Daily Bookmarks 05/03/2008

  • Dave Ferguson explains at the end of this post his “three links out” idea. You read a post on one of your regular blogs, then click a link (1). From there, click another link (2). From that place, click a third link (3). This brings you outside your regular circle of reading so you’re explosed to new people and ideas. Seems like a good lifelong learning technique.

    tags: blog, conversation, connection, lifelonglearning

  • Common excuses for not innovating or changing, plus a technique for addressing these excuses.

    tags: change, orgculture

    • Current reality, however, is only one form of reality. And just because it’s current doesn’t mean it’s the way it will always be. Or should be.

      Real innovators challenge excuses. Real innovators challenge the status quo. They do not concede to current reality.

  • Survey results about teens and writing, showing that students who blog write more for personal reasons and are more likely to think writing skills are essential. Most students think their writing would improve if they could use more technology to practice writing for school.

    tags: blog, writing, education, k-12

    • Forty-seven percent of teen bloggers write outside of school for personal reasons several times a week or more, compared with 33 percent of teens without blogs. Sixty-five percent of teen bloggers believe that writing is essential to later success in life; 53 percent of non-bloggers say the same thing.
    • Most students (82 percent) believe that additional instruction and focus on writing in school would help improve their writing even further–and more than three-quarters of those surveyed (78 percent) think it would help their writing if their teachers used computer-based writing tools such as games, multimedia, or writing software programs or web sites during class.
  • Interview with someone who did a successful search for employees using only social networking tools–no resume, no email allowed.

    tags: career, transparency, socialnetworking

    • Is transparency one of the key benefits to this sort of job search?
      Absolutely. I wanted the transparency. The problem with traditional résumé interviewing is it’s so one-dimensional and it’s so easy to paint yourself as something. If I can look at your social network, I can see much more. This took a level of trust for the people who were reaching out to me. But I did say that I’m a big enough boy, that I’m OK if you talked about partying or things that you do in your personal life. I want to know who you are. I’m a human being as well, and I don’t care that you do things, because I expect that human beings would do these things.

5 thoughts on “Daily Bookmarks 05/03/2008

  1. Thanks so much for the link regarding teen writing and blogging. I have noticed, particularly with boys, that having their own blog and being allowed to write about topics of their choice, has certainly improved the quantity of writing. I agree though, that many still need to edit more carefully, but as teachers we can use those as teaching moments with the whole class.

  2. Sue, that’s very interesting, especially about the difference between the boys and girls.

    Do your students blog publicly (whether under a pseudonym or not)? I wonder whether having an audience not just of their peers but the wider online community would help motivate students too. What has your experience been?

  3. Christy, The students do blog publicly. We have a class blog and on that there is a blogroll of various classblogs of schools around the world. Every now and again, my students have to actually visit a blog outside of our school ones, and leave comments for students around the world. They love doing that and always try to reply when those students then answer back in their own blogs.

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