31 août 2018

Tracking Disinformation by Reading Metadata

Tracking Disinformation by Reading Metadata
Amelia Acker, Data & Society, Medium, 2018/07/20

It's still pretty easy to distinguish between human spammers and bots (which is why the excuses given by Facebook and Twitter ring hollow). For example, "'Joey' has tweeted more than 500 times every day for three years." Pretty clearly a bot. More...

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Dear Mr. Ford…

Dear Mr. Ford…
Doug Peterson, doug — off the record, 2018/07/20

This is the title of one link in Doug Peterson's weekly wrap-up but all of the posts reflect, in one way or another, on the sea change in Ontario education being caused by the new government. It's not just about curriculum change - consider the segment where he talks about different things stressing different people (contra the old instructivist model of everything). More...

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Mindset Marketing, Behaviorism, and Deficit Ideology

Mindset Marketing, Behaviorism, and Deficit Ideology
Ryan Boren, 2018/07/19

This is a longish discussion and (mostly) collection of resources on the idea that successful learning requires a particular mindset (such as a 'growth mindset' or 'grit' or some such thing). These mindsets, argues Ryan Boren, become products that are marketed as part of learning technology. But they are misdirections. More...

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Engage Your Community with Parent Digital Citizenship Academies

Engage Your Community with Parent Digital Citizenship Academies
Ben Cogswell, George Lopez, Common Sense Education, 2018/07/19

This is advocacy for Common Sense Media, so read it with that in mind. That said, I like the idea of setting up a 'parent digital citizenship academy' to healp teach parents about the same resources and practices their children are being taught about. More...

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The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces

The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces
John Spencer, 2018/07/19

This is a listicle, yes, but it's worth keeping the idea of makerspaces in mind as it reinforces the idea that learning technology isn't simply about what we display on computer screens for students to read. The idea is that students should be finding, making and sharing with each other. More...

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Analysis of 450 MOOC-Based Microcredentials Reveals Many Options But Little Consistency

Analysis of 450 MOOC-Based Microcredentials Reveals Many Options But Little Consistency
Laurie Pickard, Class Central, 2018/07/19

A microcredential "is any one of a number of new certifications that covers more than a single course but is less than a full degree." According to this article, EdX launched the first microcredential (which, of course, is false - microcredentials existed long before MOOCs, as my Boy Scout sash full of badges attests). But it may have been the first MOOC platform to do so. More...

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Bad Romance

Bad Romance
Sarah Jeong, The Verge, 2018/07/18

This is a long and occasionally racy read about collusion and competition in the Amazon Kindle romance novel self-publishing industry. It's an important read because the patterns of behaviour are not unique to romance novels - they are characteristic of our information landscape in general. More...

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How to choose and deploy a service mesh

How to choose and deploy a service mesh
Nikki McDonald, O'Reilly, 2018/07/18

This is a short article and podcast discussing a new report outlining the service mesh. You might not need to deploy a service mesh yourself, but it's a good idea to be familiar with this trend. More...

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Storytelling And The Technological Nothing

Storytelling And The Technological Nothing

Kin Lane, Kin, 2018/07/18

Kin Lane writes, " 90% of what you are being told about AI, Blockchain, and automation right now isn’t truthful. It is only meant allocate space in your imagination, so that at the right time you can be sold something, and distracted while your data, privacy, and security can be exploited, or straight up swindled out from under you." This is sort of true, but it's also sort of misleading. More...

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Looking Ahead at IT and Higher Ed: An Interview with Vernon Smith

Looking Ahead at IT and Higher Ed: An Interview with Vernon Smith
Susan Grajek, Vernon Smith, EDUCAUSE Review, 2018/07/18

In this interview Vernon Smith sees some significant challenges for higher education. " The funds for higher education are not going to be the same. They're literally in competition..." and moreover, "the profession itself — the underlying culture of higher education — is going to be held up and questioned." Technology won't solve these issues. More...

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