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Sunday, December 31, 2006

On the sixth day of Christmas

my teacher sent to me
Six tags a-tagging,
Five jubilant learners,
Four annual forums,
Three blogging tools,
Two thoughts inspiring,
And a joyful network for learning.

Here is the RSS Feed url to search for occurrences of "Joyful Jubilant Learning"

You can use Technorati to track other combinations of keywords and set up the RSS feed in the reader of your choice.

Tag along!

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

On the fifth day of Christmas

my teacher sent to me
Five jubilant learners,
Four annual forums,
Three blogging tools,
Two thoughts inspiring,
And a joyful network for learning.

A new learner each work day of the week. Is this possible?

It is, if you take part, and spread the word about what is happening.

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Friday, December 29, 2006

On the fourth day of Christmas

my teacher sent to me
Four annual forums,
Three blogging tools,
Two thoughts inspiring,
And a joyful network for learning.

For the four forums: one on books; two, a reprise of the Joyful Jubilant Learning, and while we have two other ideas, what would you suggest?

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Sharing Foundation would like your help!

The Sharing Foundation has the opportunity to receive matching dollars from Yahoo via the Network For Good Charity Badge program. This could make a big difference for thousands of children in Cambodia. We need just a few minutes of your time and a few dollars.

Here's how it works: Yahoo! is offering a $50,000 matching grant for the nonprofit which gets the largest number of donations before the end of the year using its new "charity badges." (see below) What is important is the number of donors, not the amount of dollars. Right now, the Sharing Foundation is number 2 and needs 20 more donors to catch up. A large number of people contributing just the minimum of $10 each (which would send a poor Cambodian child to school and of course, we're a very efficient small nonprofit and would be happy to receive larger contributions to help more children lift themselves out of poverty through education.)

Can you think of a better use of $10 or more?
From Beth Kanter writing at Beth's blog for this worthy cause.

Can you help? Click through to Beth's blog and then through on the orange button located within the Sharing Foundation widget in the left column or within the posting itself.

Thank you!

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On the third day of Christmas

my teacher sent to me
Three blogging tools,
Two thoughts inspiring,
And a joyful network for learning.

I actually use more than three blogging tools. The full listing and explanation can be found here. For as many tools as were and are used, no one was harmed. In fact, except for HipCast, I have spent some of my spare time but no money on blogging.

What tools do you use?

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

On the second day of Christmas

my teacher sent to me
Two thoughts inspiring,
And a joyful network for learning.

My two thoughts inspiring were
  1. hey, I can do this blogging thing
  2. conversing with people from all over the world is fun

What were your two inspiring thoughts?

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

On the first day of Christmas

my teacher sent to me
a joyful network for learning

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Monday, December 25, 2006

Twelve Days of Christmas, the Joyful Jubilant Learning way

If you feeling like trying out your vocal cords today, you can check out some new lyrics to an old time classic: The Twelve Days of Christmas, the Joyful Jubilant Learning way!


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Merry Christmas

Via signbot via The Generator Blog which was found by the Hitchhiker Team.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Attention Billy Collins Fans

Before I forget (again), Billy Collins made an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion on Dec 16th. The show is available online to enjoy the Garrison Keillor and the gang doing the weekly show.

In particular:

00:18:04 GK intros Billy Collins
00:18:55 Billy Collins intros and reads "Tension"
00:22:05 Billy intros and reads "The Golden Years"
00:24:56 Billy intros and reads "The Revenant"

00:47:48 Guy Noir Script
Billy has a role in this skit

01:50:20 GK intro of Billy
01:50:40 Billy intros and reads "Adage"
01:51:56 Billy intros and reads "The Trouble With Poetry"
01:54:06 GK thanks Billy


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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Question game getting started

Jump through to Sandra's SELEARNINGGAMES to review the posting and the question/answer game developing in the comments.

If we ask the next question by a specific invitation, it might be like a tag/mem but we limit the circle. If we advertise that there is a question then it would open the question to anyone for an answer.

What do you think would be good?

Read the full posting here.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Z-list meme, tertiary round

Picking up from my initial post, which added to Troy's post, there were additional links added to the second post. Since this is Tertiary Education, let's go for three times in this round for the Z-listing meme.

Yes, there are more links added to this one.

Long live the long tail!

