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Brainstorming: With Anonymity and without

I was reflecting for a moment on the picture here, where Design Thinking was in action, and was thinking about how we often ask students, teachers, parents, administrators, workers, and so on to add their ideas to a wall through a brainstorm method.  But I was also thinking about accountability.  I wonder if it would be better to create a system like this where everyone needs to have their name attached to their idea.  My theory is that it would help in two ways.

The first is that the overall architect(s) would be able to return to the brainstorm and see who’s name is attached to the idea.  This way, if there is a problem, they can quickly follow-up with that person to get a clearer idea of what they were writing about.

The second idea stems from the fact that I assume people will put more effort into an idea if they know their name is attached to it.  With anonymity could come sloppiness, laziness, or downright silliness.

Where I think it might squash some of the better ideas because people may not want to put them forth since their name is attached, to counteract this, people could be asked to come back to the wall or another wall for another turn at it.  This time, they could put any idea that came to their head, but could do it anonymously.

I would argue that using both methods would be most useful because most ideas would be well thought out and articulated from those who had their names attached, but the second method would enable out-of-the-box thinking and the bizarre ideas to flourish.

What do you think?  Has this approach been done before?

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Design, Education

 

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25 Websites that will make you a Genius. Websites Educational

There are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites.

Source: ceriousproductions.com

An excellent repository of resources to revisit.  I didn’t know about number 23.  Any that were new to you?

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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Technology

 

Home | MIT Video

The MIT Video website aggregates and curates video produced by the Institute’s offices, laboratories, centers and administration. This includes feature and editorial videos, event recordings, academic content and more.

Source: video.mit.edu

I was pointed to this resource through one of my courses.  It is an excellent free source of well-made, intelligent videos. 

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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Technology

 

My goals for the site…

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 11.55.28 AMI will keep everything in WordPress because it works well, has great stats, and enables me to aggregate all of my feeds from Tumblr, Twitter, and Scoop.it.  I might look into whether my Instagram and Flikr video and photos can come through here as well.  In my spare time, I hope to accomplish a few things with this site this year, namely:

  • Redesign my logo
  • Rebrand the layout and content feed of my site
  • Create a new avatar
  • Upload all of my papers from my PhD course, possibly aggregated through acadamia.edu or scribd.com – maybe both!

I am always searching for thoughts and advice.  What do you think?

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Design, Technology

 

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WallOfSilver.net – free Twitter wall solution

Show tweets on the big screen; suitable for conferences, events, shows, concerts, halls, waiting rooms…

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Source: www.wallofsilver.net

We have been exploring Twitter Feeds in preparation for a PD.  This stream seems to be one of the better ones because it features large images that a Twitter user posts.  I am looking forward to seeing TwitterFountain back in action.

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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Technology

 

Tactile Keyboards That Rise Out of Touchscreens Are Finally Here

The endless mobile keyboard debate: physical versus digital. BlackBerry advocates and other old-school tech geeks swear by one while literally everyone else has moved on to the other. Tactus Technology thinks there’s no reason why we can’t have both—in the very same device. Physical keyboards that magically raise out of an otherwise flat screen are a dream the company has had for years, and they’re finally ready to sell you on it.

Source: gizmodo.com

I have heard too many educators mention that typing skills could be lost because the students do not have tactile response using tablet and phone devices.  This sheath for iPads appears to be combatting that issue.  It will be interesting when the first devices are built with them embedded.

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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Technology

 

PhotoMath

Get PhotoMath on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

Source: itunes.apple.com

This is an interesting app that educators should realize that students know about and therefore recognize how they can use its power to harness learning rather than try to fight against it.

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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Technology

 
 
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