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Chomsky on Academic Labor: How Higher Education Ought to Be

Chomsky on Academic Labor: How Higher Education Ought to Be | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it

A progressive perspective on world events since 1952.


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How do you inspire meaningful learning in Higher Education in the midst of a culture where there's "layer after layer of management - a kind of economic waste, but useful for control and domination..."? Chomsky shows some startling connections useful for learning.

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Pay-as-you-go solar power takes off here - and could, elsewhere.

Pay-as-you-go solar power takes off here - and could, elsewhere. | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
We take a look at how "pay as you go" solar power is being used to transform the way that people consume energy in Africa.
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Without fail, problems are creating opportunities for powerful (pun intended) solutions. 

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Digital hoarding is an opportunity for startup of the mind that could be the new digital yard sale

Digital hoarding is an opportunity for startup of the mind that could be the new digital yard sale | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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Dominic Basulto's perceptive piece on the trend to save more and more of what you'd probably not need could be borrowed from an ingrained habit we have to hoard - and, as he shows, it is costly. However, if acknowledged for what it is and the skills exist to delineate, sort, categorize and evaluate, these "hoarded" pieces of data could become useful pieces of information to be used by someone else in the same manner that yard sales have served innovative hoarders.

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Local technology, international potential

Local technology, international potential | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Products like M4JAM and Webfluential show the quality of tech innovation in SA and teach us to celebrate local pioneers, writes Alistair Fairweather.
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Useful information concerning startups in South Africa.
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▶ Ingenious Solutions when you need it most

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Called "amazing" simply because it is really hard to find words for this kind of resourcefulness.

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Could what you need to know about the Enterprise App Store benefit formal learning?

Could what you need to know about the Enterprise App Store benefit formal learning? | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
You are a top performing company. You have started using a couple of mobile apps at work. But what next? How do you turn some inspired use of mobile into a broader strategy? One of the key components of this is creating an internal, corporate ecosystem for mobile.
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Mobile Learning strategies within the formal school environment can benefit greatly from Geoff's insight because this niche that Qualcomm identified, combines technology-assisted learning with participant creativity and innovation within a structured learning environment.


The enterprise app store is new and a watchful eye will be a great asset.


That said, Geoff and his team are clearing a forest dense with options that, if we stick around, may help us all find meaningful, custom solutions for the complex problems we face within the formal or informal learning.


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Doc prescribes 4-day working week - IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za

Doc prescribes 4-day working week - IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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While this article attempts to strike a balance between working hard and hardly working, it is based on an archaic and waning paradigm - clocking in and clocking out. It is more important to have healthy life patterns that is good for work than "a working pattern that is good for your health."


Maybe the German/UK comparison reveals just that - some live and work smart.


Western thinking ignores its own prophets in the voices of William Bridges (Jobshift, 1995), Charles Handy (Age of Unreason, 1990) and Jeremy Rifkin (The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force…1996) evidenced through reform recommendations that omits shifts within life and work.


I bet that John Ashton would have had to push plenty of hours to arrive at the conclusions of his research. That said, the connection between stress and work is rather deep insight into the obvious.

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UWC students build winning computer - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za

UWC students build winning computer - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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The skills that are necessary to solve a problem is sharpened long before you face the problem - that is why the work of these young people are so commendable. Great achievement by our young people.

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Detailed Agenda of the Replenishment Conference | Global Partnership for Education

Detailed Agenda of the Replenishment Conference | Global Partnership for Education | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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Could be a good source of insights.

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How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons

How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Students are making their own future using 3D printers, and a girl from Manchester is one of the pioneers.
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Look carefully for the reference to a South African duo's ingenuity.


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3 Myths That Confuse the Debate Over America’s Schools

3 Myths That Confuse the Debate Over America’s Schools | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
The national debate over education standards is getting dragged down by myths about what the Common Core is, where it come from, and the impact it will have. The discussion over academic standards is important for America’s future—so let’s make sure it’s based on the facts.
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Any parallels with reform in South Africa? I suspect at least one: That educational reform "limit teachers' creativity and flexibility".

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In Libya, Universities Struggle to Get Internet Access

In Libya, Universities Struggle to Get Internet Access | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Academics in the north African country have difficulty accessing the World Wide Web’s wealth of knowledge and communication powers.

Via Online Africa
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While this article's heading suggests a problem, it is wisest considered as an opportunity - an opportunity to both reflect over the value of off-line for learning and the challenge of finding off-the-grid solutions. Unfortunately, this opportunity is missed as the article simply reports failing to provide meaningful solutions.