Creative Think
Movie Marketing Madness
Blog Till You Drop!
Get Shouty!
One Reader at a Time
100 Bloggers
Critical Fluff
The New PR
Own Your Brand!
Work, in Plain English
Buzz Canuck
New Millenium PR
Pardon My French
The Instigator Blog
Diva Marketing
Marketing Hipster
The Marketing Minute
Funny Business
The Frager Factor
Open The Dialogue
Word Sell
Note to CMO:
That’s Great Marketing!
Shotgun Marketing Blog
Customers Rock!
Being Peter Kim
Andy Nulman
Billions With Zero Knowledge
Working at Home on the Internet
MapleLeaf 2.0
Darren Barefoot
Two Hat Marketing

The Engaging Brand
The Branding Blog
Drew’s Marketing Minute
Golden Practices
Tell Ten Friends
Flooring the Consumer
Kinetic Ideas
Unconventional Thinking
Conversation Agent
The Copywriting Maven
Hee-Haw Marketing
Scott Burkett’s Pothole on the Infobahn
Multi-Cult Classics
Logic + Emotion
Branding & Marketing
Carpe Factum
Steve’s 2 Cents
Popcorn n Roses
On Influence & Automation
Servant of Chaos
Make it Great!
Presentation Zen
Dmitry Linkov
Urban Jacksonville
John Wagner
Nick Rice
CKs Blog
Design Sojourn
Frozen Puck
The Sartorialist
Small Surfaces
Africa Unchained
Marketing Nirvana
Bob Sutton
¡Hola! Oi! Hi!
Shut Up and Drink the Kool-Aid!
Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together
Community Guy
Social Media on the fly
Jeremy Latham’s Blog
SMogger Social Media Blog

37 Days
A Clear Eye
Alex Halavais
Blog Brothers

Brand Autopsy
Brand Soul
Creating Passionate Users
Crossroads Dispatches
Doc Searls

FAST Company
gillianic tendencies

Good Experience
Hitchhikers Guide to the Blogosphere
How to Save the World
Josh Hallett

Joy of Six
Learned on Women
Make it Great
my topography

New Charm School
Occupational Adventure
Orbit Now
PureLand Mountain

Seth Godin
Songs of Experience
Talking Story
Time Goes By

Tom Peters

Tomorrow Today
World Changing

Tertiary Education

Joyful Jubilant Learning

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

The games we play

Sandra Dickenson has a great posting sharing some of the insights on adult games from Bernie DeKoven.

Collective competency is an increased collective capacity to meet greater challenges. Bernie concludes that the experience of collective competency is fun for adults because it is mutually empowering.

  1. Each individual increases the abilities of the collective.
  2. The collective increases the abilities of the individual.
The Joyful Jubilant Learning group is attempting to build collective competency. We have a great core group and are looking to expand early in the new year. Perhaps one of the ways we can expand is by playing games.

What kind of games?

Games that are fun, interactive and help us to learn by doing.

How do we do that?

The five things meme is a sort of game. That was easy, insightful and sets us up for a deeper understanding of the individuals in the group. We can build on the five things in future games.

So can we do anything now?

Yes, read the posting by Sandra, the comments by Bernie and myself, and then join in this Duck-duck-goose + Question & Answer game.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

memory and learning

I spent 2.5 days last week at work with the ITIL Foundations class culminating in the exam. Yes, I passed. I thought I would have done better than I did. There is only so much memorization that can occur in such a short time. We were able to work a simulation game that helped those in the class see and appreciate the impact that the ITIL processes can have on an operation. It was delightful to see the light bulbs going off in the heads of my classmates as they made the connections!

I find this video link via the WServerNews letter and can only wonder how he would have done with this exam. Should have passed easily! With such a memory! And the recall for such detail!

Go ahead, click though to view the video then return for my final comment.

I'll wait for you.

I am not going anywhere.


Okay, wasn't that something?

As impressive as Stephen is, he does not have it all. None of us do. Let's be happy with what we have and use those skills to their fullest.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

emergent behavior lesson

Papert had been discussing how to build a computer model of Hanoi's notoriously chaotic traffic. He found it an interesting instance of a theme closely associated with his work: "emergent behavior," or the way that large groups of agents following simple rules, with no central leader, can spontaneously create sophisticated systems and activities. Examples include schools of fish, anthills, bee swarms, and, apparently, Vietnamese motorbike drivers.


