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This stream looks at the ways complexity theory and complexity thinking are affecting education.
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Nature

Nature | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
An excerpt from the first chapter of my new book, Intertwingled. When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. – John Muir I'm standing on an is...
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"The more we studied, the more we came to realize how poor our previous explanations had been." We teach and learn in ecosystems, but we pretend we are still in a factory. Consequently, all our explanations are impoverished.

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Only ten midges needed to make a swarm

Only ten midges needed to make a swarm | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
High-speed cameras reveal when insects become self-organizing.
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So how many students does it take to make a swarm, a self-organizing collective? Only 10?

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The Creative Climate

The Creative Climate | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
Creative tension between people and within individuals is fundamental to social evolution.

Via Erika Harrison
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OpEd about the dialogical tension that creates creativity.

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Erika Harrison's curator insight, July 21, 4:40 PM

"the Lennon-McCartney story also illustrates the key feature of creativity; it is the joining of the unlike to create harmony. Creativity rarely flows out of an act of complete originality. It is rarely a virgin birth. It is usually the clash of two value systems or traditions, which, in collision, create a transcendent third thing".

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Complexity%20Aware%20Monitoring%202013-12-11%20FINAL.pdf

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Overview of strategies for monitoring complex processes. Useful for monitoring cMOOCs, I think.

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People Are Not Billiard Balls | Synthesis

People Are Not Billiard Balls | Synthesis | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
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Argues that agents in complex networks have semi-permeable boundaries.

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The Complexity Of Learning – 2 | The Upside Learning Blog

The Complexity Of Learning – 2 | The Upside Learning Blog | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
Some other aspects of the complexity theory I found interesting: Even if the agents comprising the population of the system are complicated and
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The science of complexity offers a different type of lens to view learning.

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Checking in with Portugal's big projects to support technology use in education

Checking in with Portugal's big projects to support technology use in education | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
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How Portugal used an eco-systemic approach to integrating technology into education.

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If you think it's broken, resist the urge to fix it! - TrainingZone.co.uk (blog)

If you think it's broken, resist the urge to fix it! - TrainingZone.co.uk (blog) | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
If you think it's broken, resist the urge to fix it!
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Useful thoughts about how to apply complexity thinking to the ails and ills of organizations, including schools.

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'Cosmos', 'Once Upon A Time' & 'Dateline' Ratings Fall - Deadline

'Cosmos', 'Once Upon A Time' & 'Dateline' Ratings Fall - Deadline | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
Up against GoT and more, the sixth episode of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted series took a 20% dive from last week in the key demo. That's a low for the rebooted science show. ABC's freshman Resurrection (2.0/5) suffered ...
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Traditional learning spaces managed in rather traditional ways or losing ground to student-owned spaces.

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This is a solid review of Morin's book, which introduced me to complexity. If you can't read the book, this might help.

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Nine Do's and Don'ts for Cultivating Student Autonomy - Education Week News

Nine Do's and Don'ts for Cultivating Student Autonomy - Education Week News | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
Nine Do's and Don'ts for Cultivating Student Autonomy
Education Week News
Mediate their thinking and offer options, but let them make their own decisions, good or bad. ...
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Self organization is at the heart of complexity, which suggests a degree of student autonomy. This article describes practical ways to promote student autonomy.

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OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES 2014

OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES 2014 | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES 2014
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Very short paper that suggests play has important role in promoting education. Play is usually a complex, rhizomatic behavior.

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Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Educatioin

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An early collection of essays about the influence of complexity theory on education.

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Computational Linguistics of Twitter Reveals the Existence of Global Superdialects | MIT Technology Review

Computational Linguistics of Twitter Reveals the Existence of Global Superdialects | MIT Technology Review | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
The first study of dialects on Twitter reveals global patterns that have never been observed before.
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A study of the emergence of swarm voice, enabled by electronic communications.

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The Power of Two

The Power of Two | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
Despite the mythology around the idea of the lone genius, the famous partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney demonstrates the brilliance of creative pairs.
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Insight into how creativity emerges from dialogic tension.

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A fine article that explores complexity thought as the basis for education and educational study.

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Complicated or complex - knowing the difference is important

Complicated or complex - knowing the difference is important | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
Understanding the difference between complex and complicated systems is becoming important for many aspects of management and policy. With complicated problems or issues one can define the problem ...
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Discusses management & policy implications for dealing with complex issues rather than complicated issues.

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Chaos Versus Complexity | Synthesis

Chaos Versus Complexity | Synthesis | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
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Explores differences between Chaos Theory and Complexity Theory.

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The Complexity Of Learning | The Upside Learning Blog

The Complexity Of Learning | The Upside Learning Blog | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
Have been reading about the science of ‘Complexity’ recently, and find that many of the aspects described apply equally well to learning.
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Touches on some of the major themes of complexity at play in education.

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The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn?

The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn? | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
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Dron positions connectivism in the long line of complexity studies that have evolved since the beginning of the 20th century.

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10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom - Edudemic

10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom - Edudemic | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
Google does it. Your classroom could too. Why not try a little creative thinking with 20% time in the classroom?
Keith Hamon's insight:

Solid, practical reasons to give students 20% of class time to pursue their own goals. Of course, cMOOCs give students 100% of time, but 20% is a good start.

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Don Eckert's curator insight, May 14, 6:10 PM

There are way more than 10 reasons, but these 10 are great!

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It is my own messy chaos: on a new understanding of learning spaces and connecting

It is my own messy chaos: on a new understanding of learning spaces and connecting | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
Space is a strange, quixotic thing. It is a construct of things both solid and ephemeral. Take today, I am in the beer garden of my local pub, mainly because it is a glorious spring afternoon and a...

Via Peter Bryant
Keith Hamon's insight:

Interesting ideas about the emergence of new learning spaces, OWNED by the learners and NOT the institutions. It's why I use open web tools for my classes and not the school's LMS.

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www.jitt.org

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This is the definitive introduction to just-in-time teaching technique which integrates feedback loops into the instructional process. Feedback loops are a core characteristic of complex systems and complexity thinking.

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Neuron - Hippocampal Activity Patterns Carry Information about Objects in Temporal Context

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This study finds that the coding of the memory in the hippocampus is dependent on its context, not just on content. If memory itself depends in part on context and not just content, how much more so does education? Thus, education that focuses on content without context is less. Content mostly makes sense within context. Meaning is complex, not simple.

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Why Model?

Why Model? | Complexity in Education | Scoop.it
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An insightful defense of modeling as the basis of education and critical thinking.

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