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Learning from Skinner’s Teaching Machine 

This video is creepy largely because of its own obliviousness to its own creepiness—a disconcerting feedback loop. But isn't it also because we so well know this dream still today? It's not simply the dream of modern technology saving us from the backwardness of school. We should be equally careful not to wax nostalgic …

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Simulating Education 

Sitting in on a presentation of "simulation software" for education, I was bemused by the performativity of the whole event. This seems only appropriate since the software itself was less a form of simulation—and even barely a form of software, as someone who knows these things pointed out—and more a "simulation of software." I was …

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Who Owns Student Inventions – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education 

iPhone App Raises Questions About Who Owns Student Inventions - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is an important case, regardless of the whole iPhone app context. It really highlights the changing context of student roles in education (and the lag in recognizing and adjusting to it.) Here's a brief quote: Today’s …

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Education Illustrated 

I've commented on another talk by Sir Ken Robinson before... But now he's been given a makeover by RSA Animate. Very cool to see what they've done. But here's my question: does it strike you that it is much more difficult to follow his presentation when they lay it all out for us? Indeed, if …

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Like Netflix, New College Software Seeks to Personalize Recommendations – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Quote of the day: It’s as if Blackboard is somebody with hippocampal damage, that has severe amnesia,” he said. “It’s never seen you before, other than knowing that you have an account in the system. The systems outside learn about you. But the systems typically in academia do not. Robert S. Bramucci via Like Netflix, …

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In Search of Withdrawing Gods 

I was at the library today, playing detective, tracking down a lead. And I found myself musing on the layers of what I was doing. Someone wrote a book, it was translated, printed, then photographed and copied to microfiche, which I in turn was scanning as digital images, converting to PDF's, saving to the cloud, …

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The Never Ending Story 

We live in the age of search. The question is not what is known, but what is next. Possible combinations. This video shows a machine that trawls patents, serving up an endless series of related patent drawings. But this is not so new, either. Georg Philipp Harsdörffer was fascinated, in the 17th century, by the …

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Home Schooling – From Fringe to Inevitable? 

The supreme irony would be if the real shift in education is not from public to charter schools, but that both could be eclipsed by what appears to be a drop in the bucket, the smallest possible unit of education: home-schooling. Representing, by its nature a fringe move in education, its marginal status hinges less …

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