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Fall Tour Coming to a Close

As with most college/high school speakers, Fall (Aug – Nov) is our busiest time. Since July, Kevin and I have been on the road 70 out of 92 days, sometimes with both of us speaking at different places at the same time. line of cedit Sounds like a lot, however in terms of speakers on this market, most are willing to work their tail off for the Fall because they know from Nov to Feb is basically vacation time. However for us, the hard work is just starting. If we just spoke it would be great, but instead we are working to build an ongoing relationship with campuses to work with them year round. It’s what differentiates us from other speakers, and it’s what’s not going to allow us to have a nice long vacation.

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Too Many Risks?

We talk, in our curriculum, about taking risks.  Specifically we talk about moving past fear – and looking at situations from the question of “How can I have fun?” Embrace risk. 100 payday loans reviews We’ve decided on a couple of large risks at Swift Kick.  I’m concerned at the moment that we might have taken on too many.  Each one of these risks represents a substantial cost, with an unknown return.  We are not in this for the money, but we need some money to survive. The first risk is with the technology.  We are spending a lot of money to build a technology platform capable of surveying, segmenting and delivering content.  We do not have a clear plan for how this system will bring in any revenue – to say nothing of breaking even.  The challenges here are […]

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Ken Robinson: School Kills Creativity [VIDEO]

Sir Ken Robinson is an influential advocate for the importance of creativity in education. He makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for overhauling our education system. [Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA]

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Skepticism about intentions from advisors

I just got off the phone with Richel P from Penn State.  We worked with her on the PA Leadership conference back on Aug 16th.  She was also at the Orlando APCA conference.  She is talking about bringing us out for an Advisor only program in December.  I was asking her for feedback on the Orlando program and she was wonderfully honest.  She said lots of people, including herself, were skeptical.  They were skeptical that we were collecting student and advisor e-mails to help them learn.  They are worried we just want to sell them something.  Even if our intentions are honest, they worry that what we are talking about will just increase the students’ workload instead of making their lives better / more fun / efficient. It’s exciting to get the challenge so clearly.  To the first point of […]

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If Teachers Talked Six Minutes Less Per Lesson…

Ruhl, K. L., Hughes, C. A., & Schloss, P. J. (1987, Winter). Using the pause procedure to enhance lecture recall. Teacher Education and Special Education, 14-18. In this study an instructor paused for two minutes on three occasions during each of five lectures: the intervals ranged from 12 to 18 minutes. During the pauses, while students worked in pairs to discuss and rework their notes, no interaction occurred between instructor and students. At the end of each lecture, students were given three minutes to write down everything they could remember from the lecture (free recall); 12 days after the last lecture, the students were also given a 65 item multiple-choice test to measure long-term retention. A control group received the same lectures (using the same anecdotes and visual aids) and was similarly tested. In two separate courses repeated over two […]

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Contact Database

Contact Database

Picture 1 Originally uploaded by K Prentiss. Not bad for our very first year.  This is the beginning of the laboratory.  Now we work, to segment – Who is where?  Who is interested?  How can we help facilitate X + 1 for them?    Of course we still need to work out who’s actually interested and who is just hanging out . . .  all in good time!

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Student Thoughts after the Harrisburg Program

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