It is now possible to launch a collaborative whiteboard straight from Slack with Explain Everything's Slack App.
I have been one of the lucky educators to experience TED Masterclass from its initial launch. I had been exploring the materials in small bursts, but over the weekend I spent a more significant portion of time not only watching the videos but thinking deeply about my responses to the generative questions and prompts included in the course. I'm still debating exactly how I will apply my learnings to something in the near term, but I will certainly incorporate the many practical tips and guides for general speaking, presenting, and sharing ideas.
There is a saying in the teaching profession: whoever is working the hardest is learning the most. Too often, it’s the teacher. If you don’t want people to be passive “on the job,” then you cannot allow them to be passive during the training for the job.
On the cover of the book and in many parts throughout, you will find text displayed in custom fonts. Both fonts were created using Calligraphr and then signed with an open license for our publisher to use them. These fonts are also included in Explain Everything.
You can download and install (at your own risk!!) the fonts for yourself:
Steve Valentine shared some interesting excerpts from the work of James Carey (which he learned about via NYU's Jay Rosen). One of Steve's suggestions was to keep track, during the course of a day, of how different conversations and communications would fall under when looking at them through the lenses of Transmission and Ritual communication. Read Steve's post for more about those definitions. Here is a whiteboard template that can be used in conjunction with that exercise.
While in Wrocław, Poland last week I had my first experience with an electric 'scooter' service where you download an app, scan a QR code, and rent a scooter on time-metered terms. Not having a helmet, I hedged towards the slow side of the speed range of this vehicle, and only rode it in a wide open square (late at night) to avoid injuring any poor bystanders.
It was a delightful experience - from first locating a scooter on a map, sending a 'ping' request so that the scooter would make itself easier to locate as you got closer, to riding around, and ultimately parking. When you park, you have to take a picture of the final place. However, as one of my colleagues pointed out, you never actually can reference your own picture or others' pictures when searching for a scooter. However in the Lime app, there is a 'game' where you can judge the parking excellence of others. It was suggested to me, and I agree, that this is probably around some AI training so that the application can suggest better parking guidance when someone finishes a ride (i.e. to not block an ADA accessible ramp, for example).
"Think about a time when you have just forwarded a link or posted a resource – something that you stumbled upon and found interesting or that your leaders are expecting you to share with your respective audiences (e.g., customers, clients, or team members). The lazy move is to just send the link and hope that some percentage of the audience investigates it, and that a smaller percentage is able to do something meaningful with it. The less-lazy move might be to layer on some expectations. The winning move, however, is to correctly frame ‘why’ the resource is important, comparing and contrasting how, without that resource having been explored and considered, the service/client/customer relationship will be worse off."
From Make Yourself Clear