A|G 2008 – Day 2 Highlights

April 21, 2008

Back in Seattle and synthesizing notes…here are my day 2 notes.

Breakfast Byte – Web 2.0 has value…now what?

Rise and shine with an awesome breakfast discussion using web 2.0 and social learning. It was awesome, with a lot of interesting ideas from many different perspectives. Bottom line: don’t focus on the tool, instead focus on what and how you are currently collaborating and communicating and figure out what your needs are from there.

There was an IT rep from Wrigley gum, which was there to collect information to help his organizational needs…very cool. They say make friends with IT, and this guy is already on your side. One person was using a meta-tagged phone directory, with embedded IM. Sounds very cool. Kevin Jones, who I met at an earlier discussion that he lead the day before was in the house, full of cool ideas, who has also started a ning social network around social learning, so check it out. I didn’t get a chance to catch him at Espresso Learning, but he seems to be one of the dudes to keep up with and he has even started a social learning social network.

Keynote #2 John Patrick

Bottom line: Future of the Internet…we are just in the beginning in the internet’s full potential (5%).

Here are other random notes:

The internet is about people, not just students, teachers, business. Transferred the power from institutions to people. Expectations rise by the day with information. Music industry should have listened to technology theorist along the way to see where it was going instead of waiting for Steve Jobs to lead the way.

Both global and local…convergence and divergence…one device that does everything. Pervasive internet…anything this electronic with a chip in, has a networking capability. Power of the click, not necessarily revolution (edit note from Mark – Tibet is using micro-blogging to push out critical and timely information). He calls the power End to End. ISPs have the lowest customer experience rating. He does not like his service provider….he showed a poor web usability example of his service provider not letting him put his security answer (leo, or blue) because it wasn’t enough characters. They are not empowering you, they are empowering themselves…whereas the web is for you (the customer). Availability is strong aspect.

Cultural studies, Phew family funds study. Showed teenages uers emails, texting, IM’ing The banking coming ING concentrates of the customer and uses the internet. Email is powerful and we have along way to go. He uses Span arrest. 82% of his email is spam. The real barriers are not tecnnical. Most of the issues are wit attitude.

Health care issues, which give lots of jobs and will potentially, bankrupt the country. No politician has a good solution. Medical error and care provider liability insurance drives the cost. Information technology (lack there of) adds to the problem

Kaiser Permanente, IBM, Siemens, Mayo clinic are doing stuff, but in the mainstream, not enough is not going. People do not do enough about their own health, nor demand for the information.

Health care is too reliant on paper and web-based EMR is what he wants and will likely reduce errors and security.

The government has not regulated it out of fear and ignorance, which has worked to our advantage. IRS had done a GOOD job with eFile.

The internet, which originated from education, provides a way for livelong learning.

A lot of people don’t know how to learn. We need to teach people to learn to learn.

Companies are face with do I empower people with the internet or just accommodate the internet.

He does not feel that a bubble is occurring again, because investors are smarter.

Whole Mind Design

Ann Herrmann Nehdi

This was an awesome session, where Ann used discussed how the there are four distrinct ways for processing information, and how we need to keep this in mind when we not only desing eLearning, but also how we collaborate with each other. She used fun props like color cards, balloons, hats and group exercises. I would like to see her perspective on immersive learning simulations.

Here are some other random notes:

  • Brains kicking in…years of research, how do you leverage and take advantage.
  • Are we learning as fast as the world is changing?
  • Retention is critical
  • Average peson speaks @125-175 words per min. and listens @450-600 wpm
  • Book: The Right Mind
  • Use context and emotion correctly, leverage engaging emotions
  • Put learner at risk, with safety

Telling stories with pictures

This was a fun session, which discussed how when telling and story, with imagery or otherwise, we should ask three levels of interest or “why”? This will help strengthen your story.

Example: Picture of a girl putting money in a piggy bank;

What/Why is she doing? – Putting money in a piggy bank

Why is she doing it? – To save for something.

What is she saving for? – To buy a new toy.