Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

March 2, 2010 - 8:55pm
Charge for the accessories. Create a NYTimes branded iPad and iPhone/Touch case. Make it gorgeous. Work with Apple to have your NYTimes iPad case be the exclusive case offered in their stores and online. Convince Apple to forgo its cut for this accessory. Since you are creating a really wonderful iPad and iPhone App (and giving it away), Apple should be willing to be generous.
March 1, 2010 - 9:24pm
Have you watched Temple Grandin's TED talk "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds"? If not, stop what you are doing and take 20 minutes to watch (or listen) to her talk. (Note: I watch TED Talks on my iTouch - another reason I'm thoroughly convinced that we need to provide our curricular media content in as many formats and for as many platforms at TED delivers).  
February 28, 2010 - 5:32pm
In 1999, while teaching at West Virginia University, I created a site called LecturesOnline.org. You can find the original home page for LecturesOnline at the Internet Archive site. LecturesOnline.org was created out of my desire to easily locate materials for teaching, and to share the materials that I was creating for my classes with other faculty. The home page contains the following text:
February 25, 2010 - 9:29pm
Learning Objects is a company I really like. One of the great things about working in learning technology is the opportunity to interact with companies and the people who work at them. When I was teaching full-time my interactions were pretty much limited to colleagues and students. In my experience, some of the people who are most dedicated to goal of leveraging technology to challenge the status quo in higher ed work for ed tech companies. 3 reasons that I particularly like Learning Objects (LO):
February 24, 2010 - 8:43pm
Which industry does higher ed most resemble: music, news or medicine? What do you think? We are endlessly fascinated by the story of how technology has disrupted these industries, displaced incumbents, and up-ended long established business models.
February 23, 2010 - 10:11pm
From May of 2005 to today I've spent $2,191 at Audible.com on audiobooks. Audible (and your corporate parent Amazon) - I'm your biggest fan. Audiobooks have changed my life. Everyone should go and get an Audible Platinum plan - $229.50 a year - or only $9.56 per book. You can check out my Audible purchase list here.  
February 22, 2010 - 8:50pm
The comments to my 2/11 blog post on "learning styles and tuition dollars" were really great. Commentators really took me to task on the theory of learning styles. Cedar, an Asst.
February 21, 2010 - 8:38pm
This past week our kids spent a day at the Killington Superstars ski and snowboard program. $180 for six hours. Lunch included.  
February 11, 2010 - 11:33pm
In 2019 both of my girls will be in college. Our tuition dollars will go to the schools that figure out how to match my daughters' learning styles with the curriculum. And we are not alone. A generation of parents have come of age who believe passionately in multiple intelligences, and the requirement that educational institutions adapt themselves to our kids' brains as opposed to the other way around. We have seen first hand how our kids respond to the Web, gaming, mobile platforms, and their increasing ability to leverage technology to produce, share and collaborate.
February 10, 2010 - 9:44pm
Should academic libraries purchase popular nonfiction? Should academic libraries supply borrowers with the book format that matches their preferences and learning styles (paper, e-paper, or audio)? Where does meeting staff needs for both collections and formats fall into the purchasing priority for academic libraries?

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