Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

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.
January 3, 2011 - 8:15pm
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
January 2, 2011 - 8:45pm
All of us love to think about the future. What ed tech trends will emerge in 2011? What new technologies will be introduced? What tech companies will merge? What new ed tech businesses will form? Some good ones:
December 21, 2010 - 9:15pm
The Economist makes a convincing case that pursuing a Ph.D. is, at best, irrational. In "The Disposable Academic" (12/16/10), the author (a holder of a "largely pointless Ph.D. in theoretical ecology") concludes that:
December 20, 2010 - 8:45pm
Audiobooks have changed my life. How often have we heard complaints that our students don't read enough? What if we figured out how to deliver all of the assigned readings in multiple formats - from paper to digital to audio? Why should education be exempt in an attention economy? Why do we think our students have any more time than we do?

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