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What's an Entrepreneur? The Best Answer Ever

What's an Entrepreneur? The Best Answer Ever | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"This classic 25-word definition pares entrepreneurship to its essence and explains why it's so hard. And so addictive.

 

As an entrepreneur, you surely have an elevator pitch, the pithy 15-second synopsis of what your company does and why, and you can all but repeat it in your sleep. But until recently, I’d never seen a good elevator pitch for entrepreneurship itself—that is, what you do that all entrepreneurs do?

 

Now I've seen it, and it comes from Harvard Business School, of all places. It was conceived 37 years ago by HBS professor Howard Stevenson. I came across it in the book Breakthrough Entrepreneurship (which I highly recommend) by entrepreneur and teacher Jon Burgstone and writer Bill Murphy, Jr. Of Stevenson’s definition, Burgstone says, 'people often need to say it out loud 50 or 100 times before they really understand what it means.' Here it is:

 

'Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.'"

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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

""Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught.

 

1. You are creative.
2. Creative thinking is work.
3. You must go through the motions of being creative.
4. Your brain is not a computer.
5. There is no one right answer.
6. Never stop with your first good idea.
7. Expect the experts to be negative.
8. Trust your instincts.
9. There is no such thing as failure.
10. You do not see things as they are; you see them as you are.
11. Always approach a problem on its own terms.
12. Learn to think unconventionally.

 

For the details, go here: http://goo.gl/iWkvE


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Will Artificial Intelligence Change Our Relationship with Tech?

Will Artificial Intelligence Change Our Relationship with Tech? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Advances in artificial intelligence could cause a big change in the way we interact with our devices over the coming year says one of Intel's experts."

 

"...I think in 2012 we will start to see signs of change in our relationships with devices.

 

Here I do not just mean more forms of new interfaces and new interactions. This is less about gesture and voice recognition and more about machines that are contextually and situationally aware.

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I think this means we can look forward to our interactions with digital devices maturing into something more like a relationship, and a little less like a lot of hard work.

 

Of course, some of that is a little way off. In the meantime, we have other things to look forward to.

 

The last couple of years have seen a lot of devices to help us download and consume media content. Those have been great and have clearly found a place in many of our homes and backpacks.

 

And there is surely more to come, as we all still like a good story. But I think 2012 might be a year in which our desire to make things, and not just consume things, really blossoms."

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A Few Ideas for Beleaguered Innovators - Scott Anthony

A Few Ideas for Beleaguered Innovators  - Scott Anthony | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Keep the faith. That's what I said to a client who is going through a crisis of confidence. Over the summer he had put together the underpinnings of what on paper looked like a promising growth business. But — as is usually the case — the more he analyzes, the more he doubts; the more he shows the results of his analysis to senior leaders, the more questions they ask, and the more they doubt.

If you are doing something that hasn't been done before, careful analysis will by definition highlight reasons to not proceed. Market demand can't be validated. Experts dismiss technological assumptions. Partnership discussions stall. There is always something that causes this crisis of confidence. Harvard Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter has seen this so frequently that she coined Kanter's Law: Everything can look like a failure in the middle. When you first formulate an idea, excitement peaks. But the more you study that idea, the more you realize the challenges that lie in front of you."
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The Fray - How To Save A Life

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Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All

Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Downloading — quite often stealing, in the eyes of the law — music, movies, books and photos is easier than bobbing for apples in a bucket without water. It has kept legions of lawyers employed fighting copyright violations without a whole lot to show for their efforts in the past decade.

You think that was bad? Just wait until we can copy physical things.

It won’t be long before people have a 3-D printer sitting at home alongside its old inkjet counterpart. These 3-D printers, some already costing less than a computer did in 1999, can print objects by spraying layers of plastic, metal or ceramics into shapes. People can download plans for an object, hit print, and a few minutes later have it in their hands.

