In this episode, we finish our interview with Audrey Watters. Lindsay Clandfield (our interviewer) and Audrey talk about the 'monstrous' ideas in edtech that refuse to go away, about the history of teaching machines and finally about whether or not there is an edtech equivalent of the military industrial complex in the United States and worldwide.
We also hear from the Disabled Access Friendly group and their work online.
If you’ve never found yourself procrastinating on the internet, then you’re either a bionic super-human or you’ve never used the internet. For the rest of us, we can either choose to completely fall victim to all the shiny things on the internet or find a different way to help us focus on what needs to get done. Luckily, you and I aren’t the only ones who have had this issue, so some friendly folks at many different corners of the internet have made some apps and browser extensions to help us out.
Exaxtly, Sophia , love your words The hype to use the latest and greatest digital tools – rather than the meaningful use of technology – is like driving a cool car without any vision for where we want to go.
"You hear a lot of advice about how to reduce stress at work. But most of it is about what to do over the long term — take up yoga, eat a healthy diet, keep a journal, or get more sleep. But what do you do when you’re overcome with stress in the moment — at your desk, say, or in a meeting? Perhaps you’ve heard bad news from a client or were assigned yet another project. How can you regain control?"
The concept of "blended learning", which was introduced as early as 2000, has assumed more importance than ever before and has transformed from a theoretical concept with rudimentary applications to an essential part of mainstream education...
At its most basic level, differentiation consists of the efforts of teachers to respond to variance among learners in the classroom. Whenever a teacher reaches out to an individual or small group to vary his or her teaching in order to create the best learning experience possible, that teacher is differentiating instruction. Teachers can differentiate at least four classroom elements based on student readiness, interest, or learning profile:
Carmen Arias 's insight:
This is now what we have always known as mixed-ability classes , and how to deal with that issue. Interesting .
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