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Living Versus Imagining 

What if one of the make-or-break achievements in life is learning how to grapple with the following challenge: Live in the present, but imagine in the future. What if that is much easier said than done? What does it take to really imagine in the future? How does one really assess the "present"? What if the desire …

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Notes on “Augmenting Education” 

VR gear at a Facebook event in 2015 I have a recurring vision of a dilapidated 19th century classroom full of children with VR goggles strapped to their heads. It’s worth considering why this could be both a nightmarish vision and a reasonable, near-term goal for anyone who cares about public education... Here is a …

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Skeptically Optimistic 

The hat. The slogan is deeply judgmental yet optimistic: "Make America Great Again." Until now, a week away from the inauguration, I've mostly turned a blind eye to it. But there it is, now firmly lodged in our collective imagination. There is some truth in it. K-12 education education in America isn't "great." But it never …

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Will Educators Own the Future? 

Likely not. I just finished reading Jaron Lanier's 'Who Owns the Future?'—about a year after the rest of the world, it turns out—and I'm not optimistic. It was an excellent read, especially due to Lanier's broad experience with technologies and his interest in economics. He offers educators a lot to think about, such as: …

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Changing Teaching with Learning.com 

"You are innovators" is the message to the teachers at Learning.com's second annual professional development workshop in Portland, Oregon. I'm attending the workshop to learn more about their really interesting new software, Sky. I'm also interested to learn if their message to teachers is accurate, a wishful prediction, a hyperbolic marketing strategy, or something else. Working alongside teachers …

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Can (and should) generalists lead experts? 

When does one decide to become a generalist? When did I? Seth Godin insists that "art" should play a central role in the workplace. In Linchpin, he argues that seeing work as art is not only good, but imperative. I believe, however, that Godin would be better off calling his linchpin a generalist rather than …

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The new low cost of exchanging knowledge 

David Dean, founder of Yamisee, gave a great talk about this new, e-learning tool at a EdLab today: Yamisee is a live online learning platform that creates an entirely new marketplace for teachers and subject matter experts to share their knowledge. Much in the way eBay connects buyers with sellers, Yamisee connects independent experts with …

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Publishers as purveyors of education 

In Post-Medium Publishing, Paul Graham makes the very elegant point that people have never paid for content. He explores this point from a few directions, pointing the way toward a future with low-cost distribution and high-quality "events." Publishers of all types, from news to music, are unhappy that consumers won't pay for content anymore. At …

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A generic box is the college of the future 

Acording to this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, new campus is being built to spec in Chaska, Minnesota – that is, they are building it without knowing who the tenant will be, with the intention of leasing/renting space to a variety of schools. Is this what the college of the future looks like? Perhaps. …

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Sociable media development with MIT 

MIT's Sociable Media Group looks like an interesting bunch of people. I like the Webbed Footnotes project, where one can "annotate web pages with comments and can read and reply to the annotations left by others." I think the existence of groups just like this one suggest a course of action for EdLab's software development …

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