14 juin 2019

Student Achievement and Technology

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christopher D. Sessums[Edit][Delete]: Student Achievement and Technology, Christopher D. Sessums : Weblog [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
I agree with the sentiments expressed in this post. Asked whether technology improves student learning, the first response may be to say that there are other factors involved, and then to hunt about for those surveys that point to a grade increase. But this is the correct response: "Because the technology becomes part of a complex network of changes, its impact cannot be reduced to a simple cause-and-effect model that would provide a definitive answer to how it has improved student achievement. More...

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Rails' Ridiculous Restrictions, a Rant

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. a Hack[Edit][Delete]: Rails' Ridiculous Restrictions, a Rant, The Joel on Software Discussion Group [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
Readers will be aware of my explorations of Ruby on Rails last fall, a project I eventually abandoned. This article nicely illustrates in a manner much better than I could the reasons why. Starting with: "Rails doesn't play well. With anyone. Not even itself." Also, "Rails has no manual. Let me repeat that: Rails has no manual. If you haven't used Rails, you may not believe me. Well, go visit the Rails documentation page. Hmmm ... We have APIs, Tutorials, HowTos, Snippets, but no manuals. More...

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TCEA Shows Ed Tech's Wild Side

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Robert Brumfield[Edit][Delete]: TCEA Shows Ed Tech's Wild Side, ESchool News [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
Conference overview - if you can overview 13,000 educators, students, and exhibitors, hundreds of presentations and 700 exhibits in a three page article. The main highlight (other than a motivational speaker who tells people without money not to be poor) is the introduction of the term "techno-traditionalism" in a talk by Tony Brewer, "which brings tech into play when it's needed to engage kids in the learning process." Yeah, ok. Whatever. More...

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Closing Its Doors in 12 Days

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: think:lab Closing Its Doors in 12 Days, think:lab [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
Christian Long has decided to shut down his blog. "when a 'successful' blog simply becomes better and better at 'Hey, look at my links!', and doesn't fulfill its genetic promise to be a collectively-owned conversation that ebbs and flows like a young river growing larger and larger as its meander pulls in the river bank little by little until its a wiser and more powerful river following its destined call towards the larger seas... then something precious is getting lost." That's an awful lot to ask of a blog, or of anything, for that matter. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Greg Ritter[Edit][Delete]: educate/innovate, February 22, 2006
As Scott Leslie informs us, Blackboard's Greg Ritter (and others at Blackboard) has picked up his blogging quill again. Why? Maybe this, from the most recent post: "We put out a poll for Bb clients on the topic they were most interested in discussing during our Bb World '06 Birds of a Feather sessions. The most popular session, hands down, was 'Blogs, Podcasting, RSS and Wiki' according to the votes. It prompted me to ask: What's the big deal with blogs, etc...? How are they important to e-learning?". More...

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Open Source and Trading Standards

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stuart Yeates[Edit][Delete]: Open Source and Trading Standards, EDUCAUSE Blogs [Edit][Delete] February 22, 2006
Interesting observation about the sale of open source software. "If Mozilla permit the sale of copied versions of its software, it makes it virtually impossible for us, from a practical point of view, to enforce UK anti-piracy legislation, as it is difficult for us to give general advice to businesses over what is/is not permitted." Right. Because as Stuart Yeates says, "open source is eroding the nice easy simplifications of copyright law that people have been working by, mistaking their simplifications for law". More...

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Feeding Hungry School Children: Added to the Development Agenda

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Feeding Hungry School Children: Added to the Development Agenda, ID21 [Edit][Delete] February 22, 2006
To the headline I say: good. Note this: "School feeding programmes are cost-effective - a child can be fed for a year for US$34 - and the programmes can double enrolments within a year. Offering take-home rations to girls is an incentive for parents to allow girls to attend school." Also: "On empty stomachs, children are easily distracted and cannot concentrate properly. Hunger impedes a child's ability to learn and achieve. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Steven Harnad[Edit][Delete]: ROAR, JISC-Repositories [Edit][Delete] February 22, 2006
Steven Harnad writes: "Here are three (lately re-named) OA Registries that we hope the OA community will find useful (and will use!): (1) ROAR is the Registry of Open Access Repositories. See also ROAR's sister project, OpenDOAR. (2) ROARMAP is the Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies. More...

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E-Learning 2.0 at the E-Learning Forum

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. E-Learning 2.0 at the E-Learning Forum
Tomorrow (Thursday) I get onto an airplane and fly to Alaska, so there will be no newsletter. Today I presented via teleconference to the E-Learning Forum today - here are the slides and audio. Note that the audio is pretty loud - you'll have to turn the volume way down. More...

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Brain Death by Dull Cubicle

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Kathy Sierra[Edit][Delete]: Brain Death by Dull Cubicle, Creating Passionate Users [Edit][Delete] February 21, 2006
Several people have linked to this item. In a sentence, the point is that if you spend most of your time in a dull environment, your brain will not grow new neural connections, making it harder to learn. I think this is basically right. And yes, I think this is a good reason to get students out of the classroom. More...

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