03 février 2020

American (Perhaps North American) Kids Are Not Even Close

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. American (Perhaps North American) Kids Are Not Even Close
SETDA and ISTE have released a report outlining what they thing students should learn and how technology should help them learn it (they say it's "a shared vision of a 21st century education system," which means it isn't shared at all, but they'd like it to be). T.H.E. has a summary. What I found interesting in the report is that the core subjects, even when supplemented by four "21st century themes", amount to less than half what needs to be learned. More...

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Religious Wars

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Religious Wars
Clive Shepherd may refer to my contribution to SURF Education days as part of a "religious war", but I would point out that it's only a religious war to the side that's got religion. "I don't feel under any pressure to take a position on one educational approach or another," writes Shepherd. "Am I missing something?" Well yes, Clive, you are. And that is, the discipline of educational technology is not - or at least, it should not be - a matter of faith. What really bothered me about the paper I criticized was the poor reasoning and the poor understanding of science. Apparently some people think I was being therefore unreasonable and unfair. Yes, many teachers - including Clive Shepherd, apparently - govern their classes according to what they want (and pretend it's the value-free neutral ground that they're taking), where what they want is informed by superstition and myth (left-brain right-brain indeed). More...

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Pathfinder Journeys Now Available

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Pathfinder Journeys Now Available
Derek Morrison points to the release of these descriptions and reflections of the 'Pathfinder' projects undertaken at various UK universities. The packages are zip files, which will need to be unpackaged. projects include the Design of the ADELIE Framework for Intervention, at Leicester, and the CABLE Project (for Academy Subject Centre: Health and Sciences Practice) at Hertfordshire. More...

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PLEs and the Institution

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. PLEs and the Institution
The core of this post is in the diagram (which is Scott Wilson's), which takes a very institution-centric view of the personal-learning environment. My own feeling is that as PLEs become mainstream institutions can reassess whether a course-centric mode of delivery is the most appropriate. More...

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More Bogus Percentages. This Time On Wikipedia

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. More Bogus Percentages. This Time On Wikipedia
It is worth reporting (since this newsletter has a reasonably wide readership) once again that the famous 'cone of experience' is a hoax. I've seen it debunked in several places, and on several mailing lists, over the years. But still it persists - it shows up in academic papers, education guru seminars, and now, most recently, on Wikipedia. Showing, I guess, that nothing is immune. Anyhow, Will Thalheimer has a good set of links showing where it appears and, if you scroll down, giving it a thorough debunking. More...

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JISC CETIS

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. JISC CETIS
CETIS has launched a new web page design, a very nice clean look with news and blog posts (and an RSS feed, naturally). The site gives much better access to articles like this one on ontologies and use cases. More...

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Attention Profiling: APML Beginner's Guide

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Attention Profiling: APML Beginner's Guide
Personal attention metadata is "...consolidated, structured descriptions of people's interests and dislikes. The information about your interests and how much each means to you (ranking) is stored in a way so that computers and web-based services can easily read it, interpret it, process it and pass it on should you request and permit them to do so." It is what I have called "second party metadata", that is, metadata created by the user of a resource. As this article shows, we are now entering a period where this is becoming more important. More...

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Social Media: 10 Principles of Social Object Design

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Social Media: 10 Principles of Social Object Design
Teemu Arina is talking about 'social objects'. On John Searle's theory "social objects are higher order objects whose inferiora are constituted by physical objects, which account for their apparent concreteness." The use of physical objects seems to be optional; "there is a great number of social objects - complex entities such as states, universities or corporations - which don't seem to have any obvious physical realization." We need, on my view, to understand that social objects - and therefore their physical counterparts - are fictions, no matter how real they may seem. More...

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Utrecht at Night

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Utrecht at Night

Photos from Utrecht, the Netherlands, at night. Stephen Downes, Flickr November 14, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ]. More...

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Conversation with Pre-Service Teachers - The Set Curriculum

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Conversation with Pre-Service Teachers - The Set Curriculum
It bears repeating... again: "That's when I realized that, to Julia - one of the best students in my class, one of the best writers - writing was really only about getting a grade. It had no other meaning or purpose. All of her learning was reduced to one thing - the need to achieve a certain average... I realized that my classroom was a place where there was a lot of teaching going on, but not a lot of learning. When talking to me about her work, Julia had used an adopted voice. She spoke about the thesis statement, the hook, about effective support. She used the terminology that I had been using since the beginning of the school year. More...

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