Critical Conversa...
Follow
Find
604 views | +0 today
 
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from Digital Delights
onto Critical Conversations
Scoop.it!

Learning as a Complex Phenomenon: Challenges for Learning Analytics

Presentation given at Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2013. Theories of learning postulate multiple agencies (individual, small group, and collective) and e

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

glad to see some nuance in our conversation about big data in education.

more...
Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:58 PM

Great presentation, wish it had some more depth in the presentation! It is a subject of great interest!

Critical Conversations
Something tells me these things are important to educators even if they are not part of the usual conversations educators have.
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from Ripples
Scoop.it!

Student Reflection- Show Your Work

Student Reflection- Show Your Work | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
I love this analogue-digital annotation mashup: Sean reading Brad reading Austin.
–seems to me this might be a good way to read with students and for students to read with each other.
 

Via Kevreadenn
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from 21st Century Learning and Teaching
Scoop.it!

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

Via Gust MEES
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

Totally agree. However, might we also encourage thinking in pictures for its own sake, that is to free up creativity and language skills--full stop. Print is not necessarily the ultimate or end-form of human communication. 

more...
Lou Salza's curator insight, November 28, 2013 11:14 AM

This is particularly important for students with language learning differences--Lou

 

Excerpt:

"...“There’s something about writing that is a link to your brain,” said Marissa Moss, author of the popular children’s book series Amelia’s Notebook. In the books, Moss takes on the persona of a little girl expressing her ideas about the world and people around her. The books are a combination of words and drawings and look free form – as though Amelia sketched them herself.

Taking a cue from Moss, teachers from Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif., decided to have their students keep notebooks in a similar style. The notebooks aren’t graded; rather, they’re a place of private, free expression. Karen Clancy and Andrea Boatright presented the project at the Innovative Learning Conference hosted by the Nueva School recently.

“They’re not used to being given permission to write about whatever they want,” Clancy said. But once her students realized that they really weren’t being graded and that they had freedom of expression, they eventually came to demand time to write.

Moss says writing without fear of consequences is key to developing a writer’s voice. “If you’re perfect you are guaranteed to not write a thing,” Moss said. “It’s like driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the break.” She has developed some guides to help teachers coax students into using art and writing in their journals at the same time, as a way of flexing their visual thinking along with literacy...."

Audrey's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:08 PM

Teachers and students already think this way. Audrey curating for homeschoolsource.co.uk

Tahar Mehenni's curator insight, December 3, 2013 5:13 AM

Mehenni Tahar ................Spécialiste en gestion des entreprises............. Consultatant formateur...........Animateur de la force de vente des entreprises .---------(  à votre service h24...7/7j  )-------------

mon lien: mehennitahar@gmail.com

skype: chatau1980

 

Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from The 21st Century
Scoop.it!

The 8 Roles of The 21st Century Librarian ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Roles of The 21st Century Librarian ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

I like that these are not about tech, not as such

more...
Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:58 AM

Interesting. 

Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, July 31, 2013 12:27 PM

Many hats librarian wear

Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from Digital Delights
Scoop.it!

Learning as a Complex Phenomenon: Challenges for Learning Analytics

Presentation given at Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2013. Theories of learning postulate multiple agencies (individual, small group, and collective) and e

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

glad to see some nuance in our conversation about big data in education.

more...
Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:58 PM

Great presentation, wish it had some more depth in the presentation! It is a subject of great interest!

Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

How iOS 7's AirDrop Could Transform The Way We Share

How iOS 7's AirDrop Could Transform The Way We Share | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Forget the controversy over iOS 7's new icons and color scheme. Features like wireless sharing via AirDrop matter a whole lot more.
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

This brings us a little closer to a more natural way to share. When I want sharers you a photo or a magazine article give you a bite of my chocolate bar, I just hand them to you. 

