14 février 2019

There’s more to decentralisation than blockchains and bitcoin

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. There’s more to decentralisation than blockchains and bitcoin
Irina Bolychevsky, Medium, 2018/10/15

Good article on decentralization. The key characteristic I propose is that a system is decentralised to the extent it distributes power. More...

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13 février 2019

The trouble with government education technology initiatives

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The trouble with government education technology initiatives
Terry Freedman, ICT & Computing in Education, 2018/10/12
I'm going to select option B, which is give at the end of the article, suggesting that Terry Freedman has  "finally turned into the archetypal cynical grumpy old man sitting in the corner of the staffroom mumbling!" Why? Well, it's that the generalization in the headline is simply false. More...

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Blockchain Technology Overview

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Peter Mell, Nik Roby, Karen Scarfone, Dylan Yaga, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2018/10/10

This is a good crisp summary that doesn't shy away from technical detail but steps through the major elements of blockchain technology with clarity and precision. More...

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Technology Was Supposed To Save Us. It Hasn’t

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Dan Pontefract, 2018/10/09
I was born 12 years before Dan Pontefract. And while I would be the first to agree with him that technology isn't perfect, I think those 12 years make all the difference in understanding the impact of new technology. We had television from my early childhood, but depended more on radio, since we only had two channels (CBC and CTV). More...

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An Ode To RSS, Moodle’s Most Pressing Interface

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Ode To RSS, Moodle’s Most Pressing Interface
Cristian T. Duque, Moodle News, 2018/10/05
On the one hand, some people will say that the world of educational technology will resist decentralization. On the other hand, that same world can't kill it completely. A case in point is RSS, the ultimate decentralized technology, that lives on despite the efforts of even the might Google to kill it. More...

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CC submits proposed Amicus Brief to 9th Circuit on Proper Interpretation of BY-NC-SA 4.0

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. CC submits proposed Amicus Brief to 9th Circuit on Proper Interpretation of BY-NC-SA 4.0
Diane Peters, Creative Commons Blog, 2018/10/02
I agree with the gist of the brief filed by Creative Commons which says a school should be able to hire a contractor to reproduce copies of an openly licensed non-commercial work. More...

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What Do Edtech and IKEA Have in Common? Persuasive Design.

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What Do Edtech and IKEA Have in Common? Persuasive Design.
Jeffrey R. Young, Sydney Johnson, EdSurge, 2018/10/04
This is a partial podcast transcript of a discussion with a panel (Sandra Burri Gram-Hansen, Margarita Quihuis and Safiya Noble) discussing behaviour design using educational technology. I like the analogy with the Ikea showroom, though it suggests something a bit pernicious: you cant't go wherever you want in an Ikea store the way you can in a department store, and the design is not for your benefit, it's for Ikea's. More...

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Blockchain looking more and more like a ball and chain?

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blockchain looking more and more like a ball and chain?
Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, 2018/10/04
Donald Clark was a fan of blockchain a couple of years ago but he reports that he has "fallen out of love with this technology" because "I’ve still to see a single implementation in learning that is worth the candle." I think this is true, and I think most of the educational implementations to date have been trivial. More...

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09 février 2019

Learning Technologies France : mon retour d’expérience sur ce salon

http://blog.educpros.fr/fiorina/wp-content/themes/longbeach_jfiorina/longbeach/images/img01.jpgBlog Educpros de Jean-François Fiorina. Afin de nourrir ma réflexion sur l’école du futur et pour me tenir au courant de ces évolutions, je participe à différents salons ou événements dans ce domaine. Une découverte, cette année, celle de l’édition parisienne du salon Learning Technologies, un retour sur OEB Berlin et le rappel de mon passage à Educause, fin 2018. Plus...

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08 février 2019

Liulishuo app raises $72m in NYSE debut

By Kerrie Kennedy. Chinese startup Liulishuo, whose flagship offering is an AI-powered English learning app of the same name, raised up to $71.9 million on its New York Stock Exchange debut and placing the edtech company firmly on the global map. More...

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