Friday, July 21, 2006

Love these quotes

  • Teaching is not the same as learning. Learning takes effort. We’re not exactly sure how it happens, but it can either feel like work or it can feel like play. It feels like play when you have engagement. Kids know what engagement feels like. Engaged learning is active and passionate.

~Steve Dembo's Teach 42 blog of Marc Prensky's keynote@ Building Learning Communities conference in Boston 07.21.06

  • Learning is often a messy business. "Messy" learning is part trial and error, part waiting and waiting for something to happen, part excitement in discovery, part trying things in a very controlled, very step by step fashion, part trying anything you can think of no matter how preposterous it might seem, part excruciating frustration and part the most fun you'll ever have. Time can seem to stand still - or seem to go by in a flash. It is not unusual at all for messy learning to be ...messy! But the best part of messy learning is that besides staining your clothes, or the carpet, or the classroom sink in ways that are very difficult to get out ... it is also difficult to get out of your memory!

~website: Learning is Messy

  • Podcasting is like a factory making apple pies for whales.
~Ask Ninja video about podcasting from YouTube

  • "I think this is a great example of people using new technology to solve a problem that doesn't exist," said Laura Champine, a home products analyst for Morgan Keegan. "I've done my own laundry for four decades and I've never been away from my home and wondered how it's doing. Until the cellphone can load the dryer, I don't know how this technology will work for me."
~from a USA Today article about using cellphones to program washers/dryers

  • When I educate adults, they want comfortable chairs. They want a drink in their hand. They want a candy dish on the table. They want to have a stretch break every forty five minutes or so. They want to be allowed to interact sometimes. To break things up, they want to laugh a little. When I combine these things with some knock your socks off information that will change their lives, I have a great learning environment for adults. Why should kids be different?
~ from Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis 7.21.06

  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
~Arthur C. Clarke

  • I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
~Isaac Asimov

  • Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.

Not tech or learning related, but still good:
  • Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge and doing nothing; its when you had everything to do, and you've done it.
~Margaret Thatcher

  • Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you, you aren't.
~Margaret Thatcher

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