Learning, Digital & Education from Oliver Quinlan.
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This week: Learning from Reddit, The People vs Tech & Jobs that don't exist yet

A quick one from me this week, I've been away half the week in Bulgaria at an EU conference 'Educate to Create', and came back to go straight on holiday for a long weekend. I enjoyed Bulgaria, it was really interesting to dip into the world of EU education policy, and I met some really interesting people working on similar things and made some good connections. It was great to be part of some sharing of education experience across european countries. Sadly I didn't see much of Bulgaria outside of the conference venues, but the hosts were amazingly generous, and I did get to meet some Bulgarian students showcasing their amazing digital making projects, and others performing an impressive show of traditional music and dance.

Learning from Reddit

If you want to learn something, what better way than to go to the community of people who are immersed in that thing? Reddit has really become the forum of the internet. It contains so many niche communities, often not really that linked to the rest of the site, but coming together on their subreddit to share, debate and discuss their topic. I've learnt lots recently by tapping into these communities, particularly about music theory, which I've been trying to get my head around more. There's communities on all sorts of things, and while the information they contain can be relatively unstructured, some searching and asking around can often lead you to wisdom untapped in other sources. 

Jamie Bartlett on his new book The People vs Tech

Jamie Bartlett has very quickly got a book out about the current situation with technology affecting the way our democracies work. On twitter he summed up some of his arguments, and it looks like a very useful contribution to understanding this field, with some analysis I haven't come across from anywhere else. Worth a look.

A Field Guide to 'jobs that don't exist yet'

Did you hear? Sixtysomething percent of young people in [school/college/university/delete as appropriate] will be doing jobs that don't exist yet in some vague and unspecified time in the future? This factoid gets trotted out all the time, I heard it this week from a fairly senior education policy expert at the conference I was at. When it pops up everyone usually nods and agrees uncritically, it seems to have been rendered reliable just by sheer repetition. Luckily someone did the background work to find out where it came from and how true it is- answer being almost totally untrue. Worth reading and bookmarking to share with people who lazily deploy this rather unhelpful vision of the future.
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