This post was originally published on Paleofuture https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/these-were-the-flying-hospitals-of-the-future-in-1960-1831230625 on December 20th 2018.
Do you need urgent medical care but are far away from a hospital? We’ll bring the hospital to you! At least, that was the futuristic idea behind this edition of the newspaper comic, Closer Than We Think. And while it still feels a long way off, there are signs that we’re slowly but surely moving into a direction where…Read more…
This post was originally published on Stowe Boyd http://stoweboyd.com/post/181300158947 on December 21st 2018.
Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy
This post was originally published on CogDogBlog https://cogdogblog.com/2018/12/englebarting-convergence/ on December 7th 2018.
I consider myself so fortunate to have had a few Doug Engelbart convergences in my career. That featured image at the top was made by me after he was a guest at a 2006 NMC Board Meeting. I took my own photograph of him at the meeting and superimposed it from a screenshot of the […]
This post was originally published on bavatuesdays https://bavatuesdays.com/remembering-owlteh-part-1-the-open-web-installations/ on November 6th 2018.
Hard to believe it’s been more than a week since the Learning on/with the Open Web conference (OWLTEH) in Coventry. It was a great conference experience for me, and if I don’t stop and take a bit of time to capture … Continue reading →
This post was originally published on CogDogBlog https://cogdogblog.com/2018/10/not-paved-with-licenses/ on October 20th 2018.
I’ll always take “Serendipity for 500”, Alex. There was a healthy, many pathed Twitter conversation yesterday started with a statement by Robin DeRosa Thinking of changing my @creativecommons default license from CCBY to CCBYNC. I get that CCBY is the more open technically, but I’m thinking here about my vision for open (in particular as […]
This post was originally published on mathbabe https://mathbabe.org/2018/10/16/the-era-of-plausible-deniability-in-big-data-continues/ on October 16th 2018.
Today I published a new Bloomberg Opinion piece on how Amazon’s sexist recruiting algorithm is not a surprise to anyone, but is framed as one because the tech bros are trying to maintain plausible deniability: Amazon’s Gender-Biased Algorithm Is Not Alone They’re everywhere, but nobody wants to know about it. For my other Bloomberg […]
This post was originally published on CogDogBlog https://cogdogblog.com/2018/10/this-old-catfish/ on October 16th 2018.
I pretty much gave up on writing about and hoping that writing about catfishing might have some impact (yup just checked, more than 2 years since last post on it). Of course that hardly means that anything has changed; the scamming of people luring into false romance contact using my photos on fake profiles and […]
This post was originally published on The Edublogger https://www.theedublogger.com/twitter/ on October 15th 2018.
Teachers all over the world are using Twitter every day to build their network and fuel their professional growth. This is your complete resource for getting started and getting more out of Twitter!
This post was originally published on Learning with ‘e’s http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/cYWZ/~3/_JHntX-l99s/connected-learning.html on October 9th 2018.
Image from PXhereConnected learning is currently a popular phrase in education. It’s the theme of my keynote speech to the EADL conference in Tallinn, Estonia in May 2019. Learning in the digital age involves a lot of technology, but fundamentally the role of the learner is still to explore, discover and acquire knowledge. Through technology, we can connect not only with content but also context – people, resources and ideas, and we can also share our own ideas for discussion and further learning. There are many theories and constructs that can inform us of the nature and potential impact of connected learning. The following some thoughts from a post I originally published in 2015:From a cognitive constructivist perspective, learning is achieved through the twin processes of assimilation and accommodation. The latter implies that new learning is ‘bolted onto’, or constructed within, existing cognitive structures known as schemas. Learning relies on the individual construction of reality, according to Jean Piaget. Such construction of meaning is unique to each individual, and therefore centres on each learner’s efforts to make sense of the subject.In a sense, an algorithm has much in common with a schema, particularly because both have rules and sequences of instruction that can be followed to achieve a specific goal. Both are self contained but have the potential to be connected to larger sets of instructions. The computer algorithm is therefore a means of giving instructions to a machine that replicates the way we believe our minds function. Personal schema on the other hand, are often peculiar to the individuals that created them usually through solo exploration and discovery.Alternatively, social constructivism – in Vygotsky’s terms – is the construction of personal meaning within a framework of social experience. Lev Vygotsky stresses the importance of language and culture, and argues that learning is socially mediated. His notion of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) is a model to describe the efforts and interaction between a learner and a more knowledgeable other person (MKO) to negotiate meaning within a realistic range of learning. The learner constructs his own meaning with the MKO as a guide in the process. The boundaries of the ZPD can be variable, but in most contexts, it is generally more extensive than learners can achieve on their own.Jerome Bruner developed ZPD theory to include the concept of scaffolded learning. Scaffolding was a metaphorical representation of the many active ways in which teachers (or MKOs) focus their efforts and expertise to support of learners at the start of their learning, but gradually fade this support as learners become more independent and competent.The idea of discovery learning also originates with Piaget, and has provided some powerful, but at times contentious pedagogical practices in primary education. It maintains a focus on personal construction of meaning through exploration and experimentation, and relies less on social contexts than ZPD theory.Hypertext is non-linear and potentially chaotic in nature, drawing the user (learner) down through layers of meaning, to the endless possibilities of learning by discovering. It is ill-defined, driven by the learner, and has no boundaries or limits other than those the learner imposes upon herself. It is exploratory, rule-less and rhizomatic, where the learner discovers for herself any number of divergent nodes of knowledge, and random corridors of travel.Learners with digital technology can discover for themselves, and drive their own learning, but it will be less structured than formal educational processes. They are able to explore avenues that may or may not be intended by the creators of the content, but in their nomadic exploration of hypermedia, learners discover for themselves the benefits and risks of autonomous learning. The initial digital space acts as a scaffold, but the farther away the learner wanders from this base – and the more mouse clicks he executes – the more vulnerable he may become to misdirection, misunderstanding, and a sense of isolation from his original aims and purposes. And yet this glorious freedom of knowledge excavation and the potential to synthesise disparate and previously dislocated concepts can be compelling.Connected learning by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e’s