It’s no secret that Apple wants to have a massive presence in the education space. Most big companies do and there’s a reason for that: it’s basically an untapped market. Education technology is still in its infancy and companies like Apple and Google are charting the course with new devices like the iPad Mini. Or are they? Read on for my take on who is really in charge of education technology’s future.
Daily life is connected life, its rhythms driven by email, text messages, tweets and Facebook updates. Some worry that this new environment makes us isolated and lonely. But in Networked, Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman show how the large, loosely knit social circles of networked individuals expand opportunities for learning, problem solving, decision making and personal interaction. The new social operating system of “networked individualism” liberates us from the restrictions of tightly knit groups; it also requires us to develop networking skills and strategies, work on maintaining ties, and balance multiple overlapping networks.
Hi David, you might find this post interesting as it touches quite heavily on the lurker/engagement behaviour mentioned in one your most recent scoops, but more importantly looks at the benefits of collaboration on higher education.
Thanks Peter, very interesting and pleased to pass it on...
Nick Milton’s diagram shows the inherent weakness of the pervasive workplace technology called learning management systems. LMS are disconnected from 1) Experience, 2) Performance & 3) Reflection. Their focus is on formal learning (a mere 10% of workplace learning) usually in the form of information transmission.
Teachers are no longer teaching passive consumers of knowledge but rather active critical thinkers who contribute in their own learning. The rules of the game have changed and we, educators, need to adapt our teaching strategies to this new situation. Here's a nice list of videos.
"Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." -- About Google
Google is the most powerful nonhuman teacher ever known to actual humans. Implicitly and ceaselessly, Google performs formative assessments by collecting the following data: the content, genre and media that interests you most; when and for how long you access your external cloud brain; what your hobbies and routines are; with whom you work and communicate; who will get your November vote; and whether you prefer invigorating clean mint or enamel renewal toothpaste. By continuously refining the nuance of your sociogram, Google has already customized your next web exploration and taught itself to teach.
You Are Now Entering the Learning Management System
Months ago, Google entered the massive open online course (MOOC) space by introducing the free Power Searching with Google course to 150 thousand self-enrolled students (shocker: Google is not particularly concerned with enhancing your use of dozens of alternative search engines). More recently, Google gave away Open Course Builder -- tools that were used to construct its popular course -- and further disrupted traditional notions of who gets to play teacher (anyone) and how many students can take a class for free (1 or 100,000).
The proliferation of web 2.0 and social tools and the idea of a “collaborative workplace environment” as a crucial intangible asset to an organization’s success is core to the concept of social enterprise. IBM recognized this idea back in 2008 when they released a report titled, “The new collaboration: enabling innovation, changing the work place”. It essentially argued that the old corporate model – encompassing of “exclusivity, hierarchy and solitude” – was no longer competitive in a globally interconnected world. Even though that report was written several years ago, it still rings true today.