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Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Monday Beginning: Learning is Multi-Modal

Dean Shareski goes to educon and comes away from the event noting that conversations have started to be more about communication on multiple devices, in multiple types of settings, between multiple people. Conversations still depend on an exchange of ideas between people, but it looks as though knowledge sharing has many other routes to transferal. What could this mean for educators? Leave your thoughts in the comments section. And click to read more posts after the break.

A look at trends in trust shows us that you have to figure out how much credence to give to the study, but foremost that the construction of trust is not really based on authority. It’s based on the level of interaction. Does that mean that anyone could be trustworthy, as long as you spend enough time with them? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Educators and their administrators should be aware of five emerging trends in education technology. The entire list is here, with some commentary, but let me pull the five things out for you, via Emerging Ed Tech:

1. There will be more momentum for mobile devices in the classrooms with an eye toward affordable alternatives to traditional 1:1 programs.
2. Web-based instruction will gain more traction.
3. More tech-based monitoring and assessment tools will be incorporated into the instructional mix.
4. The cloud will help ease the financial burden on schools while helping to expand technological capabilities.
5. Teachers will have access to expanded professional development programs.

The folks at Entrepreneur.com did a survey and found that a shocking number of small businesses cannot find the right type of employee to work for them. They cite a talent pool that is run dry. Entrepreneur.com recommends:

Consider a teen. There is massive teen unemployment right now — it’s triple the overall national rate. If you have anything that could be done in after-school hours or on weekends, a teen could help at an affordable rate.

Award for most awesome story of the week goes to this TechCrunch gem: Humans are the Routers. This puts paid to what I consider to be the fundamental truth of the web — that it’s not about the technology, it’s about how interested parties who connect with each other spread valuable information to those who need it.

Shervin Peshevar writes about his OpenMesh Project, which will be a fundamental change in the way humans communicate within repressive or formerly repressive regimes. And in the developing world, broadly speaking.

OpenMesh’s basic idea is that we could use some new techniques to create a secondary wireless Internet in countries like Libya, Syria, Iran, North Korea and other repressive regimes to allow citizens to communicate freely. By create mobile routers that connect together we could create a wireless network that mobile phones and personal computers can connect to. The first priority would be to have the people connect together and the second priority is for them to connect to the world. One the second front, we could use intermittent satellite internet connections so people in those nations could upload and download information with the rest of the world. Openmesh aims to be a clearinghouse for the best ideas out there to connect and get products out into the hands of people.

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