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Presentation Excellence -- How To Guide

Every one of us has a natural presenter type, and there are six of them: Storyteller, Counselor, Coach, Teacher, Producer, Inventor. If you can understand yo...

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Some good insights shared here on the best options to employ when presenting. An amateur, it is said, when asked to speak, first thinks about what will be said, while a professional asks, "Who is my audience?".

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 7, 2014 1:30 PM

Today it's all about presentation skills! Here's a terrific SlideShare program that focuses less on slide layout, and zeroes in on all the strategic thinking you need to do BEFORE you even get to a slide.


Most people miss this. They have a presentation to give, gather some information, and then leap into PowerPoint. The result? Usually a boring presentation.


The advice here is all about the audience, the why, and the message. Starting from these points will result in a way better presentation. And of course, strategically telling stories in your presentation is a sure winner.


Take the advice here to heart and game on!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Guillermo Pérez's curator insight, April 8, 2014 11:43 PM

Claves importantes para hablar y exponer en público.

Johani Karonen's curator insight, April 9, 2014 3:20 AM

Excellence through some self analysis and good advice!

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Could Coyne Testify to the Fact?

Could Coyne Testify to the Fact? | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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In our work within education in South Africa, we've always encouraged serious research and investigation as the basis for making prudent choices. In fact, we always encourage principals, teachers and leaders of learning organizations to work hard at creating opportunities for students to think for themselves and draw conclusions based on evidence and not hearsay.


It is, therefore, sad to see that, by this world's standards, highly educated men like Coyne, Harris, Pinker and Dawkins do not walk alongside us to bring attention to the value of testimony or testimonial witness as acceptable scientific evidence for the credibility of a claim.


These men would be the first to cry 'injustice' if a jury's acceptance of  a verbal or written lie as the truth lead to a verdict that would find the innocent guilty. Yet, they are so resistant to accept a community of faith's basis of belief premised on reliable testimony. Any written claim in an historical document can be measured using, what the smart people call, basic principles of historiography. This is as scientific as it can get, yet it is completely ignored in Mr Coyne's work, supposedly  based on "reason and empirical study".


Coyne's work is therefore based on a limited view of evidence - a view where there is no place for reliable testimony. It is no wonder that his conclusions lead to a limited view of the important decisions about the world we live in and that he is actually part of a bigger harm: stunting comprehensive research in the name of scientific rigour.

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Ever heard of a noise diet?

Ever heard of a noise diet? | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
A growing number of experts believe loud modern life is making us ill and we should go on a 'noise diet'. We know that excessive noise puts hearing at risk but it can also affect our health.
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I am currently sharing in an exciting series of dialogues with leaders who are serious about being a voice in education - not just a noise


It seems though that avoiding noise is valuable even for the body.

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First School with 100% Mobile Saturation is Kwavulindlebe Primary School for the Deaf.

First School with 100% Mobile Saturation is Kwavulindlebe Primary School for the Deaf. | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it

Kwavulindlebe Primary School is now the first school in the country that has 100% Mobile Phone saturation after the generous donation of the Mobile devices for learning at the school for deaf in Chatsworth, DURBAN.

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The far-reaching possibilities of mobile phones for learning are seen right here and right now - within Deaf Education.

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Three men walk into a bar, a Swede, a Scot and a South African.

Three men walk into a bar, a Swede, a Scot and a South African. | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Using military technology and a zero-emission engine invented by a 19th-century Scot, Swedish firm seeks to revolutionise solar energy production
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Fascinating what the desert can bring when ingenuity and innovation collide with timeless ideas. Don't have to trot through the desert on a horse with no name.

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Good Country Index - Overall Rankings — The Good Country Index

Good Country Index - Overall Rankings — The Good Country Index | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
The Good Country Index is pretty simple: a measure of what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity
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A fascinating antithesis to the "Happy Index", this paradigm pits doing good against being happy.

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Underground Library: Thousands of books donated

Underground Library: Thousands of books donated | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
There's been an overwhelming response since the Mail & Guardian put out a call for South Africans to donate a book to the cause.
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Excitement about the Underground Library - love the views on what South African young people, including Alexandra Fry, wants others to know about the country - see clip position 01:10.

