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Know That You Are Not Alone – Seeing Support That is Already There

Know That You Are Not Alone – Seeing Support That is Already There

“Only 30 more days, I can do it!” My fellow cohort members and I are on the home-stretch for the last official month of our first semester of graduate school and at first I had no idea how I was going to push through it.  First I went with a count down, but I found myself just wanting to rip off every week before it was half-way over.  Being in the home-stretch and having almost all my assignments due within my last four weeks of class, I was freaking out! That is when I began to realize that a few of my assignments were group projects, so I was not completely alone in my freaking out.  Since my group has not even started to write one of our group projects, I started to realize that my cohort members are probably experiencing […]

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Learning Can Be Spontaneous and Unexpected

Learning Can Be Spontaneous and Unexpected

Spontaneous learning recently occurred for one of my resident assistants when she had to deal with a tough situation.  When everyone was freaking out, she remained calmed and handled the situation by calling who she needed to call to get the individuals the help they needed.  While she had been previously trained through mock situations on how different events should be handle, this was her first time handling a real-life situation. After the situation the resident assistant and I had a conversation about how she felt it went and she said that she never would have thought she knew that much.  She said she knew she had learned a lot during the resident assistant training but never would have guessed that she would have been able to implement her learning so well. She unexpectedly learned that she could handled a real life […]

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Education Reform: Feeling Like An Outsider

Education Reform: Feeling Like An Outsider

A couple weeks ago, I attended the inaugural #140edu conference in NYC which brought together several hundred educators for two days to talk about the future of education. Modeled after TED, each person was given roughly 10 minutes to talk about his/her topic. My topic was on leveraging social media to increase student engagement outside the classroom. You can watch my keynote here. After the first day of the conference it was clear that the focus of my talk was different than almost everyone else. While everyone was involved in education some how and had a desire to improve it, almost all the topics involved how to make “in-classroom” learning better, while my focus was on “out-of-classroom” learning. In higher ed this is often an area managed by a Student Affairs department. I’ve attended dozens of education reform/revolution type conferences […]

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The New Mexico State Fight Song: The Long History Of Drinking & College

      Aggies, Oh Aggies The hills send back the cry WWW.TIPPERARYGOLFCLUB.COM/STATS/ We’re here to do or die Aggies, Oh Aggies We’ll win this game or know the reason why And when we win this game We’ll buy a keg of booze And drink it to the Aggies Till we wobble in our shoes A-G-G-I-E-S!   Aggies, Aggies, Go Aggies Aggies, Oh Aggies The hills send back the cry We’re here to do or die Aggies, Oh Aggies We’ll win this game or know the reason why!     Their fight song is based on a popular turn of the century song titled “Oh Didn’t He Ramble.” The lyrics referencing drinking continue to be controversial, but as of yet, remain part of the song. With the recent uproar about Target marketing beer pong as essential college gear, maybe we […]

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Sir Ken Robinson: Masterful Messenger for the Education Revolution [VIDEO]

Sir Ken Robinson is a valuable asset to the education revolution community. Not because he’s trumpeting new ideas, in fact many of his ideas have been around a long time, but it’s in the way he delivers the message. He makes the revolution real, human, personal, and funny. Here’s his latest TED Talk from February 2010:

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Guiding Principles – Part 3

The following is the third part of our assumptions pulled from our “Guiding Principles” Wikipage. Here is Part 1 and Part 2 Assumptions Part 3: These are broad based and not as set as principles. It’s useful to list assumptions, just to be clear on the thought behind the system. Some of these are more controversial than others. Some were controversial when we started and are not anymore. Some we believe whole heartedly. With others we just needed to pick a side. On Research Research and “truth” are great. Trying things is an important first step towards both. We are on that first step. Entrepreneurs can’t do research and market at the same time. We like research and researchers and hope to work with lots of them. Ethics will require transparency, that’s a good thing. On Academia vs. Business We […]

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Guiding Principles – Part 2

The following is the second part of our assumptions pulled from our “Guiding Principles” Wikipage. Here is Part 1 Assumptions Part 2: These are broad based and not as set as principles. It’s useful to list assumptions, just to be clear on the thought behind the system. Some of these are more controversial than others. Some were controversial when we started and are not anymore. Some we believe whole heartedly. With others we just needed to pick a side. On Interface / Web 2.0 Tags are the way to organize things when the things change all the time. (They are flexible, adaptable, surprising, and folksonomy is fun to say.) WWW.INTERNETJURISDICTION.NET/RANKING/2013/ “Works well” is pretty. “Good design is clear thinking made visible.” -Tufte Bottom -> up organization releases some of the incredible power stored at the edges. This is great for […]

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Guiding Principles – Part 1

Our Wikispace reminds me of my over stuffed parents’ attic. Among all the “once cool/relavant but now outdated” stuff are gems that got lost in the noise. In the process of updating a few Wiki pages, I stumbled upon our “Guiding Principles” page and, in rereading, realized it’s well worth exposing to the light once again. Due to the size, I’ll post in three parts so your scrolling finger doesn’t get jammed. Software Principles: Simple. Simple gets used. Students are the primary customers. Schools are secondary. Student desires come before school desires (right up to the simple line). If students don’t use it, the rest is moot. Open standards. Users should be free to roam with their data. APIs instead of build in house. Work in the open. Network = learning and adoption. Adoption trumps secrets. (And secrets aren’t as […]

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Students Helping Students

Kansas State University’s “Students Helping Students” campaign has the potential to be a national theme for peer-to-peer learning. For those who’ve had us on campus working with your student leaders, you should recognize the Blender Events and Flash Mobs throughout the video. Enjoy!  

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The Anyone, Anything, Anytime, Anywhere Education

The Anyone, Anything, Anytime, Anywhere Education

Whether educational institutions like it or not, education is changing and walled gardens are evaporating. New ideas in education are emerging…or, probably better to say, old ideas are finally able to be technologically implemented. Whichever the case, the change is no longer bound by old ideas like nationality, income, time, or location. ANYONE: The One Laptop Per Child Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to: Create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. To date, the non-profit has shipped approximately 1.4 million laptops to the world’s poorest school children in 24 countries such as Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Colombia, and Uruguay. The laptop connects to the internet through a mesh network which provides a cheap but powerful […]

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