Thomas Friedman on a serious effort to use the internet to allow voters to work around our two dysfunctional major parties: "Write it down: Americans Elect. What Amazon.com did to books, what the blogosphere did to newspapers, what the iPod did to music, what drugstore.com did to pharmacies, Americans Elect plans to do to the two-party duopoly that has dominated American political life — remove the barriers to real competition, flatten the incumbents and let the people in. Watch out."
Sir Ken once again uses wit and intelligence to explain why our educational system is not working and how to fix it! Please take note of the need to invest in teachers, how children are suffering from a condition called childhood (not ADHD), how alternative education programs get it right, and why testing should not be the main focus of education. Bring back creativity, inspiration, diversity, expansive curriculums and more because our teachers and students are dying on the vine! I speak as an education professional who predicted all the failings of the testing movement which have come to pass including the horrendous drop-out rate and the bored minds of our students! Sir Ken gets it right! This should be mandatory viewing for everyone from legislators who think they know best about education, to administrators who think they must control schools, to parents who don't understand the underlying issues, and to teachers, who are tired of being deprofessionalized!
TED Talks Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
Begging for communication. Can I just say... I hate to beg. Does anyone really like to beg someone for communications? Probably not, but it is becoming a real pet peeve with me. Several business peopl...
I wake up, reach for my phone and check Facebook then news and weather. FYI, Facebook is my family and friends connection, nothing to do with work. I haven't had coffee yet I am not ready for work.
Immediately after coffee I check my Twitter stream. Twitter is all work and news. Any friends and relatives on Twitter are in my stream for collaborative work reasons. Then I read email and postings in my online courses. No G+ anywhere in that daily routine.
Clearly G+ is not part of my day yet... Am I not trying hard enough to see the advantages and why everyone is drooling? Do I not have the right people in my stream yet. Twitter and I took a long time to become life partners mostly because I wasn't following the right people. When the stream developed it became a compelling and interesting part of my day.
Having an app for my phone definitely will make it easier to make G+ part of my day. I have my phone in my hand much more often than my laptop on my lap. Before it became Appleized (candidate for our Nottaword wiki Lisa? And why can't I make that a direct link?) and available on my phone I was much less likely to be on Google+.
So friends, followers, and acquaintances... Help me out. How and why is G+ important to you? Maybe I am just trying too hard to like it, or maybe I am missing a big Aha moment!