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How To Beautifully Visualize M&E Results in Microsoft Excel | ICT Works

How To Beautifully Visualize M&E Results in Microsoft Excel | ICT Works | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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Sometimes you are closer to powerful presentation tools than you think. This is an example of that. However, "elbow grease and creativity" are still needed.

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The Compelling Power of Storytelling in Business | Docstoc

The Compelling Power of Storytelling in Business | Docstoc | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it

By ascribing a story to your company, you provide an illustrated example of how, why and what you do, while assigning an emotional weight to your company’s journey. The result is the creation of a brand. How can you harness that emotional response to better communicate your company’s mission and overall goals? Let’s examine some of the tenets of storytelling for business and how they can be applied to your organization."


Read the full article to find out more about these elements of a brand story and where companies can typically find them:

  • Inciting incident
  • Rising action
  • Turning point (climax)
  • Falling action
  • Denouement

Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
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Nothing new with the "uberskill"

Nothing new with the "uberskill" | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Creative problem-solvers have an important skill computers and robots can't easily mimic.
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Way back in the early 70s Mortimer Jerome Adler's How to Read a Book identified "syntopical reading" as the highest form of reading as it demanded a skill similar to "conceptualization" identified in this article.


The point is, reading syntopically is key to an individual's meaningful impact in this world - not just making it in the middle-class as this article suggests.

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▶ Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it - YouTube

Share your videos with friends, family, and the world
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A powerful ray of hope for Africa - Fred Swaniker oozes with an explosive enthusiasm and sound knowledge that provide some systematic practical solutions for developing leaders.

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Swedish School Now Has A Mandatory Minecraft Class - Edudemic

Swedish School Now Has A Mandatory Minecraft Class - Edudemic | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
All 13-year-old students must now take a manadatory Minecraft course at the Viktor Rydberg school in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Rocking our views of learning...

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When Assessment loses its true value, the doors for short-sighted solutions for learning needs are opened wide

When Assessment loses its true value, the doors for short-sighted solutions for learning needs are opened wide | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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The true reasons for testing a student's knowledge, skills and understanding are often lost in the mire of mixed-up priorities.


Not unique to South Africa, but damaging nevertheless, this story illustrates not only the confusion around assessment,, but it points toward another reason why true reform in South African education will be unnecessarily delayed.


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Experience the power of a bookbook™ - YouTube

At only 8mm thin, and weighing in at less than 400g, the 2015 IKEA Catalogue comes pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas. Join the revolution...
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Complete with a wardrobe of an overt and subliminal Swedish-designed set of carefully crafted slaps in the face of a media-rich world gone mad, the presentation of IKEA's new catalogue scoffs at technology's limitations and challenges the world yet again to, Take a Chance on Me.

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The Internet Makes You Think You’re Smarter Than You Are: An Interview with Matthew Fisher

The Internet Makes You Think You’re Smarter Than You Are: An Interview with Matthew Fisher | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
distinguish between
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This insightful probe points toward a reminder that sharpening students' abilities to "distinguish between" is a challenge that every teacher should hold up as a priority in learning.

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Words and choices

Words and choices | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Several decades ago, Mortimer Jerome Adler, Philosopher and Educator, asked readers to make a priority list from a set of 4 choices. On a scale of importance, he asked, how would one rate the follo...
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What should be the ultimate pursuit?

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Media Lab Sparks Possibilities because our kids have what it takes

Media Lab Sparks Possibilities because our kids have what it takes | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
KPS is the recipient of several devices that will enable the school to harness the talent and abilities of young people to create digital media projec...
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Still excited about what we are honoured to be doing in collaboration with seriously reform-minded principals in South Africa.