 

And in schools, if we can do this simple direct handoff of digital content we can get around a lot of the privacy and age restrictions cola come with using third party services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Facebook--even email--and so on. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

The Future of Knowledge Management and Access | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

The Future of Knowledge Management and Access | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Image: Manager Web/Flickr The saying goes that knowledge is power. But in today?s workplace, there?s a growing gap between how knowledge is traditional
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

As the article points out, the ability to find actionable insight in the flood of data (data will grow by 800% over next 5 years with 80% of that being unstructured) is becoming more and more difficult. This is a problem for both technology and culture.

 

But it's an old problem, recast. Imagine you are Caesar standing on the northern shores of Gaul, thinking about an invasion of what would become Britannia.Where is your actionable data? Who was on the other side of the channel? Were they armed and hostile? What were the local winds and tides like? etc.

 

His problem was that of under-determination. He didn't have enough data. Our problem is over-determination--we have too much. Wheter too little or too much, the outcome comes to the same moment: we have to make a decision. I rather like that. making decisions is noble and makes us human, not algorithms.

 

Here's a post I wrote on this idea back in 2009: http://www.ovenell-carter.com/like-a-long-legged-fly-upon-the-data-stream/

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

Report: Corporations must join the Collaborative Economy | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

Report: Corporations must join the Collaborative Economy | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:
Education is built on three different but interconnected models: pedagogic,  temporal-physical and economic (http://www.ovenell-carter.com/the-3-legs-of-education-reform/). The economic one, maybe the toughest to rein shine and reform, does not get much discussion.  In wonder if this cooperative model might give us some clues to a making a new economic structure for education. The current one is barely sustainable and definitely not scalable any further. 
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from Digital Delights
Scoop.it!

Q&A: Howard Rheingold on Using Technology to Take Learning into Our Own Hands

Q&A: Howard Rheingold on Using Technology to Take Learning into Our Own Hands | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

We like a magic bullet, a one trick fix to complex problems. Hence our conversations about STEM, CORE etc. HR has a more nuanced assessment. Some of the tech we're playing with, MOOCs for instance, open another path that some may want to take. 

 

This is a good reminder not to let the means become the end. We've already been down that road and look where we've ended up.

more...
Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 15, 2013 10:42 AM

Spotlight: What is the biggest hype right now? What do you find yourself worrying about?


HR: I think we’re going to automate our way out of teachers with MOOCs. The upside is if you’re a student somewhere where you can’t really afford to go to a decent brick-and-mortar school, but you’re very, very smart, you can take courses on artificial intelligence from Stanford and MIT. These are tremendous opportunities. The thing is, these courses only work with subjects in which there are definite answers. Two plus two is four. Yes. But what were the causes of the First World War? That’s a more complex question. So the magical thinking is “okay, computers are going to be able to grade and let students pace themselves. We can put our lectures on video and do away with the classroom.” I think that’s wrong. I think it offers an additional pathway for people who don’t have access to good classrooms, but it doesn’t solve the problem of disengaged students.

Elahe Amani's comment, May 15, 2013 7:16 PM
Yes, I think Moocs are great for making learning possible for those who don't have access to good classrooms here in US and also globally. But we, in higher education will continue to face the challenges regarding engaging students in learning ( curricular and co-curricular ) and the challenge of institutions shifting their paradigm from a teaching institution to a learning institutions.
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, May 18, 2013 1:02 AM
Absolutely Brad - "magic" but the "cure" remains elusive.
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

A New Pedagogy is Emerging...And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor

A New Pedagogy is Emerging...And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it

"In all the discussion about learning management systems, open educational resources (OERs), massive open online courses (MOOCs), and the benefits and challenges of online learning, perhaps the most important issues concern how technology is changing the way we teach, and - more importantly - the way students learn. For want of a better term, we call this 'pedagogy.' What is clear is that major changes in the way we teach post-secondary students are being triggered by online learning and the new technologies that increase flexibility in, and access to, post-secondary education."


