I got an email newsletter from Jay Cross yesterday. Hidden in it was a gem. A summary presentation of Informal Learning. I heard about Jay a lot and met him once in a NextNow event. I am happy that he remembered to send me the mail.
Jay covers a wide range of topics in the presentation. It is a must for anyone interested in Learning about Learning. There is a wiki and a blog and I am looking forward to participating.
Links: Presentation, Wiki, Blog
Book Summaries Using Mind Maps is an interesting application of mindmaps. I am not sure whether I can read books this way, but would love to get a summary and preserve and reflect on what I learned from a book.
In fact, drawing a mindmap while reading (or shortly after) may be the best way to preserve concepts, relationships and some ideas for further research.
“More generally, however, a blog is a way of thinking. It’s a way of recording the argument you are having with yourself, admitting that you may be about to be wrong, and ensuring that, when you are wrong, you make your wrongness available as a public record. A blog is Socratic that way; it knows that it does not know. So we begin a blog, as we begin a show, as an act of good faith, a sign that we are working hard to get this right.” – Bill Ives.
I have not seen a better expression of what a blog is. It is a way of thinking. I like that. When I am writing a blog, I am thinking aloud. I am not sure whether anyone is reading it or not. I write because I would like to share something with the world. Some times it is a quote. Some times it is a piece of writing. Most of the time, it is an idea or perception triggered by something I have seen or read or thought about.
It is such a wonderful way of saying, “I think this is important. I would like to remember it and have others read it”.