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Let’s make education fairer. A group of colleagues from the Durham University Evidence Centre for Education (DECE) were highly commended in the 2018 BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award, for their work on making education fairer. Here I explain some of the work of this team that includes Nadia Siddiqui, Beng Huat See and Vikki Boliver.

My focus in this post is on how the work of DECE has contributed to identifying long-term disadvantage in education, and the implications for schools’ intakes and performance measures. However, the work of this group also involves evaluating and sifting programmes intended to improve learning outcomes, especially for disadvantaged students, and creating fair approaches to widening participation to later educational opportunities. The work addresses specific topics of current related concern such as absence from school and the summer birth problem. References Gorard, S. (2018). Gorard, S. & Siddiqui, N. (2018). Gorard, S., Siddiqui, N.

& Boliver, V. (2017). HTTPS explained with carrier pigeons – Film featuring Cleveland digital redlining now on line | Connect Your Community. “Dividing Lines”, the short film featuring AT&T’s digital redlining of Cleveland that premiered last April at Net Inclusion, is now available to view on line. Produced by Maria Smith of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Karen Heredia from the New Media Advocacy Project, “Dividing Lines” focuses on Internet access obstacles faced by low income families and neighborhoods in San Francisco and Cleveland.

The Cleveland portion of the film relies heavily on the digital redlining study published in 2017 by Connect Your Community and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, and includes interviews with CYC Director Bill Callahan and NDIA Executive Director Angela Siefer. Watch “Dividing Lines”: Two companion films by Smith and Heredia, both dealing with rural broadband issues, are also on the New Media Advocacy Project channel at Vimeo: Dividing Lines: How Big Telecom Isolates Rural America Dividing Lines: Dialed Back to Dial-Up in Rural America.

The Unintended Consequences of the ‘Free’ Internet. A Human Framework for Institutional Innovation – actualham. Keynote: Technology Enabled Seminar and Showcase, Toronto, 2018 A note about accessibility before I begin. If you would like to follow along with the written version of this talk, you can visit That link will also have the images on the slide deck with embedded descriptions for your screen reader, if you want to check those out. Toronto is in the “Dish With One Spoon Territory.” The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers, have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

I don’t care about someone being intelligent; any situation between people, when they are really human with each other, produces ‘intelligence.’ Opening Activity Someone asked me online if this keynote was going to be interactive. Had a family member or close friend die? Students are human. Unbundling and Rebundling Higher Education in an Age of Inequality. Unbundling and rebundling are happening in different parts of college and university education, through new forms of teaching and learning provision and in different parts of the degree path, in every dimension and aspect—creating a complicated environment in an educational sector that is already in a state of disequilibrium. Unbundling and rebundling are terms that have become more widespread in the last few years, in articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, Huffington Post, and EDUCAUSE Review.1 But these terms do not come from higher education; their original source is the banking industry.

An online search for unbundling and rebundling today will lead to results not only in banking but also in the computer industry, legal services, and of course, the music industry. Unbundling doesn't simply happen. Aspects of the higher education experience disaggregate and fragment, and then they get re-created—rebundled—in different forms. Disciplinary Knowledge Curriculum Resources. Introduction to Open Education: Towards a Human Rights Theory – International Journal of Open Educational Resources. This Is How We Radicalized The World. Miguel Schincariol / AFP / Getty Images Supporters of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro take part in a rally along Paulista Avenue, in São Paulo, Brazil, on Sept. 30. SÃO PAULO, Brazil — From the balcony of BuzzFeed’s São Paulo office right now, you can hear screams of “Ele Não” echoing through the city’s winding avenues.

It’s the same phrase I’ve seen graffitied all over the city this month. The same one I heard chanted from restaurants and bars all afternoon. It means “not him” — him being Bolsonaro. But his victory tonight isn’t a surprise. It’s been a decade since I first felt like something was changing about the way we interact with the internet. I’ve followed that dark evolution of internet culture ever since. In 2010, when I pitched the 4chan story, I was sitting on a dorm room futon, clacking out a pitch email from a busted laptop. The way the world is using their phones is almost completely dominated by a few Silicon Valley companies. Identity & Intersectionality in Learning | Writing Electronic Literature. Another thoughtful seminar chat. Thank you to Christina for selecting the excellent article entitled Bi, Butch, and Bar Dyke: Pedagogical Performances of Class, Gender, and Sexuality by Michelle Gibson, Matha Marinara, and Deborah Meem.

Her blog post covers so much to reflect upon regarding this scholarship. This article serves as a significant example of “case study” writing research (with an autoethnographic methodology showcased throughout). With this reading, we further explored the role that voice plays in writing – specifically that it is connected to both embodiment and subjectivity. (And we duly noted that voices via bodies are metaphors – marked and read in particular ways, bearing the sway of power and politics.) We also talked about the link between voice & identity, and the yearning/reach for authenticity and “true self”.