Via EDTC@UTB
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

I like this sober assessment. It moves beyond both the breathless predictions and harsh criticisms of the first round of discussions on education.

more...
Benjamin Carmel's curator insight, April 25, 2013 3:35 PM

This is an excellent article that dives into several different various inter-related factors that are shaking the fundamentals of traditional pedagogy. I'll keep this piece the top of my "stack" for a while for easy and frequent reference.

Elizabeth E Charles's curator insight, April 26, 2013 9:08 AM

Useful overview of online learning and the impact on traditional pedagogy

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's comment, April 26, 2013 11:49 AM
pedagogía emergentes que orienten las aplicaciones tecnológicas en las aulas escoalres y universitarias
Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

Google Glass and the Future of Medicine | Dr. Rafael Grossmann | HL7 Standards

Google Glass and the Future of Medicine | Dr. Rafael Grossmann | HL7 Standards | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Angela Dunn interviews trauma surgeon Dr. Rafael Grossmann about Google Glass and the future of medicine at FutureMed 2013 at Singularity University.
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

Note Dr. Grossman's quoted comment at the end of the post. Subsititute teachers and edcuation and the we ahve good advice for our profession. The brief note on transparency and communication is relevant to edcuation, too. (Transparency is one of the 7 qualiteis we identified as characteristic of new schools. The other six: trust, time for collaboration, user-drive, maker cultrue, hyperlocal decision making, optimism.)

more...
Chris Long's comment, April 17, 2013 11:22 AM
Great insight Brad! I'm interested in the 7 qualities of new schools you mentioned. Could you point me to anything further on that?
Brad Ovenell-Carter's comment, April 17, 2013 12:10 PM
Hi Chris. Please check my blog post on the topic. Links to the event are there, too. http://www.ovenell-carter.com/7-ways-to-cultivate-innovation-in-schools/
Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

The Next Big UI Idea: Gadgets That Adapt To Your Skill

The Next Big UI Idea: Gadgets That Adapt To Your Skill | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
More and more interactive products are being returned. In 2002, 48% of all returned products were technically fully functional but were rejected for failing to satisfy user needs (28%) or purely due to users’ remorse (20%).
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

I've said before that we need to stop talking about 1:1 pr even x:1 programs and start thinking of the school itself as the operating system. Could we then  apply these UI principles to school design?

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from Digital Delights
Scoop.it!

Cybergogue: A Critique of #Connectivism as a Learning Theory

Cybergogue: A Critique of #Connectivism as a Learning Theory | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

This critique is a welcome sign that our conversations around educational technology are maturing, a sign that we are moving from (mere) blogging of ideas to richer dialogue. 

more...
Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 5, 2013 5:02 PM

There is a new take on Pedagogy learning in the cyberworld! Very useful picture.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:11 PM

I can use this as I begin to explore my dissertation topic more extensively. The challenge here might be that we simply are making up new theories when the old ones are fine. What is not fine is that we are not changing the organization and structure of our educational system to meet new learning needs.

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, April 7, 2013 1:58 AM

Connectiveness comes from sharing value adds!

Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

Welcome to the Mind-Bending World of Cloud-on-Cloud Computing | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Welcome to the Mind-Bending World of Cloud-on-Cloud Computing | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
John Engates is the chief technology officer at Rackspace, and even he had trouble wrapping his mind around the way the company runs its most important of technologies. Rackspace, you see, runs its cloud software on top of its cloud software.
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

I think real cloud computing is something schools need to give serious consideration--and sooner rather than later. The computing power needs of K12 schools will soon exceed the capacity tor schools to build and maintain that capacity at reasonable cost. building and maintaining servers and networks is not part of a schools core business.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from The 21st Century
Scoop.it!

6 Emerging Trends in Education and Mobile Learning

6 Emerging Trends in Education and Mobile Learning | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
At the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014 I sat on a panel titled Emerging Trends and New Technology – considered in the context of mobile learning. Below are the notes of the key points that I made. Note: The issue of Emerging Trends and New Technology begs the question: for who? For students in California,…

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

Social media is everything, as Rikia Saddy (@rikias) says.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from The 21st Century
Scoop.it!

