You Already Have A Permanent Digital Tattoo… And It’s Growing…

I came across this excellent Ted Talk by Juan Enriquez the other day.  Titled, You Online Life, As Permanent As A Tattoo, this talk explores the idea that all of the digital data collected on you, and to which you contribute yourself through social media, is imprinting you with a permanent “digital tattoo.” Traditional tattoos tell stories about individuals.  They are often highly personal and unique.  As companies, sites and apps continuously collect information on us (such as our buying habits, our likes, our preferences, and our history), they are imprinting each of… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: The TED-Ed Mini-Course Creator

TED-Ed comes from the creators of TED Talks as a means of turning any YouTube video into an interactive lesson.  Choose a video and build discussion boards, multiple choice and open-ended quizzes, and links to additional resources.  TED-Ed is a simple platform with few but straightforward features.  Because TED-Ed lessons are bite-size pieces of content, they are perfect as individual training modules.  You might consider using them in your student or professional staff training efforts.  A lesson on writing learning outcomes?  A lesson on policies and procedures?  Check out the video below for how you… Read More

Heading to St. LouASHE: The Future in 6:40 Revisited

I’m heading to the Association for the Study of Higher Education national conference in St. Louis this week.  I’m excited to be presenting a Future in 6:40 session with some amazing colleagues.  (If you’re new to all this, you can find out about PechaKucha’s and what’s been done in the past, here.) Here is what we have on deck (Saturday at 12:30 in Regency B) for the Future of Higher Education: PechaKucha #1: Student Development Theory for Cyborgs (Paul G. Brown) PechaKucha #2: The TED University (Ana M. Martinez-Aleman). PechaKucha #3: Billion Dollar Campaigns, Oversized… Read More

You’ve watched TED Talks, but have you read the new TED Books? [UPDATED]

This week, the folks over at TED just released a new initiative known as TED Books.  Available through apps for iPad, Kindle and Nook, TED Books are meant to be the eTextbook complement to the innovative series of TED talks we have all grown to love.  Following the TED tradition of brevity, they are all meant to be consumed in about an hour.  Their content also follows the TED tradition of unique, cutting edge and innovative content.