Hostage or captor?

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How are you separating yourself from your peers? Someone already said you are a team of very different individuals, but are you adjusting to your team or being resilient in standing out? So here is my challenge for you – look inward and analyze yourself. What skills are you happy with, where will they most likely take you? Do you want to go there? What is your dream, what skills do you have that fits this and what skills do you need? Do the right people know and how are they currently helping you in this direction? How are you making it easy for them to push you into the direction you want to go into?
Something think about and attempt doing everyday.

So this is how it goes…

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Transition from College to University

TnE – Trial & Error

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What is your last good mistake?

Fair Deuce

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Students and studies has always been an interest of mine mainly because that is what I am and what I am passionate about. Learning is very important and needs to be taken seriously. When I think  of a bad school, college or university it normally I used to think of a place where teachers are bad at teaching, the equipment is insufficient to not existing and funding is something that has not been received in a decade.
During my previous studies this has changed and I have now come to see the worst schools, colleges and universities as being those that behave mediocre. There is no greater punishment to the poor performing student, then letting him sail through the education with accepted low performance. For the gifted student there is nothing worse than continuously being praised by the mediocre school for his/her performance.
How to become great

you don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process. Randall Munroe via  http://xkcd.com/896/

There is indeed no way around greatness than continuously failing until you get it right. Therefore bad schools can be just as great a place to study as a ivy league school.

A school should never be satisfied with its performance.  Especially not in a world where the IT requirements switches so fast that nobody can keep up to date with the current development. New tools arises and new services switch on and off. Just look at Google+ with its 10 Million fans in 4 weeks? The clever student keeps an eye out for alternative learning facilities, as there is only so much that can be acquired from a book.

Do your students know how to apply their informal learning tools in formal learning contexts?

Do students have the necessary skills to apply their informal PLEs in formal learning contexts? In other words, do they have the ability to use the loose aggregation of Web 2.0 tools (iGoogle, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, etc) to help them to engage more deeply with their learning?
And how does the situation look like on the schools – are they keeping up as well?
Tech integration: The rose-colored glasses of administrators

While 64 percent of IT administrators rated their districts’ technology as “cutting edge,” only 45 percent of faculty members and 39 percent of students reported being satisfied with their classroom technology. via http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/07/13/36iste.h30.html?r=349796550
Just about not even half the teachers are satisfied, which is bad per see. However think about how many of the satisfied teachers and students have a mediocre attitude to the IT facilities? Then think about the 64% IT administrators that are satisfied! It is impossible to keep up and the IT administrators should never be satisfied and should be bombarded by suggestions from the teachers and students.
Students are more interested in online learning than teachers?

while the proportion of high school students who had taken an online course as of last fall tripled from fall 2008, from 10 percent to 30 percent, only about 26 percent of teachers surveyed expressed interest in diving into online teaching if they hadn’t already done so via http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/07/13/36iste.h30.html?r=349796550
But this looks bleak as only 26% of the teachers are interested in online learning and tools for online learning. That is both disturbing and alarmingly good news for the mediocre teachers.

Do you think you can do Business?

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As mentioned last I was aiming at getting an internship and following some of the principles from Charlie Hoehn. I can successfully say it paid of quite well, but I must admit that I also followed the traditional path. In the end I ended up with 4 possible options, which is 3 more then I can pursue. 2 of them was through the traditional path and the other two was through the spirit of the Hoehn’s principle. All the offerings where legitimate and interesting to consider. Never the less I ended up picking and unpaid internship at a small company, also found through the Hoehn principle.
I picked this because the company was honest enough to tell me that they where in a terrible state and struggling. So the task at hand was no less than saving the company and help out the owner who has been struggling with the administration and future of the company. This means that I will be in charge of pursuing the wacky and half-witted ideas or shall we call them opportunities.
It was a pick decision and I though long about the offer. I was very unsure whether I should pick such unsure option. What if it failed? That was my number one fear and still is. I get these small panic attacks and doubts whether I am skilled or good enough for the job.
Then I remembered this picture and though it is perhaps a joke they are all valid options. A friend of mine even suggested adding “marry rich!” as an additional option. A further option is becoming an entrepreneur or even freelancer (the later which I already do). There are plenty of options to go by and so I ended up jumping in. The worst thing that can happen is me failing the company and then it becomes worst for the owner. Since he is a nice guy I do not want to do that, but I want to learn as much as possible.
Having worked 1+ week now in this company I am thrilled to see and mull on the ideas flying through my head. So far I have been touching on Sales, Marketing, Strategy, IT and Alliances. Already now I got possible venues to attend next weekend and end of month for the company. My budget, so far, is zero – so I have to be creative. However my boss has promised me funds for the tasks ahead.
I am so thrilled that I am required and expected to pull out all knowledge and skills I have learned so far and learn equally much. I hope you are experiencing good times and learning as much as you can? Tell me about it?