Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

July 12, 2011 - 8:45pm
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel A Challenge: Write down every object that you use in one day that is all or part plastic. Also write down a list of the objects that you use that day that contain no plastics. Maybe even share your list with all of us.
July 11, 2011 - 8:30pm
Windows 7 Phone. Anyone out there have one of these bad boys in their pocket?
July 10, 2011 - 10:15pm
Gmail, Google News, Google Talk, AdSense - all the fruits of Google's policy of reserving 20% of the developer's time for self-initiated projects. Great policy, but one that has completely failed to make Google an innovative or disruptive player in higher education. Google's higher ed failures would not be so disturbing if higher ed was not so critical to the company's core mission and belief system. "Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful."
July 7, 2011 - 9:00pm
Dear fellow Late iPhone / Android adopters (e.g. dumb phone owners). And before either of the Windows phone folks, or the remaining (but rapidly defecting) Blackberry devotees, complains - I apologize in advance for my ignorance. Up until last month, I was one of you. For the last few years I told anyone who would listen that "I'll never get an iPhone". I'd whip out my Pantech Breeze, a feature phone that I purchased for its big numbers and lack of features. My reasons for not jumping on the smart phone bandwagon included:
July 6, 2011 - 7:45pm
Made in Britain by Evan Davis Are you fascinated by how people manage to earn a living? Does an economy built on services, where none of us seems to do much of anything besides go to meetings and e-mail each other, completely confuse you? How is it that we manage to buy houses and cars and computers if we don't really make anything?
July 5, 2011 - 9:30pm
"… we’ve discovered alignment in views about the importance of the shift from print to digital education content, and that Blackboard can catalyze this trend to the benefit of our clients." --Ray Henderson on "Blackboard's Next Chapter" - 7/1/11 Will EDU publishers provide an important and growing alternative revenue stream for LMS platform companies?
July 4, 2011 - 9:30pm
At this writing, I don't have Google+ (someone please invite me…..). Was not a beta tester for Google's Chromebook (I applied), have never been body surfing with Larry or Sergey. But lack of first-hand experience has never stopped an academic in the past from making judgements, so here goes! Google+ Hangouts. This is the video conferencing system backed into Google+. Go check out the lifehacker video.
June 30, 2011 - 8:15pm
The world is divided into two types of people: those who prefer Track Changes in Word and those who prefer to write collaboratively in Google Docs. Which one are you? I'm firmly in the Google Docs camp. This presents some challenges, as I work in a diverse writing team - with some of us more comfortable in the Word and Track Changes world, and others of us letting it all hang out in Google Docs.
June 29, 2011 - 9:30pm
The Google news this week is all about Google+, the company's next effort to break into social networks. I say this is great, as I'm another one of those outmigrants, or maybe conscientious objectors, to the Facebook nation. The real reason I'm excited about Google+ is not social networking (which I think is sort of tiresome), but because Google+ is an important building block for a killer Google LMS (learning management system). Learning is social. Incumbent LMS tools not so much.
June 28, 2011 - 7:30pm
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. by Erik Larson

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