New techniques and technologies are born monthly and it takes two years to get a new class through. Major new forms of media arise in less time than it takes to get a PhD. I doubt academia will handle the digital age well. It still… Continue reading →
How to run a good workshop. Very useful tips from Scott Berkun.
First, the people running the old system don’t notice the change. When they do, they assume it’s minor. Then that it’s a niche. Then a fad. And by the time they understand that the world has actually changed, they’ve squandered most of the time they… Continue reading →
Let’s put it this way: if you can build a $100 billion company by using the Internet to replace the college yearbook — imagine what you can do if you use the Internet to replace college. Robert Tracinski — Bigger Than Facebook
Elizabeth Eisenstein, our leading Gutenberg scholar, says that after the press, people no longer needed to use rhyme as a tool to memorize recipes and other such information. Instead, we now relied on text printed on paper. I have no doubt that curmudgeons at the… Continue reading →
Idea: make learning best practices, coding standards, etc. more engaging by converting standard documentation into interactive quizzes and games. This would also provide feedback to the instructor on which topics were understood and which need reinforcement. We could use this as a part of the onramp process for new Code Poets to reduce the number of basic issues (like validation vs. sanitization vs. escaping) we’re currently communicating over and over.
Cultural artifact: Tonight’s class homework is to go register an account with Khan Academy and add your teacher as a coach. But what if they want a different coach? Easily done.
Thirty-seven percent of children between Kindergarten and Year 2 have their own mobile (of some sort), with one fifth having access to a smartphone. By Year 8, that figure has risen to eighty-five percent, with fully one-third using smartphones. [...] The next years are an… Continue reading →
The case against college. This is the sound of a huge falling tree.