Program or be Programmed at Webvisions 2011

Programming, along with critical thinking skills, should be taught in K-12 along side reading, writing and arithmetic. Douglas Rushkoff has been making the case, not for jobs, or for just economic concerns, but for a healthy society. Webvisions 2011: “Douglas Rushkoff: Program or be Programmed”: If you have a child in Kindergarten, up to grade […]

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Jonah Lehrer on IQ and boosting it through exercise

WSJ: Jonah Lehrer:“Boot Camp for Boosting IQ”: Our IQ scores may be bounded by our genes, but it looks as if it’s possible to significantly increase measured intelligence after only a few hours of training. “Intelligence is a lot like height,” Prof. Jonides says. “We know that how tall you are is largely determined by […]

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The News needs an Anti-Virus (and it’s us)

Passing this one along from Dave Winer because the sooner we think of passing along things we dislike on the Web, that only can exist with our attention, as viruses, the sooner we remove their influence. So you *hate* the Rebecca Black video? Well by linking to it you gave her a record contract. The […]

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Recent Space-X on NPR highlights how little we read

A story is posted about a private company working to build the largest capacity lifter in service and what do a significant number of commentors fret about? That the government is wasting its money on building it! It is pretty clear that most of those who are commenting that way have not read (or worst […]

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Wanna give your kids a head start?

Help them play (Slate): “Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental. It’s this kind of learning, in fact, that allows kids to learn from teachers in the first place.”

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Ever see the “Mother of all Demos”?

In 1968 Douglas C. Engelbart, along with a team of 17 researchers at Stanford, in a 90 minute taped demonstration, showed us what was then the future – which is now the present (and soon to be the past?) – hypertext, gui based interaction, online collaboration including email, and more. Stanford has a terrific page […]

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Two talks from TED to watch *today*

TEDXToronto: “Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome”: TEDXHouston: “Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability”: Related: “1000 Awesome Things” Presentation Zen: “We don’t seek your perfection, only your authenticity” This post brought to you by Dave Rogers whose latest post over the shooting in Tucson is a must read.

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Book to read: “Man’s Search for Meaning”

Viktor E. Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” is now one of those select books that friends and family can expect me to be sending them for gifts over the next few years. For those not familiar it, it comprises of two parts: his harrowing account of survival in concentration camps during WWII, the concepts he […]

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Play to teach self-control

NYTimes: “Can the Right Kinds of Play Teach Self-Control? “ NPR.org: “Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control” Do you encourage play time with your children along these lines or have them involved in a preschool that operates with a similar program? I admit I have not – Emma’s play is either directed – baking, […]

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