Clippings for my own little world.
September 23, 2014
…we should do it because it works, not for the sake of modern humanity’s obsession with progress, newness, innovation, and disruption. These buzzwords of the industrial age…
September 13, 2014
The future of online learning isn’t about accessibility: it’s about taking what we already know works offline and combining it with what you can only do online to create the most engaging experience. We’re all still searching for the right formula, but the ingredients will be the same as they’ve always been: Learning through exploration, thoughtfully designed for the right behaviors, with great teachers providing support.
September 12, 2014
September 5, 2014
Gamification tends to treat learning as a structured system rather than an organic process. If we’re not careful, it becomes an online worksheet packet.
September 4, 2014
What’s missing is a narrative structure that places the student on a ‘journey,’ similar to what the best games do. The journey is to build mastery. The better way to gamify is to put students in an inquiry-based or project-based learning experience. Or give them a task in a narrative frame.
August 17, 2014
July 29, 2014
Facebook destroys the present moment, leaving us only with the metadata of experience; ultimately meaningless traces of what we now think looks like real experience. It does this by locking us in a room with ourselves, our self-consciousness, and throwing away the key.
July 23, 2014
We tend to look for the silver bullet—whether it’s the glories of the market or the techno-utopian aspirations of education technology—when in fact improving educational outcomes is a hard, messy, complicated process.
July 18, 2014
new, professionally developed standards deserve a chance to prove their worth, not be sacrificed in yet another campaign of political demonization
May 2, 2014