I found this a really interesting talk on research into how fast-paced video games affect the brain. I appreciate the research is in its early stages but it does seem to offer some promise for the development of engaging games that can have positive therapeutic or educational effects. It's just really nice to watch a talk on games that does not just fall into one of the two polarised camps and actually attempts to make a case based on research.
Mediocrity versus Mastery: The Case for Game-Based Learning. How best can we leverage the promise of mobile platforms to raise children who aim beyond mediocrity, and towards mastery in their learning?
Ever since I saw Chad Udell's talk at mLearn this year in San Jose I have tried to regularly use Tappestry on my mobile. It is a knowledge sharing tool and allows people to enter information about what they’ve learned so that they can store, share and then later retrieve it. I think the concept is a great one but time will tell if it attracts a critical mass of users.
Many have wondered if MOOCS are worthwhile, believing that the MOOC pedagogy just isn't viable for a robust education. This short article is a useful introduction to MOOCs, their potential and their drawbacks.
A great article that compares and contrasts the two prevalent approaches and philosophies surrounding MOOCs - the bottom up, organic, connectivist cMOOCs and the more declarative, Silicon Valley supported xMOOCs (such as Coursera).
"Technical literacy" is the subject of an ongoing, worldwide educational debate. This article makes a good case for teaching students one aspect of this, so called 'regular expressions', a means of searching faster and more efficiently.
Another great talk on self-directed learning through a MOOC (often with community support) which also demos a great tablet based discovery/adaptive approach to teaching maths. The whole talk serves as a critique of the test obsessed formal education system. The more I watch talks like this the more I'm convinced formal education is on the cusp of a profound shift in philosophy and approach.
When Stanford announced they were supplying iPads to their medical students in 2010, they become one of the first medical schools to begin the transition to mobile learning. But now, there are lots more. This article presents the ways they a being used to transform medical education across the country.
For some students, laptops trump pen and paper in the classroom, but students and teachers agree that whatever the choice of tools, it’s important to exercise self-discipline to get the most out of the learning experience.
A great article on “MOOCs,” otherwise known as “massive online open courses.” The buzz around these platforms (think Khan Academy, Coursera) is creating a stir in higher education, as they’ve come to represent a new model of online learning (change) and the promise of quality, affordable education at scale — something that just wasn’t possible five years ago