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The Problem With Technological Ignorance

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Around the time that the Apple Watch was released, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about the potential effect on mechanical watch sales. Within the

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FastTFriend's curator insight, December 22, 2015 6:51 AM

All of this is just another way of getting at one of the most fundamental ideas in computer science, and, really, in all of engineering: abstraction. Abstraction involves the hiding of unnecessary details, so that the important work can be done at the proper level. Abstraction means that programmers don’t have to contend with zeroes and ones every time they want to write an iPhone app, or that a scientist doesn’t need to write a new statistical package every time she wants to analyze some data; those details have been abstracted away. It’s essentially the only way to build sophisticated technologies. But one of its side effects is that at every stage of increased complexity, we have shielded this complexity from users, removing the ability for tinkering and grappling with the craftsmanship—which now often takes the form of mass production, rather than a single craftsman at work—of these technologies.

 

Understanding an if-then statement or how to build a webpage is less important for understanding our world than the fundamental idea of abstraction, that we can bootstrap one system on top of another, while hiding the details of the ones beneath.

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The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning - Forbes

The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning - Forbes | blended learning | Scoop.it

Online learning is sweeping across America. In the year 2000, roughly 45,000 K–12 students took an online course. In 2009, more than 3 million K–12 students did. What was originally a distance-learning phenomenon no longer is, as most of the growth is increasingly occurring in blended-learning environments, in which students learn online in an adult-supervised environment at least part of the time. As this happens, online learning has the potential to transform America’s education system by serving as the backbone of a system that offers more personalized learning approaches for all students.


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Educational Technology Buzzwords

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Education buzzwords have for a long time driven me insane as we spend our lives in schools latching on to phrase after phrase that tries to make us sound more knowledgeable without actually being more knowledgeable. I fear sometimes us “tech geeks” in schools ( definitely me included) are getting caught in the same trap as we move from one innovation to the next just to look more tech savvy than the next guy. This is a long list of edtech trends and pedagogies. It can seem quite daunting to the uninitiated and we can scare them off trying something really useful if keep pushing for more change.


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How the Science of Attention is Changing Work and Education

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Fascinating review by Maria Popova, from Brainpickings on Cathy Davidson's, (Founder of Duke University’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience) new book "Now You See It".

 

Intro:

 

How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn — a fascinating meditation on how “attention blindness,” the peculiar phenomenon illustrated by Harvard’s famous invisible gorilla experiment, has produced one of our culture’s greatest disconnects, the inability to reconcile the remarkable changes induced by the digital age with the conventions of yesteryear’s schools and workplaces.

 

 "As long as we focus on the object we know, we will miss the new one we need to see. The process of unlearning in order to relearn demands a new concept of knowledge not as thing but as a process, not as a noun but as a verb.” ~ Cathy Davidson

 

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/08/19/now-you-see-it-cathy-davidson/

 


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