07 décembre 2018

Goodbye One Laptop per Child

Goodbye One Laptop per Child
Wayan Vota, OLPC News, March 11, 2014

OLPC news plays the eulogy. "The XO-1 laptop is history. Sadly, so is Sugar. Once the flagship of OLPC's creativity in redrawing the human-computer interaction, few are coding for it and new XO variants are mostly Android/Gnome+Fedora dual boots. Finally, OLPC Boston is completely gone. No staff, no consultants, not even a physical office. Nicholas Negroponte long ago moved onto the global literacy X-Prize project." Not a noble end. More...

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Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses

Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses
Steven D. Krause, Charles Lowe, Parlor Press, March 10, 2014

Poor bandwidth means a leaan newsletter, but here's a book on MOOCs that you migth want to read. (I'm in Valencia where I gave a talk today.) "Unlike accounts in the mainstream media and educational press, Invasion of the MOOCs is not written from the perspective of removed administrators, would-be education entrepreneurs/venture capitalists, or political pundits. More...

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The MOOC of One

The MOOC of One
Stephen Downes, March 10, 2014, INTED 2014, Valencia

In this talk I examine the transition from the idea of the massive open online course - MOOC - to the idea of the personal learning environment. In the process of this discussion I question what it is to become 'one' - whether it be one course graduate, one citizen of the community, or one educated person. I argue that (say) 'being a doctor' isn't about having remembered the right content, not about having done the right things, not even about having the right feelings, nor about having the right mental representations - being one is about growing and developing a certain way.

[Slides] [Audio]. More...

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Why I care about edtech

Why I care about edtech
D'Arcy Norman, D’Arcy Norman dot net, March 5, 2014

It's interestging to see how in recent years the concept of 'innovation' is being rewoeked such that, if it doesn't involve some commercial component, it isn't innovation. But this post from D'Arcy Norman offers an alternative perspective. "Many in the edtech field see innovation as something like 'working out creative licensing deals with vendors and/or publishers,'" he writes. More...

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Can You Solve This?

Can You Solve This?
Veritasium, YouTube, March 5, 2014

I like this video a lot. It gets at an important element of the scientific method (not the only element - the scientific menthod is much more complicated than one simple rule) and it also gets at why so many people reason poorly. More...

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Plan to move from #quantified self to Qualified self

Plan to move from #quantified self to Qualified self
Inge de Waard, Ignatia, March 5, 2014
OK, this is ambitious. "My ultimate scientific breakthrough dream would be the Qualified Self in the analogy of the Quantified Self." Given a provisional nod, what would such a qualified self look like? "All the gathered data would gather data on: emotions, creativity, understanding, progress, personal character." Well, I did a test like that recently (the Hermann Brain Dominance instrumnent) and while it was nice to test off the scale for creatity, the point here is that there was a scale. More...

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Does ‘discovery learning’ prepare Alberta students for the 21st century or will it toss out a top tier education system?

Does ‘discovery learning’ prepare Alberta students for the 21st century or will it toss out a top tier education system?
Tristin Hopper, National Post, March 4, 2014
The National Post has never been one to objectively present a story, and it doesn't do so here, but reading between the lines (and a so-called "prominent critic of discovery learning") we have the good news here that Alberta officials have "vowed that the “traditional” teaching methods of textbooks-and-chalkboards will be dead, replaced instead by a unstructured system design to craft 'engaged thinkers,' 'ethical citizens' and 'entrepreneurial spirits.'" I'm not sure why the newspaper would be so blatant in its support of the older approach (unless it's to sell textbooks). More...

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University of the People gains accreditation

University of the People gains accreditation
Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, March 4, 2014

It's far from free, but a University of the People education will cost much less than at a traditional university, and now the degrees are accredited. More...

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Writing with Expresso

Writing with Expresso
Doug Peterson, doug - off the record, March 4, 2014

Doug Peterson writes about Expresso, an interesting writing analytics project created by Mikhail Panko, a PhD student in computational neuroscience (you can see the open source for yourself on GitHub.) Give it a few paragraphs of your own writing and it will analyize it for weak verbs, filler words, negations, modals, passive voice, and more. More...

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Today's eLearning: Michael Allen & Experts Say "Enough is Enough"

Today's eLearning: Michael Allen & Experts Say "Enough is Enough"
Michael Allen, Allen Interactions, March 4, 2014
Someone will have to wake me up when the date finally rolls around, but on March 13 Michael Allen and three others will release the "serious e-learning manifesto". They are rallying, they say, against bad e-learning design. More...

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