From the three case studies in the Gibson, Marinara, & Meem artcile, we then turned our attention to the notion of intersectionality. What is next? Dr. Microsoft Is Pushing New Blockchain ID Products (But There's Pushback, Too) Why tech’s gender problem is nothing new. A recent report revealed Amazon’s AI recruiting technology developed a bias against women because it was trained predominantly on men’s résumés. Although Amazon shut the project down, this kind of mechanized sexism is common and growing – and the problem isn’t limited to AI mishaps. Facebook allows the targeting of job ads by gender, resulting in discrimination in online job advertisements for traditionally male-dominated jobs from construction to policing.

The practice has long been illegal in traditional print media – but Facebook’s targeting tools encourage it. Not only can this affect whether women and non-binary people can see ads; it also affects male job-seekers who are older and therefore viewed as less desirable by many employers. The platform has repeatedly refused to take responsibility for what people do on it, echoing the behavior of other Silicon Valley companies.

Women continued to program, but they had to do it without the support of major institutions. Critically Thinking About Critical Thinking - EdTech Researcher. A few years ago, in an EdTechTeacher workshop, a teacher made a comment that stuck with me: "I want my students to be able to sit with a problem. " This middle school science teacher found herself frustrated with her students' frantic rush to just get the answer - assuming that only one existed. Instead, she wanted her students to develop the skills that would allow them to deeply examine a problem, to form new questions, and then to seek out novel solutions.

In other words, she wanted her students to engage in critical thinking. The challenge with teaching critical thinking is that it is really hard to define. Professor Michael Fullan, advisor to the Ministry of Education in Ontario and Deeper Learning advocate, also associates critical thinking with problem solving and asserts that students should learn to use a variety of digital technologies to design, manage, and solve problems as well as make effective decisions (Fullan, 2013). As Sumner stated in 1940, References Fullan, M. (2013). Why I Love Helping Back up the Public Web. Over the past couple of years the Wayback Machine has been written about, or referenced, by journalists, researchers, academics and students in more than a thousand published news articles. This week a CNN article used the Wayback Machine to bring to light writings of a public figure, that otherwise would have been lost, in a relevant and current context.

Reading the article made me the happiest about leading the Wayback Machine project since I started 3 years ago. I think it is fair to say that this article, written by Andrew Kaczynski, @KFILE of CNN, makes the case stronger, and more clearly, than any other, of the importance of cultural memory in general, and the Wayback Machine in particular, in the role of supporting a healthy political discourse and helping to hold those in power accountable. The article cites two columns of now Vice President Mike Pence that were posted about 17 years ago and that can be read via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine here and here.

The EU Spent a Bundle to Unify the Continent. It’s Not Working. 3 Challenges for the Future of Education. Webinar: Open licensing in the Erasmus+ CBHE projects – OpenMed. Title Open licensing in the Erasmus+ CBHE projects Date 24 July 2018 at h17.45 CEST (CET Converter) Link to the Webinar and select the UK flag for English -> “English room (unirresearch3)“ Abstract The Erasmus+ programme promotes the open access to materials, documents and media that are useful for learning, teaching, training, youth work and are produced by projects funded by the programme. Dr. Speaker Dr. Director of Open Education, Creative Commons Cable works with the global open education community to leverage open licensing, open content, and open policies to significantly improve access to quality, affordable, education and research resources so everyone in the world can attain their education goals.

Cable helps lead the global open education movement and is the Director of Open Education at Creative Commons (CC) – a nonprofit organization at the center of an international movement to promote sharing of creativity and knowledge. Who should attend Registration Recorded webinar. Rethinking higher education in the service of humanity. Greater emphasis on a rights-based approach to higher education (for example, universal human rights, humanistic education and meaningful education). Other emerging issues that will be discussed in future articles and books will centre on higher education’s role in: civil society, sustainable development, educational quality, new literacies, educational governance, leadership and management, indigenous education, integrative teaching and learning, peace education and humanistic education. All these topics flow from the core macro topics of democracy, rights and learning which are reflected in the three major paradigm shifts.Policy, practice and theoryEmerging trends in theory development tend to centre on a constructivist approach that contends that education is both individually and socially constructed.

What’s at stake in the July 5 #SaveYourInternet vote: The text, explained. On July 5 at noon, all 751 Members of the European Parliament will vote on whether to rubber-stamp the plans for upload filters and the “link tax”, or send them back to the drawing board. Please call them and ask them to do the latter! What will they vote on exactly? Here’s the complete text of the draft law – below, I’ll decipher the legalese and break down how Articles 11 and 13 will affect you if we don’t stop it from becoming law. (Note: I’ve lightly edited the legal text quoted below for understandability, without changing its meaning.) Article 11: A “link tax” with only ineffective exceptions 1.

