free Technology for Teachers. Richard's tweet linked to a post from 24 May 2011 that contains some detailed advice. What to do when you see your blog posts being stolen What to do if you want to reuse someone's blog post(s) Richard links to Sue Waters's advice too: How to set...

Social Media Sharing

I have been posting some #worldcup updates to Twitter this week. In passing I have accessed a number of links to social media resources through the serendipity of being online at just the right time. A read of Danny Brown's 52 Cool facts About Social Media started my journey. I delighted in finding these resources to grow my awareness of social media (driven partly by research for a paper on cloud computing and coaching). Aggregations of Social Media Links and Guides Jane Hart shared a great introductory guide to Social Media this week. I am constantly in awe of her awareness of...

Point of Departure: Food for Thought 1.1 (W to S)

I have been away enjoying the Australian summer but I have been thinking about this post for some time. Last year I posted a list of the sites that nourish my thinking about teaching, learning and educational technology. During 2009 I am going to write about these sites as a synthesis of themes and links. I hope to post once a week to capture something of a week's news and discussions. It is my way of responding to and contributing to communities of practice that are growing by sharing (Kim Marshall, Beth Kanter and Richard Byrne are the most...