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I’m starting to work through how to put a detailed training plan, schedule and materials onto a PDA. A lot of people are wedded to their blackberries so it seems like a natural platform for those on the road.  As I find interesting stuff, I’ll try to post it.

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I’m always facinated with success stories of people who don’t fit the mold of the perfect childhood and high IQs.  There’s a great article in the New York Times that highlights success stories of people with dyslexia.  Well worth reading.  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/06/business/06dyslexia.html?em&ex=1197435600&en=51a46ab6e31d02cf&ei=5087%0A

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Here’s another interesting video on the digital learner.  Does it show a generational divide?

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For some reason I keep getting free copies of Website Magazine.  There’s always something interesting.  In the August issue they listed the top 50 video sharing sites.  So if you want to go beyond Youtube, Google, Yahoo and Myspace, here’s some other top rated sites to try:

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eduscene1.jpg   Singapore is really become a model of change and innovation in education.  I’ve run across a great website that provides a lot of good information and links about public and private education in Singapore.  It’s worth a look.  www.eduscene.com

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I think there is a significant difference between the way people actually learn and the way they are taught.  It’s actually an interesting way to start a session to ask participants to:  Think of something you’re good at.  How did you really learn to become good at that?

There’s a lot of practice, experience, coaching and even a few breakthrough moments where something unique happens.  So the idea would then be to build training that matches these descriptions.  However, the traditional way is to start by thinking about everything you need to know and do and then line up a series of courses starting with building blocks and finally ending with application.  The two paths end up being very different.

 In the design of training, people are pretty good at identifying the “what”, but are less good at determining the “when” and “how.”  The “how” tends to be more around what delivery mechanism to use rather than “how” you actually learn that skill. 

I’m very interested in stories about how people actually learned to do what they do well.  Please add yours to the comments.

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As I promised here is the list of famous college drop outs. 

Ben Aflec  Carl Bernstein  Eleanor Clift  Jackie CooganJames Fenimore Cooper  Claire Danes  Michael DellHarrison Ford  Bill Gates   David Geffen  William Randolph HearstJohn Hughes  Don Imus  Reggie Jackson  Harry Truman  Steve JobsRush Limbaugh  Walter Cronkite  Abraham Lincoln  John MackeyRay Romano  Theodore RooseveltKarl Rove    Michael RubinWilliam Safire  Frank Sinatra  Will Smith  Daniel Snyder  Leo TolstoyTed Turner  William McKinley  Jesse “The Body” Ventura, DeWitt WallaceGeorge Washington  John Wayne  Kanye WestBruce Willis  Anna Wintour  Steve Wozniak  F. Scott FitzgeraldRosie O’Donnel  Ellen Degeneres  H Wayne Huizenga  Emile ZolaMark Zuckerberg  Barry Goldwater  Dustin Hoffman  Jerry Yang  Tom Hanks   Warren Beatty  Richard Gere  Burt Reynolds   John Jacob Astor  Irving Berlin  Chuck Berry  Milton BradleyCharles Bronson  Michael Keaton Brad Pitt  Yoko OnoNina Totenberg  James Cameron  Sharon Stone  Bill MurrayDan Akroyd  Frank Lloyd Wright  Tom Monaghan  John Glenn  Charles Lindbergh  J. Paul Getty  Robert Frost

And now for an added bonus, here are the billionaire dropouts. 

Paul Allen   Ray Kroc   Henry Ford   Andrew Carnegie   Kirk Kerkovian   Richard Branson   Bill Gates   Larry Ellison   Steve Jobs   Barry Diller           J. Paul Getty   Michael Dell   Carl Ichan   David H. Murdock    Stephen Spielberg    Theodore Waitt     George Westinghouse   Jerry Yang 

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