Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.


I am a proud alumni of Rheingold University.  This community has continued and we all learn from one another.

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The Story of Broke (2011)

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The Peeragogy Project – Self- Learning

“Learning is a social, active, and ongoing process.” Howard Rheingold

For more infomration The Peeragogy Handbook

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Blogging within an LMS is just wrong!!

I should of know when I saw the word “blackboard”. I am participating in the new MOOC by Dr. Curtis Bonk on “Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success

This is from the internal site.
“This is not right — blogging within an LMS. I would much prefer to blog on my own blog and then be able to subscribe (RSS) to some of the students. Obviously with so many, it would not be easy to do all, but being contained with this site defeats the purpose of blogging. So this post is also going to be on my own blog.

This is about my 10th MOOC, and I as very interested in how this was going to be presented. Most MOOC’s I am called a “lucker” because I do not choose to participate much in the “social” part. I read everything or watch the videos so I am getting something out of these classes. This is my choice usually or sometimes, it is just too overwhelming because of the number of students and the way forums and blogs like this are presented. I am having to agree with Lisa blog post on her own blog on “Leaving an open online class blogging within a closed system. ”


Texting, Data and Saving Lives

“The parents in the room know that texting is actually the best way to communicate with your kids. It might be the only way to communicate with your kids.”

When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking — they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she’s setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.

Nancy Lublin is CEO and Chief Old Person at, where she harnesses the extraordinary energy of teens and focuses it on issues they care passionately about.

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Motherboard TV: Douglas Rushkoff in Real Life | Motherboard

“For someone who likes to talk about the virtues of disconnecting, the media critic Douglas Rushkoff seems surprisingly always on.”

Alex Pasternack has written a great article about Douglas Rushkoff. He talked to our Howard Rhiengold alumni group a few months ago and he is well worth listening to.

Motherboard TV: Douglas Rushkoff in Real Life | Motherboard.

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Jeff Pulver – Being Vulnerable In the Era of the Real-Time Web

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Brian Greene: Why is our universe fine-tuned for life?

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Steal Like an Artist

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.” T.S. Elliot


Steal Like An Artist Book Trailer from Austin Kleon on Vimeo.

Talk from SWSX.

Everything is remix.

ideas from BrainPickings

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Learning to draw again …..

I grew up drawing. I took art all though school including high school and college. But, I did not think I could make a living as an “artist” so I got a degree in psychology. That didn’t help me either.

Then one day while I was working as a pasteup artist (you may have to look this up) for a little advertising newspaper in California the first computers were brought in. They were macs.. but little screens and you could draw but only in black and white. Color printing was not yet cost efficient for this business, but at least with pasteup we could create some gray colors. We would draw a line…. and wait…… draw a line……. and wait… was not very fast. Then you had to save often, at least every 3-5 minutes. The programs did not automatically safe what you were doing for you. If you forgot to save.. the computer would lock up, and all your work would be gone. But I now could maybe be and artist and make a living at it.

The first years were fun.. we could be creative, we learned from one another and as programs and computers progressed so did we. But my last few jobs were like working in a factory… work as fast as you can… everything was placed were someone told you to place it, and be quiet. There was no creativity, the only new things I was learning was on my own – by now the internet had tutorials. I even tried teaching graphics. But few of my student had any traditional art knowledge or skills. Pushing buttons in Photoshop does not make you an artist. I was not creative anymore…

So I decided to get my Master in Education. Well that hasn’t work much either. Recently, from an online group I am involved in developed from Howard Rheingold’s Mindamp classes, I meet a artist from New York, Amanda. And what she was doing was amazing. This visual drawing is being done to explain things, such as RSA does. It is being done in meetings and classrooms to organize out thoughts. Amanda has create drawings for our classes at Rheingold U. amanda. So thanks Amanda, for giving me back my creativity.

This is not me.. I am still just using a pencil and paper, and trying somethings on my iPad. But it gives me a great idea.

Some great sites:

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