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    Welcome to EDUC 58074 - 21st Century Workforce Readiness


          For details on how to begin the course, go to http://lone-eagles.com/workforcebegin.html 

            The following is an informal introduction to key resources and trends to get you thinking about your own goals and
            ideal outcomes for taking this course. 

            Please DO view each link for at least one minute each, and view the 15 minute videos - to set the stage for this course.

          If your Internet speed is a problem, then view this Jing video created by Tim Coray
            (let it run through first, then view it without the start and stopping.)
         "Getting By With Crummy Internet"

I have a wiki with short introduction videos to Blogs, Wikis, RSS, etc., with lots of links; http://web2fork12classrooms.pbwiki.com in case you're eager to begin exploring.

What’s YOUR Ideal Info-Diet?

Please start thinking about your current, and ideal, “Info-Diet.”  What devices, and media, do you now spend your valuable time consuming, and with what return on your investment?  Can you better use your time by learning different more efficient methods?

Let’s replace the word “broadband” with the word “connectedness” and begin to think about who, what, and why.  The term “Broadband” can mean anything from slow unreliable access to super fast, and doesn’t relate to meaningful use.

Lone Eagle's three new online courses represent an interesting trifecta;

1. "Social Media for Educators:" Social media is emergent and hugely popular, begging curriculum innovation opportunities for character ed, media self expression, informal mobile learning, and learning effective collaboration.

2. "Teaching Effectively Online:"Teaching effectively online has tensions between AYP, standards, what we're used to doing, risks of losing one's job to shrinking budgets, pressures for radical K12 reform, *whether youth are motivated, and questions as to many basic presumptions- particularly that preparing for college is the #1 goal.  It always has been #1, but is under recent reevaluation with costs up 600% in 1982.

3.  "21st Century Workforce Readiness:"  The third leg of this trifecta is the question of what DO we teach in a world of accelerating change regarding 21st Century - whateveryouwantocallit??? We need to teach the innovation process by instilling curiosity, the "Love of Learning" and the ability to grow our imaginations. We need to be adaptable self-starters, about to collaborative effectively with others.
Everyone needs peers to help support their encouragement and info-needs in our world of accelerating change.

We can expect to have 15 jobs in a career, changing every few years? Since 2006, I've advocated for "Growing an Entrepreneurial Culture, starting in Primary grades."  Learning to learn, whatever is needed at a moment's notice seems to be  more important than ever.  Skip Via's Elem. (5th grade) Ipad video in Lesson One -  shows the teacher directing students to find their own educational apps to fit with whatever they are studying. There are 40,000 educational apps and who can prioritize and match to standards seems to be insurmountable?
Preschoolers and elders are finding Ipads extremely compelling.

Citizen education and engagement can be dramatically enhanced with social media, mobile learning, smartphones and Ipads. "Everyone both learner and teacher, both consumer and producer, all the time,"  is based on "The New Normal; Doing more with less." 
Mobile learning informal online courses can serve as models for the most scalable and motivating consumer education and engagement models now made possible by current social, Egov, economic, and technology trends.  Watch for new ways to "learn-to-earn" via Internet.

The 21st Century impertative is...

Everyone Both Learner and Teacher, both Consumer and Producer, all the time.

1. LEARNER: Becoming a self-directed learner about to effectively search out highly specific information whenever the need presents itself, is increasingly an essential skills. Just-In-Time learning is replacing Just-In-Case learning.

2. TEACHER: Being able to create instructional media and mentor others is quickly becoming an essential skill. Simple tools like Jing allow anyone to instantly create and post a "Show Me" video capture. Constant workforce retraining puts a priority on those capable of helping others learn.

3. CONSUMER: The cover of Internet Retailer magazine recently had a catchy title "The Confident Connected Consumer." Smartphones with shopping comparision apps, using QR codes, allow instant price comparisions while shopping in stores or online. Nearly 20% of Christmas shoppers used QR codes in 2011. Groupon.com and Yelp and other discount and location-based apps are saving those with smartphones a lot of money and this trends will grow. A recent report stated $7,000/year can be saved by low income families with broadband, if they know how.

