TEDx Talk by netTrekker Founder Randy Wilhelm – Igniting the Hope of Knowing

Photo of Randy Wilhelm, netTrekker founderAt TEDx event at Xavier University in May, netTrekker (now Knovation) founder Randy Wilhelm described children's innate curiosity as "living in the question." Kids think they can do anything – even fly. Their imaginations are free to explore any idea that is interesting to them.

However, in public education Wilhelm muses, we have lost our way as "the currency of education is no longer in the question – education currency is in the answer." In fact, we have organized ourselves around a system where success is defined as the highest total of correct answers.

In his talk, Wilhelm explores the idea that we, as adults, are asking the wrong question of our children. Instead of asking, "how intelligent are you?," we should be asking, "how are you intelligent?"

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Why is Digital Learning Day Important for Educators, Policy Makers, K-12 Publishers and EdTech Companies?

Yesterday was the first-ever national Digital Learning Day organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education headed up by former WV governor, Bob Wise. 15,000 educators and 1.7 million students from 39 states participated in this remarkable event. In addition, an untold number of education advocates, enthusiasts, reformers, policy wonks, journalists, consultants and K-12 vendors also participated via web broadcast and social media.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski kicked off the national town hall meeting with an announcement that the Obama administration wants digital textbooks to be implemented in every U.S. public school within 5 years. Yes, 2017.

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3 Reasons to be Hopeful for Better Business in 2012

For me 2011 was a tumultuous year and I am happy to move on. As I thought about why I was more optimistic about 2012, three things came to mind that have nothing to do with whether or not the economy improves (although we all hope it does).

  1. A fresh perspective. Most of us have had some down time during the holidays, and whenever we spend time away from the day to day, we can examine what we’re doing in new ways. Even if the only change for you is the New Year itself, take this opportunity to evaluate your work for an opportunity to bring a fresh perspective or to try a new strategy or tactic. If you’ve been dreaming of something different, this could be the time to activate that dream.

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Review – The Art of Possibility – Transforming Professional and Personal Life

9780142001103l.jpgFirst published February 9, 2009

The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander is a magnificent book on leadership. As a life-long musician and the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, Ben Zander has become an inspirational teacher who is now taking his leadership philosophy out into the corporate world as a motivational speaker.  Rosamund Stone Zander is a respected therapist who helps individuals and groups find their way to the “impossible.” Even if you do not consider yourself a leader or are not interested in becoming a leader, there are still many lessons to learn from the practices the Zanders recommend in this book. 

Someone sent me a YouTube video of Ben making a presentation at one of the TED conferences. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design but the TED Talks are more commonly known by their mission, “ideas worth spreading.” An extraordinary collection of innovative thought leaders make presentations at TED each year. You can view a selection of the very best at www.TED.com. I was so impressed by the video that I immediately ordered the book. The contagious passion I saw at work in the video permeated the book as well.

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