Monday, April 07, 2008

Revamping the learning paradigm

I just spent 1 of 2 mornings with some relatively forward thinking educators from all over for the 13th Annual Instructional Technology conference here in Murfreesboro, TN (near Nashville). Chris Dede brought the opening message -- said (paraphrasing) that educators are doing students a disservice to students if they don't prepare them for the workplace as it is now -- not as it was long ago. He also stressed the mobile learning environment -- today, not tomorrow.

There's more about last years conference on my retrofitting education blog here.

Many of the forward-thinking educators at the conference are talking about the Lessig style of PowerPoint design . . . like this gem.

Dick Hardt

I'm wondering how it would work in the traditional learning environment -- oh wait, we shouldn't be in the traditional learning environment! Does this work outside the world of 2.0?

And then there was a mashup proposal of Guy Kawasaki's 10-20-30 rule.

10) Ten is the optimal number of slides in a PowerPoint presentation because a normal human being cannot comprehend more than ten concepts in a meeting

20) You should give your ten slides in twenty minutes.

30) Force yourself to use no font smaller than thirty points.

I haven't finished processing how this mashup works, but I'm thinking it will make for some much more interesting learning environments, not at all like this one:

More on the 10-20-30 rule in writing and video.

I realize this would be a great opportunity for liveblogging, but I'm not that guy ;-)

What do you think?

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