Monthly Archives: August 2011

Learning to Manage Education – Business experience applied

Washington Post article discusses number of school districts sending employees to Disney University to learn how to motivate staff.  Other systems engage businesses in an advisory fashion.  Bottom line – the fundamentals of sound management can work within an educational context – provided adjustments are made to fit the context.

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Science and the People Who Practice Science

A story  about how Lawrence Krauss found that explaining Richard Feynman’s life and work via Feynman’s papers was an elegant way to explain the quantum physics which Feynman advanced.   Perhaps we should teach science by giving students the personal and historical context along with the science that was discovered.  Hmmm… physics as history, literature, philosophy (back to natural philosophy!)

Alton Brown taught science via his show, Good Eats.  He is now working on an e-book – betcha it is an interactive e-book — wouldn’t that be a great model for textbooks – dynamic updates, multi-media, allow reader to easily connect to the internet for more Q&A…

Krauss’ new book – Quantum Man – Richard Feynman’s Life in Science.

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Measuring Higher Ed Performance

The next wave of high ed transformation (previous wave involved public defunding).  Texas has some good ideas.  The highlights of their proposal to improve performance (along with metrics).  Metrics proposed seem to be fixed to task completion, goal attainment.

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Great Questions – Living, Governing and The Internet

Eric Schmidt gave the MacTaggart Lecture at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival — full transcript here — some takeaways —

Of course, while I’m optimistic that computer science and the Internet are forces for good, I’m not naive.  As JFK put it, “I’m an idealist without illusions”.  There are many challenges we’re still grappling to address.  For instance: how do we make the world more open while still respecting privacy? How do we empower people without provoking anarchy? How do we ensure technology enriches rather than devalues relationships and culture?

These are important questions, but they aren’t new.  When the printing press was developed in the 15th century, some worried about information overload.  Critics of the telephone fretted about private conversations being overheard.  When radio was introduced, concerns were raised about it distracting children from reading.

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Parking this

These two exercises look good — probably a great way to lose weight while writing…


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