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Toward Peeragogy

Toward Peeragogy | AJCann | Scoop.it

In 1971 in Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich predicted that learners of the future would find each other and use information technologies to form "learning webs" and "networks" - prescient terms, considering that the ARPAnet was only two years old at the time. Did we finally get there?

h/t Matt Mobbs  http://www.scoop.it/t/mjmobbs/p/1043136011/toward-peeragogy-dmlcentral

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A convenient untruth

A convenient untruth | AJCann | Scoop.it

One of the biggest myths known to teacherdom is learning styles. Time and time again, the belief that students can be placed into specific categories such as activist or theorist, or that they are predominantly inclined toward one modal category of learning (e.g. visual, auditory, kinaesthetic) is inserted into professional conversations as if the theories are fact. And time and again, such beliefs are the justification for placing students into a specific style of learning so that a class can be 'managed' more effectively. Such categorisation of students is an absolute nonsense and the practice of doing so should be challenged strongly. It is lazy pedagogy, and the only reason I see that such beliefs persist, is that it is a convenient untruth which allows some teachers to stay within their comfort zones.

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Revision bingo

Bingo can be a versatile and engaging tool for spicing up end-of-module revision and other contexts in which course content is being reviewed. Instead of numbers being called out, students are given a verbal clue that fits with one of the answers on their playing grid. Get five correct answers in any straight line (including either of the major diagonals) and they win the game. The interactive and light-hearted medium of a bingo game can provide motivation for study and enhance learning by the students. Protein revision bingo is included as an example.

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Can a "gadget guy" also be an "education guy"?

Can a "gadget guy" also be an "education guy"? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"I’ll be the first to admit that I love all things hardware. My gadget lust is, well, kind of sad. My wife would absolutely throw me under the bus in a heartbeat and agree with her. I wonder, though, if hardware and educational focuses can’t go hand in hand, though? After all, schools don’t spend very much, unfortunately, on pedagogy around the use of technology in education. Rather, they spend money on hardware which, in theory, should support the pedagogy."

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The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice

The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice | AJCann | Scoop.it

Martin Weller has published his new book The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice in a variety of formats. You can buy hardcover or paperback versions from Amazon, or get the Kindle version if you prefer. But Martin has also arranged for a free, open access version of the book to be published online via Bloomsbury Academic. Since Martin was generous enough to give me an acknowledgement, I'd like to advise you to buy a copy, but either way, make sure you read it.

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A Point of View: Modern parenting

A Point of View: Modern parenting | AJCann | Scoop.it

There is no shortage of raw intelligence. What one needs on top of this is a mind that could make connections between ideas, that can persuade and cajole others into buying one's visions, that is capable of a grandeur of aspiration, and a psychological plasticity to deal with rejection - and this is why so much patience is, across the land, being devoted to the children's drawings of butterflies, such great care taken over their evening menus and such deep respect proffered for their minor insights and opinions.

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Stages Of Succession: Why I Like Coursework

Stages Of Succession: Why I Like Coursework | AJCann | Scoop.it
"But at A-level I am not just prepping them for transferable skills. They are doing biology because they want to go into the sciences, whether life, physical, environmental, medical or social. And that means they have to be able to deal with scientific literature."
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Teaching | The End Of The Pier Show

Teaching | The End Of The Pier Show | AJCann | Scoop.it
If we really want to get more good teachers into the profession, we should:
* sack the (relatively few) bad ones and pay the (very many) good ones at least three times what they earn at present;
* allow good teachers to earn more money by continuing to teach, rather than imposing a career ladder that links higher earnings with a move away from teaching and into management and paperwork (something that all committed teachers hate);
* offer to match the current salaries of mature candidates who want to come into teaching from some other profession.
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Illich Oops

"It is at this point that the example of China becomes important. For three millennia, China protected higher learning through a total divorce between the process of learning and the privilege conferred by mandarin examinations. To become a world power and a modern nation-state, China had to adopt the international style of schooling. Only hindsight will allow us to discover if the Great Cultural Revolution will turn out to have been the first successful attempt at deschooling the institutions of society."
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Apple's textbook plan feels like a blast from the past

Apple's textbook plan feels like a blast from the past | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Nature magazine’s publishing arm is releasing Principles of Biology, a 200-module Web-based college textbook that incorporates text, figures, video, and simulation—and works on all desktop operating systems and mobile platforms in contrast to Apple’s current locked-to-the-iPad approach. Nature has committed to constant updates (it’s a Web app, remember? no new downloads), and it’s $49 per student for a lifetime subscription. Nature isn’t making such a big deal out of the interactive parts, either; that’s part of the bigger picture and bigger package. It’s a multi-course set of curriculum enhancement for university-level teaching. Apple’s 1.0 approach on digital textbooks seems so much less ambitious..."