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Finland's war on Fragmentation in Learning is a throwback to an ancient model

Finland's war on Fragmentation in Learning is a throwback to an ancient model | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
One of the top education systems in the world is undergoing a radical reform. Finland has just announced that they will be dropping subjects in favour of a new method known as "teaching by phenomenon."
"We really need a re...
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Spotted by insightful reader and educator, Lydia Martin, this line in the article: "When you teach subjects separate from one another -- you teach science, you teach math, you teach reading -- that means that there's a divorce between these contents, when in real life, they're not," affirms the vehement resistance needed against "Fragmentation in Education".


The Finnish pursuit is not new. Older models, like the Hebrew Wisdom Model, often connected content for learning with capacity to live.


But Western education, with its obsession for mastery of content while disregarding meaning and purpose continues to perpetuate a division between competency in content character and competency in character.


One of the many challenges, therefore, for a global movement toward true integrated learning, lies in the preparedness of teachers to think of learning as life and not as pockets of knowledge.

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The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now

The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world's aid money, there's a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.
Theophilus's insight:

There is a telling, and probably spine-chilling, awakening created in my soul as a consequence of Haugen's valuable insights. In the wake of xenophobia amongst us in South Africa, this clip could aid us to rethink the way we navigate through the maze of humanity gone bad.

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These readers could become our leaders

These readers could become our leaders | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
The M&G is supporting the Underground Library, an initiative started by the Mohlakeng Youth Movement (MYM). Here are the faces of the cause.
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This fascinating story, that emerged as a response to a library lost to vandalism, inspires and gives a real hope that our future leaders could come from those who are serious about reading.

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Is the next big thing in Ed Tech a business model? | Nesta

less about the learning experience
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This articles explores the possibility that new business models could trump learning experiences as the key factor in formal schooling.


Quoting ONE illustration, it is legitimate to wonder whether the author holds shares in Duolingo.


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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
All the clichés you might expect about Sweden's capital are true. In the summer, ships glide around Stockholm's archipelago, which makes up just a handful of its 30,000 islands. At this time of year, it's the perfect winter wonderland. The people are beautiful, everything is perfectly designed, and pickled herring is everywhere. But these aren't the only things that define the city. In the last few years, Stockholm has become one of the most talked-about places in the world thanks to its apps, g
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There is a key line for me in this article - "excellent and free education". Touted as an ingredient for success (obviously) it is one of the reasons why 2% of Europe's population now receive's 15% of the continent's total tech investment. What, I ask you, will it take for South Africa to play that role on the African continent?

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The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From

The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
New and young companies are the primary source of job creation in the American economy
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While one wonders if there are any data available on the source of jobs in South Africa, more data is needed on the kind of jobs. Jeremy Rifkin, William Bridges and Charles Handy cautioned, almost two decades ago, that the the kind of job is as important as the amount of jobs. We must talk about the difference between drudgery and purposeful work. What's the use of new dull jobs?

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Trying to stop a whining paradigm in South African

Trying to stop a whining paradigm in South African | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Threats by telecomms giants to start charging for services like WhatsApp and Skype are the behaviour of schoolyard bullies, says Alistair Fairweather.
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Although Alistair Fairweather warns that "Some kid in a garage somewhere is already working on the technology that will make her a billionaire and kill the current paradigm stone dead," I am not confident that another billionaire is the solution.

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Report: Technology can close achievement gaps, improve learning | Stanford Graduate School of Education

Report: Technology can close achievement gaps, improve learning | Stanford Graduate School of Education | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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I do appreciate the connection between implementation of reform initiatives in the classroom and student outcome. At the same time, the report does make a case that seems rather obvious.


At the same time, it is commendable that it is once again underscored that the human factor in educational reform is key.

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Professor suggests Swedish TV coverage of election likens reporting on a Football match - the key is entertainment.

Professor suggests Swedish TV coverage of election likens reporting on a Football match - the key is entertainment. | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Journalisternas bör inte göra politik till en slags frågesport, där sakfrågorna hamnar i bakgrunden. Det ytliga har blommat ut med full kraft i årets valrörelse, skriver docent Kjell Magnusson.
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Consult Google Translate or call your Swedish buddy to navigate through this very insightful piece on the complexities within Media, Truth, Democracy and Choice as Sweden prepares for its national elections.

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