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2009-11-03 We Are The Network: “Excuse me, but did you really say that?!”

November 2nd, 2009 No comments

We Are The Network: “Excuse me, but did you really say that?!”

Please join us for a discussion every Tuesday at 12PM noon SL (US Pacific Time)WeAreTheNetwork-istock-titled.001.150x88

This Tuesday, November 3rd, we will be at the Epoch Institute in Second Life
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This Week’s Topic

Have you been here?  You write an email or IM, send it out thinking that it was clear and neutral.  You move on to something else.  Then all of a sudden you get a stormy response from someone who saw something very different in the words you crafted than what you meant.  We all know that it is pretty easy for this to happen in all sorts of discussions, and more so in text conversations than some others.

This week we’ll revisit a spin of an old game… the telephone game… updated as a micro-game for modern times.

“Excuse me, but did you really say that?” is a way for us to explore in role play style various ways that written and spoken communications can be interpreted and misinterpreted, while hopefully having some fun and learning some useful techniques.

Each participant will either chat in text or say in voice one sentence. We’ll all create as many possible realistic interpretations as we can create.  Then we’ll figure out how the original might have been handled differently to increase clarity and reduce the chances of misinterpretation.

Feel free to bring in real examples or make up samples.  Either way I suspect we’ll turn over some interesting things in the process.

See you on Tuesday at 12PM noon SL, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”.

Best regards,

Joel

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2009-09-15 We Are The Network: Virtual Space Planning for Business and Education Uses

September 13th, 2009 No comments

Please join us for a discussion every Tuesday at 12PM noon SL (US Pacific Time)WeAreTheNetwork-istock-titled.001.150x88

This Tuesday,  Sept 15, we will be at the Epoch Institute in Second Life
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This Week’s Topic

What are the most effective virtual space designs for business and educational uses? In virtual spaces anything can be built, and structures do not have to obey the laws of physics.  For some reason, virtual world newcomers almost universally assume that the “right” answer is to model traditional physical spaces  such as offices, classrooms, conference rooms, auditorium spaces, with real life proportions and the standard accessories found in our daily lives.

Experience has shown that copying physical space design is often an ineffective solution, when compared to a design that takes full advantage of virtual world possibilities. What are best of breed answers for these challenges?  As an emerging body of understanding, we may be in the best position to start to articulate real answers to the question “How should I design a space for business or education use?”, so let’s give it a try!

In this session we will discuss best practices for space design for business and education uses, including private discussions, small meetings, large meetings, presentations and lectures, and interactive education. I won’t be surprised if this topic becomes another of our “oops, we’d better split this into a few sessions” discussions, as there is a lot of ground to cover.

Please add comments to this blog post with names of Second Life locations, or even better SLURLs that you know of as example solutions for business and education space designs, so that we can discuss them and maybe do a field trip during the session.

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon SL, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

Best regards,

Joel

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2009-09-01 Notes: What Are The New 21st Century Skills and How Will We Learn Them?

August 31st, 2009 No comments

Please join us for a discussion every Tuesday at 12PM noon SL (US Pacific Time)WeAreTheNetwork-istock-titled.001.150x88

This Tuesday, Sept 1, 2009, we will be at the Epoch Institute in Second Life™

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This Week’s Topic

Society is undergoing large-scale transformations, changes that we probably only partly understand at this early stage. Our “totally connected” world is starting to demand new skills. What are the key skills needed to thrive in the 21st century, and how will we learn them?

The rate of change and volume of information available, fueled by access to global realtime information and the evolution of social networks, have created a torrent of distractions along with new possibilities. How will we decide “how much is enough?”, “what should I learn now?” and “what will learning, school and work look like in five, ten or twenty years?”.  How will changes to the nature of work and society alter our careers and thus priorities for learning and skills?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon SL for a great discussion!

Best regards,

Joel

Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!
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Partnership For 21st Century Skills
http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/
The Latest Doomed Pedagogical Fad: 21st Century Skills
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/04/AR2009010401532.html
Winds Of Change: Learning For The 21st Century
http://chrisyaktheteacher.blogspot.com/2009/04/learning.html
Can Social Software Change Teaching and Learning
http://www.payome.com/article/5813.html
Logical Level Loops Of Learning
http://www.gwiztraining.com/Loops%20of%20Learning.pdf
Resistance To Change Means Resistance To Learning
http://www.learningcenter.net/library/learning.shtml
Kurt Lewin’s Change Theory In The Field And In The Classroom: Notes Toward A Model Of Managed Learning (MIT Sloan School)
http://www.solonline.org/res/wp/10006.html

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