One thing about emergent phenomena that the pioneers of the field tended not to emphasize is that they are often unkind to their constituent agents: Ant colonies are not very solicitous of the lives of individual ants. Hanoi traffic is a fascinating emergent phenomenon, but it didn't take good care of Seymour Papert when he became one of its constituent agents. As a result, the world risks losing one of its greatest thinkers about emergent phenomena.

Read the full story in the Boston Globe (free registration required).

The fine line between walking across a Hanoi street may be similar to that fine line between an individual and a group. How much individuality do you give up to be a member of a group?

Apparently, the flip side is telling us that when the group does not care for the individual, we should be cautious.

What do you think about this?

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Fencing lessons for successful teamwork

"There’s a huge difference between us and other teams," says junior saberist Samantha Parker. "In other teams there’s infighting. Here, we eat together. We study together on the bus."

"Fencing is an individual sport," Hagamen says. "But, paradoxically, our greatest strength is our sense of team."

Bukantz, of the US team, has worked as a referee during Harvard bouts and says he has never seen a squad with Harvard’s esprit de corps. He attributes it to Brand. "Fencing, to him, is about life lessons," he says. "He’s almost like a parent." Emily Cross adds: "Peter’s really good at working with people."

Brand brings the team together over a lot more than just meals. "We’re very egalitarian," he says. "Communal" is perhaps a better word. Back when he hired his assistants, he gave his fencers a say in the process.

This comes from an article on the success of Harvard's fencing team. Yes, fencing. It is a sport akin to "chess on speed". The physical body needs to be trained as much as the mind to prepare for a match. The coach (Peter Brand) goes further than most in how he enables the group to truly prepare as a team.

These are lessons worthy of trying to apply in a work environment. Good teamwork is often critical for business success.

Read the full article in the Sunday Boston Globe (free registration required).

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Edward W Brooke

You're 87 now. How do you think you will be remembered in your obituary?

I dread that question [sighs]: as someone who believed what he said and said what he believed and tried to be effective in getting results.

From the Boston Globe Magazine interview with Edward Brooke who long before Deval Patrick was the first minority elected to state office in Massachuesetts.

Read the full article to gain his full insights.

He has made it real simple:

"as someone who believed what he said and said what he believed and tried to be effective in getting results."

What more could you want?

What do you want to be remembered as?

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Game Makers

Sandra has a good posting on her blog about Building the Game Making Community.

How do we play this “making the game” together game? is the central question she asks.

Sandra, you have provided the tools (blog and wiki) and plenty of inspiration, now I think we need an objective.

What game are we going to make?
What are we going to try to accomplish with the game?

Maybe the group will come up with multiple games to make.
We can list them, prioritize them and get started with one.

I think we should start simple.

We'll learn as much together the first time through about ourselves as about the process itself. The second time, trying something a little more challenging in the game itself, will actually be easier because we'll be more able to work together.

I'll put my thinking cap on to come up with a suggestion or two.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Qumana needs your help!

If you use Blogger and Qumana, Qumana needs your help. They are getting to work on changing Qumana to work with the Blogger Beta.

As I mentioned yesterday, I have provided them some info. If you use Qumana, please find some time to provide some help.

You won't be able to use Qumana with Blogger Beta until they get it fixed.

Read here for additional details.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Migrated to Blogger Beta today

So far so good. My Qumana Editor is balking at posting but otherwise things seem to be working fine from my side.

If you see any problems or have any difficulty viewing the blog, please let me know!

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Time Management

Time management is one of those skills no one teaches you in school but you have to learn. It doesn't matter how smart you are if you can't organize information well enough to take it in. And it doesn't matter how skilled you are if procrastination keeps you from getting your work done.
Penelope Trunk opens her article in the Boston Works section of today's Sunday Boston Globe with this and goes on to provide ten good tips.
  • Don't leave e-mail sitting in your in box.
  • Do the most important thing first.
  • Check your e-mail on a schedule.
  • Keep website addresses organized.
  • Know when you work best.
For the remainder of these excellent tips, follow this link to the full article (free registration may be required).
Have you learned time management?
What tip would you add to this listing?
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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Writing stops; blogging continues

Writing stops; blogging continues. writing is inside; blogging is outside. Writing is monologue; blogging is conversation. writing is thesis; blogging is synthesis... none of which minimizes the importance of writing. But writing becomes an ongoing process, one that is not just done for the contrived purposes of the classroom. Ken Smith, a writing instructor at Indiana University puts it this way:
Instead of assigning students to go write, we should assign them to go read and then link to what interests them and write about why it does and what it means, not in order to make a connection or to build social capital but because it is through quality linking... that one first comes in contact with the essential acts of blogging: close reading and interpretation. Blogging, at base, is writing down what you think when you read others. If you keep at it, others will eventually write down what they think when they read you, and you'll enter a new realm of blogging, a new realm of human connection. (Smith, 2004)
One of several quotes that I'll tease you with as I work through my review of this good book.
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Monday, December 04, 2006

Food for thought - Why I Blog?