4. PRODUCER: In the Knowledge age, we all need to be competent produces of web media, videos, and more, with a sense for how we each can create unique knowledge 'value' and market ourselves and our products. Creating and sustaining a reputable digital identity is increasingly tied directly to finding jobs. 95% of corporations use LinkedIn.com to review employees.


A Visioning Tutorial to Kindle Your Imagination   ( 1 1/2 hours)

I think you’ll enjoy the following 15 minute videos from http://TED.com You will get credit for lesson one on the time spent viewing these profoundly relevant short videos. 

We're limited only by our imaginations as our one human family learns to join voices, virtually. The "Promise of Broadband" is literally that the clouds will part and the angels will sing. As you watch this short video, think about a new type of Facebook with individuals posting short video testimonies on what they believe in and are learning to contribute. Imagine elegant visuals mirroring to all which individuals are being “most effective” helping others as an area ripe for innovation. Many successfully new media entrepreneurs are now focusing on “meaningful” social media.

1. http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_whitacre_a_virtual_choir_2_000_voices_strong.html

    See also (Optional but outstanding!);
    Seven Billion Others - Teaser
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMv3oYHTLMA (6 minutes) 

The  Home Site:
http://www.6milliardsdautres.org/    the home site for our one human family.

NOTE (Optional): Video biographies for individuals with disabilities are at www.itsourstory.org - The founder, Scott Cooper, could use funding support. Recommended: View the short video on the home page. 

2. The Hole in Wall experiment in India demonstrated how kids taught themselves how to use a computer placed in a hole in the wall.  Here's a recent 18 minute TED talk from that project founder - related to Love of Learning,  models for self-directed learning where teachers are not affordable,  and kids as the global solution.

Note: The Granny Cloud refers to Elders mentoring youth as they engage in self-directed digital learning - simply by giving youth encouragement and attention: Most youth need a minimum of five adult mentors to encourage learning, and the 'the love of learning.'


3. Two billion will leave rural areas to swell urban slums in the next decade, but we're learning how to empower those in poverty in ways we all can contribute to;

Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits (and for-profits) can learn from Coca-Cola

 At TEDxChange, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants -- and can get -- a Coke. Why shouldn't this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too? How about peer mentoring and educational goals? Aspirational marketing is a theme to take a hard look at.

4.  The Khan Academy is a new metrics-based approach to education.   One individual can impact the lives of millions of others by posting their inspirations, videos, self-directed lessons, and encouragement to others online! The Gates foundation touts the future of Education as the Khanacademy.org - an example of the impact of one person's generosity.

Master learning with new K12 assessment metrics. Over 2000 high quality instructional videos are listed by topic with an emphasis in mathematics.

Google and the Gates Foundation gave this project $3 million – Bill Gates touts the Khan Academy as the future of education.



5. How Web Video Powers Global Innovation

This might be the most important video in the whole course. One individual can scout the world for the best innovations to post locally, to fuel the home fires of local innovation. 
If we all share what we know, we'll all have access to all our knowledge.

6. Did you know there is a $100 Billion/year market for sharing services?
I.E. Doing more with less.
We can all benefit by sharing our stuff - when we're not using it. Smarter ways of supporting each other are now easier than ever as broadband gives us the means to connect needs and resources. If we can all learn to get by at less cost through sharing, everyone wins.

Collaborative Consumption http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/rachel_botsman_the_case_for_collaborative_consumption.html

7. Would you believe anyone can easily learn to create their own online video class for free?   And you could offer your course for a fee, and what if thousands bought it, even at $5?

See the Udemy "how to" video at www.udemy.com

(Sign up and you'll be presented with video tutorial "how-to" links.)

7. Anyone can quickly create a free online video capture literally showing and explaining how to use new web 2.0 tools. I.E. Now…Everyone CAN be both learner and teacher, consumer and producer. Take the 2 minute tour at www.jingproject.com    You  don't need a webcam  to create and post instructional videos -  have your students show you  how!

8. A Must SEE Video: Social Media Revolution 2

Similar but Optional:   “Did you know?”   (six minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIDLIwlzkgY&feature=related   In our age of accelerating change, here are some fast facts to start you thinking. But don’t worry, this class will not be presented at this pace, but you might see some things you didn’t know.