As a take on e-learning this just made me laugh so I thought I’d share it
As a take on e-learning this just made me laugh so I thought I’d share it
Ever wondered how Common Craft make their stop motion videos. This fine presentation by a group 10 year olds filming their common craft style video How to be Responsible shows you how to do it. Posted by teacher Tim Macmillan
I was browsing on the wonderfully creative DS106 website. And I came upon this video, made as a graduation project at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. They say “It’s about The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook«, an animated book containing the recipes for Alfred Hitchcock’s classics. It’s made for Hitchcock enthusiasts and every other couch potato out there.”
being an audio fan myself, I especially like the voice over on the video.
You might not have known it but Friday 13th Septemeber was Programmers Day. I don’t code but am in awe of those who do. And so in a belated tribute to programmers everywhere I am linking to this video. Via coder, Rolandas Zikis Ziukevičius.
“What do we mean by student voice” asks Catherine Cronin in the blog which accompanies this presentation. She says “the term tends to signify a set of values and behaviours which includes Sound (the act of speaking), Participation (student presence and involvement), and Power or Agency (see Cook-Sather, 2006). Making space for student voices confronts the power dynamics within schools, classrooms, and the relationships between teachers and students. Without addressing the notion of power in these relationships, student voice initiatives may be simply window dressing. When we truly value and create spaces for student voices, students feel respected and engaged, teachers listen, and students and teachers learn from one another.”
The ever resourceful Leon Cynch has announced that L4LTV will be launching at end of Sept 2013. he says it will be an online niche TV Channel broadcasting fortnightly for six months in the first instance. There are plans to fund the channel through KickStarter campaign coming soon!
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We are spending a lot of time at the moment designing a mobile e-learning application for apprentices in the construction industry in Germany. There are many issues – but we seem to be getting on top of the technology. Much more difficult is the pedagogic approach. I like this slideshow by Geoff Stead, recently joined Qualcomm to lead their m-learning initiatives. He says there is no single, correct answer. The reality is complex, messy and diverse!
With growing concerns over the Prism programmes spying on services offered by social software providers, there seems recently to have been somewhat of an resurgence in interest in Open Source Software in education. This excellent short video by Doug Belshaw from the Mozilla Foundation provides five compelling reasons to consider using Open Source Software. Doug used Mozilla Popcorn Maker to add text, something I have been meaning to have a look at for a long time. I also liked how he moved round his house for each section of the video, much more interesting than the usual head and shoulders production.
Lets face it, most presentations don’t add a lot new. But I always enjoy presentations by Fred Garnet. There is always something there to make you think. This presentation, from September 2012, “captures the history of and learning from the Everything Unplugged project. Learning conversations with the aim of change.” It was been prepared to help with the launch of Everything Unplugged East in Norwich on September 7th, 2012.
I am doing some research at the moment on Big Data. There is truly a lot of hubris out there, never mind the controversy over privacy and the US security services attempts to mine our data. I have found a few papers and presentations which provide a more thoughtful approach, among them this excellent presentation on Big Data and the future of journalism by Gerd Leonhard.
We will broadcast from Berlin on the 5th and the 6th of December. Both times it will start at 11.00 CET and will go on for about 40 minutes.
Go here to listen to the radio stream: SoB Online EDUCA 2013 LIVE Radio.
The podcast of the first show on the 5th is here: SoB Online EDUCA 2013 Podcast 5th Dec.
Here is the second show as a podcast: SoB Online EDUCA 2013 Podcast 6th Dec.
Open online STEM conference
The Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference claims to be the world’s first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. The conference is being held over the course of three days, September 19-21, 2013, and is free to attend!
STEMxCon is a highly inclusive event designed to engage students and educators around the globe and we encourage primary, secondary, and tertiary (K-16) educators around the world to share and learn about innovative approaches to STEMx learning and teaching.
To find out about different sessions and to login to events go to http://bit.ly/1enFDFB
A new nationwide Open Badges initiative has been launched by DigitalMe in the UK. Badge the UK has been developed to help organisations and businesses recognise young people’s skills and achievements online.
Supported by the Nominet Trust, the Badge the UK initiative is designed to support young people in successfully making the transition between schools and employment using Mozilla Open Badges as a new way to capture and share skills across the web.
At the recent launch event at Mozilla’s London HQ Lord Knight emphasised the “disruptive potential” of Open Badges within the current Education system. At a time of record levels of skills shortages and unemployment amongst young people all speakers stressed need for a new way to encourage and recognise learning which lead to further training and ultimately employment opportunities. Badge the UK is designed to help organisations and businesses see the value in using Mozilla Open Badges as a new way to recognise skills and achievement and and connect them to real world training and employment opportunities.
You can find more information on the DigitalMe web site.
Apologies for the broken Twitter feeds on this page. It seems Twitter have once more changed their APi, breaking our WordPress plug-in. It isn’t the first time and we will have to find another work around. Super tech, Dirk is on the case and we hope normal service will be resumed soon.
MOOCs and beyond
A special issue of the online journal eLearning Papers has been released entitled MOOCs and beyond. Editors Yishay Mor and Tapio Koshkinen say the issue brings together in-depth research and examples from the field to generate debate within this emerging research area.
They continue: “Many of us seem to believe that MOOCs are finally delivering some of the technology-enabled change in education that we have been waiting nearly two decades for.
This issue aims to shed light on the way MOOCs affect education institutions and learners. Which teaching and learning strategies can be used to improve the MOOC learning experience? How do MOOCs fit into today’s pedagogical landscape; and could they provide a viable model for developing countries?
We must also look closely at their potential impact on education structures. With the expansion of xMOOC platforms connected to different university networks—like Coursera, Udacity, edX, or the newly launched European Futurelearn—a central question is: what is their role in the education system and especially in higher education?”