Call it the Industrial Revolution 2.0. Not only will it change the nature of manufacturing, but it will further challenge our concept of ownership and copyright. Suppose you covet a lovely new mug at a friend’s house. So you snap a few pictures of it. Software renders those photos into designs that you use to print copies of the mug on your home 3-D printer.

Did you break the law by doing this? You might think so, but surprisingly, you didn’t."

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How Online Innovators Are Disrupting Education

How Online Innovators Are Disrupting Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Part of the challenge with revamping America's educational system resides in well-intentioned people who have focused on answering the wrong question. Nothing matters if we find the right answer to the wrong question. As Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn argued in Disrupting Class, insufficient money, the teachers' unions, and large classroom size, all relevant issues, are not the root cause of our schools' troubles. The real problem lies in the effects standardized education has had on a student's internal and external motivation. As the authors point out, "When education is well aligned with one's stronger intelligences, aptitudes, or styles, understanding can come more easily and with greater enthusiasm." And as the Khan Academy has demonstrated, teachers can serve as professional coaches and content architects to help students progress in ways that they never could under most current models. Students display much more enthusiasm when they can self-direct their learning paths."
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Teaching With the Enemy

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Charter schools are one thing, but broad reform won’t happen without working with teachers’ unions.

"Last month, Randi Weingarten held a book party for Steven Brill, the veteran journalist and entrepreneur who had just published “Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools,” his vivid account of the rise of the school reform movement. When Brill told me this recently, I nearly fell out of my chair. Weingarten, you see, is the president of the American Federation of Teachers, and for much of his book, Brill treats Weingarten the way reformers always treat her and her union: as the enemy."
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TEDx Video - Paul Lewis: Crowdsourcing the News ~ Web 2.0 Investigative Journalism

TED Talks When every cellphone can record video and take pictures, everyone is a potential news source. Reporter Paul Lewis tells two stories that show us the future of investigative journalism.
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A Difference: Narrative Matters

A Difference: Narrative Matters | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

October 21, 2011:  "Last night a group of Manitoban educators got together to talk about teaching and learning and how that learning takes flight when we take advantage of new opportunities offered by technology.

 

The evening was framed around having the six Manitobans who participated this summer in something called Unplugd, talk about this uniquely Canadian educational summit: 36 of us wrote a book in a weekend."

 

"You can download the book we wrote (pdf or ePub), please do. Then share it." You'll find it here: http://tinyurl.com/co9egf6 

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Flash Access to the Sistine Chapel

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This is a remarkable example of how technology can open up learning options for the world. From now on, direct access to one of the finest examples of the world's cultural heretage. I hope we find ways to extend this technology to all the world's museums and historical and cultural sites.

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Derek's Blog » Schools should astonish kids - Case in Point: Gandhian innovation

Just read an article by Tom Friedman that illustrates Stephen's message perfectly. India's Innovation Stimulus: http://nyti.ms/u0U94r  Creative people are inventing innovative solutions that liberate India's poorest people. Farming software to increase crop productivity. A prescreening device to significantly reduce the ravages of eye maladies. Transportation software to efficiently locate the cheapest fares. Astonishing! Imagine what the world would be like twenty years from now if students were all learning to be creative astonishers whose passion in life is to invent a better future. And if that's not enough to motivate schools to change, invite them to imagine what the world will be like if students are not learning to be astonishers.
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Playing with Media: We need to play with media to become more effective communicators.

Playing with Media: We need to play with media to become more effective communicators. | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

We need to play with media to become more effective communicators. This book was written to inspire and empower you, as a creative person, to expand your personal senses of digital literacy and digital agency as a multimedia communicator. As you learn to play with digital text, images, audio and video, you will communicate more creatively and flexibly with a wider variety of options. Although written primarily for educators, anyone who is interested in learning more about digital communication will learn something new from this book. As children, we learn to progressively make sense of our confusing world through play. The same dynamics apply to us as adults communicating with new and different media forms.

