Categories
EdTech Education Opinion Reclaim Technology

Ed-Tech as a Discipline

This post has spiralled slightly out of control. Initially it was just a couple of loosely connected ideas that I jotted down. Then I dug up an old half-written blog post. Then I went for a walk on yet another cold wet day and started to think more deeply about this and it turned into […]

Categories
Opinion Technology Thought Bubble

From AI To IA

When I Bryan Rieger use the term intelligent agents, almost in passing, to describe the current reality of what artificial intelligence looks like today, it really struck a chord with me. Despite all the hype and all the investment I’m not even close to being convinced about Artificail Intelligence. An intelligent agent however is achieveable […]

Categories
EdTech Education Ideas Opinion Technology

Embedding Activity in Online Learning

This is the second post that shares a theme and discuss ideas that relate to agency and autonomy in education. The first was Learning On Rails. So for a long time I’ve been a proponent of an active approach to online learning. At the same time I’ve never really articulated what that means I suppose […]

Categories
conference EdTech Education Ideas Innovation Opinion Technology

SXSW: Pop Edu

Day 3 at SXSW was a bit of a bad day. My Bubble Burst and then I was exposed to (by my own choice), what I can only call “Pop Edu”. First up was the keynote presentation How to Think (and Learn) Like a Futurist from Jane McGonigal and then in the afternoon I went […]

Categories
EdTech Education Innovation Opinion Technology Thought Bubble

SXSWedu: The Obvious Innovation

My revelation or insight from one day at SXSWEDU: What’s needed in education is better dissemination of good practice. Based on the sessions I attended yesterday and the level they were pitched at that’s the only conclusion I can come to. But it supports my experience. At my own institution little is articulated by faculty […]

Categories
EdTech Education Opinion Technology Thought Bubble

The Apples & Oranges of Online Learning

I’m sitting in the airport right now, about to board a 16 hour flight to Dallas before making my way to Austin for SXSWedu. I’m going to the conference with eyes wide open, it will take a lot to impress me in terms of buzz words and vendors, but there are some amazing people attending […]

Categories
EdTech Ideas Opinion Reactive Ideas Reclaim Technology

Provocations on the Personal API

The Personal API. It’s a really interesting idea – to have your own way of interacting with online systems. Most big online systems today utilise APIs (or Application Programming Interface) in order to transfer and transact information. APIs have been around for a long time, but they’ve mostly been internal and accessible only by developers. […]

Categories
EdTech Education Ideas Mobile Opinion Technology Work Out Loud

A Better Academic Authoring Environment

I’m putting all this out there beause I’d love to hear from anyone with suggestions or experiences with something similar. If you’ve got some nifty plugins, themes or code I could use, feel free to recommend them! I’m happy to provide feedback on how it goes and share the work on this openly. Content is […]

Categories
Ideas myos Opinion Technology Work Out Loud

Contribution to 2016: Civitas

The start of the year sees a flurry of posts full of predictions and promises. Last year I thought that rather than do that I would post what I planned on contributing to, and I want to do that again this year. Last years contributions went a bit like this: Distributed systems – went well […]

Categories
Opinion Technology

Thoughts on How Facebook and Twitter Won

Mike Caulfield kicked off an interesting discussion with his blog post How Facebook and Twitter Won. I think Mike makes a pretty convincing argument which I’ll go along with, as long as I can add a couple of but’s to encompass a couple of other factors. But 1 – HTML Yes RSS failed to capture […]