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This video-maker asked an important question: WHAT will you learn in 2017?


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While he focused on nice-to-have skills, the same questions could be asked of any current day worker who needs to keep learning to stay relevant.

An equally important question is: HOW will you learn?

There are so many opportunities, many of them at very low cost or free. Those who have learnt to search wisely and curate judiciously leverage on YouTube and social media channels.

There is no need to wait for a professional development unit or a training department to get a curriculum approved or a content module developed. The end result of the wait may be a slick product, but the process is too slow to be relevant.

I will continue to use blogs, RSS, and Twitter to learn every day. How will you learn in 2017? Will you talk about learning in the 21st century? Or will you actually learn like it is already the early 21st century?


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Busy is a four-letter word, literally and figuratively. It should be used sparingly and not worn as a badge of honour.

So this Christmas, and from this point forward, give yourself the gift of dropping busy and setting aside time for what matters. This time that you prioritise is not a gift, it is a privilege.

It is a week to Christmas! This is a holiday that anyone that does not say “Bah, humbug!” can celebrate.


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If you want a secular celebration, you might enjoy this carol mix brought to you by ASAP Science and Jon Cozart.

Better a secular celebration than a commercial one.

We do not have winter in Singapore so the locals might not relate to this video. And no, visiting a snowy place to play in the powder or ski down some slopes is not the same as living there.


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However, you should be able to relate to the frustration this videographer had. He decided to record his conversations and arguments with cable workers because they could not see — and perhaps refused to see — what he could.

The workers were doing their jobs and they took the safety precautions as prescribed by policy. But these were not enough to prevent road accidents.

The videographer realised that there were not enough warning cones and provided some of his own, but this still did not stop accidents from happening. His appeals to the cable workers went unheeded.

It is easy to just keep your head down and do your work. It is more difficult to look up and take action.

If you are the receiver of information that you might not like, it is difficult to admit you are wrong. If you are the giver of that information, it is frustrating to be ignored.

Sometimes an outsider looking in can offer perspectives we cannot see because we are too close to the work or refuse to acknowledge that something is wrong. We do this to our detriment.

Sometimes the impact of what we choose to ignore is immediately obvious. Unfortunately, other times the impact is felt only years after.

I will refrain from making spreadsheet jokes because this edutainer makes most of them.

Warning: Spoiler ahead.


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In the video, Matt Parker showed us why all digital photos are actually spreadsheets because of the screens that display them.

The video might be unpacked and compared with traditional teaching. This would challenge our notions of what it means to teach.

If I bothered to search my blog archive, I could find out exactly how many times I have featured OK Go for my occasional series on process and product.
 

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This product was OK Go’s latest music video. It was a little over four seconds slowed down to play over four minutes and featured coloured salt.
 

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Like most behind-the-scenes insights, the next nitty-gritty video is not going to get as many views as the polished music video.

The almost needless reminder is how often people value the product over the process. If they want to be entertained, they have every right to focus on the product. But if they want to learn or gain an appreciation of the hard work, they need to get insights into the process.

In schooling, the principle that transfers is grades, scores, or certificates as products, and feedback, reflection, and revision as processes. The products are obvious, but the processes are not.

However, the processes in schooling and education are arguably more important than the products. A child can be drilled and pushed into getting As for tests or s/he can learn how be resilient, reflective, and independent.

The first set of methods tends to be formulaic, driven by shortcuts, and relatively easy. The second set, driven by character, attitudes, and values, takes time and is difficult. The first sets a child up for the test of school; the second for the test of life.

Which would you rather have? Decide. OK, go.

Should you trust your gut feelings or instinct?


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According to the research reviewed in this video, the answer is yes and no.

Yes, if the decision might have too many and complex variables for most people to process. This is a form of “fast” thinking that is an unconscious pattern recognition.

No, if the decision is a straightforward one or if it involves being empathetic to someone else. This is a form of “slow” thinking that is conscious and effortful.


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