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by Stephen Downes
October 19, 2007

This I Believe...
The format is a bit out there, but it's an interesting series of reflections, each supported with a link to further reading. Some of the 'beliefs' make sense to me, such as "...we are the living curriculum. We teach who we are." Others really only go half way, such as "...the transformation should embrace an expanded definition of learning and knowledge" (shouldn't be 'expanded', should be 'different'. And others are just mouthing empty hackneyed phrases, such as "...although technology can serve a role in this transformation; it is secondary." But people will like this, especially teachers, so here it is. Pete Reilly, Ed Tech Journeys October 19, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Automated Essay Scoring Versus Human Scoring: A Comparative Study
The abstract says it all (which is what an abstract should do): "Results of the test indicated that the mean score assigned by the AES tool IntelliMetric was significantly higher than the faculty human raters' mean score on WriterPlacer Plus test. This finding did not corroborate previous studies that reported non-significant mean score differences between AES and human scoring." Jinhao Wang and Michelle Stallone Brown, The Journal of Learning, Technology and Assessment October 19, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

What Do You Believe About Learning? A Special Program From Wharton/U of Penn
So does this form of presentation work for you? Four videos describing four major theoretical approaches to learning: behaviorism, cognitivism, sociocultural, and synopsis. Via Thelwall, Byrne and Goody suggest that the same types of stories you find on CNN are popular with bloggers. Via EduResources. Marcia J. Bates, Information Research October 19, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Release the Hounds
Chris Harbeck's presentation at the K12 confrence is a nice mixture of text, video and imagery. He describes three major ways new technology contributes to the classroom experience: scribe posts, growing posts, e-portfolios. It then describes how students learn to create 'unprojects'. Chris Harbeck, Wikispaces October 19, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]


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