From Dave Pollard writing at How to Save the World wrote this posting in September. I marked it to come back to, and then forgot about it. Yes, it has been busy but I am catching up.

Click through to read the full posting.

I love his graphic outlining the workflow.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Compassion deficit disorder

‘‘He watched my face, read my signals,’’ she says. ‘‘If the ball hit me, he knew to be sad. We would experiment by throwing it harder and softer. If I picked up the ball and dropped it into the stool, we would laugh and laugh. It was a rich experience.’’


Jack was getting a crash course in human communication, with chapters on empathy and compassion. In a world where more and more toys have batteries, buttons, screens, or agendas, it's a lesson early childhood educators worry too many children are missing. Wheelock College professor Diane Levin has even coined a term for children without it: compassion deficit disorder.


Unfortunately, parents unwittingly abet the process with the toys they buy.


‘‘The ability to relate to others builds slowly over time through many, many little everyday experiences,’’ Carlsson-Paige says. ‘‘The more we give them toys that take them out of relationships instead of putting them into them, the more, little by little, they are missing out on the slow construction of social skills.’’

Ah, ah... my wife jumped in her seat. She was reading the Boston Globe this morning. The article in the Living/Arts section was titled "Kids don't get building blocks of learning from high-tech play". Written by Barbara F Meltz, it created such excitement for my wife. I haven't see her this excited reading the paper.


You may recall Dolores teaches kindergarten. She sees this all too often in some of her kids. While one may have three Memory games at home, others have not played it before.

Levin and others who study the relationship between toys, play, and development say toys with electronics bypass the process by which young children learn about cause and effect, including cause and effect of the human kind, such as body language and nonverbal clues. The more high-tech toys a child has and the younger he or she is when they're introduced, the bigger the potential problem. The first three toys on the TRUCE ‘‘Toys to Avoid’’ list, for instance, are a Baby Einstein video for 9-month-olds, and two electronic learning systems by Leap Frog and Jakks.

Cause and effect? Maybe something like the connection between the real power of a gunshot to a live person and what is witnessed in a video game?

It's open-ended toys — blocks, clay, puppetry, animal figures, sand, markers, chalk, paint — that preschool teacher Sarae Pacetta hopes parents choose this holiday season.

‘‘Parents think they aren't doing a good enough job if they can't provide toys that have buttons and make sounds. It's just not true,’’ says Pacetta, who teaches at the Lee Academy Pilot School in Dorchester. ‘‘I'd rather see a child playing with empty cereal boxes and tubes from toilet and paper towel rolls than with electronic toys.’’

Chalk and a clear driveway or sidewalk! Ah, those are great combinations. I recall coming home from time to time and being cautioned not to step here or there because of the special place I was intruding upon. I learned quickly to engage with what was happening with my daughters and their friends before going too far.

What you can do with a paper towel roll is open to as much as your imagination will allow. That is one of the keys. Imagination. Creative play. Exploring and making things up. Electronic toys will keep one busy but in a structured world all unto its own with little human interaction.

Read the full article here.

Save your child, or grandchild, or neighbors kid this holiday season.

Buy one of the many non-battery operated toys this year.

Encourage their open ended play. Help them avoid compassion deficit disorder.


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Intuitive filters

If students are to learn to be intuitive filters, then it happens when they spend time not just learning history, but learning what historians do. Not just learning science, but learning what scientists do. Then learning becomes a human experience, drawing on human curiosity, human communication, human resourcefulness — not just brute memorization.

Great quote from David Warlick from his post on Is All Information Knowledge?

Read the full posting for his statement and argument for one literacy:

(skills involved in using information to accomplish goals), rather than lots of literacies (reading, information literacy, digital literacy, computer literacy, blah blah blah),


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