Technology and Learning
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
January 16, 2011 - 8:45pm
Wray Herbert's engaging On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits has three main messages: 1. Evolved Brains: Our minds (which drive our thoughts, actions, and reactions), are evolved organs, constructed by adaptation over long periods of time to our environments.
January 13, 2011 - 9:00pm
Dean Dad mostly covered the CES 2011 landscape. For my part, I've been spending some enjoyable time on the web trying to figure out the big EDU story from CES 2011. Mostly I've failed.
January 12, 2011 - 9:15pm
Why am I interested in engaging with (talking to, spending time with, breaking bread with etc.) people (leadership, faculty, administrators) who work for for-profit EDU institutions? 8 Reasons:
January 11, 2011 - 9:30pm
"Google Inc. is talking with educational-software companies to help build a marketplace for online learning programs, an industry whose value may approach $5 billion this year." --From The Boston Globe, 12/29/10 "Google Apps Marketplace helps students’ minds thrive in the cloud"
January 10, 2011 - 11:45pm
Are you dreaming of the perfect iPad? Or at least a better iPad, the iPad 2. The current iPad is an EDU luxury. For students and professors, the current iPad is a great complement to a laptop, but only a complement. Every iPad in existence could currently turn into bricks, and teaching and learning would basically go on undisturbed. My bet is that the iPad 2 will not fundamentally alter the EDU landscape. The iPad 2 will be thinner, lighter, brighter, faster, and come equipped with a couple of cameras. A more luxurious luxury.
January 9, 2011 - 7:00pm
There is a section of my (virtual) bookshelf (stored on the Audible/Amazon cloud) that could be titled: "Why You Are an Idiot". When my spouse, kids, boss (or you) asks me how I can be so dumb so often, I can just point to these books. My most recent addition is, Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions by Zachary Shore.
January 6, 2011 - 11:45pm
I am a Basecamp failure. I have failed at Basecamp. I have failed 37 Signals. Today I cancelled my Basecamp account. I admitted defeat, and in this space I own up to my inadequacies. Basecamp is terrific. Elegant, simple and affordable software. The fault must lie with me.
January 5, 2011 - 11:00pm
One of the most important, but least remarked upon, higher ed trends over the past 10 years has been the transition from an individual (instructor) course design methodology to one that involves a team. This transition is being driven by the growth of online and hybrid courses and programs, as well as systematic course re-design efforts such as those advocated and supported by the National Center for Academic Transformation.
January 4, 2011 - 8:45pm
"Facebook has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor in a transaction that values the company at $50 billion, according to people involved in the transaction." from 1/3/11 NYT's A $50 billion valuation for Facebook equals a single company bubble. Facebook matters to higher ed for a few reasons.