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The model of a teacher in a classroom repeated 150,000 times is so highly variable that it’s virtually impossible to deliver consistent, high level education.  Imagine going to 150,000 factories that make something like beer.  You’d get some great beer, some mediocre beer and some terrible beer.  Sit in 10,000 1oth grade history classes.  Some would be great, some would be mediocre and some would be terrible.  With the current model of education, this will happen no matter what you do. 

Often teaching is geared toward teaching one student or one class.  That’s fine in a small world.  But the task is to educate millions at a time.  Ironically the strength of education in the past, buildings, teachers, school boards, etc. have become the immovable object to change.  So my prediction is that real change will come from outside the system.  It will come from the world of better, faster, cheaper where the innovators and entrepreners live.  Things like IPODS, Google, Facebook, etc. didn’t result from gradual improvement, they came about from completely changing the game.

When the model of teacher and classroom ends, real innovation will happen.

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Music Fest Monday

Sometimes you just need to have a little music on Monday.  Here are a few to wake everyone up.

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Help with My Next Book

I’ve uncovered some of my research for a book that I want to write, book #6. I’d like the book to be short statements by highly successful people, hopefully tops in their fields. The statement is an answer to 2 questions:

1. How did you really learn to do what you do?
2. Would you have done anything different?

The underlying question is how close is the way these people learn to how we teach people to do things. And if so why?

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Technology at It’s Best

Doing any technology training.  You might find this helpful.

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A lot of the education models originated in a school setting. As a result, their application to a business setting is difficult at best. Education models assume classrooms with a teacher and focus a lot on the individual. In a business setting, there are often no classrooms and often no teachers. The focus is on training large numbers quickly and getting results just as fast. That’s why new models are needed that don’t come from the school education community.

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For anyone in instructional design, keeping track of all the changes and versions can be a nightmare.  I’ve run across a feature of Google the might just solve this problem.  It allows everyone on your review team to work on the document at the same time.  No more sending emails back and forth.  This is especially helpful when you might be doing four or five revisions on a single phone call.  Here is a quick video that explains everything.

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There seems to be a new trend in reality TV that involves looking through old junk for your fortune.  I think it started with Antiques Roadshow but has expanded into less refined and much more interesting adventures.  Here are my picks in this area:

  1. Pawn Stars (History Channel)
  2. American Pickers (History Channel)
  3. Storage Wars (A&E)
  4. Auction Hunters (Spike)
  5. Hard Core Pawn (TruTV)

What I think is interesting is that there is always a big gap between what something gets valued at and what it actually gets sold for.  Unless you find gold or silver that can be melted down, everything is a sales challenge.

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