Posts tagged social

Lifestyle

How Social Media Leads to “Social Crash”

We have seen the Financial Crisis. We got bailed out into a hypothetical state of stability. But how to bail out when social network relationships fail? Introduction The more our relationships of networking and nurturing are being outsourced to the…

published on April 5, 2011, by

Lifestyle

Does the Internet turn us into Naysayers?

You’ve seen it before: Someone posts an angry (political) rant and it spreads like wildfire through Social Networks, the nervous system of the global wired community, flanked by equally angry comments, bursts of “righteous indignation” and lots of exclamation marks….

published on March 31, 2011, by

Lifestyle

Here’s Why Online Relationships are Mostly Misunderstood

Recently, I read an article called “The Social Media Bubble” by Umair Haque, Director of the Havas Media Lab on the Harvard Business Review Blog. Its hypothesis: The Net doesn’t increase connectivity and social change. In fact, it leans towards degeneration:…

published on March 25, 2011, by

Learning English

A New Education Paradigm: Master And Apprentice

For some time now, I have been seeking a new paradigm in education. I easily tire of the wars between public and private schools; my concern is the education of the student in the course of conducting a for-profit education…

published on April 14, 2010, by

News

What does it mean to be a global citizen in the Year 2010?

Obviously that is a question which can only be answered subjectively, meaning there are as many answers to this question as there are human beings on this planet. Introduction We are writing the year 2010, the LHC in Cern has…

published on April 2, 2010, by

Learning English

A Language Carries An Entire Culture On Its Back

I like to say, language begins from personal experience. As little children, we learn from others how to identify objects around us. Repetition of words occurs in the context of what things in the family home are called. Language, however,…

published on March 29, 2010, by

Technology

The Benefits of Private Online Classes – a personal report

In the last decade that I have been working at a private school in Berlin I had the great privilege of being able to observe, experiment and thus learn a lot about how to teach languages, what works, what doesn’t…

published on March 26, 2010, by

Technology

Is Online Learning Anti-Social?

It is no secret that online-learning, elearning, etutoring (whatever the many names for it…) is still viewed highly sceptically by many learners, teachers and public spokespersons. How come? Is it a lack of experience, filled with prejudices or a truly…

published on January 14, 2010, by

Technology

Think outside the classroom: Don’t replicate reality exactly!

There’s a chance you’ve never heard before about Second Life, the three-dimensional virtual world in which people can fly around, buy new skin-colours, make a living by sitting in easy-chairs or do all the other things “normal” modern people do…

published on December 29, 2009, by

Technology

Viral Education 2.0 [video]

This is a neat video by the Coventry University showing how the web and social media changes and challenges our social relation and the implications this has on our whole educational life. There are a lot of Big Questions being…

published on December 26, 2009, by