03 février 2016

Presentation Planning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Presentation Planning
Common Craft, 2016/01/26

I studied public speaking in school and became quite good at it, winning four championships in six years. Back then I would memorize my talks, then improvise a bit as I spoke. Later, when I began doing academic presentations, the mode de rigeur was to read the paper to the audience. More...

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Pioneering computer scientist Marvin Minsky dies at 88

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Pioneering computer scientist Marvin Minsky dies at 88
Michael Pearson, CNN, 2016/01/26

I met Marvin Minsky at Idea City in 2003, where he gave a talk. We did not talk about artificial intelligence. We talked about the glass and light sculptures that were on display at one of the parties. More...

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New Learning Design book is out!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New Learning Design book is out!
Grainne Conole, e4innovation.com, 2016/01/26
This is the sort of thing that might become a landmark in the field. As a collaboration among a number of different groups of proponents of learning design, it stands as a sort of marker or statement of the core values of the field. The aim of this work is to define and extend the Larnaca Declaration of learning design, first formulated a couple of years ago, which seeks to create a 'notation' to educators can use to describe and share successful strategies. More...

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Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”
Ricardo de Querol, El Pais, 2016/01/26

There's a lot to protest, says Zygmunt Bauman, but protest has been ineffective in the social media age, an age in which in which "all agreements are temporary, fleeting, and valid only until further notice". More...

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Review of Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Review of Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning
William R. Penuel, Raymond Johnson, National Education Policy Center, 2016/01/26

This is a review of a report titled Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning (57 page PDF) which summarizes finding from three projects based on the idea of personalized learning. More...

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What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us
Joe Karaganis, David McClure, New York Times, 2016/01/25

This is an article in the New York Times about The Open Syllabus Project. So far this site, as the name suggests, has "collected more than a million syllabuses from university websites." More...

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The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point
Jenny Anderson, Quartz, 2016/01/25

We've probably all heard the sarcastic comments about giving every kid a prize for trying, instead of awarding one prize to the winner. The idea of praising effort rather than results is scorned and ridiculed. More...

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The sky is falling on print newspapers faster than you think

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The sky is falling on print newspapers faster than you think
Richard Tofel, Medium, 2016/01/22

Having been writing this newsletter for a long time, I can still recall the days when pundits were saying print newspapers would disappear while critics were saying people would never abandon the comfort of print and paper. More...

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The 7 Devices of Transformation in Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The 7 Devices of Transformation in Education
Vicki Davis, The Cool Cat Teacher, 2016/01/22

This is a terrific post. The core message is that "technology change is about people." And Vicki Davis pulls that apart and comes up with seven spot-on observations (mostly my own wording):

  • Innovation is done by people (and not, I would add, processes, forms, reports or measurements)
  • Time is precious, especially for kids
  • The best way to produce innovation is to empower people
  • Spend money on investments, not expenses
  • Invest especially in relationships
  • Invest in yourself - your own learning, your own capabilities
  • Be the device. More...

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Higher Education in Developing Countries is Getting Harder

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Higher Education in Developing Countries is Getting Harder
Alex Usher, Higher Education Strategy Associates, 2016/01/22

This is an interesting set of observations. Development, argues Alex Usher, is getting harder because countries can no longer foster development through export-driven manufacturing. More...

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