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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dialogue: interviews with industry mavens -- Rishi Chandra

Rishi Chandra, Product Manager, Google Enterprise At the Enterprise 2.0 Conference last week, Internet Evolution sat down with Google's Rishi Chandra to talk about Google Apps

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    Written by Oded Noy, 6/20/2008 -- Web 2.0 is both a data-mining goldmine and a nightmare. While it provides a valuable environment of consumer-generated data and media, it's hard to consume this information in a meaningful way without getting overloaded with noise. ...

Today, if you are really interested in doing any meaningful research on any topic, you need to subscribe to 37 RSS feeds to connect with 24 people who are visionaries in their fields, and listen to all their "tweets." Or, you end up looking at a bunch of different Google search results with no idea if they are recent or old or have any relevance at all.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Teacher or Trainer: What's the Difference?

by , Apr 21, 2008

Having served as a teacher and trainer for over twenty-five years, I get different answers from different people engaged in the field of education when I ask them to clarify if they are teachers or trainers.
Teachers are usually found in primary schools, whereas trainers are found in all walks of life, especially commercial ones, they say. A tennis coach (trainer) teaches you new skills and trains you for improving your playing skills. A leadership trainer or coach can teach you new methods of leading people and help you become a better leader. An instructor gives you instructions for learning to do something while a mentor is like a guide, leading you to acquire insights as well as acquire skills.
Teachers educate people (children are also people), while trainers help them learn skills for doing certain things, which earn them their livelihood. When students finish school or university for that matter, they may not have learnt skills like welding, bookkeeping or managing other people, which they can trade for money on the job marketplace. People have to go to special institutes classified as VET or vocational education and training to learn professional skills. continue reading