by Stephen Downes
Jan 05, 2017
"In response to the critics, a Paraná 16-year-old’s speech addressing her state Parliament went viral: 'Who is school is for? It belongs to whom? It’s an insult to us, who are there, dedicating ourselves, looking for motivation every single day, being called indoctrinated. It’s an insult for us, students, as well it is for the teachers.'" Yeah.
After all the talk of digital natives and the live, what will we make of children who grow up with having had the services of a virtual assistant since birth? That's the scenario we face according to this article. "My purpose in life," it says in an engaging, even-keeled female voice, "is to help comfort, entertain, teach, and learn from you."
This title of this post should be "How to use technology to hijack people's minds." There's nothing inherently technological in these methods; they've flourished for thousands of years (as the reference to magicians should tell us). Here are the tricks (paraphrased with some quotation and links added):
Originally published in the Observer last June.
The meat of this short report is found in the link to the release of the research and rubrics (102 page PDF) Pearson uses in its learning design projects, all under a CC-by license. Previously covered here. "Pearson also issued a shorter report on how the company says it is “Using Learning Design to Build More Effective Engaging Products” and a promotional blog post," writes Leo Doran.
Medium is one of the better content sources out there; I follow a number of their publications. It has had a variety of business models over the years, most recently being a traditional ad-revenue system. But yesterday co-founder Evan Williams Evan Williams announced that Medium is getting out of the advertising business. "It’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet," he wrote. "It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to." So what next? I assume they have a plan, but it wasn't part of the announcement. It's "a new model for writers and creators to be rewarded, based on the value they’re creating for people." But I will be curious to see the direction they follow. Photo: Christopher Michel
Content management systems are making the transformation from being website hosts to being data services. In this way a single CMS can serve any number of different applications, websites, or data services. This article describes how a Javacript framework called Ember is performing this task with the Drupal CMS.
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