"There was a time when learning was what we did from birth to college graduation. After that? We just worked and eventually retired.
But the world is changing rapidly. And now, more than ever, learning is something that happens outside the classroom throughout our entire lives.
We now have to learn new skills every year just to stay relevant in our jobs (not to mention making a career change!). And it's not just our careers, we also want to learn and continually improve in the things we do outside of work. Whether it's yoga or golf or photography or anything we're passionate about, we want to be better. Every day we see our friends sharing their new achievements and posting their milestones on Facebook; how do we keep up and reach our potential?
We're busier than ever. And despite having access to a mountain of information via the internet, we still struggle to find structured, comprehensive, trusted sources who can excite us and teach us all the things we want to know. We need trusted experts, guides, to help us on our way - we need the ability to learn from the amazing instructors in the world."
"Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others."
(Eric J. Wilhelm)
Fig.1 Kipkay (Kipkay Videos) Blu-Ray Laser Phaser http://www.facebook.com/kipkayvideos/
Fig.2 SaskView "The Most Useless Machine EVER!" http://saskview.com/?page_id=11
Fig.3 Randy Sarafan. "Lunchtime Clock" http://www.instructables.com/id/Lunchtime-Clock/?ALLSTEPS
Fig.4 kaptaink_cg "Bacon Roses"
"Prezi lets you bring your ideas into one space and see how they relate, helping you and your audience connect. Zoom out to see the big picture and zoom in to see details - a bit like web-based maps that have changed how we navigate through map books."
(Prezi Inc., 2011)
[The tool provides a useful way of creating a 'presentation narrative'. In so doing it shifts the emphasis away from the 'content' of your presentation towards the sequential arrangement of ideas and their interrelationships.]
"This week the publishing company Pearson announced it had bought a majority stake in an Indian online tutoring company Tutorvista for just under £80m.
Sanchia Berg reports on the company that provides online tutoring and support, especially for high school students in the US and John Fallon of Pearson explains the thinking behind the new venture. "
(BBC Radio 4, 21 January 2011)
A documentary about the influential acting teacher Sanford Meisner.
Fig.1-7 'Sanford Meisner: The American Theatre’s Best Kept Secret'. Dir. Nick Doob. Performers Sanford Meisner, Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, Sydney Pollack. 1985.