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

Back to the future--the first on this list is really an ancient skill. Gald to see it coming back.

more...
Julie Lindsay's comment, September 3, 2013 5:14 PM
Some of these are life skills - good to see
harish magan's comment, September 3, 2013 11:12 PM
If every body inform their kids that how to take profits from the use of Internet, they will learnt amicably and would not misuse it.
Karine Thonnard's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:37 AM

8 compétences essentielles pour un citoyen numérique

Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from Digital Delights
Scoop.it!

Goodbye Skype: why we need an #agile approach to learning technology in the #SocialAge

Goodbye Skype: why we need an #agile approach to learning technology in the #SocialAge | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
An interesting thing happened on my work laptop recently. Skype disappeared. Outlawed, banned, relegated to the scrapheap of history. It is, apparently, deemed unnecessary for my needs. It turns ou...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

This is what personalization of learning is about, and it's what personalization of teaching is about: let people use the tools that allow them to work at their best. I understand IT departments used to need need to standardize, but those days are rapidly disappearing. We're finally getting to a place where instead of having to adapt ourselves to the institution, we can have the institution adapt to us.

more...
Amy Burvall's comment, July 6, 2013 2:33 PM
Excellent point, Brad. I've always thought I was "going rogue" when I bypassed the IT dept and took charge of my own tools...now I think I was just "going vogue"
Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:55 PM

Skype is becoming to heavy and resource demanding, so would eventually loose out.

Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

Apple pushes hard for education market with iOS 7 improvements

Apple pushes hard for education market with iOS 7 improvements | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
The Internet has been revolutionizing education, and tech giants are swooping in on the immense potential for schools to become more connected, as Apple has pulled out all the stops ...
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

No doubt the centralized management tools are I welcome by some. But I
think this is the wrong approach. The iPad is a personal device from
operating system to form factor. So the best way to manage 100 iPads
is to give them to 100 managers. We have more than 350 iPads in our
junior school (in Grade 2 - 6) and we're having great success with
this approach: students and parents manage everythinge all we do is
send out lists of required apps at long with the school supply list. I
also run a weekly drop-in parent workshop on managing and using the
device.

The real 21C skills are around device management (managing accounts,
passwords, updates, building personal workflows etc.) not apps.  This
cannot be properly taught if devices are centrally managed. MDM is
tempting, but I think it should be avoided.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from Voices in the Feminine - Digital Delights
Scoop.it!

Hack Into the Hybrid: The Café , The Studio, and the Stage

Hack Into the Hybrid: The Café , The Studio, and the Stage | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
This June I was privileged to present 3 sessions at the Kamehameha Schools' "Imagine" Conference at the Blaisdell Center, Honolulu. I wanted to blog about my "Hack Into the Hybrid: The Whys, Hows, ...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

Amy's work is fantastic...so natural it doesn't seem like blended anything...just pure teaching.

 

I'm actually not sure whay we need to use words such as "blended" or "hybrid." I mean, I get what those words refer to, and why Amy uses the words, but I don't know why we need to make the distinction at all. It's not a pedagogical point--great teachers use (and have always used) whatever means they have at their disposal to effect great learning. No, the words must be there as some sort of cultural crutch, helping us a transition from education as an isolated and isolating expereince to edcuation as an open and shared experience.

 

Go Amy!

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

Hal Roberts / Internet Censorship and Control

watching technology
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

This conversation needs to be part of our school's digital literacy and citizenship program.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter from Digital Delights
Scoop.it!

1:1 Computing: More Than Devices

1:1 Computing: More Than Devices | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Provoking thought and action toward effective digital teaching and learning THOUGHT LEADERSHIP | by Eliot Levinson, et al. This article is the second of three 1:1 computing papers from the BLEgroup...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

I apprecaite the diffficulties in implementing a 1:1 program, especially where none has existed before. But we need to see a 1:1 as merely a first step toward an multi-devices model.

