Reflection on Day 2 of Learning Technologies Show 2014 , London
I am in a Cafe Nero writing up my blog.
|Musing for today :|
Why do they place the spoon on the left side of the handle?
It turns out actually it is the little boy’s nanny.
He licks the ball and even attempts to chew it.
The Nanny I am observing also follows the little boy’s searchlight gazing. Sometimes she follows his eye line and looks out of the window to see what attracts his attention in the frantic outside world..
|Donald Taylor of Learning Technologies introducing Brian Solis|
His stare locks on me even though a deafening ambulance siren is wailing along the road with a blue flashing light. The adults are distracted but he is not distracted.
He gaze fixes on me like a heat seeking missile. ......
As adult learners our 'blue plastic balls' are many and various. Tablet screens, smart phones, PCs, video, chat .......The inexorable waves of technological advance in business learning are having significant impact on how we all learn and how those of us who share, curate and facilitate content must now act.
"Corporate Creationists" versus "Digital Darwinists "
We may find the subsequent treading water can even be recorded by ROI metrics. This may gives us a sense of being busy and the illusion of 'control' and evaluation but is questionably productive from a true learning perspective.
|Brian Solis presentation |
via satellite theatres at
Olympia 2 exhibition Halls
Now with an era of BYOD of demand for mobile tech introduction is bottom up. Such democratic access the learner is in the driving seat is a game changer.
Change is inevitable but we need the likes of Brian Solis to shake us out of our complacency of lethargic reaction to technological change. To relearn the lessons of disruption, innovation and their effect on the status quo.
If they don’t want to learn they won’t. Learning is a voluntary process. Much of learning is driven by self motivation and expectation.
If you come to an interaction with a mindset to expect a tedious and boring waste of time it probably will turn out to be so.
If you come with the thought that they may be one or two things that might help it will as likely as not turn out to be so.
- · An upgrade
- · Reboot
- · Complete refresh
|Brian Solis' video presentation was|
cut off 16.50 hrs on the Thursday Day 2
|Michelle McArthur-Morgan Jigsaw@work|
At LT14uk I attended a session on Mindfulness Based Emotional Intelligence by Michelle McArthur-Morgan of Jigsaw@work Jigsaw@work . Contrary to what we may believe our brains generate 10,000 new brain cells each day.
Michelle gave us much to think about.It proved useful counter to Digital Darwinism in the short term we must centre ourselves more and focus on the present. Good advice to all in Sales about to meet with clients.
I thought you might like to her 5 simple ways to remain calm and have clarity of thinking when all around are losing it ( echoes of Rudyard Kipling's If ?)
- Pause and Breath STOP what you are doing. Become aware of your breathing and do nothing intentionally
- FOCUS - DO NOT Multitask, focus on one task at a time
- BE PRESENT in the moment - Take notice of your internal early warning system, experience sensations as they arise in your body.
- BE AWARE of ASSUMPTIONS - check what assumptions and judgements you are making and challenge their helpfulness.
- BE KIND and COMPASSIONATE - remember to be kind to yourself and others. Do not have unrealistic expectations of self or others.
|Jon Knight , Collaboration Specialist of Smarter Interactive|
Jon talked us through a large scale project with IT Training Company Global Knowledge
|Jon describing the features of the|
master broadcast classroom
Having developed a successful system of satellite classrooms with interactive whiteboard connectivity for real time connection with the master classroom.
The second stage of the project enabled people to connect from home / office via a headphone pc kit live to the classroom.
The next stage is make the system work on a mobile solution.
My 'flat white is consumed' it's time to publish thuis post.
Now that the Neuro Scientists tell us of the plasticity of the brain even in adults perhaps we could learn to learn again form the best of learners - babes and their skilled learning facilitators Nannies.
For now it’s time to leave the coffee shop.
The boy needs to be helped to put on his coat, be strapped into his Maclaren buggy with the hood up for the challenges in the outside world beyond the warmth of the Cafe Nero and its safe training environment.
It is raining outside in the street.
Time to let go of the spoon puzzle for today after the new age of digital learning is not about 'spoon feeding' !!!