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Posthumanism and the MOOC: opening the subject of digital education 

The place of the campus To date, the promotion and research of MOOCs has failed to engage with concepts of space brought about by the involvement of global internet infrastructures and digital communication technologies.


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We have to be careful not to use labels as if they are just appearing. Donna Harraway has written about the impacts of technology for sometime, suggesting a posthumanist world and that we are unwitting cyborgs. Bernard Stiegler, who is quoted, is a serious critic of the impacts of technology on children.
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Why Social Media Education Is Needed In Schools

Why Social Media Education Is Needed In Schools | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Social media is an intimate part of a large majority of tweens' and teens' lives. The following graphs about teens' social media use come from Pew Research's Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015: For young people, social media is not an add-on nor an extracurricular activity. Social media is like eating, bathing, talking. It…
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Educate means to lead to adulthood (educare) and lead into adulthood (educere). Technology is an artful conversation a craftsperson has with and through her/his tools.

 

What responsiblity do teachers have in leading students in the use of digital tools and how free are they do so? The article points us in that direction as a beginning of a conversation that includes teachers.

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Learning to play, playing to learn: the rise of playful learning in higher education

Learning to play, playing to learn: the rise of playful learning in higher education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ever thought about using Lego in lectures or play dough in seminars? Chrissi Nerantzi, principal lecturer in academic CPD at Manchester Metropolitan University, thinks you should at least be considering it. She explains why.

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Play and learning have fit together forever. Perhaps, the combination have taken on new meanings and looks with digital technology, but it should be available in many forms for teachers and students.

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Growing Up Digital in Alberta- Research Overview PDF

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This is interesting Alberta-based research. When we turn to teachers, perhaps a different picture emerges about how digital technologies and social media can impact classrooms positively and negatively.

 

Teachers are important in the conversation about choice and their personal uses of digital tools.

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Bridging a Digital Divide That Keeps Schoolchildren Behind

Bridging a Digital Divide That Keeps Schoolchildren Behind | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote soon on a plan that could add subsidies for broadband Internet services in low-income homes.

Via Peter Mellow
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If we have access, do we just assume others have the same access?

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I listen to color

I listen to color | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color -- and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.
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This is an interesting TED talk. Harbisson, who was born colour blind, is able to hear colour through digital technology. Humans sense and perceive the world. How we experience the world is based on the dominant senses and technology can play a role in the conversations we have with the world.

 

I don't think how we experience the world and how we can use technology to help us is a mindless project. It is something we need to be attentive and sensitive to.

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The Tech Effect: Deconstructing Education In A Gadget-Filled World

The Tech Effect: Deconstructing Education In A Gadget-Filled World | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Tech Effect: Deconstructing Education In A Gadget-Filled World

Via TeachThought, Suvi Salo
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This is an interesting article. How do we make the world as interesting as the virtual world?

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leading and learning: Education - a new year - a time to reflect

leading and learning: Education - a new year - a time to reflect | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

It is a long time since I posted a blog. The last was to share a new book written about pioneer educationalist Elwyn Richardson..

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We have to get past the language of reform and understand that transforming schools is important. What does that mean? How can teachers contribute to the action and discourse around transforming schools.

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Book Review: Disconnected: Youth, New Media and the Ethics Gap - Connected Learning Research Network

Book Review: Disconnected: Youth, New Media and the Ethics Gap - Connected Learning Research Network | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Wendy M. Grossman wonders whether it is right to be optimistic about our digital futures? She discusses Carrie James‘ new book Disconnected: youth, new media and the ethics gap in which the author suggests caution, emphasising time for reflection rather than disconnection. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She is the 2013 winner of the Enigma …

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Ethics are important and challenging in the face-to-face world of teaching and more challenging in the virtual world, without losing any importance.

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nukem777's curator insight, February 18, 2016 8:59 AM

Ultimately, James describes herself as a ‘glass half-empty’: while she shares digital optimists’ hope about the benefits the internet brings to education, citizenship, social interaction and politics, she remains troubled by the frequently seen uncivil and cruel conduct, and its potential to deter many from participating. Unlike many commentators, who seem to believe that the digital pioneers never foresaw today’s issues, she recalls the conclusion of Howard Rheingold’s 2000 book, The virtual community, which expresses exactly these concerns. Like Rheingold, she advocates thought and reflection, things that are hard to come by in this instant-response world.

