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BeLearning: Environments for Expanding Knowledge

OLDaily - 16 Julio, 2015 - 00:25

Juan José Calderón Amador, e-learning, conocimiento en red, Jul 15, 2015

This is really interesting and embodies a lot of the sort of approach I favour: "BeLearning used new technologies through a blend training combining meeting, working and researching involving virtual spaces, digital tools and online platforms in a rich mix of interactions with traditional media: presentations, workshops, classes." There's a 44 page PDF manual available describing the process and how to apply it, and a  website supporting the initiative. The methodology is based on three 'layers' which support the mixing and remixing of individual experiences from divergent perspectives in order to develop an emergent form of knowledge that impacts an organization or community (see the illustration on page 24).

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How Textbooks Can Teach Different Versions Of History

OLDaily - 16 Julio, 2015 - 00:25

Laura Isensee, NPR Ed, Jul 15, 2015

One of the things I like about the use of internet resources in education is that we are no longer constrained to a single view of the world as we were in the textbook age (this presumes, of course, that schools use the internet to teach, and not just digitized versions of their old sources in a closed environment). This has an impact in every field, but is probably most significantly in fields where controversies exist, such as history. The subject of this article is the U.S. Civil War, but it could be anything, really.

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PC Sales Continue To Drop Despite U.S. Growth from Apple, Lenovo

Campus Technology - 15 Julio, 2015 - 22:06
The global PC market continued to decline in the second quarter of this year, according to a recent report from International Data Corp., shipping 66.1 million units, a reduction of 11.8 percent from the same period last year.

The first technology

Learning with 'e's - 15 Julio, 2015 - 19:24
I have been working in the field of learning technologies for almost 40 years. As you can imagine, during this time I've seen quite a few developments. Have there been any surprises along the way? Plenty. In fact my specialism never ceases to amaze me, because there is always something new to learn, some new technology, app or software tool to get to grips with, or some new theory or model that is being proposed. The most important thing for me has been to find out what is coming next, so that not only am I prepared for it, I can also tell my students, colleagues and my wider academic and professional community about what I think will be the potential impacts of new ideas and technologies.

Frankly, that's why I started this blog.

One of the biggest surprises for me has happened in the last decade or so. Social media, in all its forms, is I believe, one of the greatest innovations ever to impact on the world of learning, in all sectors. It has caught on very quickly. The fact that anyone can connect with anyone else in the world, and can tap into any community of practice they are interested in, is very powerful. Knowing that you can learn from others, especially those who are knowledgeable in your field, and can sometimes obtain instant responses from them, wherever they are in the world, is very liberating.

I don't see this as a revolution in learning though. Rather, I'm inclined to agree with the argument proposed by Brian Winston (1998), that we are witnessing an evolution of tools, and that all new technologies and ideas are based upon older versions, updated, upgraded and extended. We are always building on the previous work of others, and we should never forget this. The phrase 'standing on the shoulders of giants' is always very apt in the world of learning technology.

The first technology for me has always been language. We cannot overemphasise the importance of language. All other technologies derive from it. Language was developed by various cultures and societies so we could communicate directly and clearly to each other, and it has evolved into the multiple tongues and dialects we now see being used every day around the globe. Ever since we learnt to communicate through speech, we have been devising new ways to convey our thoughts, to amplify them and to disseminate our knowledge, ideas and beliefs. From the cave paintings of the Paleolithic Age, through the early forms of distance communication such as smoke signals and flag semaphore, then the printing press and the telegraph, to the modern day versions including the telephone, radio, television and the Web, we see a gradual progression of our ability to communicate with each other. One-way communication enabled instruction. Two-way communication enabled discussion.

Inherently, we are always striving to find new ways to connect with each other to communicate our thoughts, share our knowledge, and learn from each other. That is the basis of education, and language is the principle technology upon which all learning is based.

Winston, B. (1998) Media, Technology and Society: A History: From the Telegraph to the Internet. London: Routledge.

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The first technology 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

Connecting Learners With a Digital Ecosystem

Campus Technology - 15 Julio, 2015 - 18:04
Jackson State University's cyberlearning project combines ubiquitous iPads for students with faculty training, a revamped curriculum and digital textbook development.

MAX 8.x, Madrid_Linux

Siempre es una alegría el lanzamiento de un sistema operativo libre (septiembre). Si además es software libre pensado, contribuído y elaborado por docentes y para docentes y viene provisto de una amplia guía de uso y características, la alegría es doble.

MAX (Madrid Linux) es el sistema operativo de la Consejería de Educación y Empleo de la Comunidad de Madrid, especialmente adaptado para su uso en entornos educativos. Es sencillo, robusto y recopila gran variedad de software educativo. ¿No encuentras un programa? En el grupo MAX te ayudan, ya que está abierto a sugerencias, propuestas y a la participación.