Here’s how this establishes a “link tax”: 1. Copyright protects creativity: A work needs to meet a “threshold of originality” to be protected. Since no other threshold is established in the law, it would cover even shortest snippets and purely factual headlines like “Angela Merkel meets Theresa May”. 2. Links that don’t tell you where they take you make as little sense as blank signposts. 1a. How to fix what has gone wrong with the internet - The ins and outs. Why we shouldn't let economists play with education - Long View on Education. EU Copyright Proposal That Would Destroy Internet Memes Being Protested With Internet Memes.

EU Copyright Proposal That Would Destroy Internet Memes Being Protested With Internet Memes. How the EU copyright proposal will hurt the web and Wikipedia. Wikimedia is an integral part of a large movement of civil society stakeholders, technologists, creators, and human rights defenders, who all recognize the importance of a free and open web for culture, progress, and democracy. Our movement is working to promote freedom online for the benefit of all. Our efforts in this public policy realm are all the more important in an era of increasing restrictions on free speech and free access to knowledge across the globe, which directly threaten the mission and vision of Wikimedia and its projects, such as Wikipedia. This is why we strongly oppose the proposed EU Copyright Directives and urge the Members of the European Parliament to reconsider proceeding with the version recently adopted by the Legal Affairs Committee. We are concerned because these flawed proposals hurt everyone’s rights to freedom of expression and Europe’s ability to improve the welfare of its citizens online.

Eileen B. Hershenov, General CounselWikimedia Foundation. Testimony at Council of Europe’s Convention 108 plenary. The Council of Europe’s Convention 108 (soon 108+) is a legal instrument contributing to collaboration and harmonisation around the globe of data protection laws. I had the chance and honour to speak today at the plenary meeting of its Consultative Committee on data subjects rights, and particularly the right of access (the right to access your own personal data, often as a copy but often just to see). You can find a transcript of my contribution below. Strasbourg, Council of Europe, June 20th 2018 To the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Council of Europe Convention 108), I would like to thank you for the opportunity to address such a prestigious assembly. It truly is an honor. My name is Paul-Olivier Dehaye. Through prototyping different strategies, I have learned of other stakeholders that could be natural allies.

Scientists also benefit from those efforts. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Paul-Olivier Dehaye. Banned on the run. So, banning mobile phones. How’s that gong to work out in the end, after the first glow of satisfaction that you’ve “done something”? There are two ways to have a ban I guess. Either zero phones on the school estate, or collect phones each day and hand them out again at the end of the day. I’m deliberately ignoring the thing that schools actually do at the moment which is have either a total ban on visibility of the phone during the day, or a “only use at break/lunchtimes” ban.

This is of course mixed in with permitted usage in a lesson when the teacher allows. No, I’m talking about a proper “no phones on the students person during the day” ban. There are a number of problems with this but in the end (leaving aside the logistical considerations) they all come down to the same thing – you can’t ensure that a kid doesn’t have a phone on them. And which kids are going to be the ones who have a clandestine phone on them? And it will get more difficult. Do we ban watches? Do we ban glasses? What are we learning from policy experiments to increase innovation and entrepreneurship?

Illegal memes? Weak Safe Harbor? Unpacking the proposed EU copyright overhaul. Snippet tax and upload filters: lethal © cocktail from the Council – the EP must act NOW – Copybuzz. UK research funders suggest liberated open-access policy : News blog. Brookings created a blueprint to help countries around the world radically improve education. Article 11: Driven by Rhetoric, not by Arithmetic – Copybuzz. Presentation of the project "Competences for Democratic Culture" Congress wants to extend the copyright on some sound recordings to 144 years. Untitled. Systems of revolt: open-source and open-access as viable rivals to vendor products – undaimonia. Behind the scenes at #oer17- Streaming to YouTube with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio – MASHe.

Do I need a new license? Creative Commons, Cambridge Analytica and Ethics. What could Open Government learn from Open Technology folks? | The Mandarin - The Mandarin. Researching alternative ways of measuring impact in Learning Technology. Bloomsbury Collections - A Manifesto for the Public University. Campaign for the Public University | GLOBAL SOCIAL THEORY – This site is intended as a free resource for students, teachers, academics, and others interested in social theory and wishing to understand it in global perspective.

Algorithmic Impact Assessments: Toward Accountable Automation in Public Agencies. Sustainable Development Goals: Future of International Higher Education? Substituting Computer Science for World Languages is Bad Policy. How a former Soviet state became one of the world's most advanced digital nations. Tutor Mentor Institute, LLC. Help Me Help You: "It Became Personal" With Daniel Bassill.