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This talk by Sir Ken Robinson questions a lot of the givens in current approaches to Education.
I see parallels in Workplace Training, with scheduled courses, standardised material and presentations, every course the same vs Every course is custom, emphasis varies based on questions raised, varying the session to address solving actual problems.
Is the future all custom courses?
I think the future is here now and it raises some issues I will discuss in upcoming posts
Running Windows 8 on a PC or virtual machine will help and its not too hard to set up. I have been working through the book below over the last couple of days, and it is invaluable to be able to jump out into Windows to try a feature when you get to it in the book.
There is a growing range of Windows 8 books available, via Safari Books Online I have been using and recommend Paul Thurrott and Rafael Riviera’s Windows 8 Secrets. (John Wiley & Sons)
A topic guaranteed to get me on my soapbox is encouraging people, especially young people to develop their own content, to move beyond consuming to creation. There are low cost and no cost tools for use in creating content in any sphere.
So I start up the Boxee box this morning to listen in on some Ted talks, and I find this talk: Mitch Resnick: Let’s teach kids to code. I commend this talk to teachers and parents, and please also watch the Knowhow episode below on a related theme, creating Podcasts. I have also included some links to free and open source tools below.
Then I found an episode of the TWIT show Knowhow which runs through how to create and Podcast and what tools to use. You can read the Supporting Transcript which includes links to tools mentioned in the show.
I’ll add another suggestion to those from Leo and Iyaz – for Windows users – Movie Maker is still free and will save in MPEG4/H264 to suit viewing on multiple platforms. Movie Maker includes tools to publish to YouTub, Vimeo and others. Other video editing tools are more sophisticated, but Movie Maker will trim and do the basics! It is part of Windows Essentials 2012 – you can select just the components that you need. Continue reading “Creating your Own Content- moving beyond consuming…”
I can see applications for this for trainers and presenters especially.
I like the way many Ted Talks are backed by research and experiments – as is the case here. Having seen too many body language as entertainment presentations on tabloid TV – I am a bit wary – but I was swayed by the supporting science.
Amy also used a good presentation technique in that she gave the audience one effective technique to take away and use.
Meetings and Power/Positive Attitudes
Many years ago, as a young public servant I was also a union delegate particularly involved in the introduction of new systems and wound up going to meetings with management at the state and national level. I was conscious of the power issues at being at a meeting with a room full of suits and outnumbered. I would wear a good sports coat to the meetings myself – people would ask why – I would say the jacket was my “wings of steel” (see video below). My small way of neutralising the whole power balance thing, in my head anyway, which is where it counted.
Another Meeting Tip
If you are a small delegation meeting with a larger group at their site, the larger group will spread themselves around the meeting table, leaving spaces for you and your group dispersed around the table. This can be deliberate, (or it can be because the people you are meeting don’t get on ). You want your team together, at the very least for passing notes…
So ask people to move, I have done it several times, use the passing notes thing as a pretext if you have to, but do it.