Developing a $10 Digital Textbook

Campus Technology - 15 Julio, 2015 - 16:30
Purdue University is reducing textbook costs with a digital publishing platform that can deliver interactive content to any device.

Wales National Digital Learning Event 2015

Pontydysgu - Bridge to Learning - 15 Julio, 2015 - 12:34
Jen and I went along to the National Digital Learning Event and Awards in Cardiff earlier in June. We handed out Taccle books and went to some workshops. There were a few to choose from but I attended a technocamps session which explored some ways of teaching computer science using lego bricks, (build a simple lego structure, now explain to your partner how to build an identical structure without them seeing what you have built) using people, (direct your person around the room using simple commands) and using Cargo Bot. I like what technocamps do, kit like Lego Mindstorms is pretty expensive, so they take the kit around to secondary schools and colleges across Wales for one day workshops. For lots of ideas about how to teach computing, coding and programming for the rest of the year you could check out the Taccle2 blog and the Babitech page. In the afternoon I had fun playing with Sonic Pi , which uses code for composing and performing music, you can see me in the video below (just after the 2 minute mark) getting flustered because there was a mistake in my loop. Don't let that put you off, it was really good fun and a great way to get instant and useful results form your code. The best thing about the day was seeing the great things being done across Wales with Ponty locals Big Click scooping the Commercial Digital Project Award You can see all of the other inspirational kids and teachers getting their tech on at the Hwb website with projects like e-safety, coding with minecraft, creating an interactive local map and staging a robot wars competition. Keep an eye out for next years entries, Welsh kids are good with technology, the competition should be tough!

Getting into hands-on testing with the Learning Toolbox (LTB)

Pontydysgu - Bridge to Learning - 15 Julio, 2015 - 12:32

In my recent posts I reported on the Tallinn meeting of the EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. My general impression was that we made good progress in many respects. Shortly after the meeting this was confirmed when our software developers invited us to hands-on testing with the Learning Toolbox (LTB). As usual, the software that is released for first testing is not quite mature and there are all kinds of minor details to be settled before it can be rolled out to wider use. Yet, the crucial step has been taken and we are now working as users of the software.

To me it was important to get access to the tile store and to the process of creating new test stacks that arise from our fieldwork. Together with my ITB-colleague Werner Müller I had a joint session in which we scanned through our earlier working documents to see, how we can use that material. We wrote several feature requests (as cards on Trello board) to push some ideas into the next development sprint. Parallel to this we selected a topic for a test stack could serve as an ‘appetizer’ for other testers. After a brief tutorial session guided by our colleague Edwin Veendendaal (from our LL partner RayCom) we made the step forward.

The new test stack “Klarkommen im Bau-ABC” has three screens, each of them containing several tiles. The opening screen has three document screens – “Basic information”, “Daily Menu” and “The Map of Bau-ABC” (the two latter ones giving web links to the respective information on Bau-ABC website). In addition, there is an RSS tile (that picks the news from the platform) and a navigator tile (that guides the user further). The second screen presents videos from Bau-ABC – the general overview and two LL videos that present the use of LTB in apprentices’ projects and in work situations. In addition, there is a tile for picking separate apps and the navigator tile to move on. The third screen focuses  on the theme Health & Safety (Arbeits- und Gesundheitsschutz). The content tile holds the place for basic information. The LL video addresses the issue in the training of Bau-ABC. The tile “First aid” holds the place for important information to be accessed in emergency situations. And the navigator guides us back to start.

Altogether, the making of a test stack was not a very demanding exercise. And with this limited number of screens and tiles or linked documents, embeds and linked apps we did not conquer new contents. Yet, it is impressive to view the newly created stack from the mobile application (either using mobile phone or tablet). It is very rewarding to see that it works and that other users can also enter with their test stacks. Just before the summer break this gives a feeling that we can make good progress with LTB after the holidays.

I think this is enough for the moment. I have already started my holiday period, but I wanted to share this experience before switching off. I hope that some of you can join us as testers of the LTB.  I assume that my LL-colleagues Gilbert Peffer (CIMNE) and Raymond Elferink (RayCom) are ready to give more information.

More blogs to come (after the holidays) …


On the BabiTech iPhone

Pontydysgu - Bridge to Learning - 15 Julio, 2015 - 11:18
Originally posted on Babi Tech:
I’m sure you’re all dying to know which apps made it to the current BabiTech list. If there’s something missing that Babis 1 and 2 really need to have, stick it in the comments and we’ll try it out. Toca Boca Toca Boca’s Hair Xmas, Toca Builders, Toca Band, Toca…