Do you use more than one PC? Maybe need some files on your Blackberry and your PC? Or do you need some space in the cloud to back up important files…
All of us need to answer questions all the time. Clearly factual questions are easy, one knows the answer or not. However, most questions are not well-formed. So how do one make sure that you consider the question from a holistic perspective?
While detail will differ for every question, I believe in using framework as a starting point. In the last several years I developed my framework for thinking about complex questions, specifically if they need action from my side. The framework has its roots in the IDEF0 modeling method, although it now looks nothing like it, and has nothing to do with functional descriptions anymore. To explain it let me give an example question. Say I’m contemplating “What changes should I introduce in my IT Management” module?” Read the rest of this entry »
When you are in a fight it is always a good idea to know exactly how strong the opponent is. In my e-mail fight I have decided to size up the e-mail monster properly. Unexpected my chance came yesterday…
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After having been on leave for four weeks, and for at least 2 of those weeks having very minimal e-mail access I came to the conclusion that e-mail is suffocating me and that I need to break loose… Actually I came to this conclusion after every holiday, but decided to fight it after last Christmas break…
I am concentrating on fighting the e-mail monster… The fight begun…. Review ROUND 1
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Henry Ford is famously quoted as saying: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Now except for the obvious criticism that the statement does not give enough credit to the role of customers in the business world, it does make one think about your use of technology. I am wondering how many faster horses I have in my closet… (and you?)
Seth Godin in this post emphasizes again that “a car is not merely a faster horse”. This made me think about educationalist and their use of “new” technologies…
- Do we see e-mail as merely a replacement for the postal system?
- What about Instant Messaging systems and mobile messaging such as Mxit. What about twitter? Are all of these just faster e-mail?
- Do you see Sharepoint as just another way of sharing documents? What about so-called Learning Management Systems such as moodle or blackboard?
- Is YouTube just a convenient place to find some nice videos?
- Do you use Facebook as a noticeboard or just another e-mail system?
Do you think these technologies have a place in education? Do you use it for something more than just “a faster horse” (replace faster with cheaper, more convenient, … and it still works).
I do believe that the proper use of “new” technologies can help creating a better learning experience, that is enhance the learning opportunities that we created for our students. Do I have all the answers? Unfortunately no…
Therefore, do help me and leave your comments, ideas, and suggestions in the comments below.