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In this edition of Pedagogy 2.0, I’d like to focus on a quiet revolution that is less about gold-plated iPhones and more focused on wonder, excitement, and just plain fun. I am referring to how a new generation of dreamers will change your life through a combination of daring, design, and development. The projects below suggest just how much our students can learn through an integrated multidisciplinary curriculum formulated around their outcome-oriented ventures.

Montgolfier Aérostat Réveillon, 1783.The Montgolfier brothers could have lofted their Aérostat Réveillon on the sighs of relief issued by distance educators when the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court ruling on June 5th, 2012 to vacate U.S. Department of Education §600.9c.

President Barack Obama joins The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, left, and others in the processional before the start of commencement at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, May 5, 2013. (Detail of an Official White House Photo by Pete Souza; Courtesy of WWW.WhiteHouse.gov)In my January 21, 2010, tech grants blog, "Chasing Obama Buck$,” I had identified select federal grant opportunities that had been issued by the Obama Administration. As an update, circa May 2013, I am revisiting where the Administration is proposing to give grants that community colleges qualify for.

As to the age-old student question, “what’s the point of learning this?” my mentor and Yale President, A. Bartlett Giamatti, replied that “it may not make you richer, but it will definitely make you richer inside.” Evidently Peter Thiel thinks differently. With a net worth of over 1.6 billion dollars, the PayPal co-Founder has developed a fellowship for students to forgo a traditional college education so they can focus on their entrepreneurial projects.

In grant writing you have to make a compelling argument to get funded. I recently read a new book, The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change, by Stanford professor Jennifer Aaker and Vonavona Ventures' Andy Smith.

The Wall Street Journal, in its “Journal Report/Big Data” section, posted an interesting article by Joel Schectman, “Public Data…at Your Fingertips: Federal and state governments are a trove of information. Now a lot of it is just an app away.”

The January 2013 issue of WIRED Magazine had an interesting article written by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan, “The Age of Insourcing: How Tech Helps Megacompanies Rope Us In.”

What do you do when it is time for a new pair of shoes, a new bag or phone? Chances are you will shop for them online or buy them at the local mall. Yet a technical revolution on the scale of the Gutenberg press is quietly changing how we produce, what we consume, and perhaps most important, the role each of us will play in the process. It is called 3D printing.

An artisan is therefore a person engaged in or occupied by the practice of a craft, who may through experience and talent reach the expressive levels of an artist using his hands, mind and heart in his work and what he or she creates …