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Technology (and Its Implementation in Schools) Is Widening the Opportunity Gap (EdSurge News)

Technology (and Its Implementation in Schools) Is Widening the Opportunity Gap (EdSurge News) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
When I write articles for EdSurge, the intention is usually to write without opinion. But this piece isn’t going to be like that.The way we handle technology in schools is widening the opportunity gap. This isn’t just my opinion; many educators echoed this sentiment at the annual EduCon conference i

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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It is not always a given that new tools will improve learning and teaching. Selwyn's research does not find a link between digital tools and improved learning.

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Why Would a Principal Want to Work in a Teacher-Powered School?

Why Would a Principal Want to Work in a Teacher-Powered School? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Principals have a tough job, and it's getting tougher. "Very frankly," the late Arlyn Gunderman used to say, based on his experiences as a principal and president of the National Association of Ele...
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The question should include whether there is a need for principals. Some of the wording is problematic. For example, accountabiliity suggests surveilling whereas responsibility suggests how we respond and the ethics that ground those response. Overall, the message is a step in the right direction.

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Who’s Really Addicting You to Technology?

Who’s Really Addicting You to Technology? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“Nearly everyone I know is addicted in some measure to the Internet,” wrote Tony Schwartz in a recent essay in The New York Times. It’s a common complaint these days. A steady stream of similar
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The article does not suggest digital tools, including Internet and social media, need to be eliminated. Rather, people need to learn how to disconnect. What roles can parents and educators play here?

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The flipped classroom: six myths

The flipped classroom: six myths | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What is the flipped classroom?

Via Hybrid Pedagogy, Kiruthika Ragupathi
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The first is intriguing and leads to others in the list. The question that emerges is what role do digital tools and the Internet play? Teaching is about acting and speaking in ways that help students take responsibility for their learning. That means multiple strategies and tools.

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, July 12, 2015 1:12 AM

The author lists six common misconceptions about the flipped classroom, and provides answers based on peer-reviewed research and his own experience flipping classes.

Dr. Pyrate's curator insight, July 16, 2015 9:22 AM

We've been "Flipping Out" with our Hybrid Instruction Project #tltHIP Several colleagues are really tackling this.

Jennifer Hemphill's curator insight, February 7, 2016 2:36 AM

Love this idea, but not for my firsties. Maybe if I change grade levels?

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A thought-provoking experiment showed what happens when children don’t have the internet for a whole day

A thought-provoking experiment showed what happens when children don’t have the internet for a whole day | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The unexpected but fascinating results really make you stop and think.

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This is definitely thought-provoking. I subscribe to the Sherry Turkle way of approaching digital technology and social media. It is a tool that has to be used mindfully and sensitively.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, January 25, 2016 3:41 PM

We need to teach our children other skills! #mindfulness #education

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Why Your Tech Obsessed Conference Presentation Stinks—and How to Make It Better

Why Your Tech Obsessed Conference Presentation Stinks—and How to Make It Better | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In general, technology in the classroom is no longer a novelty, and solid pedagogy trumps those lists of “cool tools.” Yet time and time again, conference presenters lure in attendees by fixating entirely on apps, tech toys, or anything else hot on the market or App Store.We can do better.While all

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Explore practical applications. That sounds lik,e teachers might have to be involved in decisions.

 

 

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When the Virtual and Physical Networks Converge

When the Virtual and Physical Networks Converge | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

While curating the keyword Networks (with Mia Zamora) for the MLA collection entitled Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models and Experiments, we were reminded not to focus solely on digital networks to the exclusion of physical/analog...


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The author makes a point to recall that we have multiple networks and they converge at times.

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Tips to Avoid the Race to Replace Technology

Tips to Avoid the Race to Replace Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Schools are in such a race to replace — out with the old ways and in with the new — that in many cases we’re 'dumping technology' on our teachers.


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The general idea is accurate. Teachers experience little choice in the digital technology and social media that enters their classrooms. Politicians, bureaucrats, and technocrats decided the direction and spent money on hardware and software. Now, we find this was problematic, but we continue the same practices.

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We are all cyborgs now

We are all cyborgs now | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on "external brains" (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.
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What does it mean that our tools have the ability to change who we are, that we have an analog and digital self that need maintenance, and the possibility of being connected at all times?

