Three Minute Thrillers

Three Minute Thrillers are professional development videos packed into 3 minutes or less. I’ve been creating and posting them weekly since the beginning of January, and people have found them to be efficient ways to learn new skills from the comfort of their homes, Starbucks, offices, classrooms, etc.

Most Three Minute Thrillers deal with Google Apps for Education. Check them all out here!

Jony Ive…

on a lesson he learned from Steve Jobs. It’s all about focus:

Unfortunately, I’ve heard managers relate that saying “yes” over and over is important. This is very far from the truth. There should be 1,000 no’s for every yes.

P.S. Don’t worry about people liking you if you’re doing what’s right. 

[HT Daring Fireball]

This video…

will entertain you, engage you, inform you, and scare you [HT]:

Money quote:

Horses aren’t unemployed now because they got lazy as a species, they’re unemployable. There’s little work a horse can do that do that pays for its housing and hay.

And many bright, perfectly capable humans will find themselves the new horse: unemployable through no fault of their own.

What does this mean for education? More specifically, what do we teach kids when loss of jobs is inevitable due to automation?

The only hopeful answer I can give is that we teach them how to think logically through math classes, how to communicate well through writing classes, and let them work on projects where they create and solve problems in a way that encompasses all subjects.

This is a tall order, but it’s necessary in a world where blue and white collared careers are being lost to computers–and will continue to be lost at an incredible rate.