Trends are generally about relatively slow change processes rather than a quick flip from one state to another. This is especially true for digitalisation and despite optimistic claims of revolutions and disruption we're in the midst of a long and slow evolution in which some traditional concepts will disappear but many will continue to thrive alongside digital alternatives. Here are a few signs I've noticed this week that show that we're maybe not as digital as the popular narrative suggests.
Technology in education is often seen as a solution. It holds promise, but caution is warranted. Photo: Charlotte Kesl / World Bank There is no denying that governments around the world are expanding investments in education technology, from inputs that students use directly (like Kenya’s project to put tablets in schools) to digital resources to improve the education system (like Rio de Janeiro’s school management system). As public and private school systems continue to integrate technology into their classrooms, remember that education technology comes with risks.
I just read a great rant with the self-explanatory title of "20 Horrific Conference and Trade Show Staples That Need to End." I love its highly opinionated challenges to the industry, and as a former product marketing guy in Silicon Valley, I have suffered through every one of the observations at far too many events.
The first kind of space was highly organised. In these 'class' rooms, our students gathered, seated in rows, facing toward a single part of the space - the front. At the front of the classroom were all of the important things, such as the teacher, and of course, the teacher's tools.
It's 2017. Communication is changing fast (my 7-yr old daughter and I just exchanged Snaps while I am in Chicago and she is outside of Philadelphia in different time zones, with real-time interaction). Collaboration has evolved to
The Guardian runs a series called Academics Anonymous, in which an anonymous contributor writes about some aspect of academic life. It is occasionally enlightening, but has recently descended into clickbait style deliberate controversy. However, what I think some of the recent articles illustrate are commonly held misconceptions about academic life. They are so far off the mark in the current climate, that I suspect they were not written by academics at all, and are rather “bloke in the pub who went to the ‘University of Life’ anonymous”. But it’s worth looking at some of them just as a means of combatting some of the outdated perceptions of academia, as these represent images we need to overcome in the anti-knowledge environment.
As education technology continues to evolve, and as we continue to wrestle with its integration strategies into the classroom, we must not lose sight of true north, which is our message of learning equality and supporting students to create our future.
One of the key factors to course completion is identity; feeling that you belong to a group and are acknowledged as such. This sense of belonging is relevant both on campus and online but if it is not achieved the resulting isolation is more acute in online courses. In for-credit online courses where numbers are limited there are many strategies for creating an inclusive community for the students, see in particular Cynthia Clays’ 5 Principles for Maximum Engagement and Gilly Salmon’s five-stage-model for online learning.
Reading and writing skills are changing with the use of digital technologies, “but students still see benefits of reading and writing with paper which they continue to use, especially to convey private emotions and intimate feelings”, according to a 10-country study. Students also found handwriting helps to retain knowledge.
It's February so it's time for the annual NMC Horizon Higher Education Report on trends and challenges in educational technology. It is an extremely challenging task to select and define the key changes taking place or waiting ahead and since this is done every year the view towards the horizon will inevitably change from year to year.
For two weeks in third grade, I preached the gospel of the wild boar. My teacher, the sprightly Mrs. DeWilde, assigned my class an open-ended research project: Create a five-minute presentation about any exotic animal.
I read a short article on the news site eLearning industry, Why There Is Lack Of Enthusiasm Some Employees Have For Social And Collaboration Tools? about why digital collaboration has not really become mainstream, despite so many compelling arguments. The article deals with the difficulties of convincing employees of the benefits of online collaboration in the corporate sector.
Together we have over 40 years experience in education. One of us pioneered the flipped learning model, wrote eight flipped learning books and traveled over 500,000 miles delivering flipped learning training. The other co-founded the largest all-education radio network in the world and has been covering education topics for over a decade. If you were looking for two people who should have their fingers on the pulse of flipped learning we were reasonable candidates.
But in 2016 we discovered that we were blind men walking around without a cane. We knew quite a bit about flipped learning, but we were painfully unaware of what we didn’t know.
We eventually tripped over the depth and scope of our ignorance and myopia. It turns out that flipped learning was reinventing itself right under our noses — morphing organically into something new and exciting. Once our eyes were opened, we discovered that flipped learning is very much like the famous perceptual illusion; when you look at it one way you see an old hag. Look at it another way, and it’s a promising young girl – it’s just a matter of perspective.
Sure, we both knew that something was going on with flipped learning, but here are five things we couldn’t see and didn’t know:
I have been talking and writing about openness in education for the past ten years or so and still believe that openness in terms of access to educational resources, the right to reuse and recycle existing material and the open publication of research and academic discussion, is vital to a democratic and tolerant society. However my belief in openness has been shaken by the rise of "alternative truth", intolerance and demagogy that so dominate the public space today. I cannot unreservedly support openness as I would have done a year ago.
Since the presidential election, “fake news” has become a buzzword leveraged by both sides of the political aisle, with many organizations directing resources toward understanding and fighting it. Some efforts focus on improving technology: Facebook recently integrated fact-checking into its publication process, while Google no longer allows Google-served advertising to appear on sites that “misrepresent” […]
The new year has only just started and headlines are already awash with the latest news and rumours of how technology will change our lives in 2017.
One sector set to undergo vast change in the near future is education, with artificial intelligence and virtual reality coming closer to mass market breakthrough, and the continuing evolution of learning resources to online and ‘mobile first’ platforms.
But what does the immediate future hold for education technology, and what are we most likely to see make a breakthrough in the coming 12 months?
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