Sunday, January 12, 2014

Half a Dozen Quotes from the Drive-thru

Thomas Edison:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Those 10,000 detours resulted in the Dictaphone, mimeograph, stock ticker, storage battery, carbon transmitter and his joint invention of the light bulb. In the end, 10,000 flops fade into insignificance alongside Edison’s 1,093 patents.”
Thomas Edison (Library of Congress)

Eric Rabkin on MOOCS:
To my mind, the point is not to replicate the give-and-take that students and instructors normally share in a campus-based course but to create a context within which participants produce a give-and-take that helps them educate each other . . . . The aim is to crowd-source commentary and evaluation within the context of a genuine community.”

A Sean Jenkins tweet:
“Had a teacher tell me she didn't have time to use Twitter. I told her I don't have time not to use Twitter.”

Sherry Turkle from The Documented Life
“Technology doesn’t just do things for us. It does things to us, changing not just what we do but who we are. The selfie makes us accustomed to putting ourselves and those around us “on pause” in order to document our lives. It is an extension of how we have learned to put our conversations “on pause” when we send or receive a text, an image, an email, a call. When you get accustomed to a life of stops and starts, you get less accustomed to reflecting on where you are and what you are thinking.”

“Peter Drucker
"The best way to predict the future is to create it.” 

Sam Gliksman -- excerpt from iPad in Education for Dummies
Students traditionally produced a product for an audience of one: their teacher. Thanks to the Internet and the power of social networking, those digital stories can now be shared worldwide in an instant. Producers of a digital story today can communicate with people and communities anywhere around the globe through the power of a device — such as an iPad — that they hold in their hands.”


Anonymous said...

Great article. Particularly interesting about the MOOCs. StudyLink did a similar write up about them. Favourite article by them has to be this though:

Lewis said...

StudyLink did a great write up of a MOOC. I think it's something that may well be the 'MP3' of the education world (IE the industry will deny it, rather than embrace it).

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