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Everything is A Metaphor

Presentation at Imaginarium

Background; I gave a talk about making successful education technology projects in the middle of the second day of the #restartedu project Imaginarium, or Restart Education, in Bucharest Rumania.  I called it Everything is a Metaphor because until you have a new metaphors for new ideas it is difficult to get people to understand them, as we shall see. Everything is a Metaphor is on slideshare I will try to open up some of the ideas on the slides in this post.

Roman Road; The opening image is of a Roman road. This came from a conversation in a restaurant in Bucharest on Saturday where I asked what is historically distinctive  about Romania, and I was told that they stopped the Romans on their conquest of Europe (from AD 101-104). So a metaphor about Roman roads seemed useful. Of course everyone can recognise a Roman road but in fact this was the third use of paving. The first was by the Greeks to build overland canals, the second by Persians to build a national postal service and finally the Romans repurposed paving to create roads; the better to conquer Europe. So which metaphor do you see, travel, services or imperialism? Read the rest of this entry

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Creating the Imaginarium

Imagining Education Futures 2012

Blog; This blog has been set up to support the CROS project in Bucharest who are running a weekend event called Imaginarium concerned with envisioning the future of education (or should that be learning) in Romania. Initially it will be written by @fredgarnett. Other attendees such as Graham Attwell will be invited to contribute, and a GoogleDoc will be created to help capture people’s ideas

CROS; Is an activist group of Romania students based in Bucharest who self-organise activities for graduates. More inf on the CROS Facebook page. Consequently I hope some pages on this blog will be in Romanian!

Imaginarium; on the future of education will be discussed from Friday February 24 to Monday February 27 2012; 

GoogleDocs; We are looking to list 100 ideas about the future of education. Your ideas can be added on the 100 Ideas doc here. One  link per idea please.

The University Project LondonVlad Atanasiu and I met at the University Project at Hub Westminster in London in the Autumn; more info on what we did there on the univproject wiki.

WikiQuals; I talked about my WikiQuals ideas at the University Project. It has since turned into an active WikiQuals project.


Hello world!

This is the blog for the CROSQuals project at the Imaginarium in Bucharest February 25/26 2012.

It is related to the WikiQuals project and derived from workshops at the University Project. I hope you enjoy it and comment; @fredgarnett