Would you like to be in your class?

I started reading Inside Apple this evening, which is a book that lays out some of the inner workings of Apple as a company.  I was struck by one part where it talked about how Apple and Steve Jobs never worried about things like focus groups or  costumer surveys when deciding what product lines to pursue.

[Jobs] found Apple’s prototype customer in the mirror, and the company came to develop computers that Jobs, at one time or another, decided he would like to own.

It got me thinking about decision making and how we structure our eduction systems. Then I hit upon a really interesting question. If you’re an educator, have you ever asked yourself if you’d like to buy what you’re selling? As you do everything you need to get ready for teaching a class, do you ever stop to ask if you’d like to be in it?

Just some end of weekend random thoughts.

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OTF Connects – Student Inquiry

I just had the pleasure of faciliating a webinar session through OTF Connects. The Ontario Teachers Federation has started this venture to bring free, online and easily accessible PD to Ontario Teachers.  There was about a dozen enthusiastic educators in this webinar tonight, and some great ideas where shared around how to use web tools as tools to support student inquiry.

I recommend checking out the schedule and signing up for one or more of these free PD sessions.  By teachers, for teachers. Great folks doing great things.

I’ve embedded my presentation below for use if wanted. It is slightly different than that one used in the webinar as I had to remove a few things to get it below the free level allowed by Slideshare.

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Stay Curious!

Ran across this video today. I liked it so much I thought I’d post it on my blog. 🙂

Skillshare appears to be a website where you can take classes from a variety of people in a variety of areas. It looks quite interesting.

There’s a lot of good one liners in the video. I like “It doesn’t matter what you ask, just that you ask.. Because the questions you find are more important than the answers”

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=34853044&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=f36c21&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

The Future Belongs to the Curious from Skillshare on Vimeo.

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