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Education Mindsets

If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, distance learning just might

The speed at which many schools have closed, and kids and educators have had to switch to distance learning platforms have caused quite a bit of frustration, especially for parents overwhelmed with the sudden influx of messages.

Here’s a funny (and true) rant from an Israeli mother who found herself overwhelmed by the flood of messages on WhatsApp, and expectations from teachers that she (and we) be able to fill the gap left by in-person learning.

The Internet can be a tremendous distance learning platform. It just takes some planning to deliver a more rational, and accessible distance learning system.

On a related note, my wife and I are compiling distance learning resources over at our Stuff to Teach Your Kids site. So head over there to see what’s available to your kids:

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People

Scoble opens a can of whupass on Google for Eventsgate

Google didn’t really think through the new Google+ Events feature when it rolled it out last week. Google also seems not to have actually tested it with real people either because when users started playing with it and flooding Google+ streams with invitations, events apparently started popping up in recipients’ Google Calendar. I didn’t see it but Robert Scoble was inundated and this extract from an episode of the Gillmor Gang gives you an idea how angry he is about it:

(Source: Jeremiah Owyang’s Google+ post and Uncrunched)