In another step of trying not to be a serial Coursera class drop out, I have started a small group to go through the Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence class. We’re going to focus less on Coursera credentialing and more on discussion and outcomes for ourselves.
Emotional intelligence consists of knowing yourself, managing yourself, understanding others, and relationships with others. People who have high emotional intelligence (EQ) are people we usually enjoy being near. People with a high EQ do not show strong emotion unless they intentionally want to do so. People with high EQ are able to resolve conflict in a way that makes everyone involved feel good about the resolution.
If you do not yet understand the value of metadata from articles on subjects like finding Paul Revere through his relationships (aka his metadata), the Electronic Frontier Foundation has submitted 22 stories of people who hesitated to associate with a group because of the threat of the NSA’s metadata collection. You can find out a lot by just knowing who a person contacts or what sites a person visits without knowing what they discussed or did. If someone visits a site on lung cancer, calls a cancer specialist, and looks at information on alternative treatment methods of lung cancer, there is a pretty good chance that the person has lung cancer, information that is normally very private. With the knowledge that the NSA may be collecting that data, someone may hesitate to join a particular group because of the possible exposure that it creates.
If you have used a YouTube video in a presentation, you have likely had to deal with the occasional pre-roll advertisement. AdBlock Plus is an extension available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer that not only blocks a good chunk of advertising around the web but also video advertisements on sites like YouTube. Now you won’t have to wait for an advertisement to play while you are giving a presentation.
Dipity is a web-based timeline creation tool that makes this storytelling format easy to create. You can quickly build a timeline with event titles, dates, descriptions, locations, links, and videos. Visualizing a timeline can be very useful in helping communicate a complex series of events.
(LWC means “Last Week: Curated”. In these posts, I pull together the highlights of tweets I shared and articles I saved in Evernote.)
Last week’s highlights are dominated by classroom and educational technology readings, but let’s start first with an interesting article arguing against a definition of journalism that determines who is or is not a journalist by their profession.
Josh Stearns at NPR was driven to write on this topic as journalism works to find its footing for the future. A pair of PBS professionals came up with a well-researched definition and in the end decided to throw it out. Why throw it out? They decided to ditch it because it would be a “fatal blow to new forms of journalism”. Stearns shares a lot of people’s perspectives that focus on journalism being an ethical act of service to society. I think I can go with that.
Sometimes other people say it better than you can, but they sometimes say it with more words than you want or need. Metta is a site that allows you to combine multiple videos into a single video. You can then add your own annotations and interactive elements like polls. I’m not sure how accessible it is, but it is worth spending some more time examining this interesting storytelling tool.
If you are moving your lecture content out of the classroom into pre-class activities, you will want to make sure your videos are no more than 6 minutes long. This particular study comes from an instructor on the edX MOOC platform. Using something like Metta could make it possible to string multiple pieces together into digestible bites, broken up with interactive elements.
One of the most productive collaborations I have had that produced a document as a deliverable was done using Google Docs. The ability to allow writers to work simultaneously and see each others edits as they type is a very powerful one. This article discusses a teacher who used it in a writing class to give immediate feedback to their students as they wrote.
Mozilla has released the 1.0 version of their web literacy standard. The standard is an attempt to define what it means to be capable of using the web as a consumer, creator, and collaborator. Someone who has the skills to meet the standard will be better at reading, writing, and participating on the web.