16 octobre 2019


By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. De-Schooling
Short summary of a Graham Attwell talk in which "he argued that he wanted to de-school society to enable real and effective life-long learning" - no link, but this is typical. Wolfgang Greller responds, "it would be very destructive to society to leave learning entirely to self-arranged activities [because learning] also includes learning about your dislikes and opening new, unexpected doors." This is a common response, the essence of which is the fear that learners will make the wrong choices, learn the wrong things, or not learn at all. Which leads me to ask: are we doing so well now? Children grow up today illiterate, they grow up with racist or other prejudices, they grow up violent, and millions upon millions grow up without an education at all. I'm not saying we should suddenly shut the door - that would be irresponsible. But I think that, instead of trying more and more management (which, incidentally, makes education more and more expensive), we could try less management. More...

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Concepts Not Nodes

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Concepts Not Nodes
Matthias Melcher discusses my recent criticism of one of George Siemens's posts. In that post, I express the concern, with some justification, that the language is too vague to be descriptive. His explanation is that the vagueness is because a word like 'knowledge' has several senses. But we can be more precise about other words, such as, say, 'concept'. I offer a comment at the end of the article suggesting that the vagues occurs because the entitities we discuss when talking about networks are sub-symbolic. So there is not a nice neat correspondence between the physical properties of a network and the semantical properties of, say, a sentence. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:22 - - Permalien [#]

Our Crooked Broker Society

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Our Crooked Broker Society
Harold Jarche puts together a chart offered by Dave Pollard and a list offered by Roger Schank and in so doing creates a pretty good explanation for some of the ills of the educational system. "Are teachers the desperate suppliers," he asks, "exploited by the school system which has a virtual monopoly on education jobs? Are publishers, testing companies and universities the procurers who gouge the addicted parents, looking for any advantage in a shrinking middle class?" He suggests that local control would fragment this system - "'Small pieces, loosely joined' may be the right strategy for educational reform." But I'm less sure - in certain hands, the decentralization movement (I'm reminded of the Charlottetown Accord) seems more like a strategy of "divide and conquer". More...

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Second Life University

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Second Life University
MSN Encarta covers 'Second Life University'. It's mostly upbeat - while nodding to some of the drawbacks (the learning curve, having to type in order to talk) it points to some of the oft-touted benefits of the 3D environment. Via Pacific Rim Exchange. It makes me wonder (because there's a lot invested in making Second Life appear to be a viable platform and the 'next web' - what happens if Microsoft buys Second Life? Could it keep the platform more or less proprietary and essentially take over the 3D web by integrating it with Windows? Yes - it could. Which is why the battle of ideas over Second Life is so important. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:21 - - Permalien [#]

And And And And (PLE)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. And And And And (PLE)
Still very much under the weather and on sick time. To people who are waiting for emails and stuff: as soon as I can. Anyhow. This item reminds me of the old riddle, "How do you string the word 'and' together five times in a sentence - not as a title or someone merely repeating the word, but a proper sentence?" Anyhow. This item consists of links and thoughts about PLEs - personal learning environments. I like Alan Levine's cynical comment: "A PLE seems to be a diagram." OK, the answer to the riddle? Fred was having his "Sanford and Sons" sign repainted, but he wasn't happy with the spacing, so he told the painter, "Put more space between Sanford and and and and and Sons". More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:20 - - Permalien [#]

I'M Ready for NECC Are You?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. I'M Ready for NECC Are You?
Post with some good links to edublogging-type locations in Second Life (including Will Richardson's office), suggesting that there should be an edublogger meetup in 2L tied to NECC. Why would you need to tie it to NECC? I don't know. Just have the meetup (rolls eyes). Meanwhile, Andrew Pass obsevres: "It's got to be more than just an opportunity to chat about technology. I'm not a technology person and frankly I don't think that technology for its own sake is very important. It's got to help people accomplish an important task or it's worthless." Related: Trek museum in Second Life (and btw, Star Trek First Contact is the best ST movie, bar none). More...

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Don't Tell Your Parents: Schools Embrace MySpace

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Don't Tell Your Parents: Schools Embrace MySpace
As Graham Attwell notes, the numerous errors in the coverage are unfortunate. Me, I'm surprised Wired has an 'education' section (when did that happen?). But the coverage of ELGG can do only good, even if Dave Tosh is demoted to 'Project Manager'. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:19 - - Permalien [#]

World Book and Copyright Day

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. World Book and Copyright Day
Monday is 'World Book and Copyright Day' and is an example of UNESCO taking exactly the wrong turn. "There can be no book development without copyright," says UNESCO's Director-General Koichiro Matsuura. This, of course, is a crock, as people are proving with projects as varied as Wikipedia and open publishing on Lulu. The of the Open Educational Resources (OER) contemplated by UNESCO at its various forums. He writes, "The dual nature of these products of the publishing industry, which are both goods for sale and works of the mind, has repeatedly been emphasized. Much has also been said about the book as the driving force behind a wide array of income-generating activities..." If this is what he thinks, how seriously can we take UNESCO on OERs. More...

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Seeing Ed Tech Really Working in Indiana

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Seeing Ed Tech Really Working in Indiana
Steve Hargadon writes, "While this is a fascinating description of what is taking place in Indiana's ACCESS program, led by Mike Huffman and Laura Taylor, it's more than that. (Audio interview with Mike and Laura at EdTechLive.com) It's someone seeing a vision for the use of technology in education that is truly transformative." This is what prompted me to link: "Moodle and Criterion have saved my life," she said. "I used to spend hours grading papers and quizzes. Now, Moodle takes care of the quizzes, and Criterion grades the papers for spelling and grammar so I can focus on the content. This software saves me 10 hours a week -- which I spend building the actual curriculum." That's got to be useful to someone. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:18 - - Permalien [#]

Opportunities in Our Laps?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Opportunities in Our Laps?
Good post documenting the launch of the OLPC and getting to the point of the project - that it is not just about technology and not just about teaching. "There is no current funding or plans for any associated teacher training programs to go with the OLPC project. Is this foolish or brilliant? Should such teacher training and "train the trainer" programs be formally developed or will it be better to leave this to the teachers and adults themselves? Will teachers learn (and teach) best by doing so with their students and adopting a "guide on the side" type approach?" More...

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