Robin Good: MonitorBook is a new free web app which allows you to track changes to any piece of content on any web page available online. MonitorBook is very easy to use. You just install the bookmarklet available in the Instruction section of the site and then as soon as you are on a page where you want to track changes to something, you click the bookmarklet and then select the... Read more
Robin Good: Vyer Films is a unique online film subscription service which scouts, curates and streams unique, rare author films, impossible to get to outside of international film festivals.Vyer unique talent is in creating context around each new feature film it decides to showcase by providing interviews, collateral material and other stuff that can help the viewer get a deeper and broader understanding of what the film and its authors... Read more
Scoop.it, the content discovery, curation, distribution and publishing platform has recently added some very significant improvements to its offering, that make it service even more interesting for any kind of online publisher, company or agency looking forward to find, vet and curate the best content available online on a specific topic.The first and long-awaited new feature is the availability of multiple layout templates that Scoop.it publishers can now utilize and... Read more
Robin Good: HackDesign is a great example of content curation at work. The team of design curators behind this site, targeted at people interested in digital/web design, has curated the very best articles into a series of lessons and the top tools into a well-categorized toolkit.Each lesson is per se a collection of annotated pointers to existing quality articles on the topic, and the tools are individually reviewed and organized across... Read more
Robin Good: Ibrar Bhatt, shares some of the insights he has been been able to discover in his research work for his forthcoming PhD thesis ("A sociomaterial account of assignment writing in Further Education classrooms") for the University of Leeds.In his short blog analysis he first comprehensively defines the new emerging content curation space, and then he highlights the relevance this may have, once it is validated and acknowledged, in allowing... Read more
Robin Good: Gruveo is a secure and free web app which allows you to easily start a video-conference session with anyone without needing to register, download, install or login anything. To start a video session you simply input a numeric code (of three or more digits) of your choice on the Gruveo home page and then communicate that code to anyone you want to video call. That's it. Your computer and... Read more
Robin Good: Blinkist offers non-fictions book summaries that allow you to get key insights from any book in less than 15 minutes. "Blinks are powerful bites of insight from outstanding nonfiction. You can read a blink in less than two minutes..." Each book summary is made up of about eight blinks. Theseare intended as a beginning of a self-driven path toward learning, rather than a replacement for reading full books. Blinks are... Read more
Robin Good: Jeremy Mitchell, an art director, web designer & filmmaker, is also the curator of a small network of website collections that showcase the best examples of *about pages*, *product web sites* and *agency sites*: The Best Network.Each site is a visual gallery of real-world examples of web pages fitting the site theme and organized across a number of relevant (though not always so coherent) categories.A great example of non-commercial content... Read more
Robin Good: Mazwai is an online video hub collecting high-quality HD video footage under a CC-license (or Public Domain) that can be immediately downloaded and re-used on any project you have, by simply crediting and linking the original author.All the video footage at Mazwai is available in HD under the public domain or the CC Attribution license (CC 3.0).To use it, simply browse and click on any video you are interested in using. Watch... Read more
Robin Good: If you are looking for an alternative free service to upload and share your PDF documents without requiring to register, login or pay fees, check out PDF.yt.The free, non-commercial web service (which is supported by your donations) allows you to upload as many PDF files as you wish, with a max file size of 100MB. You don't need to register or login to upload a PDF file, but... Read more
What are the key skills that, in an hypothetical situation where there were no schools as we know them today, I would deem essential for my son and daughters to learn in their youth?
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By posing myself this question over and over, and by questioning traditional curriculums and the real, practical usefulness of them in helping a human being survive and realize the dreams and ideas he conceives of, I have arrived at thirty-five key skills that I have listed in this multi-part guide.
In this new and unique learning curriculum there is very little of what schools normally provide.
Made exception for some basic math (though learned and understood with a completely different approach) and for dwelling deeper into truly understanding how to “read” something or knowing more about one’s own body and physiology, the thirty-five skills that I have explored in this guide share very little similarities, if any, with those that you can gain in the 13 years of basic traditional school education.
My key selection criteria in considering, evaluating and finally choosing anyone of the skills that I have here listed, has been a rather simple question: does the mastering of this skill significantly affect my probability to live a meaningful, constructive and rewarding life experience independently of the time, part of the world, social class, and group that one could be living in?
And when my answer has been positive I have included that skill.
Here the last five ones that I have selected:
31. How to Search
32. How To Navigate
33. How To Calculate with Numbers
34. How To Rest
35. How To Cure Oneself
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