15 janvier 2020

Everybody Does It

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Everybody Does It
OK, I never cheated in school. Not out of any great virtue - mostly, I didn't need to, and when I would have needed it, I didn't get along well enough with my classmates to share answers. But also - it just wasn't done. I mean by that, not that nobody ever did it, but that it would be the sort of thing you hide. Dishonesty was something to be ashamed of. Today, people look at their heroes, their leaders, their models - and they see nothing but cheating. More...

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How to Write Consistently Boring Academic Technology Articles

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How to Write Consistently Boring Academic Technology Articles
Glenda Morgan links to a Kaj Sand-Jensen (which is published in a most user-hostile manner on a site called Scribd) that describes how to write boring academic papers. I also like the list she adds describing boring academic technology papers. More...

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How Open-Source Is Sakai?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How Open-Source Is Sakai?
Jim Groom looks at Sakai and finds it impenetrable. "A host of research universities threw millions of dollars at an idea of an open source application, but they did it in a traditional academic way which put the idea and the perceived needs before the actual community and real needs." In fairness, the Sakai people are aware of the usability issues (they've seen it mentioned before). More...

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Bringing Honest Exchange Into Kids' Lives

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Bringing Honest Exchange Into Kids' Lives
As part of her ongoing dialog with Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meier "That's what we need now in the USA: a task force to study how democracy can be learned." I don't think you learn democracy by being told about democratic principles. I think you learn only by practicing democracy. When I was in high school I studied public speaking, took part in debating and model parliament, participated in model conferences with other schools, the works. More...

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Higher Ed'S Conflict of Interest Problem

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Higher Ed'S Conflict of Interest Problem
This story focuses on the student loan scandal that has caught a number of universities in its grip, but looks more broadly at the way corporate providers seek to influence academic purchasers for a larger share of student dollars. This obviously has an impact in the field of educational technology. For example: "The American Council on Education's corporate alliance program offers members of the president's circle the chance to meet with college presidents, among other benefits, for a contribution of at least $200,000, and provides other benefits at lesser donation levels. The several dozen corporate partners of Educause, the higher education technology association, pay anywhere from $20,000 to more than $100,000 over the course of a year for a series of benefits that include the opportunity to make presentations to the association's members at the group's annual meeting." Where do open source and open content rate in this network? They don't. More...

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Creating and Connecting

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Creating and Connecting
I'd be more inclined to believe this study if it wasn't supported by Microsoft and Verizon, but it's worth a mention. Basically, according to the study, there has been an explosion of growth in creative activities by students in online social networks. Even so, most social networks remain banned by schools, although most allow some school-sanctioned web activities. That said, the dangers actually posed by social networking are a small fraction of what we see depicted in the media - for example, "only .08% of all students say they've actually met someone in person from an online encounter without their parents' permission." That said, argue the authors, students should learn about online safety. More...

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Working Behind the Great Firewall of China

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Working Behind the Great Firewall of China
I remember as a kid seeing pictures of the city of the future, and they always looked like this. But this isn't science fiction - it's Shanghai, today. Joi Ito photo. A number of the K12 Education crowd from the U.S. are having a Schools 2.0 conference in Shanghai. Wesley Fryer writes about using a service called Proxify to get around restrictions imposed by the Chinese government. Will Richardson links to another Sci-Fi photo. On a related note, I have recently discovered that OLDaily is blocked in China, even the Chinese version (thank you again to the generous translators). Just coincidence, I'm sure. More...

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If This Is Your First PLE

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. If This Is Your First PLE
Good advice for people just trying to get a handle on what we're all talking about when we talk about PLEs and mash-ups and all that. Essentially, what Tom Haskins describes is a process where you more clearly define what you're interested in, use that definition to find related sources on the web, and then progressively interact with those sources. More...

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Digital Literacy Comes Home

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Digital Literacy Comes Home
Vicki A. Davis says that students are demonstrating poor critical thinking skills when researching on the web and ought to be taught digital literacy. And digital citizenship. The latter is a whole different issue that i do not want to address here - suffice to say that what constitutes 'citizenship' is very different in different countries. As for the former, well, quite a discussion ensued from the original post. My own view is that you can't teach people what is right and wrong, what is true and false, you have to help students be able to figure that out for themselves. Creating a dependency is not the way to address deficiencies. More...

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Open Source Holo-Emitter for Second Life

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Source Holo-Emitter for Second Life
It must be the philosopher in me, but I can't help asking about the ontological status of a hologram produced inside a virtual world like Second Life. Never mind questions like 'is it real?' or not - can it even be said to 'exist'? What is existence, if that exists. More...

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