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Strategies for Blog-Powered Instruction -- Campus Technology - 2 views

  • It's all too easy to fall into the trap of seeing blogs as a substitute for online discussion boards or a new delivery system for traditional academic writing.
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      Faculty support issues arise when they try to use blogs like this. It leads to frustration on the faculty and student's part. 
    Best practices for using blogs to supplement coursework and enhance student learning.
gary chinn

MIT Will Offer Certificates to Outside Students Who Take Its Online Courses - Technolog... - 3 views

    MIT steps into credentialing world. sounds like they are adding interactive pieces, a la stanford's growing portfolio of courses, but also offering certificates for fee. interesting on many levels.
Cole Camplese

Simply Speaking - Teaching and Learning with Technology - 5 views

  • Simply Speaking is a series of brief videos created by Teaching and Learning with Technology that explain technology topics in everyday language and with a little humor. They are modeled after the "... in plain english" videos that explain more general technologies such as Google Docs.
    "Simply Speaking is a series of brief videos created by Teaching and Learning with Technology that explain technology topics in everyday language and with a little humor. They are modeled after the "... in plain english" videos that explain more general technologies such as Google Docs."
    A new page to show all of the Simply Speaking videos that we have created over the past couple of years. Other ideas for similar videos like this are in the works, such as one to explain the importance of open educational resources and another talking about the ideas behind flipping a course.
Erin Long

A Survey of the Electronic Portfolio Market Sector: Analysis and Surprising Trends -- C... - 3 views

    Very good write-up and comparison of several eportfolio options that are out there. Also discusses institution vs student centered, which ones have phone apps, etc.
Derek Gittler

Afraid of Technology - YouTube - 3 views

    People are Afraid of Technology
Erin Long

Teaching with the Cloud -- Campus Technology - 3 views

    He demonstrated the cloud-based SlideRocket slide-show tool and the CoverItLive live blogging software. He explored cloud-based storage with Dropbox and Pogoplug. He created an easy, cloud-based recording with Screencast-O-Matic, which is billed as "the original online screen recorder. He demonstrated the cloud-based mind-mapping application Mindmeister. And he explored advanced classroom applications of Google Earth.
Kevin Morooney

9 things Education Technology has wrong | Gradebook - 3 views

    Ugh - the title got me. I was hoping it would be more of a post about changing the way we're thinking about educational technologies. It's more of a review of education technology companies and conferences.
Jamie Oberdick

Garden Rant: Forget Gen Y. Make way for Generation G. - 0 views

  • I spent a lot of time talking with and learning from gardeners from many different backgrounds and age groups who would no more hire a landscape designer than I would hire a personal stylist.
  • I feel even more strongly that many Gen Yers take a holistic approach to gardening and are comfortable reinterpreting the definition of what a garden can be.  For example, their commitment to the environment, their passion for figuring things out for themselves and their tendency to rely on the internet rather than on books
  • Whether it’s trading in lawn for meadows, ornamentals for edibles or chemicals for compost, the gardening world seems more open to change and innovation than ever before.
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  • And in true Gen Y fashion, when we asked where she got her ideas, she explained most came from browsing Flickr (which coincidentally, is where we found her).
    There are many parallels to how learning is changing and how gardening is changing. The concept of a gardener some may have as a fogey in a big floppy hat is as quaint as the concept of a knitter being an elderly lady with a cat or a professor being John Houseman in the Paper Chase. 

    Note how younger gardeners are learning - not from books. I see this constantly. They reject the idea of manicured lawns as not only old but of questionable morals given effects on environment. They believe in eating META local. They believe in collaboration and community. This is continuing adult learning, and it's blended learning.  Note where Emily Goodman got her idea for her garden design - not from a book.

    And guess what - it's not limited to age. Just interesting to me how stuff like this is happening in so many aspects of the world outside higher ed. I think this offers more evidence we need to keep up. 
Cole Camplese

DNA/How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet - 1 views

  • I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:

    1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

    2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

    3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

  • In other words the cost of connection is rapidly approaching zero, and for a very simple reason: the value of the web increases with every single additional person who joins it. It’s in everybody’s interest for costs to keep dropping closer and closer to nothing until every last person on the planet is connected.
  • Another problem with the net is that it’s still ‘technology’, and ‘technology’, as the computer scientist Bran Ferren memorably defined it, is ‘stuff that doesn’t work yet.’ We no longer think of chairs as technology, we just think of them as chairs. But there was a time when we hadn’t worked out how many legs chairs should have, how tall they should be, and they would often ‘crash’ when we tried to use them. Before long, computers will be as trivial and plentiful as chairs (and a couple of decades or so after that, as sheets of paper or grains of sand) and we will cease to be aware of the things. In fact I’m sure we will look back on this last decade and wonder how we could ever have mistaken what we were doing with them for ‘productivity.’
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  • The same thing is happening in communication technology. Most of us are stumbling along in a kind of pidgin version of it, squinting myopically at things the size of fridges on our desks, not quite understanding where email goes, and cursing at the beeps of mobile phones. Our children, however, are doing something completely different. Risto Linturi, research fellow of the Helsinki Telephone Corporation, quoted in Wired magazine, describes the extraordinary behaviour kids in the streets of Helsinki, all carrying cellphones with messaging capabilities. They are not exchanging important business information, they’re just chattering, staying in touch. "We are herd animals," he says. "These kids are connected to their herd – they always know where it’s moving." Pervasive wireless communication, he believes will "bring us back to behaviour patterns that were natural to us and destroy behaviour patterns that were brought about by the limitations of technology."
    Great piece by the late Douglas Adams in 1999.  So true in the rearview mirror!
    An 11 year old text, the message of which still needs to be delivered to many people today.
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