Alec’s links (first edition)

October 1, 2010 at 9:05 am 2 comments

First off, this is the smartest piece of writing I’ve seen in a long time: The Potlatch blog examines the Big Society in terms of the distinction ‘between people who think we are inspired to engage with one another out of excitement, and those who think we are bound together by obligation.’ Just read it, and I reckon that if your thinking isn’t transformed by it, you aren’t reading carefully enough.

Next up, the internet’s most famous maths teacher, Dan Meyer, explains ‘pseudocontext’ and invites readers to send in their own examples the phenomenon. The replies have started coming in, and they’re pretty fantastic.

Next, on TED, Clay Shirky proposes that the world’s population has about a trillion hours of spare time that could be put towards massive online collaboration to create civic value – it’s particularly interesting to think about in the context of education.

And finally, an excellent video in which a smart guy in a dorm room explains how the needs of education have shifted in the digital age. Key quote: ‘Throughout human history, there has been a constant trend: the value of information has gone… down’.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jon Harvey  |  October 1, 2010 at 10:05 am

    The link to ‘Potlatch blog examines the Big Society ‘ does not appear to work. I would like to read it carefully!

    Reply
  • 2. alecpatton  |  October 1, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for the heads-up, Jon! Should work properly now.

    Reply

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