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The #blideo list

Learning with 'e's - 17 Agosto, 2015 - 15:08
Hot on the heels of the popular #blimage blog challenge (See here for almost 200 posts), where people send each other images and write learning related blogs about them, we now have #blideo. This is a new challenge where people send each other short video clips and challenge each other to write learning related blogs. The trick is to then choose another short video clip, and pass it on to others as a challenge. In this way, we can encourage each other to blog to share our ideas and thoughts. It's video. It's a blog. What's not to love? It's a moving experience. The entire learning community benefits, people discover new sites, think more deeply about their professional practice, and (hopefully) creativity is unleashed. Below are some of the first #blideo blog challenge responses. This will be a growing list, and as each post is published under the #blideo hashtag it will be added. If you notice one that's missing, do let me know. Get blogging!

Sue Beckingham - Building confidence takes time: Learning from elks and Aesop's fables

Pascale Colonna - #blideo challenge

Inge deWaard - Blogphilosophy - a #blideo and our learning frequency

Simon Ensor - Road rage

Sarah Honeychurch - wysiwyg
David Hopkins - Hang on a minute lads, I've got a great idea!

Whitney Kilgore - It's not about the destination so you better enjoy the journey

Teresa MacKinnon - #blideo challenge

Photo by Ste Grifo on Wikimedia Commons


The #blideo list by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's

Zoom Meeting Plugin for Moodle now available

Moodle News - 17 Agosto, 2015 - 14:00
Zoom, another webinar tool for web-based meetings and synchronous sessions, has now been integrated into Moodle. Zoom, like Wiziq, Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, BigBlueButton, and others...

10 reasons why Salman Khan is a more important educational theorist & practitioner than Ken Robinson or Sugata Mitra

OLDaily - 17 Agosto, 2015 - 13:46
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Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, Aug 17, 2015

It is easy to be dismissive of Salman Khan (and I am guilty of this at times) because his seminal innovation was to use YouTube videos of light text on dark backgrounds. It is true, writes Donald Clark, that " There would be no Khan Academy without YouTube." But Khan has built a much greater record of innovation than this. Clark lists them: the flipped classroom, mastery learning, streak assessment, Khan Academy in schools, the One World Schoolhouse, multi-teacher classrooms, stop marking, staggered holidays and decoupling of learning from assessment. It is true that many of these innovations were described prior to Khan. But the important point here is that Khan demonstrated that they can work. "Khan is highly reflective and critical of the failure of education to pick up on valid research on lectures, competences, homework, efficiencies, cost, forgetting and learning styles," writes Clark.

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Kohlberg's moralising and its revival - character education

OLDaily - 17 Agosto, 2015 - 13:46
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Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, Aug 17, 2015

Donald Clark uses Lawrence Kohlberg's  account of education "as the development of moral judgement and behaviour" as a frame to introduce this commentary on the recent revival of character education (and I would include my least favourite word, 'grit'). Influenced by Piaget, Kohlberg describes six stages of moral development, cumulating in universal ethical principles. " Kohlberg was simply reinforcing stereotypical male character traits," responded Carol Gillighan, and research showed Kohlberg's stages were not in the least accurate. The 21st century equivalent is character education. "In the US the character education movement is often pushed by conservative and religious sources that see the creep of liberal values as equivalent to moral decline," writes Clark. According to the research, however, "school-based character education programs produce no measurable improvements in student behaviour or academic performance." Image: Sperreng Middle School.

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And So, Without Ed-Tech Criticism...

OLDaily - 17 Agosto, 2015 - 13:46
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Audrey Watters, Hack Education, Aug 17, 2015

Drawing on Seymour Papert's 1987 essay 'Computer Criticism vs. Technocentric Thinking,' Audrey Watters offers a defense of ed tech criticism. She writes: "Without ed-tech criticism, we’ ll still be stuck – stuck without these critical practices, stuck without critical making or coding or design in school, stuck without critical (digital) pedagogy. And likely we’ ll be stuck with a technocentrism that masks rather than uncovers let alone challenges power."

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Experts and Authority

OLDaily - 17 Agosto, 2015 - 13:46
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Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, Aug 17, 2015

In an article last year (and soon-to-be book) Tom Nichols complained about the new relativism brought about by Wikipedia and Google and bemoaning the declining authority of the expert. I encountered his article yesterday via Facebook. This is my refutation of that article.

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Utah's Dixie State Adopts Online Safety Program

Campus Technology - 17 Agosto, 2015 - 13:05
A Utah university has adopted an online training program to address staff and student safety on campus.

Penn State Researchers Receive Science Text Comprehension Grant

Campus Technology - 17 Agosto, 2015 - 13:00
Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have been awarded a grant worth nearly $1 million over three years to study how students' reading levels affect their comprehension of science texts.

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