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What’s the future of Twitter? 

Twitter stock has recently suffered as a result of weak earnings (and related confidence), so I've been reflecting on the value I place in it versus Facebook. Everyone's surely different, but I figure one way for me to assess it is to evaluate the differences between the list of my Facebook friends and the accounts …

Posted 31 months ago by

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Designing Learning Futures 

Here I am giving an Ignite-style talk two weeks ago at The Digital Media and Learning Conference in Long Beach, CA. It was my first time (both giving this style talk and attending the DML conference), and I really liked the format—20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds for 5 minutes. They're supposed to be fun and …

Posted 81 months ago by

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Transmedia for Social Change  ☆

Today I attended the final day of an intensive workshop event hosted by Working Films. The event brought together a diverse group of talented filmmakers, powerful activists, and leaders in the education sector – I was lucky I got to crash their party! In their own words, it was: a residential workshop designed to help …

Posted 82 months ago by

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Programming as a New Literacy 

I've just read Douglas Rushkoff's shortbook Program or Be Programmed, wherein he shares "Ten Commands for a Digital Age." Though his portrayal of various "biases" of digital technology (e.g., timelessness, abstraction, depersonalization) is polemical, he succinctly describes major challenges of new technologies in 144 pages. His main point is to describe a new literacy – …

Posted 83 months ago by

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Changing Teaching with Learning.com 

"You are innovators" is the message to the teachers at Learning.com's second annual professional development workshop in Portland, Oregon. I'm attending the workshop to learn more about their really interesting new software, Sky. I'm also interested to learn if their message to teachers is accurate, a wishful prediction, a hyperbolic marketing strategy, or something else. Working alongside teachers …

Posted 89 months ago by

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Taking responsibility for the impact of software 

Here's Steve Jobs, from a recent email thread with Gawker's Ryan Tate: Do you create anything, or just criticize others (sic) work and belittle their motivations? This last missive from Job's is a nice rejoinder from a back-and-forth with Tate about Apple's iPad platform (and related technologies). And if you don't look too closely, you …

Posted 91 months ago by

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The new low cost of exchanging knowledge 

David Dean, founder of Yamisee, gave a great talk about this new, e-learning tool at a EdLab today: Yamisee is a live online learning platform that creates an entirely new marketplace for teachers and subject matter experts to share their knowledge. Much in the way eBay connects buyers with sellers, Yamisee connects independent experts with …

Posted 92 months ago by

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Building a better institutional archive 

"How do you make an institutional archive more social?" This question was put forth by EdLab in early 2006. It's kind of a strange question – it makes more sense if you consider how "Web 2.0" had settled in as a useful framework in our collective imagination. We faced the task of creating a digital …

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Institutional collaboration as strategy 

Brad Wheeler says that higher ed is a "different" kind of industry in that institutions don't directly complete against each other. Instead, and as a consequence, ed organizations should follow a strategy to approach problems in similar ways (across a wide range of activities). He spoke about the growing set of activities that are leading …

Posted 97 months ago by

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The textbook for hip introductions 

I found Shmoop recently, which is a site that lures young learners with the promise of short, "hip" introductions to everything a student needs to know. It's a funny site that seems like it's meant to be a somewhat encyclopedic review of all the topics that might be in a standard curriculum (it calls itself …

Posted 106 months ago by

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Awards for online learning tools 

I was just perusing the great set of professional development resources our EdLab team created for the Teaching the Levees project, and I'm saddened that there are no awards for online learning resources. OK, so I'm not entirely surprised. (Would any existing award include this in anything but a minor way?) Short of finding …

Posted 115 months ago by

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Cheating is the pedagogy of the internet 

I ran across this fun and informative lecture by Jon Ippolito discussing various tensions between cultural production (in general) and the current culture of intellectual property law – where he introduces his idea that "cheating is the pedagogy of the internet." It's the written version of a lecture he gave at Columbia University a few …

Posted 139 months ago by

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Sociable media development with MIT 

MIT's Sociable Media Group looks like an interesting bunch of people. I like the Webbed Footnotes project, where one can "annotate web pages with comments and can read and reply to the annotations left by others." I think the existence of groups just like this one suggest a course of action for EdLab's software development …

Posted 152 months ago by

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