Innovate or Die

Innovation

“America demands invention and innovation to succeed.” -Kit Bond

Blockbuster. Research in Motion (Blackberry). Borders. AOL. Palm.

What do these companies have in common? They used to be on the leaders in their respective industries, but are now either bankrupt or on the way out. The cause of their slow slides into irrelevancy is their failure to innovate after they hit it big. Their stagnation prevented them from adapting to meet the changing demands of their clientele, provoking their customers to leave them for their more agile competitors. Companies that fail to innovate should rightly be allowed to go out of business.  Read more of this post

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Social Media and the Classroom

With the start of the school year right around the corner (at least for those who still have to go to school), I thought it would be appropriate to write a post about how social media can be used by teachers in the classroom to enhance learning. A recent study by Ofcom showed that 47% of teenagers in the UK  now own a smartphone, compared to just 27% of adults (I imagine that the percentage is almost the same, maybe higher, here in the US). Before I go into detail, let me announce some breaking news from Siloam Springs, where I currently reside.

Siloam Springs High School students can now use their phones at school! Siloam recently finished construction of a brand new high school. Along with the new building, the school district is making some modifications to their technology policy. For the first time in Siloam history, students are allowed to use their cell phones in-between classes (as long as they don’t make calls). That means tweets, texts, status updates, etc. Additionally several of the floors in the building have an extra outlet plugs in them to prepare for the day when most students have all their books on electronic devices.

Now that Siloam Springs High (and I presume other schools) are allowing students to use their cell phones (and laptops for some, especially colleges) at school without any reprecussions, how can schools integrate social media into the classroom environment to enhance the learning experience? Here are just a few suggestions:

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College Reflections: School

With the end of my college career approaching, I decided it would be fitting to write a series of posts reflecting on my years in college at John Brown University. During the next few days, I will be reflecting on different aspects of my time in college, namely School, Church, and Work. The final post in the series will contain some advice to those that are currently in college or will beginning that journey soon. Hope you enjoy!

I arrived at John Brown University four short years ago driving a white Jeep full of furniture, clothing, and other items to outfit suite 18C in the J. Alvin dorm. A lot has happened in the four years following that day. As I prepare to pack up my Dodge Avenger in a few weeks and drive off into the sunset, I decided it would be a good time to reflect on some of the things that have occurred during my time at JBU.

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