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Love's the Only House

I never cease to be astonished by the ability of artists to capture messages of the Spirit.  A song of Martina McBride's has had a profound effect upon me.  You can view it here:…Continue

Started Feb 18

It happened at the stoplight

We’ve all been there.  You’re pulling out of a commercial parking lot and stop at a red light when you see them.  The homeless man/woman/family who is plantively holding their crude cardboard sign…Continue

Started Nov 27, 2016

Your Story

God has told us through His Word that we must, at all times, be ready to give an accounting for our faith in His son, Jesus (1 Peter 3:15).  This has always been a daunting task for me; one that I…Continue

Started Nov 27, 2016

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As a member of my church Missions committee I was recently doing some online research about the theology of Christian mission work.  I happened to tap into the website of a downtown church in San…Continue

Started Nov 27, 2016

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According to Thomas Friedman "what we learn today in school will be outdated by tomorrow, and therefore, the most successful people in the 'flat world' will be those who can adapt and learn quickly. The greater our curiosity and passion for learning, the greater chances we will have for success later in life" (O’Neal, 2006)

O’Neal, C. Edutopia website. What Does "The World Is Flat" Mean for Education?: A Closer Look at Our Educational Globe. Retrieved October 9, 2009, from http://www.edutopia.org/what-does-world-flat-mean-education.

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Are Professional Learning Communities the Future of Education?

I believe that distributed professional learning communities will be the next major frontier in education. Because of the complexity, size and growth of the emerging global knowledge base, individual solutions to market, ecological, political, economic, health and other critical problems will require the best combined thought of socially interactive thinkers. Problems are going to be too big and developing too fast for individual researchers to solve. Some of the most advanced manufacturers… Continue

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:57pm

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At 2:24pm on October 12, 2009, Brad Fox said…
Ning Pros and Cons
To begin with an analogy, a ning is like a fraternity house where there are common living areas but also each resident has his own customized bedroom which he can decorate (or not) to his heart’s content. He can use any theme or props to develop his bedroom culture and he can invite or restrict any and all visitors. At the same time, he can go into the common areas and engage people there (or not) subject to the general culture of the house.
Nings seem to be about this interplay between public and private spaces and interactions. Nings enhance dialogue with their threads and interest forums. Nings hold on to individual contributions even if they are not embraced by other participants. They seem more naturally true to an actual conversation that two or more people might have. Whereas a vocal conversation must be held within the minds of the participants, nings keep track of conversations textually and graphically and hold them up for all to see and recall. They can even link different conversations and synthesize new thoughts from them. The inherent structure of a ning is conversation. Content flows out of the contributions that the conversation brings about.
People seem to like the autonomy that nings provide. I can build a personal network of conversation about the topics that are most important to me, yet have the structure and organizing support of a generalized ning above and around me. I’m tied to a general audience by common ideas and preferences, but I can also create my own thought and social space. Nings also allows you to design your group (forum) any way you want with features that usually differ from other groups. Ning facilitates unrestricted movement off of and onto the site to other locations like blogs or wikis. You can even export these features to other outside websites (slideshows) and make portals (badges) that direct potential members to your ning from outside the site. Ning tools and apps are like those of a fine woodworker: exacting, elegant, and well thought –out. Ning’s goal seems to be to expand its social network off their site and out into the Web. They want Ning = Web in the user’s mind.

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