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New Interest, Old Rhetoric, Limited Results, and the Need for a New Direction for Computer-Mediated Learning

Educación flexible y abierta - 4 Diciembre, 2014 - 08:38

The pace of technological advancement, combined with improvements technology has brought to other sectors, is leading policymakers and educators alike to take another look at computers in the classro

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Old Laptop Batteries Could Help Power the Developing World | MIT Technology Review

Educación flexible y abierta - 4 Diciembre, 2014 - 08:35

Millions of batteries discarded with computers have more than enough life to power home lighting for one year, researchers in India say.

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Digital Natives Like a Good Lecture, Too

OLDaily - 4 Diciembre, 2014 - 06:38


Katrina Gulliver, Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec 04, 2014

Bob Rightside said, in Facebook, "Finally, someone else said it (in the Chronicle)." My first thought was, "well of course it was the Chronicle. Authored by a professor who polled her students (because, of course, that's the source of all social science these days) the article professes that "we have the qualifications and skill, and for students, being in the same room as an expert is an valuable part of university experience. "These same people saying all the nice things about professors, who paid so much money to be in a class with professors - they're not being  graded by these professors, are they?" Why oh why is basic simple logic so difficult for the Chronicle?

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Stories without words

Learning with 'e's - 3 Diciembre, 2014 - 20:02
This week I gave my first year education students a new project. In pairs they were asked to produce a short video - without words - to tell the story of a part of the history of Plymouth. They were given two days to complete the project, and the first day involved a 6 hour history walk around the city, where they were given opportunities to capture still and moving images and do some research. On the second day of the project they assembled their images and videos together, added sound effects and music, and then presented their videos to their peers and the module tutors for feedback.

Plymouth has a rich heritage and is steeped in history. There are many iconic places and buildings that speak of this history including Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake reputedly played bowls before sailing to do battle with the Spanish Armada in 1588, the Mayflower Steps in the old part of town, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World in 1620, various sites commemorating the Blitz of the Second World War, when the city was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe, and many famous figures who lived in Plymouth or were associated with the city, including Nancy Astor (first female member of the British Parliament, explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Captain James Cook, inventors William Cookworthy, Charles Babbage and John Smeaton (Smeaton's Tower is pictured), artists including Sir Joshua Reynolds and Robert Lenkiewicz, and writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The students produced several videos varying in format and style, each focusing on a different aspect or age of Plymouth's history. Although they were deliberately given few guidelines, the students were able to interpret their brief successfully, fill in the gaps, and reported learning many new skills, some technical around the use of their cameras, editing and the use of MS Moviemaker, iMovie and other tools; problem solving and creative skills, learning to work in a team, decision making, negotiation of new ideas, and researching the sites they visited. Essentially, the product was less important than the process by which they reached their goal. This method of minimal instruction, maximum participation, was appreciated, and several thought they would apply similar methods with the primary age children they will soon be teaching. Below is a fine example of the work they produced in their Stories without Words project.



A poignant and atmospheric video on Plymouth's War History by Jody Day and Frances Dingle, first year B.Ed students at Plymouth University

Photo by Herby Thyme on Wikimedia Commons



Stories without words by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's

Key outputs from the 'Policies for OER uptake' project are now available to the public

Open Education Europa RSS - 3 Diciembre, 2014 - 16:56
Summary: 

The Policies for OER Uptake (POERUP) project has made public the key outputs of its research and recommendations on OER uptake, including a global database of OER initiatives, country studies of 17 EU member states, and case studies of specific school-focused projects.

Interest Area:  Schools Higher Education Training & Work Learning & Society

Key outputs from the 'Policies for OER uptake' project are now available to the public

Open Education Europa RSS - 3 Diciembre, 2014 - 16:56
Summary: 

The Policies for OER Uptake (POERUP) project has made public the key outputs of its research and recommendations on OER uptake, including a global database of OER initiatives, country studies of 17 EU member states, and case studies of specific school-focused projects.

Interest Area:  Schools Higher Education Training & Work Learning & Society

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