The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Educator’s Notebook #191 (July 9, 2017)

    • Harold Jarche
    • 06/29/17

    I would now suggest that hard skills are really temporary skills. They come and go according to the economy and the state of technology. Today, we need very few people who know how to shoe a horse. Soft skills are permanent ones.”

    • Medium
    • 06/28/17

    I felt that the best way to build an innovative but successful design was to start with an ambitious set of new ideas, and then to gradually build and test these ideas through successive refinement — first by creating a simple prototype, and then by building up the real product one aspect at a time. At each step of the process we should evaluate where we are, compared to where we want to be, and then prioritize what to do next. Some of our cherished ideas would have to be shed along the way, but by constantly prioritizing and improving, we would achieve a successful result in the end.”


    • Fast Company
    • 07/07/17

    We have both a “ventral” visual system that processes information such as shape and color and a “dorsal” spatial system that processes things like location and distance. When these two systems are prompted to work in concert—as the animated features of Prezi prompt them to do—it enhances our memory and comprehension.”

    • New York Times
    • 06/30/17
    • Fast Company
    • 06/29/17

    The study found that ads highlighting more distal sensory experiences like sight and sound lead people to delay purchasing, while those that emphasize more proximal sensory experiences like touch or taste lead to earlier purchases.”


    • The Next Web
    • 06/21/17
    • Brain Pickings
    • 06/12/17

    [The artist] must be able to abstract himself and also to abstract reality, which he does by placing it in his imagination… It is imperative for him to make a choice, to come to a decision regarding the imagination and reality; and he will find that it is not a choice of one over the other and not a decision that divides them, but something subtler, a recognition that here, too, as between these poles, the universal interdependence exists, and hence his choice and his decision must be that they are equal and inseparable.”












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Peter Nilsson


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