CAUTION!! Boundary Work Ahead for Internet Studies This past October, Mary was one of the plenary speakers at the Association of Internet Researchers IR13.0. Below is the text from her presentation. Suggested citation: Gray, Mary L. “ ‘CAUTION!! Boundary Work Ahead for Internet Studies …or, Why the Twilight of the ‘Toaster Studies’ Approach to Internet Research is a Very, Very Good Thing”. Paper presented at IR13, University of Salford, Manchester, October 19, 2012. CAUTION!! or, Why the Twilight of the ‘Toaster Studies’ Approach to Internet Research is a Very, Very Good Thing My thanks to the organizers, particularly Feona Attwood and Ben Light. This year’s conference theme asks us to examine the place of the Internet in the contemporary world and in relation to a range of existing and emerging technologies. My talk headed off in a preachy direction as I was composing my thoughts. Domestication Theory offered a far more relational approach to media consumption. This introduced a way of talking about the social inflected in the technical.
Intro to AI - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence - Oct-Dec 2011 Innovating Pedagogy 2012 from The Open University The Open University has published an innovation report – Innovating Pedagogy 2012. The executive summary is as below for your preview. It’s an excellent timing to review them and plan ahead for 2013. This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. “ the innovations are not independent, but fit together into a new and disruptive form of education that transcends boundaries ” New pedagogy for e-books As e-book technologies evolve, they will offer new ways of interacting with massively shared, adaptive and dynamic books. Publisher-led short courses These are short courses offered by publishers either in affiliation with recognised educational providers, or independently. Assessment for learning Assessment can support the process of learning, not just measure its outcomes. Badges to accredit learning Badges offer a way of accrediting non-formal learning. MOOCs Seamless learning
How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix | EdSurge Guides There are two components to the EdSurge PD framework: professional learning stages and tool classification. On the EdSurge site, each of the 28 tools listed here have been analyzed according to this framework. You can read the analysis of each of these tools by searching the EdSurge site for the individual product page for each of those products. Stage One: Engage Teachers gain tremendous value from interacting with peers and colleagues--sharing challenges, successes, what works, and what doesn’t. Community support is a big part of the way teachers process and apply what they learn. We have included “Engage” as the first stage of the professional learning cycle because often it is from conversations with colleagues that teachers identify new practices that they want to implement or solutions to problems they would like to fix. Stage Two: Learn New methods for teaching are being created, reimagined or revived from the past. Stage Three: Support Stage Four: Measure Tool Classification Pedagogy
How to Create a Robust and Meaningful Personal Learning Network [PLN] This post describes how educators can develop a personal learning network that supports meaningful and relevant learning. The MOOC, Education Technology & Media, etmooc, is used here as a working example of how to develop a PLN. “My Personal Learning Network is the key to keeping me up-to-date with all the changes that are happening in education and how technology can best support and engage today’s students.” Brian Metcalfe: teacher, blogger at lifelonglearners.com A visual image of participants in an open, online course- etmooc, which shows the potential to find and create personal connections as part of one’s PLN. I wrote a post recently about how to develop a personal learning environment [PLE], the need and benefits of doing so, for educators in particular. What is a PLN? Twitter 6×6 (Photo credit: Steve Woolf) Logo for etmooc from etmooc.org In the etmooc we are primarily using Google+ Community , Blackboard Collaborate and Twitter to interact. Resources Like this: Like Loading...
Spicynodes : Home Anthropologists find American heads are getting larger White Americans' heads are getting bigger. That's according to research by forensic anthropologists at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Lee Jantz, coordinator of UT's Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC); Richard Jantz, professor emeritus and former director of the FAC; and Joanne Devlin, adjunct assistant professor, examined 1,500 skulls dating back to the mid-1800s through the mid-1980s. They noticed U.S. skulls have become larger, taller and narrower as seen from the front and faces have become significantly narrower and higher. The researchers cannot pinpoint a reason as to why American head shapes are changing and whether it is primarily due to evolution or lifestyle changes. "The varieties of changes that have swept American life make determining an exact cause an endlessly complicated proposition," said Lee Jantz. The researchers found that the average height from the base to the top of the skull in men has increased by eight millimeters (0.3 inches).
My 10 Favorite Learnist Boards Of The Year This week’s top ten Learnist boards is a “year in review” of ed tech boards. Some have popped up before and others are hot off the presses. As we talk more and more about getting tech in the hands of teachers and classes, which is a great conversation to have in honor of the 2012 Edublogger Awards, I want to take a moment to reflect on and review some of the best Learnist boards, apps and thoughts out there in terms of learning about and using educational technology. Favorite Apps for Education This collection is a compilation of tons of apps for educators–it’s a mega-collaboration board started by Crystal Morgan which has been added to by teachers all over the country.This is the type of board I’d love to see more of–collaborations. When people get together to work on boards, amazing things emerge. Free Elementary Ed Tech Apps Shawn Rubin’s board on Elementary Ed Tech Apps is a great resource for looking to technify the elementary classroom.
