This boy has a new (‘nother) blog

Howdy.

To kick-off my journey back into academe as a student, I’ve created a new site. I’ll use it to document and share research and activities related to my Masters of Arts program. It’s partially a blog, partially a journal, partially whatever you want it to be.

kyle's masters

So far, so good. Have a visit, if you’re interested. Follow along, if you’d like.

kylemackiemasters.wordpress.com

This site will still continue to see some action.

Beatjazz & Different Ways of Knowing

Part of a series of weekly TED talks I’ve been watching and thinking about. Have a look, have a think, comment if you’d like. Some interesting thoughts here with regards to accessibility.

Onyx Ashanti: This is beatjazz

Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing

Learning from each other, while we do our thang!

I’ve been watching the first season of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (thank you, Netflix). My kids love it. The show stands up pretty well. The theme song is damn catchy.



Did you know that William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr. earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts? It’s a fact.

What can we learn from the gang’s stories?

  • Effective learning should be relevant and take into consideration the learners’ contexts. Learning is highly situational. The Gang learned on their terms, on their turf.
  • Media can be an effective tool for learning. The Brown Hornet cartoon-within-a-cartoon bumbling superhero episodes were short, brilliant, engaging learning-bytes and conversation starters.
  • Learning is social.
  • A song or 2 can always help. People learn in different ways, and let’s not forget what the arts can teach us.
  • The show is built around the power of experiential learning. Cosby guides the gang through Kolb’s model of concrete experience, reflection, abstract conceptualization and active experience.
  • Learning can be fun. “And if you’re not careful, you might learn something before you’re done.”

Toxicology. The (Family) Musical.

Minutes ago, I posted the following to my Twitter and Facebook pages:

RT @kylemackie: I (admittedly) know precious little about toxicology, but maybe you could help me write a musical about it: http://bit.ly/dCxUjP #toxmusic

The results so far.

Join in!




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Art.

Quotes from Seth Godin’s Linchpin:

An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.

…art is the ability to change people with your work, to see things as they are and then create stories, images and interactions that change the marketplace.

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“We are not crap enough. We need to be more shit.”

I first encountered Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid) last summer when I was putting together the first (hopefully annual, in one way/shape/form) Desire2Learn unConference.

unconference comic

Hugh is a cartoonist, writer, and CEO of Stormhoek USA, which markets South African wine in the States. I like his comics quite alot, must pick up his book and a bottle of wine.