Thought for the Day

The initial purpose of this page is to encourage myself (and any one else who would like to join me) to post a thought for the day.  I am hoping this will stimulate some discussion and further development of ideas.  

Monday 1 October 2007

Blogging is like bricklaying, each blog adds another layer to the construction of your knowledge.

Tuesday 2 October 2007

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” Dr Seuss. 

(Dr Seuss must have had some insight into e-learning).

Wednesday 3 October 2007

“Someday, in the distant future, our grandchildren’s grandchildren will develop a new equivalent of our classrooms. They will spend many hours in front of boxes with fires glowing within. May they have the wisdom to know the difference between light and knowledge.”


Innovation, (how will our grandchildren’s grandchildren be educated!!)

Thursday 4 October

“Moving from the one-room schoolhouse to the one-world schoolhouse is now a reality.”

Cisco Systems

(Having experienced the one-room schoolhouse (actually it had two rooms) I look towards the one-world school house with interest.  Will human nature let this happen)

Friday 5 October 2007

“Online you get to know your students’ minds not just their faces.

Harasim, L., Hiltz, S.R., Teles, L., and Turoff, M. in Learning Networks: A Field Guide to Teaching and Learning Online. “The ‘e’ in e-learning stands for experience.”

Saturday 6 October 2007

“One of the most crucial ways in which culture provides aid in intellectual growth is through a dialogue between the more experienced and the less experienced” (Jerome Bruner)

(Collaborative Learning)

Sunday 7 October 2007

The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done — men who are creative, inventive and discoverers. 

  (Jean Piaget 1896-1980)

Monday 8 October 2007

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss

Tuesday 9 October 2007

“Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.”

 Arthur C. Clarke

 Wednesday 10 October, 2007

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. “

Marcel Proust

Thursday 11 October

“Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”

Arthur Koestler

Friday 12 October

“Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer (not advised) are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only curse at are called software.”  ~Author Unknown

(a definition for today, I like it!!!! especially the hammer bit)

Saturday 13 October

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

Albert Einstein

Sunday 14 October

The aim of education should be to convert the mind into a living fountain, and not a reservoir.”

John Mason

Monday 15 October

Thoughts that other’s have shared with me. 

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

Take that Apple Mac!!!!   (thanks buckers)

The soul would have no rainbow
Had the eyes no tears


REF: Hayward, S.,& Cohan,M.,(1990), Bag of Jewels,In-Tune books, Australia.

(thanks dbj90)

Tuesday 16 October

The road to wisdom?-Well, it’s plain
and simple to express:
and err
and err again
but less
and less
and less.
Piet Hein, Danish inventor and poet.

(I think this describes my elearning experience so far, though I still haven’t got to the less and less bit).

Wednesday 17 October

“The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it”

Edward R. Murrow

Thursday 18 October

“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.”

~ Abraham Maslow

Friday 19 October

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

John Powell

(Phew thats a relief!!)

Saturday 20 October

Today’s is a definition

“If it draws blood, it’s hardware.”  ~Author Unknown

Sunday 21 October

Something Silly for Sunday.

“We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.”

Robert Wilensky

Monday 22 October

“Collaboration involves synergy. When people work together toward a joint goal, they can accomplish something larger, greater, and with more impact than something done in isolation.”

Annette Lamb

Tuesday 23 October

More on Collaboration

“I not only use all of the brains I have, but all I can borrow.”
Wilson, Woodrow
28th President of the United States (1856-1924)

24 October 2007

“The Internet is not just one thing, it’s a collection of things – of numerous communications networks that all speak the same digital langauge.

Jim Clarke

25 October 2007

“Never let a computer know you’re in a hurry. ”

Author Unknown

26 October 2007

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think” – Socrates

27 October 2007

“Applying computer technology is simply finding the right wrench to pound in the correct screw..” — anon

28 October 2007 

Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.

Theodore Levitt

29 October 2007

“The Reality is

Learning has changed…… from being about reality….. to verifying reality…… to creating reality.”

Stephen Downes,  A Kaleidoscope of Futures: Reflections on the Reality of Virtual Learning.

 30 October 2007

The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.”

-Albert Einstein

Thank you Katie

31 October 2007

“The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.”  

   Aldous Huxley 1894-1963, British Author

(this seems to be quite relevant for this time of semester!!!)

1 November 2007

“The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom. ”

Jon Stewart

(one way at looking at social networking!)

2 November 2007

“Hooked on Internet?  Help is a just a click away.”

Author Unknown

3 November 2007

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leo Tolstoy

4 November 2007

When computers (people) are networked, their power multiplies geometrically. Not only can people share all that information inside their machines, but they can reach out and instantly tap the power of other machines (people), essentially making the entire network their computer.

Scott McNeely

5 November 2007

Computer/nm./: a device designed to speed and automate errors    — From the Jargon File.

6 November 2007

“Adults don’t learn from experience;
adults learn by reflecting on their experience.”

Prof. David Boud

(I believe that blogging is a great way to enhance the reflecting experience)

7 November 2007

Experience without learning is better than learning without experience.


9 thoughts on “Thought for the Day

  1. One of my favorite Dr S quotes could also be considered to have e-learning relevance.

    “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

    Take that Apple Mac!!!!

  2. Well Di, I would be a bit worried about anyone that wrote a story about green eggs and ham !

  3. hey thanks for adding to my thoughts for the day.
    As for the green eggs and ham, possibly it showed he had an open mind, and thought outside the square or maybe he was just a little different??

  4. Hi there Di, great idea, love the thoughts.
    Here is an addition for you

    The soul would have no rainbow
    Had the eyes no tears


    REF: Hayward, S.,& Cohan,M.,(1990), Bag of Jewels,In-Tune books, Australia.

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  6. Your article is written very content, and meaningful to me. I think life just like shoes at our feet. Only wear comfortable, it can help to move forward for you. About you?

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