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Swapping: Education, for Apprenticeship work


This idea was inspired by a Interview with Dr James Canton, by Richard Syratt on C2C


( the most relevant part is at xx Hours in )


Coast To Coast AM - February 7, 2015 Deja Vu & Future Trends



Canton spoke about how education of the future might be FREE, and done over the web.

In fact, MIT is already offering most of their undergrad course for free over the web.


From that germ of an idea, I came up with this idea:




A Skills Swap "Technical College" ...

where the teachers are more like tutors. They use online lectures (from MIT etc) as the baseline material for an education into certain college level "degrees". The tutors become like intelligent guides and discussion leaders to the material.


Courses are offered for Free, but students are expected to participate in Apprenticeship activities which put some of the course materials into practice.


The apprenticeship activitiesmight involve: Design, Programming, and other online activities.

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James Canton, Ph.D.

Futurist, Author and Visionary Business Advisor
web http://globalfuturist.com
blog http://futureguru.tumblr.com / Twitter #futureguru

Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, entrepreneur and visionary business advisor. For over 30 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading authority on future trends in innovation and The Economist recognizes him as one of the leading futurists, worldwide.

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients




Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that Will Transform Your World
Hardcover – January 27, 2015 / by James Canton (Author)

Game-changing trends are coming in business, technology, workforce, economy, security, and environment. Climate change, energy demand, and population growth will redefine global risk and power. Exponential new technologies will emerge in digital money, mobile commerce, and big data. An explosive new middle class of over one billion consumers will enter the marketplace. Every nation, job, business, and person will be transformed. To thrive in this future you have to become predictive, adaptive, and agile—to become Future Smart. Dr. James Canton, a renowned global futurist and visionary business advisor, illuminates the pivotal forces and global power shifts that everyone must understand today to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape:

Regenerative medicine will extend our lifetimes and rebuild our bodies
Robots and drones will drive our cars, teach our kids, and fight our wars

Smart machines will design, manage, and service 40% of all global businesses—energy, commerce, finance, and manufacturing—without humans


> http://www.amazon.com/Future-Smart-Managing-Game-Changing-Transform/dp/0306822865/ref=la_B001JSEEWC_1_1/175-2769436-7922347?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423483384&sr=1-1

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MIT's : "Open Course Ware" (OCW) : 1,800 courses


MIT OpenCourseWare 1800 Event Video

Uploaded on 28 Nov 2007

"You don't register for courses, and you do not get a degree"

Here is the official video for the MIT OpenCourseWare 1800 event: Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds: A Milestone Celebration. The event celebrates the publishing of the 1800th course on MIT OpenCourseWare.
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
More information at http://ocw.mit.edu/terms
More courses at http://ocw.mit.edu


Update (2011): Celebrating a Decade of MIT OpenCourseWare

For more information see: http://ocw.mit.edu/about/next-decade/


Harvard's Course Platform :

Inside the HBS Case Method 2007


Chiangmai University Library & online

Library Mission : http://library.cmu.ac.th/cmul/en/content/vision-mission-goals

Video on CMU : Intro to Chiang Mai University International College


Payap University online :


OTHER, International

MERLOT Online courses : http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm

TED-Ed courses : http://ed.ted.com/lessons

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Starting out in Computer Science


Lec 1 | MIT 6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, Fall 2008


Uploaded on 19 Aug 2009

Lecture 1: Goals of the course; what is computation; introduction to data types, operators, and variables
Instructors: Prof. Eric Grimson, Prof. John Guttag
View the complete course at: http://ocw.mit.edu/6-00F08

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More than a Hobby: Hackathons enter the Mainstream

- To unleash creativity... programming marathons


That's what the FT reported today (pg.10)

"20 writers, designers, entrepreneurs and programmers gathered at Ravensbourne a digital media college... to find way to enhance the part of the flight that scores lowest for customer satisfaction: arrival."


British airways was the sponsor for this event.

What is a Hackathon?

Hackathons are now held every week in London, New York, San Francisco and beyond... for "a weekend of playful yet competitive coding"

Each team develops its own take on the mission, and then sets about fulfilling it for a presentation 24 to 48 hours later


Dropbox also had one recently where 130 developers formed 30 teams.. to find innovative ways to create new solutions for utilizing Dropbox's services. The winner there was a mobile blogging tool that used capacity to store text and images.


There's a simple hackathon law of: No prototype, No score.

This kind of almost-instant deliverability appeals to corporations who want quick results... over just a weekend in a way that does not disrupt normal business activities. Urgency, innovation, speed, and a sense of mission - become biteized and manageable.


In the BA 'thon, the rules had teams presenting their solutions to the whole group at the end of day one. Then there were two more days to sort out the prototypes


A design consultant, Ideo, has its own version of the 'thon, and calls it a Make-a-thon. Working on prototypes means the whole design process becomes accelerated.


Another company, Trilio runs, sponsors, and attends 'thons all over the US and Europe.


When 'thons started, tehy were all about code. "Today there is a growing recognition that it is the format and the rules, not the software that makes 'Thons special.


When you take creative people and give them a mission and put them under pressure, expect the unexpected.

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$1M Hackathon: One Team's Journey (Feature Length)



Published on 23 Dec 2013

We sent a 2 man crew to San Francisco to follow Omega Ortega as they spent 57 hours coding for a $1M prize from Salesforce.

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I thought this video was pretty interesting


How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity


Published on 20 Nov 2013

Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale & Associates, a company established to catalyse breakthrough performance for individuals and senior teams. In addition, he has also developed a unique and integrated approach to learning that gives people the means to acquire language or complex



#1 : Listen A lot (soak your brain)

#2 : Get the meaning first (body language)

#3 : Start Mixing (get creative)

#4 : Focus on the Core (the main words)

#5 : Get a Language parent (tolerating simplicity w/ familiarity)

#6 : Copy the face (mimick what you see)

#7 : Direct connect to images


Learn Tool words, to say:

How do you say that?, I don't understand, Say that again please

Core words:

You, That, Me, Give, Hot

Glue words:

And, But, Therefore, Even though


Breaking the language barrier | Tim Doner | TEDxTeen 2014



Tim Doner is a senior at the Dalton School in New York City who has studied over 20 languages. His interest started at the age of 13, after several years of French and Latin, when he began learning Hebrew and soon moved on to more obscure tongues such as Pashto, Ojibwe and Swahili. As he describes it, his goal is not to achieve fluency in each, but rather to learn about foreign history and culture through the medium of language.


A learned to see language as a system... and tried communicating with all sorts of different speakers

He saw language as a hobby

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