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What Do You Want to Learn in 2013? Google's Resolution Map Could Help You Figure it Out

The more we know—and the more we know how to do—the more we can improve our lives, our neighborhoods, and help solve the problems facing society.


'Tis the season to be bombarded with advertisements telling us that it's time to go on a diet. I'm based in Los Angeles so half my friends are going on some sort of extreme cleanse, or are joining a gym for just $19 down and $19 a month (make sure you read the fine print, folks)! But on New Year's Day when I asked my two sons what their New Year's resolutions for 2013 were, both of their responses started with a refreshing phrase: "I want to learn..."

We all know how important it is to be a "constant learner" or a "lifelong learner." After all, the more we know—and the more we know how to do—the more we can improve our personal lives, our neighborhoods, and help solve the problems facing society. That makes it especially nice to see education as one of seven resolution categories on Google's impressive New Year's Resolution map.

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Want to Get America Back on Track? Realize the True Purpose of Schools

As a society, we aren't realizing the true purpose of school—becoming lifelong learners and active, engaged citizens in democracy.


Historian Vincent Harding quoted a West African poet and said, "I am a citizen of a country that does not yet exist." He went on to assert that this is a country that we still must create—a country "that cares about itself and about the world, that cares about what the earth needs as well as what individual people need."

Harding hit the nail on the head. Creating a country starts in our schools.

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Learning to 'Think Wrong' Could Be the Key to the Right Answers

'How to Think Wrong' workshops teach us to challenge the status quo.

We’ve all been in group brainstorm sessions where everyone is shouting out ideas but none of them really solve the problem at hand. It sounds counterintuitive, but social designer Marc O'Brien says trying to come up with right answers shuts down our creativity. The key to generating truly innovative ideas, he says, is learning how to challenge the status quo—which is why he's busy trying to teach people how to "think wrong"

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'Hangout Academy' Brings Learning to Google+

The new platform will connect people who want to learn something new with people who want to share their knowledge and skills.


After the birth of Google+, educators began dreaming up ways it would change the education space. College professors are using the "Hangout" video chat software to host office hours, students are collaborating in virtual study groups, and soon, curious folks who aren't in school may be able to take classes on the social network.

Launch reports that a team of six developers who have never met in person—they met through Hangouts—are developing the Hangout Academy, which is designed to "connect people in search of knowledge with experienced professionals and hobbyists willing to share it."

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This Inspiring Video Will Remind You Why You Love Learning

Filmmaker Rick Mireki's new short film "Learn" is an inspiring, visual love letter to lifelong learning.

Need a little inspiration to get out there and learn something new? A new short film by director/producer Rick Mireki will have you positively itching to pick up some new skills and knowledge.

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