Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

April 28, 2011 - 9:15pm
We spend way too much energy thinking and worrying about LMS providers, features, companies and technologies. Blackboard or D2L or Moodle or Sakai or (now) Instructure? Open source or proprietary? This discussion board or that assessment engine? etc. etc. etc. The real LMS failure has nothing to do with any of these questions. Whether you are a Blackboard or Sakai school matters only marginally to our success in what truly matters about the LMS; how well we are utilizing the LMS to improve, support and facilitate authentic student learning.
April 27, 2011 - 10:15am
Casey Green's analysis of the news that Blackboard is in play is a must read.
April 26, 2011 - 9:00pm
To determine if you should read Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart please check the following items:
April 25, 2011 - 8:16pm
I just got back from a week at Walt Disney World with my extended family. Less a vacation, and more of an epic quest to fully socialize the kids into being lifetime consumers of all things Disney branded (but I digress). My best day at Disney was spent largely in the Magic Kingdom's basement (actually the first floor, as the park was built over the first floor of a huge building that was built on a swamp), participating in the "Keys to the Kingdom Tour."
April 24, 2011 - 8:20pm
Tyler Cowen's The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History,Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better costs $3.99 and is concise. Amazon does not list the number of pages - maybe 100?
April 14, 2011 - 10:00pm
Two big pieces of news this week in ed tech. Earlier in the week we found out that Cisco is shutting down the Flip video camera division, two years after purchasing the company for $590 million.
April 13, 2011 - 9:45pm
I'm an intellectual urbanist who grew up in the suburbs (Brookline, MA) and lives in the country (Etna, NH). A politically pro environmentalist with a huge carbon footprint (big house, 2 big cars, drive to work etc.). A fan of density and public transportation, who lives on 10 acres and drives to work. A critic of our material obsessions and professional workaholic societal tendencies, but someone who along with his spouse seems to work all the time because work is so damn interesting (and because those large house mortgage payments aren't cheap).
April 12, 2011 - 9:15pm
The deal is that for $25 bucks less, or $114, Amazon will sell you a Kindle that displays "special offers and sponsored screensavers". Amazon promises to keep ads out of books, only showing the promotions on the bottom of the home screen and when the Kindle goes into screensaver mode.
April 11, 2011 - 9:16pm
I imagine that selling to educational institutions must be a challenge. We don't make decisions quickly. It is often difficult to identify the true decision maker. The consensus and collaborative culture of academic technology means that many people have a voice and veto, but only a few can green light (and fund) any purchase decision. Here are 6 guidelines that might assist tech companies planning to build a sales channel to the higher ed market:
April 10, 2011 - 7:45pm
2011 will be remembered as the year that the ed tech sector got hot. Venture capital firms will be making lots of small investments, and some large investments, in start-ups in the educational technology space. Kaltura, the media management and online video platform company, recently announced a third round of funding worth $20 million. This round was much bigger than previous venture investments of $2 million and $5.5 million.

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