Class discussion (per each source)
#1 – Shows how learning would be like at school and work in the (near) future.
#2 – His book, the world is flat is one of the most popular sources people use to support globalization. See which ‘flatteners’ Friedman says as driving globalization. If you are keen on social justice and sustainable economic development, you will find Cambridge prof. Chang’s work, entitled Bad Samaritans and his other work to be fascinating. He is not a capitalism skeptic.
#3 – His book Growing up digital captures core characteristics of digital youth very well, and discusses implications for organizations (hiring, career, development, etc.). Together, #1~3 gives both – positive and critical aspects of technology, innovation, and globalization. Infographics and data can be very useful for understanding any abstract but important phenomenon, such as global development (by Hans Rosling, 20 min TED talk).
#4 – Interested in leveraging social media for good causes? Based on a Stanford course on using social media, book includes many great cases as well as a model/framework for effectively planning/analyzing, designing, and implementing social media projects.
#5 – Creating and leading a ‘great’ learning system is not easy, it involves visionary leaders, students, effective processes and support. Revisiting cases from Finland and Singapore from W2 will be very helpful seeing exemplary cases for Ken’s talk.
- A day made of glass (by Corning, 6 min)
- Thomas L. Friedman’s 2005 talk “The World is Flat 3.0” (Listen from 5:57 to 1:04:47)
- Growing up digital: How the Net Generation is Changing the World by Don Tapscott (45 min) (If further interested, also watch his 2012 TED talk: 4 principles of the open world, 17 min)
- Dragonfly effect (changing the world using social media) – (from Stanford Social Innovation Review)
- Lastly, to make education right, it should be on teaching and learning, not on standardized tests or STEM only. Key Robinson is one of the most popular TED presenters. If you plan to create a holistic and systematic learning system, try applying his principles. Watch How to Escape Education’s Death Valley (TED Talk, 15 min) and also Do School kills creativity? (15 min). How YouTube is driving innovation (Chris Anderson, TED talk, 18 min) can be one example of educational innovations.
Further resources – * Each source can take a while to read/review. You can skim each briefly, then devote more time later to peruse for particular interests.
- Jonathan Bergmann’s and Aaron Sams’ Educational Vodcasting – Their video screen casting has evolved to a pedagogy called Flipped Classroom (2 min video)
- Horizon Report, a collaboration between The New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative. 2013’s key focus from NMC is big data in education. A short video about 6 trends in higher ed is worth watching.
- KnowledgeWorks Foundation 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning. The World of Learning Resources menu has several short clips that capture educational/learning trends. They also added forecast for learning in 2025.
- 7 Things You Should Know About series from Educause
Exemplary projects and initiatives – Last week, when we talked about learning 2.0, many said participating in and utilizing (online professional) communities as the best way to leverage learning 2.0. You can click open each of the following, spend no more than a minute or two, can join selectively to spend more time later.
- Beyond Borders– if looking for education-oriented virtual communities around the world
- Kiva (empowering the world with $25 micro loan)
- The Open Source Teaching Project
- California Open Source Textbook Project, CK12 FlexBooks, Connexions – digital, open source book initiatives
- Academic Earth (from Rice Univ), MITOpenCourseWare, Open Learning Initiative (from Carnegi Mellon), Stanford on iTunesU, Open.Michigan. and of course, the famous Coursera (free courses from a consortium of leading universities). Also check Udacity.
- Google Scholar, DigitalCommons@UConn, DASH, eScholarship
- OER Commons (if needing to design/develop a new college level course, the first place to check – often, all weekly contents/assignments are shared), Creative Commons (every educator must know about Creative Commons, which is to share contents and handle copyright easier), Wikimedia Commons, Europeana, Open Culture, TED: Ideas worth spreading
- University of the People, Peer 2 Peer University, Think Global School
- Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is one of the latest hot buzz in education. Sites like MOOC list and Class Central aggregate MOOC schedule.