Selected for Dartmouth Digital Excellence Program!

TechPlanning was accepted today for Dartmouth's Tuck School's Digital Excellence Program, being sponsored by Google in Mountain View, California! Yay! Google is such an awesome partner, we're honored to have been chosen from many small Google suppliers to attend

The Tuck School of Business is one of the world's foremost advanced degree institutions on the topics of digital excellence and business growth, focusing on a collaborative teaching/learning style.  Heck, the entire Master's and Executive Education programs are award-winning.

Wish us luck, and I promise, no pictures from the inside the Googleplex (sorry, photography not allowed at Google). This is the second exclusive business coaching offering from Google we've participated in, and we love that Google thinks enough of its small suppliers to offer such benefits. Thank you Google!

Christopher J. Church, Managing Partner
Technology Planning & Consulting, LLC

"Unschooling" Threatening Conventional Education?

Interesting article by KQED about "unschooling", basically a highly unstructured approach to home schooling.  The article asks whether "Public School" (as if this is an organization... so diverse, too fractured to refer to all Public Schools in general) is "scared of unschooling".

I don't think so.  But I do think career educators and researchers are wary of new approaches to teaching, wondering if what appears on the surface to be a very unstructured process (it doesn't really look unstructured to me) will prepare students for successful transition to the workforce or to higher education.

Interesting idea, "unschooling".  I'm not sure I'd support it, and I don't think the general world of Education is "ready" for it, but it seems to be a growing trend.  With oversight and structure it does make sense that this approach will work for at least a subset of homeschooled children.  I do have to say, from the article, I like the articulation of learning objectives and tracking progress, regardless of the path the home learner takes to acquire the knowledge.

Here's a New York City Department of Education resource on home schooling.  Doesn't really address "unschooling", but if you're interested, give a look.  And, of course, I think Google's education productivity would be an awesome adjunct/facilitator to home schooling.  Not sure how the economics of that work... are Google Apps for Education somehow accessible for free to home learners?  Interesting question...

p.s. when in Northern California, or listening to NPR anywhere I have always found KQED articles and reports insightful and thought provoking.  Found the article on Twitter today.  Good on you, KQED!

Christopher J. Church, Managing Partner
Technology Planning & Consulting, LLC

How Not to Win Friends and Influence People...

Dale Carnegie is famous in large part because of his work on building relationships, listening, clearly communicating and growing influence versus power.

Here's a great little five minute video from FightMediocrity, a YouTube channel I subscribe to.  The author does these little topical videos which are actually animations, so way more engaging than say a PowerPoint presentation.

Take five minutes, we can all use a refresher on how to make friends and influence people.  Certainly those of us who are in the Customer Service business need to have the ten basics from the video top of mind.


Christopher J. Church, Managing Partner
Technology Planning & Consulting, LLC