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Gary Brown

Student-Centered Learning: Target or Locus for Universities? -- Campus Technology - 1 views

  • Student-centered learning has been largely a rhetorical distinction for decades--e.g., more group work or less group work--because, practically speaking, everything happened in the classroom.
  • Now, the distinction is not just rhetorical, but a life style distinction: scarcity learning (content delivery) in the classroom or abundance learning (discovery) often out in real-world situations. In scarcity learning, the student is the target for delivery systems, while in abundance learning the student is the locus, the starting point, of learning.
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    missing here is the resistance we encounter--from faculty and students alike. Still a good read from our colleague at AAEEBL.
Gary Brown

YouTube - Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology - 3 views

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    Sixth Sense Technology
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    In case you missed.
Gary Brown

Students Unimpressed with Faculty Use of Ed Tech -- Campus Technology - 0 views

  • 8 percent of students indicated that their instructors "understand technology and fully integrate it into their classes."
  • 74 percent of higher education instructors polled indicated that they "incorporate technology into every class or nearly every class," and 67 percent said they were "satisfied with their technology professional development."
  • The report also found that students now more than ever are using technology regularly in preparation for class: 81 percent of them this year said they use technology every day before class to prepare compared with 63 percent last year.
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    The lack of mental models is revealed here in numbers. What faculty perceive as substantial technology integration is perceived somewhat differently by students according to this study.
Peggy Collins

Ten Things I (no longer) Beli... - 0 views

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    From the 2 Steves at TLT Group - a series of blog posts are linked from this table view of 10 things they no longer believe about transforming Teaching & Learning with Technology. The right part of the table includes a summary of what they believe and suggest today.
Gary Brown

Top News - School of the Future: Lessons in failure - 0 views

  • School of the Future: Lessons in failure How Microsoft's and Philadelphia's innovative school became an example of what not to do By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor   Primary Topic Channel:  Tech Leadership   Students at the School of the Future when it first opened in 2006. <script language=JavaScript src="http://rotator.adjuggler.com/servlet/ajrotator/173768/0/vj?z=eschool&dim=173789&pos=6&abr=$scriptiniframe"></script><noscript><a href="http://rotator.adjuggler.com/servlet/ajrotator/173768/0/cc?z=eschool&pos=6"><img src="http://rotator.adjuggler.com/servlet/ajrotator/173768/0/vc?z=eschool&dim=173789&pos=6&abr=$imginiframe" width="300" height="250" border="0"></a></noscript> Also of Interest Cheaper eBook reader challenges Kindle Carnegie Corporation: 'Do school differently' Former college QB battles video game maker Dueling curricula put copyright ed in spotlight Campus payroll project sees delays, more costs <script language=JavaScript src="http://rotator.adjuggler.com/servlet/ajrotator/324506/0/vj?z=eschool&dim=173789&pos=2&abr=$scriptiniframe"></script><noscript><a href="http://rotator.adjuggler.com/servlet/ajrotator/324506/0/cc?z=eschool&pos=2"><img src="http://rotator.adjuggler.com/servlet/ajrotator/324506/0/vc?z=eschool&dim=173789&pos=2&abr=$imginiframe" width="300" height="250" border="0"></a></noscript> When it opened its doors in 2006, Philadelphia's School of the Future (SOF) was touted as a high school that would revolutionize education: It would teach at-risk students critical 21st-century skills needed for college and the work force by emphasizing project-based learning, technology, and community involvement. But three years, three superintendents, four principals, and countless problems later, experts at a May 28 panel discussion hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) agreed: The Microsoft-inspired project has been a failure so far. Microsoft points to the school's rapid turnover in leadership as the key reason for this failure, but other observers question why the company did not take a more active role in translating its vision for the school into reality. Regardless of where the responsibility lies, the project's failure to date offers several cautionary lessons in school reform--and panelists wondered if the school could use these lessons to succeed in the future.
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    The discussion about Microsoft's Philadelphia School of the future, failing so far. (partial access to article only)
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    I highlight this as a model where faculty and their teaching beliefs appear not to have been addressed.
Nils Peterson

Face to Face: Alan Kay Still Waiting for the Revolution | Scholastic.com - 0 views

  • Virtually all learning difficulties that children face are caused by adults' inability to set up reasonable environments for them. The biggest barrier to improving education for children, with or without computers, is the completely impoverished imaginations of most adults.
  • the point of school is to teach all those things that are inventions and that are hard to learn because we're not explicitly wired for them. Like reading and writing.Virtually all learning difficulties that children face are caused by adults' inability to set up reasonable environments for them. The biggest barrier to improving education for children, with or without computers, is the completely impoverished imaginations of most adults.
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      Ouch. This hits hard
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    Alan Kay, developer of the mouse, still lamenting the failure of imagination of adults/educators.
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    Matthew spotted this a while back. Great read.
Gary Brown

John Seely Brown on Tinkering « EDITing in the Dark - 0 views

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    The importance of play, construction, collaboration, ill-structured knowledge, especially in the global era.
Theron DesRosier

Pattie Maes demos the Sixth Sense | Video on TED.com - 0 views

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    This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some.
Theron DesRosier

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009 - 0 views

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    Social Software and Social Networking. Social software includes a broad range of technologies, such as social networking, social collaboration, social media and social validation. Organizations should consider adding a social dimension to a conventional Web site or application and should adopt a social platform sooner, rather than later, because the greatest risk lies in failure to engage and thereby, being left mute in a dialogue where your voice must be heard.
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