Teachers are Learning Designers Late in 2012, I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post that articulated what I really feel should be and is a role of great teachers. Great teachers are "learning designers" who seek to create a space where all students are empowered to learn. I was further inspired to rearticulate this idea when I saw this video from Sir Ken Robinson: What really struck me is that great teachers create the conditions for success, just as gardeners do. You can't make a flower grow, but you can design and improve the condition for that flow of naturally occurring events. It's the same for our students. Empower Yourself For so long, teachers have been disempowered to design. Stop Blaming Kids There is one pitfall in Sir Ken Robinson's metaphor of teachers as gardeners and students as fruit. Revise and Reflect As I mentioned earlier, if students are struggling, it's a great opportunity to revise and reflect on the learning design. Are more voice and choice or self-directed learning needed?
10 ways to help students develop a PLN… There has been some discussion lately about the precise meaning of the term PLN. I’m not sure why it matters actually. Like any other word in the dictionary (!), it has more than one definition and might mean different things to different people… My PLN is my ‘personal learning network’. As teachers begin to let go of ‘the old way’, to relinquish control and allow kids to take responsibility for their own learning, students too need to develop a PLN. 10 ways to support students in developing a PLN… Start simply… 1. Provide opportunities for students to engage with their in-class PLN. 2. Don’t do all the talking. 3. Model what good learning looks like and sounds like. 4. Let them work with students from other classes. 5. Create global connections. 6. Invite speakers from your local community. 7. Invite parents to share in the learning, in person, or by commenting on class blogs and wikis. 8. Start a class blog. 8. Whoever’s in your PLN, you need to know how to communicate. 9. 10.
Toyota Prius C Toyota began adding different-sized cars to the Prius family last year, and the C is the second new model after the V. The C is designed as a small hatchback, well sized for the urban environment. Its hybrid drive system has a smaller engine than the Prius Liftback, so it gets slightly better fuel economy, turning in 53 mpg. The Toyota Prius C has already arrived at dealerships, and has a base price of $18,950, making it the most affordable Prius yet. Average User Review out of 1 user reviews Starting at: $18,950.00 The good: The 2012 Toyota Prius C's hybrid power train easily achieves fuel economy of better than 50 mpg. The bad: The car's touch screen is prone to bad glare with a minimal amount of sunlight, and too many warning screens pop up when you try to use Entune. The bottom line: As the latest member of the Prius family, the 2012 Toyota Prius C shows off a very modern, high-tech cabin, along with excellent fuel economy, in a size city dwellers will find easy to park.
Fixing Cognitive Distortions Cognitive distortions have a way of playing havoc with our lives. If we let them. This kind of “stinkin’ thinkin’” can be “undone,” but it takes effort and lots of practice — every day. If you want to stop the irrational thinking, you can start by trying out the exercises below. 1. We need to create a list of our troublesome thoughts and examine them later for matches with a list of cognitive distortions. 2. A thorough examination of an experience allows us to identify the basis for our distorted thoughts. 3. An alternative to “self-talk” that is harsh and demeaning is to talk to ourselves in the same compassionate and caring way that we would talk with a friend in a similar situation. 4. Instead of thinking about our problem or predicament in an either-or polarity, evaluate things on a scale of 0-100. 5. We need to seek the opinions of others regarding whether our thoughts and attitudes are realistic. 6. 7. 8. Reference: Burns, D.D. (1989). Dr. APA Reference Grohol, J. (2009).
10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom If you haven’t heard of 20% time in the classroom , the premise is simple: Give your students 20% of their class time to learn what they want. Yes, that’s it. Below is a list of the 10 reasons you should consider 20% time in your school, and you will not regret making that choice! 1. When I first did the 20% project with my students I didn’t have a community of teachers or learners. 2. One of the major issues we face in schools today is covering a wide breadth of information, instead of allowing students to get a real depth of knowledge. 3. When students in my school have their pitch day, they get to share with the entire class what they are working on. 4. Too often our students complete assignments for the grade. 5. Randy Pausch famously said, “If you think you can’t learn and have fun at the same time. 6. It doesn’t matter if you teach elementary, middle, or high school. 7. 8. Experiential and challenge based learning puts the mastery back into the student’s hands. 9. 10.