Visit the link to listen to an episode 001 podcast, and stay for the vintage photo of 'the three amigos' in their halcyon days visiting in Vancouver. D'Arcy Norman writes, "I was fortunate to be invited to chat with Brian Lamb and Royal Roads University’s LRNT 525 class, nominally to talk about institutional change management and decision making, but it turned into a wide-ranging discussion of innovation and the tension between creativity and enterprise-scale."
This article (23 page PDF) is "a systematic literature review of the research done in mobile assisted second language learning (MASLL) published since 2010." 54 articles were selected for review. The review breaks down the studies by type of review, technologies used, mobile applications used, hardware, pedagogical practices, and learning impact. "All of them agree on the positive impact of mobile devices for enhancing the L2 (second language) learning process," write the authors. In general, mobile devices are used "as a tool to improve vocabulary learning and general skills development, underrepresenting how mobile technologies can improve the reading, writing, listening and oral skills."
The idea of a 'smart makerspace' is that it is a space for making things (software, designs, products, whatever) supported with a type of web assistant or guide to help people get past the initial challenge of making things with new technology. This was the idea behind AutoDesk's Smart Makerspace (more) and also Harvard's Guerilla Makerspace. The current project (17 page PDF) seeks to overcome some limitations inherent in these projects, providing "instead of a workbench, a web platform that runs in the user’s laptop for accompanying the maker tasks. It also goes around some issues identified in the previous implementation, related to having the need of separate power-tools and a workbench for each user."
This post is mostly a summary of the recently released Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project report Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South (610 page PDF). 610 pages! Who was it that was asserting that the web has killed long-form reading? Also contributing as publishers were African Minds and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The 16-chapter volume was edited by Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Patricia B. Arinto and contains case studies from Africa, Asia and South America along with a final chapter with conclusions and recommendations. If nothing else, do take the time to read the final chapter, which focuses on social inclusion. "OER creation as a form of empowerment for educators and students from the Global South is fostered by professional development, membership in a community of practice and personal qualities and motivations related to personal histories as well as professional identities." (p.587)
This article isn't recommending that you leave your phone behind, but it does say you should leave it in your pocket and look at the art for a while before pulling it out to take a photo. Maybe for all of 17 seconds? That's how long we spent in 2001, before we all had smartphones. As someone who spent a lot of time in galleries both before and after digital photography, I prefer 'after' much more. I get to have a memory of the visit, and not merely the fuzzy one in my brain that erodes away over time.
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