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The eLearning Guild : About Our Conferences

The eLearning Guild : About Our Conferences | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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Another good opportunity in the mLearning field. Other side of the world - from my perspective.

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Twitter / Search - #ARC28

Twitter / Search - #ARC28 | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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A useful set of knowledge for #YWD -  Youth Workforce Development initiatives.

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Deaf staff get Balalaika hotel cooking

Deaf staff get Balalaika hotel cooking | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
“You can’t just hire them and stick them in a corner. You have to learn the language,” Gaylard said
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Amidst the dire, the horror and tragedies rolling from the pages on news in South Africa comes a shining little light of the meaningful steps people take to "learn the language". I am sure there are many more stories like these.

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Project-Based Learning and Physical Education - Whole Child Education

Project-Based Learning and Physical Education - Whole Child Education | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
We call on educators, policymakers, business leaders, families, and community members to work together on a whole child approach to education.
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An example of Project-Based Learning, this creative project makes a good case for student choice under the helpful guidance of teachers.

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Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions

Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educators' instructional practices.  Grant Wiggins, in his work on Understanding By Design, describes an essential q...
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"There are more questions than answers", sang Johnny Nash in reggae hit of the 70's. Such a conclusion demand a skill that more students, and probably rappers, should not only apply, but certainly be taught.


This article is a healthy awakening in that pursuit.

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Perfect Pitch: Find Investors For Your Startup in 60 Seconds

Perfect Pitch: Find Investors For Your Startup in 60 Seconds | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
I have sat on both sides of the pitching table - asking investors for money and listening to founders ask for money for their businesses. I’ve stood in front of some of the wealthiest, wisest and most
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Simple and profound pitches - important basic questions for startups.


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Beijing Royal School's 300 graduates to go overseas - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

Beijing Royal School's 300 graduates to go overseas - China - Chinadaily.com.cn | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Beijing Royal School will see its 300-plus high school graduates admitted by overseas universities this year.
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I had the honour to attend this graduation in May in Beijing this year. In a society where meritocracy trumps individualism, the Beijing Royal School maintains a commitment to excellence, a fearlessness about trying new technologies for learning and a dedication to teacher profession development.


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Study debunks a ‘Goldilocks’ planet thought to potentially support alien life

Study debunks a ‘Goldilocks’ planet thought to potentially support alien life | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
World deemed just right to support life doesn’t exist, researchers say
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Not all clues are created equal. Even though you want things to exists or "it would have been nice if they existed",  the facts do not change and in this case there was nothing when we thought there was something. "Bittersweet" is only one rather immaterial consequence of this blunder - the utter waste of continuing to try and find other life forms while there always seem to be a huge shortage on funding for improvement of the life forms we know is a bigger travesty.

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16 New Priorities for ICT4D Policy and Practice in a Post-2015 World | ICT Works

16 New Priorities for ICT4D Policy and Practice in a Post-2015 World | ICT Works | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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These priorities, obviously, are the categories within which specific priorities need to be set. Described as "gaps", it would be interesting to see how much of it is focussed on the need for telecommunications infrastructure.

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Why Businesses Should See Early Childhood Development as a Smart Investment

Why Businesses Should See Early Childhood Development as a Smart Investment | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Emily Gustafsson-Wright recaps the Center for Universal Education's recent webinar on the business case for early childhood development, jointly organized with the Global Business Coalition for Education and Ready Nation/America's Edge.
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Using Digital Tools to Personalize Learning

Using Digital Tools to Personalize Learning | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Technology has created new opportunities for educators to tap dynamic learning resources and individualize instruction. In this series, teachers learn to navigate complexities and better understand how instructional technology can be used to deepen student learning.
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Seems a meaningful opportunity.


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Thousands fail to register as exams website slowed down by demand

Thousands fail to register as exams website slowed down by demand | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Thousands of candidates may miss Monday’s deadline to register for this year’s national examinations due to a computer glitch.

Via Abraham Tumuti
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Time constraints are part of life and although improved communications technology are purposed to save time and add to efficiency, Abraham Tumuti's scoop highlight the dilemma that the very solution could be the problem. Solutions, especially technology-based solutions, do not abscond us from working hard at designing contingencies, some of which may be older and reliable modes of communication. Technology is great - when it works. When it does not, instead of losing our minds, we should be using them.


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The eLearning Guild : Online Forums 2014 - Turning Learning Challenges into Successes: Real-world Examples: Apr 10 & 11

The eLearning Guild : Online Forums 2014 - Turning Learning Challenges into Successes: Real-world Examples: Apr 10 & 11 | Innovation, Knowledge and Skills in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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IMCL2014 – 2014 International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning

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A good chance later this year. November is around the corner.

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