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David Wagner
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6/2/2015 | 1:05:16 PM
Re: New IT Skills: Why Communication, Accountability, Initiative Are Hot Now
@SaneIT- Well, i don't know your kids, so Ic an't comment on them specifically. But i've noticed suddenly kids seem to be able to come up with their network when they want to know where the party is at.
David Wagner
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6/1/2015 | 5:34:27 PM
Re: New IT Skills: Why Communication, Accountability, Initiative Are Hot Now
@vnewman2- Sadly, if you look at paychecks it is clear there's no way to assign grades fairly in group work anywhere. :)
David Wagner
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6/1/2015 | 5:31:43 PM
Re: New IT Skills: Why Communication, Accountability, Initiative Are Hot Now
@SaneIT- I don't think it is about not being able to do work that way, but about the fact that they are kids and don't care about the work. i think if you instill in them a work ethic and a little experience, collaboration tools aren't their problem.
Kelly22
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6/1/2015 | 1:27:36 PM
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Group projects are tough to judge. I remember having one teacher who gave individual and group grades for group projects. Each group had to divide up the work, and every student had to submit an individual report on top of the group presentation. Then we all had to write a paragraph on how the group worked together and where there were problems. It was a lot more work (for the teacher and us students) but at least everyone was graded fairly.
David Wagner
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5/31/2015 | 11:17:37 PM
Re: New IT Skills: Why Communication, Accountability, Initiative Are Hot Now
@zerox203- It seems like what we really want is someone smart. And since by definition half of the world is below average in intelligence, we're always going to have shortage of intellgence, both in the "book learning" way and empotional intelligence.
David Wagner
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5/31/2015 | 11:15:50 PM
Re: New IT Skills: Why Communication, Accountability, Initiative Are Hot Now
It is also true that in many ways our kids are getting more practice on how to collaborat ein a work environment than any generation. Most work gets done by dispersed groups these days who interact via IM, text, phone, video conference, etc. Most kids spend their days using IM, texting, video chat, etc.

So maybe we don't need it in school the same way we might have.
David Wagner
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5/31/2015 | 11:13:52 PM
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@vnewman2- I get the problem schools face though. "Group work" as it is usually called when they try to instill some team work is usually an exercise is one person doing the work while the rest of the group fools around. Actually I feel that happens in the enterprise, a lot, too. But it isn't supposed to. I can see how teachers feel it doesn't work, especially when testing time rolls around and only one kid from the group learned anything.
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5/31/2015 | 12:30:34 AM
Re: New IT Skills: Why Communication, Accountability, Initiative Are Hot Now
Soft skills are often underestimated in many areas. The skills are critical to getting a project completed with accuracy and accountability. The issue is that soft skills are often hard to fully define or measure making selecting candidates with soft skills even more difficult.


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