Presentations and Storytelling [...]

Storytelling is a powerful element in today's day and age. This does not always flow through to the art of lectures and presentations. As Alan Levine explains: >I find most courses, also academic presentations ignore the basic tenants of film and storytelling to lead strong, to hook people in, and to take them on a story shape of a journey where the end is not reveale...

 

What is human capital? [...]

Human capital is the attempt to identify the investment within the human, as opposed to the more socially centred notions of capital perpetuated by Communism and other such economic systems. It was developed by Friedman in the 1960's. However, it has not necessarily produced the legacy that was envisaged: >Friedman envisaged a society in which we’d all be wealthy...

 

Google’s Intrusion into Schools [...]

There has been a lot discussed in regards to the presence of commercial platforms in schools, the as Alex Hern might put it. This recently came to light with a post from Natasha Singer discussing Google's intrusion into the classroom: > Google makes $30 per device by selling management services for the millions of Chromebooks that ship to schools. But by habituating...

 

Identity and Transperancy [...]

So much of today's social media is about a one true identity. This is captured in *The Circle* with the discussion of the concept of TruYou: > Instead, he put all of it, all of every user’s needs and tools, into one pot and invented TruYou—one account, one identity, one password, one payment system, per person. There were no more passwords, no multiple identities...

 

Education is Changing—It’s Time Assessment Caught Up [...]

There is a lot of discussion about 21st century learning and/or capabilities. What is not always discussed is how assessment is transformed to adjust to this. Esther Care suggests that the focus should be skills in context:  >Twenty-first century education is about skills—sets of processes. Our students need to be able to adapt to contexts, meet challenges, ...

 

Your Browser, Your Annotations [...]

Annotations allow users to apply a layer over the web. The question that needs to be asked is whether this is a good thing. Mike Caulfield adds his perspective: > it's your browser, and you're allowed to annotate anything you want with it. But the separate question is what should be encouraged by the design of our technology. People want to turn this into a legal deba...

 

Loose Parts and Space [...]

Learning environments involve so many variables. One of which is the feeling associated with such space, another is the . Countering the desks and rows, the theory of **loose parts** discusses the importance of change in the environment. > In educational circles, there is a theory that helps explain the compulsion; it’s called the theory of loose parts. Originally d...

 

BYOD as a Facet of Differentiation [...]

There is a lot said about technology in the schools. Whether it be debates around 1:1 or which device schools should go with. Another part of this discussion is associated with students having choice. This is often represented by the idea of Bring Your Own ... Adding a different perspective to this discussion, Alan Thwaites suggests that this is best seen as an extens...

 

Mobile Web [...]

In a culture of BYOD, many see smartphones as a great equaliser. However, this raises a new set of problems as the experience on mobile is considerably different to siting at a keyboard. As Michael Caulfield explains: > How do we get kids to work on laptops, and stop reading on phones? How do we get them to learn the techniques of multi-tab investigations? Because th...

 

Facebook is NOT an RSS Reader [...]

Facebook is a dominant space on the web, bringing people together in the one space. The problem with this is no-one knows exactly how it all works. Whereas an RSS feed will provide a summary, the Facebook feed is . As Bryan Alexander explains: > Facebook is not an RSS reader.  Its front page displays updates from friends based on… we have little idea what reasons....