- Jul 2020
Wishart, A. E. (2020). Towards equitable evolution & ecology learning online: A perspective from a first-time instructor teaching evolution during COVID-19. https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/8srv3
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- Aug 2019
Hakima is an African feminist who has been active in social movements for two decades. Trained in international affairs, her work as a policy analyst, popular educator, advocate and strategist has focused on strengthening and supporting movements for transformation.
- Feb 2019
Our concept of language as one of the basic means for augmenting the human intellect embraces all of the concept structuring which the human may make use of.
It could just be me but this sounds like Chomsky - and that is not a bad thing. OR it could be that the current state of my evolving concept structures only allow me to see this in terms of Chomsky.
We feel reasonably safe in assuming that learning involves some kind of meaningful organization within the brain, and that whatever is so organized or structured represents the operating model of the individual's universe to the mental mechanisms that derive his behavior.
It would be interesting to map out a pedagogy based on this document. On the surface, so far, it feels mechanistic and behaviorist, but there is something else here that I have yet to tease out.
take advantage of this new external symbol-manipulation capability of students and teachers (and administrators)?2c4p
We have the students put away their phones as a distraction because teachers have yet to figure out how to effectively use the treasure house of the world's knowledge that is available in every students' pocket. :-)
The Whorfian hypothesis states that "the world view of a culture is limited by the structure of the language which that culture uses."
Linguistic relativism? How would we prove this outside of language?
Synergism is also in the process for augmenting intellect. This is how our capacities for problem solving are exponentially increased as we develop the tools for solving the problems.
a direct new innovation in one particular capability
One of the things I appreciate about Engelbart is how central the human person is to this work and the relationship to technology. This work is focused on human capabilities which leaves no room for people abdicating their responsibilities to the consequences of technology, good or ill. This is the antidote to the business-centric approaches of Zuckerberg or a Gates.
we define four basic classes
I like this mini-map to the framework - it is a quick reminder that tools only represent 25% or the framework: being, doing and thinking are the others.
how would our education system change
This is a very interesting question. I have taught in k-12 and currently teach in community colleges and it is astounding to me that instructors and administrators keep harping on "classroom tech policies." Every time I hear someone ask "how do you get your students to put away their phones?" my answer is "have them do something worth more than flipping through Instagram." I find it hard to believe that students are walking into a classroom with a connection to vast amounts of information, the largest encyclopedia in the world, a repository of world literature, art, and music and our response as educators is "put your phone away."
especially at a time when many (perhaps most) computer technologies appear untethered to any philosophy besides the pursuit of maximum profit
This is why I am here. As we have become more and more specialized, we have become less capable of understanding the consequences, good or ill, of new technologies. Looking back at foundational documents like this with a critical eye is a first step. We can't divorce science and technology from history, ethics and critical analysis without suffering the consequences. Looking back and understanding how we got here will provide clues in how to fix things. I am Geoff Cain - I started out life as a writer and English teacher and eventually went into elearning. I am VERY interested in projects like this because we need to stop being passive consumers of information. I want to help end the Era of the Guilty By-Stander: shared thought can lead to shared action. I will be blogging my experiences with this project at http://geoffcain.com
- Nov 2018
List of web 2.0 applications
EDUTECH wiki is a site that contains a variety of links to lists to hep educators with web 2.0 applications improving productivity Caution: some of the links are not active!
RATING: 4/5 (rating based upon a score system 1 to 5, 1= lowest 5=highest in terms of content, veracity, easiness of use etc.)
- Jul 2018