Texas State Board of Education Travesty

March 13, 2010

On March 5, 2010, a great travesty occurred in the State of Texas. A radical, right-wing faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded in replacing fact with fiction in the state’s official curriculum that dictates how the children of that state will be taught. The new curriculum directives touch upon a wide array [...]

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Facebook Makes Learning Names Easier

November 28, 2009

One of the skills that benefits everyone in terms of networking and productivity is learning people’s names. Once you are introduced to someone, it’s amazing how impressive it is to others when you remember their name the next time you see them. Of course, this is not new information. Many years ago my father gave [...]

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University of iTunes/YouTube

October 16, 2009

Anytime I run across another avenue for self education, I get excited. Today, on cnn.com, I ran across this article that once again got me excited. Universities are increasingly making lectures and other instructional audio and video podcasts available through iTunes, YouTube and other online venues. Much of the time this content is free. Admittedly, [...]

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Answers From The Virtual Collective

September 26, 2009

Sometimes there’s a question that’s not easily answered by the usual reference sources. When that happens, it’s often best to find someone who has the information to answer your question. But how do you do that? A new site, Fluther.com (rhymes with “mother”), can help. The focus of the site is to provide you a [...]

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More Learning Strategies

July 28, 2009

What’s the best way to learn something? The answer is that it’s the way that works best for you. And that is the foundation upon which intelligent and successful self education is built. Learning must be tailored to your learning style and other personal preferences. Below are some ways you can gather and analyze information, [...]

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Wide Awake Minds

July 22, 2009

When I run across a great blog or website about self education, I want to share that news with everyone. I’ve run across such a site recently and it’s Wide Awake Minds. The site is the work of Ryan McCarl, a writer and graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Education. As his [...]

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The Rise of Meritocracy

June 20, 2009

Meritocracy is on the rise, especially in the business world where degrees and certifications have often replaced sound judgment about hiring and performance when assessing someone’s abilities and knowledge. In other words, those who actually demonstrate what they know and what they can do will rise farther than those relying on past educational credentials for [...]

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Self Education Skills

June 12, 2009

To pursue a life of self education requires the fostering of certain skills? What are those skills? I’m sure everyone will have a different opinion, but here are what I consider the essential skills for self educators. Why identify these skills? Because they are the foundation to any learning, self directed or not. Needs Analysis. [...]

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Learning and New Media

June 9, 2009

Today I took a great New Media Made Easy workshop from David Perry & Associates here in San Francisco. (Their next workshop is being held August 18, 2009.) I learned a lot. One of the things I realized during the workshop is that new media is going to be (and already is for many) a [...]

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Learning Strategies

June 3, 2009

What’s the best way to learn something? The answer is that it’s the way that works best for you. And that is the foundation upon which intelligent and successful self education is built. Learning must be tailored to your learning style and other personal preferences. Over time I’ll present here a number of ways you [...]

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Embrace Your Uniqueness and Learn Your Way

May 31, 2009

The pressure to conform is all around us. Our friends, families, employers, schools, religions, governments and organizations all take part in this pressure. Sometimes their participation isn’t conscious or intentional, but it’s pressure nonetheless and succumbing to that pressure is a guaranteed pathway to unhappiness. Remember this, always, you are unique! There is no one [...]

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Open-Source Learning – Empowering Self Educators

May 25, 2009

I believe the world is moving towards open-source learning and education. The days of highly proprietary learning materials are coming to an end and being replaced by materials available to a wide audience, often for free or at a much lower cost than before. Richard Baraniuk, a Rice University professor, gave an excellent talk at [...]

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