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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....

 

Commitment to Learning and Teams [...]

What is it that makes for successful learning in teams. For some it is care. Others it is trust. Tim Fergerson suggests that it is commitment. > Commitment to building mutual trust and respect, and having open and honest dialogue won’t necessarily mean the team will encounter fewer issues, or find themselves free from pressure in the future. It will, however, give...

 

Annotating a Copy of the Web [...]

There are many how speak about the death of comments. However, something that has risen up recently is the ability to annotate the web. Whether it be Medium, Diigo or Hypothesis, each of these mediums provide the means of layering your voice on top of somebody else's. Audrey Watter's spoke out about this, pointing out that she has . It created quite a bit of . Michael...

 

Connected Advertising [...]

Using the example of a parasite, Michael Caulfield wonders if we have a webo-plasmosis that encourages us to mindlessly share personal details online that can then be mined by advertisers. > It might be time to start thinking of corporate social media in this way, as a parasitic virus that gets us to offer our private lives up to advertisers, believing all the time th...

 

Games as Performance-Based Learning [...]

Games are considered as the solution to many educational issues, such as engagement and interaction. The problem that Marten Koomen points out is that games focus on performance, over notions of truth, beauty and justice. > While game-based learning and simulation environments make it possible to assess students’ interaction with complex systems (Frezzo, Behrens, ...

 

Digitizing the School Administration [...]

There is so much written about the digitalisation of education. However, it is often forgotten that much of this relies on an administrative foundation. Mal Lee and Roger Broadie capture this and emphasise the importance of such platforms to continually support the organisational vision. > Do your utmost to take charge of the school’s digitized administration and co...

 

Society as a Human Product [...]

Is it society that forms the self or self that forms society. Berger and Luckmann suggest that, > Society is a human product. Society is an objective reality. Man is a social product....

 

Grassroots [...]

We all strive for authenticity outside of or beyond the system which we are trying to critique. Marten Koomen makes the point that we are all a part of the system whether we like it or not. > We all like to see ourselves as grassroots, we all like to think of ourselves as authentic, and more authentic than the systems in which we work. But as we form networks, connect...