Got Time for Time Management?
The Mission Newsletter, 9/18/18
“I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.” — Sylvia Plath
Announcing, Education Trends! 🚀
Education Trends is your #1 podcast for news that matters in education, college, technology, leadership and the science of learning.
In Season 1 of Education Trends, we’re interviewing 24 leaders, practitioners and influencers in higher education.
So what’s the goal?
Simple. To help you discover the higher education trends that matter and present them in a way that you can easily apply them.
Each week, you’ll hear two deep dive interviews with Professors, Provosts, Higher Education Leaders, Researchers, and Executives from world class educational technology companies.
In these interviews, you’ll learn and hear stories about how organizations are adapting to change, innovating, and doing more with less.
“Wait, we can grow brains in a dish now?”
We sure can, but we’re going to leave that to the Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine who have developed a cost-effective way to create human cortical organoids. Human Cortical Organoids are three-dimensional, miniaturized, simplified versions of an organ produced from reprogrammed stem cells and are used by scientists to study human biological functions, disease progression, development, and treatment.
“What we’ve done is establish a proof-of-principle protocol for a systematic, automated process to generate large numbers of brain organoids. The potential uses are vast, including creating large brain organoid repositories and the discovery of causal genetic variants to human neurological conditions associated with several mutations of unknown significance, such as autism spectrum disorder. If we want to understand the variability in human cognition, this is the first step.” — Alysson R. Muotri, PhD, professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine departments of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program and a member of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.
What does this mean for us? We have a better chance of studying the human brain and fighting against some of the toughest diseases out there like Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other neuro conditions.
Spotify is king of the hill when it comes to music streaming but they have yet to turn a profit, and they hope to do so by negotiating new contracts with some of the biggest record labels in the business, which supply the tracks that Spotify delivers to listeners.
So what’s the holdup? Why can’t everyone just get along?
Record labels have claimed that Spotify hasn’t been compensating artists fairly while Spotify says that a majority of its revenue gets paid out in royalties. One option that Spotify attempted before was to license the music directly, but the record companies still control many of the resources. Only time will tell if the two sides will be able to play nice with each other. For now, we can only hope that we will be able to binge-listen to our favorite playlists for years to come.
Time management is one of the most daunting processes to master and it seems all the productivity, the freedom of workplaces and just trying to be productive for the sake of being productive is making it more difficult for us to succeed at time management.
“Many of the most popular apps and techniques evolved this way, as a particular solution for a specific problem someone else had — someone else who most likely does not work or think like you. Hence, it makes no sense to feel sorry for being unable to take advantage of them: it would be like feeling bad because someone else’s shoes do not fit in your feet.” — José Luis Peñarredonda, BBC
One solution to tackling time management is asking tough questions often such as Is this important to me? Should I quit? What would this look like if it were easy? These tough, big picture questions will give you a better idea of prioritizing tasks.
CEO and now pop culture icon Elon Musk’s company SpaceX launched the Telstar 18 Vantage, a communications satellite built by SSL, a US satellite-maker, and operated by the Canadian telecommunications firm Telesat. It will orbit high above Asia and Oceania, providing broadband connections to a variety of customers.
The successful launch of another SpaceX rocket is important in building SpaceX’s credentials as it continues to prepare for future human-led launches. We can’t wait to occupy Mars!
Podcasts are so hot right now (btw, did we mention that we have some awesome podcasts of our own like The Mission Daily, The Story, and the brand spanking newEducation Trends?) and those who are rocking the microphone are trying to turn their words into gold by courting large brands for advertising dollars.
Due to the newness of the podcast market — which is expected to grow to more than $659 million by 2020 — big brands are unsure if podcasts are an excellent way to spend their marketing dollars. However, companies like the IAB Audio Committee are establishing a standardized metric for podcasts like downloads to show companies which podcasts are worth sponsoring. The next step looks like mastering the art of podcast discovery. Between social media strategies, influencers, and the hopes of being featured on Apple’s Podcast App or Google’s Play Store, brands are looking for any solid reason to ensure that the podcasts they sponsor will be listened to by as many as possible.
As VR and AR become more prevalent, educators are trying to find ways to integrate the technology into classrooms. To help make the transition to the next level of learning easier, the International Society for Technology in Education published a book called Learning Transported: Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality for All Classrooms.
Inside of the book, teachers will find lesson plans and insights that they can use practically with their students, including using the devices already installed in classrooms and inside student’s pockets. (We see you texting on those iPhones, kids!)
From storytelling to geometry to earth science, the book provides activities of all kinds and subjects to engage students in new and exciting ways.
The Best of What We’re Watching
RBG is a documentary you can stream on CNN.com about the great Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film takes you through the Notorious RBG’s life as a pioneer in the field of law and how she’s become a pop culture icon and a beacon of hope for an entire political movement.
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