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It is easy to tweet the essence of the advice that Alan Alda shared about public speaking: Share just three ideas, said three different ways, and iterated three times each.

But that distilled wisdom becomes a meaningless tip if you do not adopt the same value system of wanting to create an authentic connection.

Alda took time and care to bracket his three tips with the need to make that human connection. Public speakers and teachers might take that advice as a golden reminder that delivering messages and running the curricular race come a distant second behind making that connection.

If you cannot reach them, you cannot teach them.

One of the people I learn from outside the realm of education is Beth Kanter. I subscribe to her blog‘s RSS feed.
 

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Recently she shared what she learnt from a presentation by Sree Sreenivasan.

ABC was “Always be Charging” – imagine the stories we will tell our grandchildren about sitting in airports near the plugs to recharge our phones.

ABC, always be capturing. He said use your phone as a notebook and take photos.

And finally, always be connecting. That is share (selectively) what you capture so you can connect.

These are simple but astute observations about current life.

These are also why educators need to be ABC: Always be contemplating or always be considering ways to go mobile and to connect better with other educators and their learners.


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Today I share another part of my series on informal and emergent learning with Minecraft. This episode focuses on opportunities for connecting and collaborating with other players.

This video is different in a few ways.

First, instead of presenting it as one continuous video, there are a total of five smaller parts (including the introduction above).

Second, this video was a combination of videos recorded and edited over a few weekends. I typically try one-take wonders because they are easier to edit. But the new version of iMovie in Mac OS Maverick is more usable than the previous version so I am flexing a little post-production muscle.

Third, this video does not include the usual CeL-Ed lead-in and lead-out video segments. This is to prevent confusion when selecting which parts to watch.

I recommend watching the videos on a desktop or laptop web browser so that you can click on hotspots. But I provide links to the video segments in the video descriptions in YouTube should you be on a more mobile device.


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Cooperation is 1+1=2. It’s just the sum of the separate parts.

Collaboration is 1+1=3. When people collaborate, not only do ideas and hunches collide synergistically, something new results. Sometimes this emergent process or product is unexpected but always desirable.

How do we collaborate more and more effectively? We need to increase the chances for collaborating first. And as the author, Steven Johnson, points out at the end of the video, chance favours the connected mind.

No prizes for guessing the most efficient and effective way to get minds to connect today.


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When I was researching statistics on Wikipedia last year for my book chapter on wikis, there were 10 million articles on Wikipedia in 260 languages. Today, there are 15 million articles in 270 languages. All thanks to these “weird” and wonderful Wikipedians!

It is creating, critiquing, connecting and collaborating at its best! So enjoy this tongue-in-cheek look at Wikipedians from an insider.


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