Some of the underlying data structures in educational research in online learning environments.
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June 30, 2013
January 18, 2013
The potential of education technology, in about 90 seconds.
August 16, 2012
Here's the thing about librarians: they are the only people I know who are incredibly excited TO DO YOUR WORK FOR YOU.
July 29, 2012
Examining tentative results from a study: What if Constructivist Beliefs and Technology Confidence Don't Make Better Tech Teachers?
June 27, 2012
Facing History is hiring a Program Associate for Online Community and Educator Support, a person who will work very closely with me in the years ahead.
June 18, 2012
Several weeks ago, I was in a meeting at Berkman with Howard Rheingold who recommended Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society, a remarkably prescient book from 1971 which predicts the rise of technology driven "Learning Webs". These Learning Webs are computer-mediated networks where learners identify their needs, find appropriate peers and mentors to advance their skills, and pursue their own individually-crafted education experience. What Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash did for immersive virtual worlds, Deschooling Society does for education: craft a compelling vision of a near future that we can watch come to pass around us.
May 22, 2012
I have a commentary published in this week's Education Week paper titled Use Technology to Upend Traditional Classrooms. In it, I propose three ways of thinking about how emerging technologies can transform the traditional factory model of education. In the factory model, we envision the process of education as the delivery of standardized learning objects into containers (brains) brought by students. One thing we could do with technology is to try to make the factory run more cheaply. For instance, we could have students take self-paced online courses and replace teachers with security guards. Another thing we could do with technology would be to make the factory run faster. If we give each kid their own assembly line, through the personalization of curriculum, then we can deliver standardized learning objects at a paced optimized for each student.
April 29, 2012
I'm working on an introductory workshop on digital media and learning for the upcoming Future of Learning Institute run by Harvard's Graduate School of Education and Project Zero. One of my jobs is to introduce participants to the diverse landscape of the field of education technology. One of the biggest problems in the ed-tech space right now is that the phrase "education technology" means very different things to different people and organizations. Here's a 2x2 model that summarizes (and, of course, oversimplifies) the entire education technology space into three groups: Market, Open, and Dewey
April 26, 2012
Earlier this week I spent an evening, via Skype, with Steven McGee's Teaching with Technology class in the Learning Sciences Department at Northwestern. Steven came to a talk I gave at AERA on the same topic, and he invited me to join his students. Since I was I was basically just doing a webinar with them, I screencast the event so that I could share it here, and so he could share it with sick students who missed class.
April 13, 2012
I was getting all ready to write up my two presentations from AERA today, when I found out on twitter that my new friend and colleague Janine Lim had already done it (on her fabulously titled blog Out on a Lim). These are two works in progress, papers where I have some findings but haven't put things together in a publishable form.