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by Stephen Downes
Dec 22, 2014

Developing Personal Learning
Stephen Downes, Dec 20, 2014, 6th IEEE International Conference on Technology for Education, Amrita University, Kerala, India, online via A-View

In this online presentation I discuss the evolution of personal learning technology and then itemize in more detail the elements of the NRC Learning and Performance Support Systems program, including the personal learning record, personal cloud, resource repository network, competency detection and recognition, and personal learning assistant.

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Predictions for K-12 Education in 2015
Don Kilburn, Pearson, 2014/12/22

Not all 'predictions' articles are actually predictions. Very often they reflect aspirations or intentions. I think this post from the Official Pearson Blog qualifies as one of these. Among the 'predictions':

  • Continued Focus on Rigorous Learning Goals
  • Increased Use of Data to Improve Individual Student Outcomes
  • Emphasis on Ensuring That Students Are Not Just College-Ready, but Career-Ready as Well

These are predictions? Seriously? No, not hardly. They are things the company would like to see emphasized. These, in turn, map back to corporate marketing strategies and product lines. And a big part of that is standardized assessment so the company can make money off adaptive learning products. See here and here.

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The End of Sitting
Ronald Rietveld, Erik Rietveld, Arna Mackic, RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], 2014/12/22


As we get away from classrooms we begin to look at new ways of creating environments for working together. The modern design - offices with desks, tables and chairs - is no real improvement on the classroom. This research project looks at alternatives, designing various shapes based on the different ways we can lean or stand when working with each other. I'm not sure I like it - it probably has the acoustical problems inherent in open-concept workspaces, and there's no place to put down my coffee or to grow a plant. But I like the thinking behind it. More from Wired, Science Alert, Fast Company, etc.

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The secret to the Uber economy is wealth inequality
Leo Mirani, Quartz, 2014/12/22


We need to be careful about which part of the new technology-enabled on-demand economy we are cheering for. Uber, for example, or AirBNB appear to be tech-enabled, but they're not, really. " In my hometown of Mumbai," writes Leo Mirani, "we have had many of these conveniences for at least as long as we have had landlines -- and some even earlier than that. It did not take technology to spur the on-demand economy. It took masses of poor people." This isn't exactly what we're trying to achieve in education. Via Kottke.

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