In the ever-evolving mobile phone industry, cool design has always played a big role in grabbing eyeballs and driving sales. In the latest race to introduce phones that users clamor for, LG Electronics and design house Prada have jointly developed a sleek device sporting a big touch screen that does away with the keypad—much like Apple's innovative iPhone. Here's a look at some of the head-turning fashion phones that leading handset makers have rolled out.Business Week
Talking in Style:
This simple but elegantly designed phone was jointly developed by Bang & Olufsen and Samsung Electronics. At 1,000, it's not cheap, but it is freed from multitasking duties to focus on one prime purpose: talk.
Long past are the times when we teach content just in case a student might need it. A great teacher will devise a way to give the students an urgent reason to learn skills or knowledge and then let them show they have learned it by what they can do. This is called project-based learning.
A great teacher will keep the students wanting to come to school just to see what interesting things they will explore and discover each day. We call this inquiry.
"Get taught everything by an ostensible"
The philosophy that supports such a great teacher is simple. Students learn best when they are in control of their learning. Students must do the heavy lifting of learning and nothing the teacher can say or do will change that. Real learning requires doing, not listening, or observing only. Yet what do we find in every public school and university? Teachers talking, talking and talking while students listen, daydream and doze. We call this lecture.
The word "teacher" implies the flow of knowledge and skills from one person to another. Whether it be a lecture, or a power point, it involves talking at the students. While that is commonly viewed as the quickest and easiest way to impart knowledge and skills, we all realize that it is not the most effective. Socrates had it right when he only answered a question with more questions and look what he produced -- some of the greatest minds that ever lived. We call this the Socratic method.
Yes, there are times when direct instruction is necessary, but only to be able to do something with that knowledge or skill, but a great teacher devises learning experiences that force all the students to be engaged much like being in the deep end of the swimming pool. Then the lesson on arm and leg strokes becomes relevant. To learn, the students must do something. We call this performance-based learning.