Monthly Archives: February 2015

‘Education is something that we create for ourselves’: Personalized learning and connected learning

Homework!! Interesting post that I have read superficially. More attention need to be paid and I put it in my to read list. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Teaching in the wild

We need, first, to take charge of our own learning, and next, help others take charge of their own learning. We need to move beyond the idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward the idea that an education is something that we create for ourselves. (Downes, 2010)

Note on spelling: I have interchanged Australian and US spellings throughout this post.

Personalized learning is an approach whereby students are supported to individualize their learning experiences to address ‘specific learning needs, interests, aspirations or cultural backgrounds’ (Abbot, 2014b). Personalized learning is related to a range of concepts including individualized learning, customized learning, differentiated instruction, inclusive teaching, adaptive learning and programmed instruction. Connected learning is underpinned by personalized learning as it is strongly student-driven and based on the interests of the learner (EDUCAUSE, 2013; Ito et al., 2014).


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The evolution of learning technology in a timeline

Human beings have always been seekers of knowledge. The minute we discover something new, we want to share it with others and move onto the next achievement. Since the beginning of recorded history (and probably before) we have always strived to discover the mysteries of the planet, of Earth and of ourselves. How has learning evolved over the course of human history and what might the future hold for us? Follow our time traveler on his journey through time and space…

Curious?? Continue reading and look at the amazing timeline they crafted!

The divided brain, a different perspective

This post is part of my reflections while thinking about my role as a teacher in HE. But I think it is also relevant for my overall research

My D.Space

An interesting and enriching view from Ian McGilchrist about the divided brain. His idea is to combine the two versions of the world, the one provided by each hemisphere. For some of us not combining them seems awkward and rather impossible! Creativity most of the time needs both hemispheres working in a team, complementing each other as couples do. Enhancing one another and flowing together towards creation!

The Western culture started well in the 6th century B.C in the Augustus Era as Ian says in the video and, during the 16th and 17th century in Europe, with a good balance of both hemispheres but in each case it drifted further to the left one…

In HE there is, in my view, a need to combine science with humanities, understanding how well they can live together without doing any harm to each other. Scientists are in a way humanists with different…

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The 21st century enlightenment

Matthew Taylor explaining it!

Digital Reality! A conversation with Neil Gershenfeld

…Today, you can send a design to a fab lab and you need ten different machines to turn the data into something. Twenty years from now, all of that will be in one machine that fits in your pocket. This is the sense in which it doesn’t matter. You can do it today. How it works today isn’t how it’s going to work in the future but you don’t need to wait twenty years for it. Anybody can make almost anything almost anywhere.              

…Finally, when I could own all these machines I got that the Renaissance was when the liberal arts emerged—liberal for liberation, humanism, the trivium and the quadrivium—and those were a path to liberation, they were the means of expression. That’s the moment when art diverged from artisans. And there were the illiberal arts that were for commercial gain. …

We’ve been living with this notion that making stuff is an illiberal art for commercial gain and it’s not part of means of expression. But, in fact, today, 3D printing, micromachining, and microcontroller programming are as expressive as painting paintings or writing sonnets but they’re not means of expression from the Renaissance. We can finally fix that boundary between art and artisans.

…I’m happy to take claim for saying computer science is one of the worst things to happen to computers or to science because, unlike physics, it has arbitrarily segregated the notion that computing happens in an alien world.

This is taken from Edge. Follow the link to go to the web page where you can find the video which is really interesting.

The abstract notion of beauty

A very nice video from the BBC explaining the Greek idea of beauty through the Diotima’s ladder