Things I Learned This Week #50

Please note that this will be last of these posts for this year. I’ll be back in 2011 [why?]

A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure

Offline this week I learned that there’s literally two types of people in the world (Dweck was correct!), that ‘female festive frenzy’ is now a term in general use, and that brandy hot chocolate is almost always better without the chocolate… :-p

http://delicious.com/dajbelshaw/TILTW50

Technology

Productivity, Inspiration & Motivation

You probably only have to interrupt someone a couple times a day before they’re unable to work on hard problems at all. (Paul Graham)

  • Do you feel like you do ‘fake work’? Here’s how to spot it and deal with it.
  • Your job is a platform for what you do. So sayeth Seth Godin (with my blessing, obviously)

Education & Academic

[T]here is a class of random walks called Lévy flights, which include occasional long-distance jumps. The distribution of step sizes is described by a power law, which means that there are steps of all sizes and no well-defined “average” step size, at least for one class of Lévy flights. They have been observed in various natural settings, most famously in the search strategy of certain animals when food is scarce. For example, hungry sharks will typically scour back and forth over small areas, but if the search is fruitless, they will intermittently “jump” to new, far-off areas [1]. “People have also [studied] Lévy flights in stock prices, epidemics, and small world networks,” says Ajay Gopinathan, from the University of California, Merced.

Data, Design & Infographics

  • And whilst we’re on the topic of superheroes, this minimalist poster of well-known characters is just fantastic:

Miscellaneous

Why did people stop wearing hats?

Quotations

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. (George Orwell)

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. (Albert Camus)

The people who matter will recognise who you are. (Alan Cohen)

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. (Mary Lou Cook)

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

(more quotations at my quotabl.es page)

Main image CC BY auspices

 

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #5

The following 10 links were those most clicked upon (according to bit.ly Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via Twitter.

By far the most clicked-on link I shared was Why we don’t celebrate Hallowe’en in our house from this blog (258). But, as I pointed out last week, I’m not including my own posts in these Top 10s any more… :-p

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets:

  1. MSI AE1900 Touchscreen PC Refurb [eBay] (93)
  2. The ‘Perfect Storm’ of mobile learning adoption [diagram] (71)
  3. BBC News: Weakest schools in England to be taken over (67)
  4. How to Stop the Obnoxious “Top stories today by @yourname” (39)
  5. Howto: Roll your own FailFaire (27)
  6. New endowment fund for underperforming schools (26)
  7. BBC News: David Cameron unveils ‘enterprise visa’ (18)
  8. Five new themes – Official GMail Blog (16)
  9. Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills [information on thoughts-per-min vs. wpm] (14)
  10. 50 uses for mobile learning in 16 categories (12)
 

Top 10 Links I Shared This Week – #4

The following 10 links were those most clicked upon (according to bit.ly Pro‘s stats) when I shared them via Twitter.

I’ve decided not to link to my own blog posts this week. Seems kind of pointless given that you’re either reading this on my blog or reading this via RSS/email… :-p

Links given with number of clicks given in brackets.

  1. Michael Gove’s 25-year-old ex-adviser given £500,000 free schools grant (100)
  2. Wikipedia: Carol Dweck (30)
  3. Apple App Store: JotNot Scanner Pro (22)
  4. NickDennis.com/blog: The Classroom Experiment (22)
  5. Lanyrd: Metaphwoar! 9th November 2010 (20)
  6. Connectedness in Practice-Based Education: The Why, Who, What (19)
  7. On The Horizon: JISC Mobile & Wireless Technologies Review – Quotations (15)
  8. HEFCE: Understanding student perspectives on lifelong learning (14)
  9. JISC: Effective Practice in a Digital Age (14)
  10. JISC: Practical suggestions to remain compliant with the Digital Economy Act (13)
 
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