Monthly Archives: November 2013

Growing up Digital

John S. Dykes Illustration, Inc, (Image taken from the original web page)

Editor’s Note: The content and technology are continually changing. This article reminds us that learners are also changing. For the past decade, faculty who won awards for teaching expressed concern that they could no longer hold the attention of their students. John Seely Brown, Chief Scientist at Xerox and director of its Palo Alto Research Center, hired 15 year olds to design future work environments and learning environments. He observed that the students did not conform to the traditional image of learners as permissive sponges. It requires us to rethink and redesign education for the Digital Age.

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Education is different from schooling

Students are not objects to act on rather they are subjects to relate with. So educators shall act with learners not upon them .

Educere is the process of drawing out the learning. Encouraging and giving time to discover. Dewey said it is a process of living not to prepare for living. A process of inviting truth and possibilities. Pestalozzi said education is rooted in human nature. It is a matter of head, hand and heart. It is a commitment we make with our selves. A way to honor our very nature, that is, to reason. That is what we do in order to be differentiated from other species. So following the greeks, reasoning is what we have to do at our best. That is our commitment with life

We need to find identity, meaning and purpose. That could be found through education.

Pedagogy: From greek. Paidagogos: Slaves who escort child to school and look for them afterwards. I would say that it has a weird connotation regarding the idea of a slave doing this job.
Paidos: Child agogo: leader agein: to lead
Greek -agōgos, -ē, -on,  akin to ágein  to lead, cognate with Latin agere:  to lead, drive, Old Norse aka  to carry, convey

Santa Fe Institute’s new free online courses in complex systems

On complexity…Santa Fe Institute


Beginning February 4, the Santa Fe Institute will offer a series of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in complex systems science.  The first course, “Introduction to Complexity,” will be an accessible introduction to the field, with no pre-requisites and no course fees. It is free and open to anyone.


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Mind Map on Complexity


Complexity Online course in Santa Fe Institute

The power of network

The Web Literacy Standard from Mozilla

Read it from Mozilla Webmaker or from the MozillaWiki

The End of Education

Read from the Design Mind Blog 

(Image from the Design Mind Blog)

Karl Popper

The idea of PLE as an ecological niche –> Reading 

Mind Map made by Sven Sönnichsen

Day 1 – Summary

Illustrative example of the use of Collaborative Tool Kit and HCD

Design Positive Change


Duration: 2 hours
Materials: Poster boards, sharpies, post-its, idea journals, and a excited team of designers.

Our design team – Erica, Sydney and I – met to kick start our design project on 10/11/13 at 5pm. Our first design session was at Erica’s new place in Berkeley (thanks, Erica)!

Look at us smiling:

Our goals

  • Get to know each other
  • Go over the design project and the design process
  • Define the problem we want to tackle

Setting the stage


Before we started our design project, we explored our shared assumptions and values to understand where we’re all coming from as we get together to collaborate. These were the questions we asked:

  1. What does the word “design” mean to you?
  2. What do you think “good design” is?
  3. What do you personally hope to get out of doing the design project?
  4. What would you define as “success” for the…

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