Learning all around us

So this is week one, day one of what I hope will be a weekly blog about my thoughts, ideas and musings, especially around learning and education.

What did you learn today?  How did you learn it?  I think we all need to look at where learning is occurring.  It’s all around us.  I went to see Slumdog Millionaire and learned more about surviving in India’s slums.  I went to a friend yesterday who encouraged me to start this blog.  So ideas and learnings are around us – the question is how are we going to use this knowledge? what are we going to do with it? is it immediately important, or something to be filed away? And is it something directly applicable or less so?

Think about what you do everyday – who you talk to, what you listen to, where you go, what you read, what you see.  All these provide opportunities for learning.  Some may be more useful, some less.   Most of what we learn is called informal learning.  Jay Cross has written a lot on this topic – check his blog called the internet time log.

In today’s world we need to do one of two things with the information we learn: 1) use it ourselves somehow, and determine if it’s short-term or long-term applicable, then do with it what’s most appropriate,  and 2) pass it along, if you know of someone it’s relevant to.  What will I do with the movie knowledge? Share my thoughts with others.  Recommend the film to others.  Check with others to determine the accuracy of the slums portrayal.  Keep this in mind if and when I travel to India.

As far as the blog knowledge, too early to report back on it other than to begin telling people I’ll be writing this on a regular basis and hope to get some input.  After all I have always believed knowledge continues to grow as it is shared with others.  So let’s make this blog, and knowledge, grow!  And in closing for today, I look forward to all the new poss iblities and hope that the Obama administration will be bringing us.  It is sorely needed for this country and the world.

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About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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One Response to Learning all around us

  1. Dan Spellman says:

    Howard – I’m glad to read that you have started a blog. I’ve been blogging for about a year now and I use it to help me continue to learn. For myself, the act of collecting ideas and expressing them in writing not only helps me better understand various topics, but hopefully, helps generate discussion with the friends in my network. You’re right, the opportunity to learn is all around us.

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