Technology is a Tool, NOT a Learning Outcome…

I teach technology and in my classes technology IS a learning outcome..but I agree that the right hand list is the ultimate goal…

Technology is a Tool

Technology is a Tool by William M Ferriter

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Các khóa học đại trà trực tuyến mở MOOC – Nguyễn Ngọc Tuấn

More information on MOOCs in Vietnamese…

Học Thế Nào

Học Thế Nào: Sự phát triển của công nghệ đã và đang làm thay đổi các mô hình đào tạo và ảnh hưởng đến chiến lược của các tổ chức giáo dục. Bài viết Giáo dục đẳng cấp thế giới – Salman Khan đã giới thiệu trang mạng khanacademy.org là một trang mạng giáo dục cung cấp các bài giảng miễn phí trên Internet với nhiều chủ đề khác nhau. Hôm nay, Học Thế Nào xin giới thiệu một mô hình đang được nhiều trường ĐH hàng đầu trên thế giới áp dụng: mô hình MOOC.

MOOC là gì?

Khoá học đại trà trực tuyến mở (Massive Open Online Course – MOOC) được tiên phong bởi các GS trường ĐH Stanford, và như tên gọi của nó, là một khoá học trực tuyến (online) nhắm tới số lượng lớn người tham gia trên phạm vi rộng lớn (massive)…

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Where can I find you online?


Portfolio

I was looking for images for a portfolio piece yesterday and I found this 2010 cartoon… While in 2010 employers may not have been looking for your online presence, in Internet time a lot can change in three years. And it has…Now, it’s just as likely that the first question our students get asked by potential employers is “Where can I find you on line?” …”Is your portfolio public?” …usually, while they are pulling out their Galaxy.

Today, job candidates don’t have to say “Google me”. They can assume the employer has already done that. What the candidate needs to do is make sure that search returns a professional profile and a credible portfolio of skills, contributions, and collaborations.

Nothing underlines this more than the news from Google last month that they will no longer consider transcripts or GPA scores for hiring…

One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless—no correlation at all except for brand-new college grads, where there’s a slight correlation. Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and G.P.A.’s and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t predict anything.

Seems Google has decided that “academic environments are artificial environments”. According to Laszlo Bock, a senior vice president at Google,

[Y]our ability to perform at Google is completely unrelated to how you performed when you were in school, because the skills you required in college are very different.

Google isn’t interested in hiring people who can find the correct answer when one exists. They are interested in hiring “…people who like figuring out stuff where there is no obvious answer” .

Welcome to the 21st Century new grads! It’s a Google world out there…

Finding Buddha

DSCF5068I’ve been in Vietnam for just over two months now…I’m still enjoying the food, the people, and the heat (which has pretty much held to the mid 30s since I’ve been here). I am really  tired of the traffic but, since it’s not going anywhere any time soon,  I’ll just continue to cross my fingers and cross the street.

You can’t imagine how wonderful it is to get out of the city and hike in the mountains every Saturday. On our last two hikes we happened upon Buddhist temples…Or is it pagodas? There is a distinction…I’ll have to do some research. “Happen upon” may not be the correct term for the Maitreya Buddha  we visited yesterday as it sits on top Phat Tich Mountain,  is 27m tall, and weighs 3,000 tons. It is one of the largest stone statues in Southeast Asia. Seen at a distance, it’s pretty impressive…Up close, after a 5K hike up the mountain, it’s spectacular. 

Wikipedia has a page that lists 50 Buddhist temples in the city of Hanoi. Many of these are ancient treasures that the city has built up around and obscured. Looking at the locations, I see that over a dozen of them are within walking distance of my apartment. Probably worth braving the traffic to visit a few of them…Buddha help me!

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