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January 13, 2012

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The State of #EdTech in 2012
Seth Odell, Higher Ed Live, January 13, 2012.

From Higher Ed Live by Seth Odell: Hack Education's Audrey Watters joins the program to break down what’s in store for education technology in 2012. Covering everything from e-books to badges and gamification, Watters spills on what’s to come, as well as why we need to better evaluate the very criteria we use to evaluate #edtech success."

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There is No Such Thing as Serendipity
Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, January 13, 2012.

I read a paper yesterday that talked about the role of serendipity in personal learning, so I was interested to see this item right after provlaiming that there is no such thing as serendipity. "Serendipity is not a thing,m" says Alan Levine. "You do not create it or cause it or make it.. it happens." True. But as he notes, you can create (or eliminate) conditions that are conducive to serendipity. If you sit in a blank room by yourself all day every we could predict you wouldn't experience much serendipity. Expose yourself to numerous diverse influences, and the chances of serendipity are quite high. But there are no guarantees. It's not automatic. You can't make it happen - you can't manage it.

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Open science: why is it so hard?
Daniel Lemire, Weblog, January 13, 2012.

Daniel Lemire gets at whiy it's so hard to open science: "And we finally get a hint at why it is so hard it is to open up science: the business of science has become intertwined with businesses like the publishing business. ACM has to speak both as an association of computing professionals, and as a publishing house. What should be a critical support service, the publication of results, ends up driving much of our culture. The journals become the science."

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The Chaos of Learning EDUC 8842 Module 3 Post
Lisa Durff, Durff's Blog, January 13, 2012.

George Siemens has captured an important difference between constructivism and connetcivism in a nice turn of phrase: "Unlike constructivism, which states that learners attempt to foster understanding by meaning making tasks, chaos states that meaning exists – the learner's challenge is to recognize the patterns that appear to be hidden."

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Snipping Tool
Various Authors, Microsoft, January 13, 2012.

If you use Windows 7 you have a great screen grab too built-in -- the snipping tool is what I use to set up most of the images you see in this newsletter. It takes seconds to run, efficiently clips and saves, and the images are available for use in my posts. If you have Windows 7 and haven't found it yet, take a look!

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Every Presentation Ever
James Clay, e-Learning Stuff, January 13, 2012.

Some fun for your Friday night - every way your presentation can be awful.

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Should teachers own their learning?
Dean Shareski, Ideas and Thoughts, January 13, 2012.

I have to admit I couldn't even really make sense out of that title. But when Dean Shareski says "own their learning" what he seems to be talking about is teadchers directing their own professional development. It's a really awkward phrease, I think. But I like the idea of teachers (and anyone else!) managing their own professional development. And I agree employers could support thjis, by giving staff time to learn, autonomy in their decision-making, and support to cover expenses and resource needs. Yes, I agree staff should share, but I dont think "the expectation to share" is something staff need, it's something employers might want.

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