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;-)

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"In revealing the transformatory moment of learning technology, a holistic and ongoing critique that is related to a range of socio-cultural factors is required. This critique further uncovers the social relations that frame the place of learning technology in bourgeois capitalist work and the development of the knowledge economy. This article argues that critical social theory, and the social and power relationships that it highlights, is central to the uncovering of this revelation. As a result of a holistic, or totalising, analysis based upon the political economy of technology in education, a framework that enables educators to examine its educational value is uncovered. Iterating and re-producing this framework works as a constant critique of educational practice within capitalism, and critiques deterministic or hegemonic views of technology-as-progress. As a result, this article seeks to demonstrate how critical social theory might enable educators to analyse learning technology as historically situated, and thereby to use critique to reveal and produce practical alternatives to socio-cultural problems."

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Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong

Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Oh, I know, you have thought about digital a lot. You’ve got digitisation projects. You’re aggregating metadata. You’re offering Any Questions-type services where people can email a librarian.

But these are bolt-ons. You’ve added digital after the fact. You probably have special digital groups, probably (hopefully) made up of younger people than the usual library employee. Congratulations, you just reproduced Microsoft’s strategy: let’s build a few digital bolt-ons for our existing products. Then let’s have some advance R&D guys working on the future while the rest of us get on with it. But think about that for a second. What are the rest of us working on, if those young kids are working on the future? Ah, it must be the past."

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JISC to pioneer the use of social media technologies to improve the discovery of educational content

JISC to pioneer the use of social media technologies to improve the discovery of educational content | AJCann | Scoop.it

Pioneer? Some of us have been doing it for years ;-)

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Horizontal vs. Vertical: An International Comparison of Teaching Methods

Horizontal vs. Vertical: An International Comparison of Teaching Methods | AJCann | Scoop.it

A new study takes a look at how teaching practices affect social capital. It’s long and detailed, so we’ll only give you the highlights: in a nutshell, there are major differences between societies that teach vertically (like a teacher lecturing) and societies that teach horizontally (with students working together in groups.)

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Fergus Gallagher's comment, October 30, 2011 9:17 AM
I used to teach undergraduate physics while lying in a hammock outside my college room. Horizontal it is, then.
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Government will take 35 years to recoup tuition fee losses

Government will take 35 years to recoup tuition fee losses | AJCann | Scoop.it

UK taxpayers face being burdened with almost £191 billion of debt because of the Government’s new student tuition fees regime. The estimated £191bn peak in student loans could pay for more than 20 Olympic Games. It is also more that the gross domestic product of countries such as Ireland, Hong Kong or Nigeria.

(Is Hong Kong a country? Ed.)

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Welcome to badge world

Welcome to badge world | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Badges won't make learning cheaper. We'll be spending more money on education than ever, and we won't get any better results because the motives for learning will still be all wrong."

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Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations | AJCann | Scoop.it
Last night I finally managed to break into Google Scholar Citations (Google is doing it's usual now you see it, now you don't roll out).
First impressions - pretty good. It need a little tidying up (a few papers that weren't mine - the format of Bioscience Education confuses it - and a few papers missing that needed to be added).
I've never seen all my citations in one place this this before so I broke them down into Virology papers (former life), Education papers (current existence) and Books, then did some quick stats...
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Science Education in Primary Schools: Is an Animation Worth a Thousand Pictures?

Science Education in Primary Schools: Is an Animation Worth a Thousand Pictures? | AJCann | Scoop.it
Findings indicated that animated movies support the use of diverse teaching strategies and learning methods, and can promote various thinking skills among students. Findings also indicated that animations can enhance scientific curiosity, the acquisition of scientific language, and fostering scientific thinking. These encouraging results can be explained by the fact that the students made use of both visual-pictorial and auditory-verbal capabilities while exploring animated movies in diverse learning styles and teaching strategies.
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Is this the future of the textbook?

Is this the future of the textbook? | AJCann | Scoop.it
"The main problem is that textbooks are not research-oriented, nor are they up-to-date. Most are already behind the times by the time you buy them. Of course, the relevance of having an updated textbook is field-dependent. Topics in biochemistry and molecular biology change much more quickly than those in general chemistry. Nevertheless, for many fields, an up-to-date textbook could be a useful tool, both for the professors who have to teach from it and for any students that continue in the field."
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Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich

"Universal education through schooling is not feasible. It would be no more feasible if it were attempted by means of alternative institutions built on the style of present schools. Neither new attitudes of teachers toward their pupils nor the proliferation of educational hardware or software (in classroom or bedroom), nor finally the attempt to expand the pedagogue's responsibility until it engulfs his pupils' lifetimes will deliver universal education. The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: educational webs which heighten the opportunity for each one to transform each moment of his living into one of learning, sharing, and caring. We hope to contribute concepts needed by those who conduct such counterfoil research on education--and also to those who seek alternatives to other established service industries.

Schools create jobs for schoolteachers, no matter what their pupils learn from them."
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