17 août 2015

Is It Really Possible to Re-do Ed Tech From Scratch?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Is It Really Possible to Re-do Ed Tech From Scratch?
Matt Crosslin, EduGeek Journal, 2015/08/12

As Matt Crosslin summarizes, "Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris asked an interesting question at Hybrid Pedagogy a couple of days ago: 'Imagine that no educational technologies had yet been invented — no chalkboards, no clickers, no textbooks, no Learning Management Systems, no Coursera MOOC. More...

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Teaching with the Internet; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Google In My Classroom

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Teaching with the Internet; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Google In My Classroom
Adeline Koh, Hybrid Pedagogy, 2015/08/12
"Why is it that although as educators we largely understand that there are valid criticisms of the lecture format, that we continue to reproduce that format whenever we meet professionally?" Adeline Koh is here questioning the use of lectures as keynote addresses at conferences, and actually presents one where she has people do a literature exercise in small groups. More...

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Classroom Blogging Options (August 2015)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Classroom Blogging Options (August 2015)
Wesley A. Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity, 2015/08/12

It has been a while since I ran a good 'blogging in schools' post, but the activity - and the advice - still makes as much sense today as it did in the heyday of blogging. More...

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Perspective and Empathy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Perspective and Empathy
Maggie Hos-McGrane, Tech Transformation, 2015/08/12

This diagram has been making the rounds in social media recently (reminding me that I wish Facebook would remember what I've seen and not show me the same memes over and over). More...

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The Future of Morality, at Every Internet User's Fingertips

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Future of Morality, at Every Internet User's Fingertips
Tim Hwang, The Atlantic, 2015/08/10

Ethics have always been at the core of education. But now as learning escapes the classroom walls, so do the associated ethical issues. Consider, for example, decisions about whether to link or whether to click. More...

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Tell us who the most influential HE professionals on social media are

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tell us who the most influential HE professionals on social media are
Jisc, 2015/08/10

I'm not sure this is exactly the way to do it, but JISC has issued a call to identify the most influential higher education (HE) professionals on social media. More...

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Did these researchers just create an autistic computer program?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Did these researchers just create an autistic computer program?
Graham Templeton, ExtremeTech, 2015/08/10

I don't understand autism thoroughly, but this seems right: "one theory of autism claims that many of the disorder’s most characteristic symptoms could be the result of just a single, chemically induced modification: autistic brains may simply be too noisy." More...

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LIMITS '15: First workshop on computing within limits

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LIMITS '15: First workshop on computing within limits
Various authors, First Monday, 2015/08/10

An interesting issue of First Monday just published, its theme devoted to the study of limits - mostly, but not exclusively, software limits. It's relevant at a time where we're contemplating the end of Moore's Law. More...

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The Web Feels Fine to Me

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Web Feels Fine to Me
Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, 2015/08/10
Alan Levine says the web feels fine to him. He cits a pretty impressive list of doom and gloom predictions: " It’s lost. It’s dead. No the same folks say it’s not dead. We have to save it. It’s boring. It’s lost that loving feeling. It needs to be made fun again." And he writes, "I think they are looking at the wrong end of the web donkey. Does anyone not remember the Long Tail? All of the lamenting, hand wringing, crying to the moon is focused completely on the head of the curve. The bag of gold is in the tail." Good point. More...

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National Post View: Helping students, without burdening everyone else

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. National Post View: Helping students, without burdening everyone else
Editorial, National Post, 2015/08/08

"There’s little doubt," write the editors of the National Post, "that students with some skin in the game — i.e., some financial stake in their own education — will be more apt to ensure they stay the course and complete their degrees." More...

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