 

Amber Case suggests that we are not taking the time to reflect on what it means to live with digital tools. How do we experience the world through and with digital tools?

 

Her points about two forms of adolescence suggests teachers are more important than ever helping students slow down and reflect on their lives and their tools.

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The Limits of Social Engineering

The Limits of Social Engineering | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Nicholas Carr challenges us to think about how we use digital technology. Technology is about having conversations with and through our tools similar to craftspeople working with their tools.

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Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps

Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

While many skills have become obsolete in the digital age, map reading remains an important tool for building children's spatial reasoning skills and helping them make sense of our world.


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Reading, writing, and drawing engage the brain in different ways, as does using technology.

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How to Escape From the Vicious Cycle of Shaming in Our Digital World

How to Escape From the Vicious Cycle of Shaming in Our Digital World | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
One benefit of shaming is that it can be an effective way to regulate people’s behaviors in a relatively peaceful and nonviolent fashion.

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Having experienced the shaming process, I found that it comes from unexpected sources, people who do not recognize what they are doing is one possible explanation. Worse, they know what they are doing and do it anyway.

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 19, 2016 10:01 AM

excerpt: "Our reputation is very important to us – it matters to us that we showcase a positive “image” to others. Shame is a very social emotion that is often coupled with this desire to be accepted and respected by others."

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The future of education

The future of education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology has the power to transform how people learn. In a world where students now have unimaginable opportunities, technology is now key to education.

Via Mika Auramo
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What the article refers to is schooling, which is only a component of education.

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Mika Auramo's comment, February 19, 2016 8:28 AM
That's true Ivon, and often also concept personalized learning is nothing but teacher led schooling: students can do their tasks individually or follow some kind of learning paths delivered by teacher and printed books...
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The dirty little secret of Online Learning : Students are bored and dropping out - QZ

The dirty little secret of Online Learning : Students are bored and dropping out - QZ | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

 

Online education has been around for a long time. But massive open online courses are finally making it respectable. Maybe even cool. Let’s not forget, though, that they are still experiments. And despite being “massively overhyped” (even in the eyes of their most dyed-in-the-wool supporters), they are not actually having a massive impact on students yet. So let’s review what we’ve learned so far. Because if online education is going to be useful for learners, then it’s time for online learning to grow up.

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Technology is about a conversation which suggests relational language. It is not that digital tools do not belong in school and, more broadly, in education, but teachers have to have freedom and be responsible for what that means.

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Education in Abundance: Network Literacies & Learning

Keynote for #elearning2016 - 3 key literacies for networking learning and dealing with knowledge abundance in higher education

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The etymology of technology is about thoughtful conversations with and through one's tools. Teachers displace human or instrumental definitions when we focus to much on one or the other.

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What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by technology”?

What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by technology”? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

A transformative learning experience fundamentally changes our understanding of what it means to learn and what it means to work together with others to learn.


Via Nik Peachey, Vicki Moro, Dean J. Fusto
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Technology is not a tool. Heidegger proposed it involves two intertwined definitions: human/anthropological and technological/instrumental. He proposed that technology is about a way of thinking, acting, and speaking about, with, and through the tools humans use. In that sense, the line about technology being transforming is accurate. When the two definitions are separated, that is not the case.

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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, February 6, 2016 3:32 AM

Nice example of how a persons life and learning strategies became transformed by an experience at a young age (in this particular case it was an encounter with primitive computer technology, but in general it  could have been anything: e.g. hearing the saxophone played well for the first time, or "seeing" the mother of god in a cave)  

 

Alas, also a typical example of unwarranted educational proselytizing. The man is so enthusiastic about his new insight that everybody has to hear the good news. Worse, everybody has to convert and repent. The idea that Catholicism, Jazz or technology enhanced project based learning  does not work for everybody, never enters the man's mind.

 

Lets stop with this kind of "inspirational" stories in educational design. Lets stick to science (mainly cognitive and social psychology). I know it is boring, but it is our best shot at finding out what works for whom under which circumstances.  

Norton Gusky's curator insight, February 6, 2016 7:35 AM

Personal story that highlights the power of technology to transform learning - the preamble to the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 4, 2016 10:05 AM

A very good read.