Andrew John HARRISON

Artist, Designer, Educator & Entrepreneur

Tag: Technology

Zone Learning

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We all have at least one thing in common: we started life as a baby and grew into an adult!

Consider for a moment how we learnt as children. We touched everything, tasted everything, played with everything, asked questions about everything. All our senses were engaged in a process of discovering the world around us.

Then we went through formal education and learnt to sit still for hours. We learnt that the teacher expected certain answers, even if our experience of the world was different from the answer they were asking for. We learnt to fit in, be good and do as we were told.

Well some of us learnt these things!

Hyper-Speed Experiential Learning is all about including the whole person in the process and discovering the answers vs being told what is a right answer and what is a wrong answer. It’s about including all the senses in the experience and inspiring the student to think, feel and operate holistically and to include their; spiritual, mental, emotional and physical selves.

goldzone-experiential-learning-table-8-13-15The above diagram demonstrates what is possible in terms of retention of information based on the mode of learning. It is obvious to most people that the more actively engaged a student is and the more of themselves that are included in the experience the more they learn and the less they forget.

Let’s bring back the joy of learning!

At Goldzone Education, we believe that the world has changed so fast that traditional ways of teaching and learning are too slow and ineffective. People of all ages are immersed in high-definition movies, television, video games, giant monitors, instant messaging, smartphones and smart watches.

Our methods of teaching, delivering content and
learning have got to change with the times.

We need exciting content and teachers who inspire us to make changes, be the best we can be and to realize our full potential.

Every Goldzone program we deliver uses small group discussions, massive video screens, nightclub quality surround sound, laser lights, image reinforcement, captivating images, inspiring videos, the most beautiful smells and most important of all dynamic facilitation.

It is never boring!

Large corporations have the budgets to invest in one-off learning environments for their corporate training, however, few of them build purpose built classrooms on this scale. As for small and medium businesses, they are mostly out of reach. Our vision is to change that. We need better quality programs and learning environments for the hundreds of millions of small businesses around the world. think of the possible impact…

We also need to unlearn old ideas, thoughts and information that is no longer relevant. Read more about unlearning and “clean slate” > here.

If you are looking for a change and are ready for the most fun you can have as an adult in a crafted learning environment… check out the 3-Day GOLDZONE Experience. It will change your mind about learning, engage all your senses and most of all make you a better leader!

Singapore, Smart City of the Future?

Re-Imagining Work

Are You Addicted to the Internet?

I don’t know about you… but I am definitely addicted to the internet! Hey, why not? There is so much information out there for the voracious and curious mind… answers to just about any question can be found and learned in seconds.  How cool is that?

Addicted?

How I Use My iPhone

I was thinking the other day about life before iPhone and wondering how I managed to do all the things that my iPhone does… so I decided to put together a MindMap with the main tasks I use my iPhone for… and wow, its one thing to know this and another thing to see it all laid out visually… click on the image below for a larger image:

Apple iPad 2 Review

Having had an Apple iPad since they were first released, I wondered if the new iPad would be different enough to get one. I didn’t wonder for long and moments later placed my order online. Shipped directly from the factory in China, the iPad arrived via Fedex.

Now that I have had a week or so to set up and test the iPad 2, I can say the improvements are significant and it is well worth getting one – even if you have a fully functioning original iPad.

Here are the main improvements/new features that stand out:

  • holding the iPad to read a book or email is easier and less strain on your arm because it is a lot lighter – which means longer reading times (I did not even notice this as a problem before)
  • the front and rear cameras enable video conferencing, taking snapshots and recording video… awesome! documents can be scanned, barcodes can be read and you can show video callers how you look in early morning video chats!
  • the lower profile (otherwise known as height) means it fits in more bags and is cooler… OK, the biggest benefit of this is the reduction in weight.
  • snapping (it’s magnetic) the leather cover on is a breeze – and it looks great.
  • faster run times means you don’t have to wait as long for apps to load, pages to download etc.

Despite what some people think – the iPad is way more than a large screen iPhone! Over time more apps are becoming available that take advantage of the cloud, syncing and integrating seamlessly with your desktop/laptop and mobile phone. A simple example of this is when you update a password on one device, it is automatically available on all your devices… (don’t worry, it is encrypted to make it secure).

If you haven’t ordered one yet… I highly recommend it!

The Future Is Now

American author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil has some very interesting predictions about the future… worth considering… check out the graphic below… and note the predictions that have already been proven true!

Self-Driving Cars

The future can be seen in movies and todays research projects… and when it comes to transportation self-driving cars are just around the corner…

BMW and Microsoft Surface

Microsoft’s interactive table, dubbed Surface is like an iPhone interface on your desktop… touch the surface and interact with the computer with your fingers rather than with a traditional keyboard and mouse.

Below is a video showcasing BMW’s commercial application of Surface for selecting a new BMW:

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