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Supporting Innovative Teachers as Knowledge Generators

Supporting Innovative Teachers as Knowledge Generators | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

We need to start envisioning our teachers as knowledge generators and creative professionals whom we trust to innovate and implement unorthodox ideas that might transform teaching and learning. The time has come to reward innovation among our best and most creative teachers. They should be given the time and resources to reflect on their practice, experiment with new ideas, and implement strategies to more effectively engage learners.


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China’s President Pushes Back Against Western Culture

China’s President Pushes Back Against Western Culture | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"President Hu Jintao of China has said that the West is trying to dominate China by spreading its culture and ideology and that China must strengthen its cultural production to defend against the assault, according to an essay in a Communist Party policy magazine published this week.

 

Mr. Hu’s words signaled that a major policy initiative announced last October would continue well into 2012.

 

The essay, which was signed by Mr. Hu and based on a speech he gave in October, drew a sharp line between the cultures of the West and China and effectively said the two sides were engaged in an escalating culture war. It was published in Seeking Truth, a magazine founded by Mao Zedong as a platform for establishing Communist Party principles.

 

'We must clearly see that international hostile forces are intensifying the strategic plot of westernizing and dividing China, and ideological and cultural fields are the focal areas of their long-term infiltration,' Mr. Hu said, according to a translation by Reuters.

 

'We should deeply understand the seriousness and complexity of the ideological struggle, always sound the alarms and remain vigilant and take forceful measures to be on guard and respond,' he added.

 

Those measures, Mr. Hu said, should be centered on developing cultural products that can draw the interest of the Chinese and meet the “growing spiritual and cultural demands of the people.”

Chinese leaders have long lamented the fact that Western expressions of popular culture and art seem to overshadow those from China. The top grossing films in China have been 'Avatar' and 'Transformers 3,' and the music of Lady Gaga is as popular here as that of any that of any Chinese pop singer. In October, at the annual plenum of the party’s Central Committee, where Mr. Hu gave his speech, officials discussed the need for bolstering the 'cultural security' of China."

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Get Ready for China's Innovation Juggernaut

Get Ready for China's Innovation Juggernaut | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The CEO of Coca-Cola recently stated that China is a better place to do business than the United States. Muhtar Kent's remarks were prompted by the complexities of America's tax code, its bureaucratic red tape, and its polarized political process."

 

"The Chinese are patiently preparing for what many see as their manifest destiny to lead the world. After all, China is the world's most populous country. But you will hear few hubristic statements from Beijing. China knows it has a long road ahead. Holding all those U.S. Treasury bonds, it doesn't expect or want America to stumble any time soon. Whatever the CEO of Coca-Cola may say, the U.S. still places No. 5 on the World Economic Forum's national competiveness rankings; China ranks 26th. And among the world's most valuable brands, the U.S. accounts for 60, China for none. However, the Asian Century may just turn out to be all in and all done by 2050, not 2100, unless the U.S. can get its mojo back soon."

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4 Generations: Water Buffalo Movie by T2 Video in San Francisco

"'4 Generations' is a film short documenting my journey in southwestern China (near Tibet) to first find, then deliver a water buffalo to a poor family. The water buffalo led us to a family with an phenomenal story. Inspired and donated by author, educator, and founder of photo.net, Philip Greenspun."

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At Google X, a Top-Secret Lab Dreaming Up the Future

At Google X, a Top-Secret Lab Dreaming Up the Future | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
At Google X, a clandestine lab that many employees do not know exists, engineers and robotics experts are tackling a list of 100 shoot-for-the-stars ideas that eventually might not seem so far-fetched.

"In a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location where robots run free, the future is being imagined.

It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space."
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Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

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In her work with UCLA's Graduate School of Education, Rebecca Alber assists teachers and schools in meeting students' academic needs through best practices. Alber also instructs online teacher-education courses for Stanford University.

"Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

I visit a lot of classrooms. And I'm always fascinated by the variety of ways teachers launch the new school year and also with how they "run their rooms" on a daily basis. From these visits and my own experiences as an instructor, I'd like to offer my top 20 suggestions for keeping your classroom a safe, open, and inviting place to learn."
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China Seeks a Cultural Influence to Match Its Economic Muscle

China Seeks a Cultural Influence to Match Its Economic Muscle | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The nation’s approach to building a world-class culture is not all that different from its economic plan: set a goal, adopt rigid specifications, spend freely and monitor the results closely.

"It may not be lost on the creative community that Mao quickly replaced his hundred-flowers campaign with an anti-rightist movement in which hundreds of thousands of intellectuals were stripped of their jobs, with many of them sent to labor camps. Mao later said he had been seeking to lure the snakes from their dens in order to cut off their heads.

In China, then as now, liberalization and crackdown reliably — and unpredictably — ebb and flow."
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TEDxYouthDay | November 19-21, 2011

TEDxYouthDay | November 19-21, 2011 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"TEDxYouthDay is a series of TEDx events happening all around the world coinciding with Universal Children’s Day, from November 19th – 21st, 2011. These events are designed to empower and inspire young people.

These events will vary widely in size, format and theme, but they will share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas and empowering young leaders.

TEDxYouthDay 2011
There are over 100 TEDxYouthDay events in nearly 50 countries happening this year. The theme for TEDxYouthDay 2011 is Play, Learn, Build & Share, chosen by the TEDx community. Individual events will also feature their own unique themes."
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Student Voice in Education Reform

Education as it should be - passion-based.

"This past week, major news publications featured the voices of two young people who clearly articulate the need of the educational systems to change to better meet their needs -  educationally, personally, and professionally (yes, young people have professional needs).

Nikhil Goyal, a 16-year-old junior at Syosset High School in New York, in the Huffington Post article, It’s Time for a Learning Revolution, states:

'Students are left out of the debate, even though (sic) we have the most important opinions.  Instead of schools cherishing students’ passions and interests, they destroy them. Let’s raise kids to dream big and think different. America will need to re-kindle the innovative spirit that has propelled in the past. It’s a do or die moment. Bring on the learning revolution!

I propose that we institute a 21st century model of education, rooted in 21st century learning skills and creativity, imagination, discovery, and project-based learning. We need to stop telling kids to shut up, sit down, and listen to the teacher passively.'"
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Why You Matter: A Story Shared by Darren Kuropatwa

Daren tells a story from his past. Once upon a time when Darren was a student at the university a teacher who was serious about his expectation that his students be humorous did something that changed Darren in a powerful way. Perhaps Darren's story will change you.

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India’s Innovation Stimulus

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Native sons have gone from working for Western companies to running Indian companies that are offering solutions to India’s problems.

"All these schools, plus 600 million cellphones, plus 1.2 billion people, half of whom are under 25, are India’s hope — because only by leveraging technology and brains can India deliver a truly better life for its masses. There are a million reasons why it won’t happen, but there is one big reason it might. The predicted really is happening: India’s young techies are moving from running the back rooms of Western companies, who outsourced work here, to inventing the front rooms of Indian companies, which are offering creative, low-cost solutions for India’s problems. The late C.K. Prahalad called it “Gandhian innovation,” and I encountered many examples around New Delhi."
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SHARE: Playing with Media - Showcase Student Work!

SHARE: Playing with Media - Showcase Student Work! | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

If digital student work is one “fruit of our labor” as educators, this website is all about sharing digital fruit.

 

This website (share.playingwithmedia.com) is a space for sharing digital text, images, audio and video in line with the pedagogies of Wesley Fryer’s eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing.” ALL SUBMISSIONS TO THIS SITE ARE MODERATED. Examples of student work are particularly invited, encouraged, and welcome! Personal examples of media created by individual adults (generally educators and/or parents) are also welcome. Submissions by home school students and parents are welcome along with submissions from students/educators in public as well as private schools. This is a space for safe, online digital sharing.


Remember: We have to PLAY WITH MEDIA to understand its power and potential uses to support learning! Use the navigational links at the top of the site to submit media examples as well as explore examples shared by others.

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