 

The problem with 1:1 programs is that the focus on a single, common device or a single type of device. e.g. a laptop, in a BYOD environment. That notion is inherently restrictive. And it's not sustainable: a healthy ecosystem--and we should think of schools as learning ecosystems--is heterogenous; the more homogenous it is the more vulnerable it is.

 

Our users--our students--need to be able to connect with whatever device they happen to have at the moment be it a laptop, tablet or smartphone. We can start with the idea of 1:1 so long as we remember it is not the end goal. We need to make sure whatever structures we put in place to support a 1:1 model easily scales up to support multiple devices...the ∞:1 program. (http://www.ovenell-carter.com/blc12-preso-1-the-%E2%88%9E-1-program-or-why-your-11-program-is-out-of-date/)

more...
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, June 3, 2013 5:11 AM
Students need to be firmly trained by ALL in an institution to use mobile devices - both in and out of class.
TRUCE's curator insight, June 10, 2013 12:42 PM

Awesome info!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 22, 2013 4:51 PM

Great insights and thoughts. I think this supports the idea of effective ICT education.

Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

Coursera Eyes Teacher Training With New MOOC Partners - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Coursera Eyes Teacher Training With New MOOC Partners - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

A big shift in that this is Coursera's first step outside PSE. While I like Mr. Piata's "let's find out" attitude I find myself suddenly on guard. I'm not sure if this is just me being defensive about my profression or if teaching is not something that can be taught online. I've just read the piece in the Chronicle and need to go and think about this some more.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

Mobile Phones Deliver Millions of E-Books to Developing World

Mobile Phones Deliver Millions of E-Books to Developing World | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Worldreader Mobile has launched, giving feature phone users in the developing world with a 2G connection to read 1,400 books for free.
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

There are two places where tech will dramaticallu change education: In the developed world we haven't really seems that change yet; for the most part tech has been merely substitutive--it hasn't changed the basic structure of wht and how we teqch and learn. In the the developing world, however, we are seeing something incredible. 

more...
Eric Scheinert's comment, May 5, 2013 4:50 PM
Good thing, don't allow them to be censored
Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

The real reason for the PC sales plunge: The era of "good enough" computing | ZDNet

The real reason for the PC sales plunge: The era of "good enough" computing | ZDNet | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
We're not buying new PCs. Is it Windows 8's fault? The answer is yes, but not in the way you might be expecting.
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

In this week's news we hear about steadily declining desktop sales. Part of the reason is we are going mobile. Part of the reason, as explained here, is that we are entering an era of "good enough" computing. Good news for schools and, especially, BYOD intiatives. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

Why Americans Are So WEIRD, And What It Means For Behavioral Science

Why Americans Are So WEIRD, And What It Means For Behavioral Science | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
To be fair, WEIRD stands for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic.
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

We ought to be careful before we go chasing bejavioural research in our classrooms. It looks like the idea of a universal behaviours is off, that bbehaviours are cultural things, that much of bheavioural  research reflects Western bias.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Brad Ovenell-Carter
Scoop.it!

In our digital world you don't own stuff, you just license it

In our digital world you don't own stuff, you just license it | Critical Conversations | Scoop.it
Dan Gillmor: Corporations and lawmakers have put us on course for a world where consumers do not own the things they buy
Brad Ovenell-Carter's insight:

This is an indication of an extraordinary change in our understanding of ownership. While I believe we're stil early in the transition from an anolog (?) world to a digital world, we seem to be saying that the digital version is significantly different than the analog one. I'm not sure this is a logical distinction. It could be, of course, that "digital" is a new category, in which case we are right to set a different set of rules. But I have a nagging suspicion that the distinction is being shaped by a desrie to exert greater control and to seize on new revenue streams. 

more...
No comment yet.