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Notes on Camels & Automata 

Camel with remote control "jockey" It is this curious sense of fascination more than the wish to build something useful or the hope for material rewards that makes men devote their lives to machinery. Constructing, operating, even watching machines provides satisfactions and delights that can be intense enough to become ends in themselves. Such delights …

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Dunce Cap as Blinder  ☆

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Re: Sketches toward a Binary Aesthetic 

A little cross posting here. A post on the Aesthetics of Technology blog, Aestech, I sketched up recently has curiously been getting some social media attention. Odd, because I would have imagined it more obscure than most. But somehow what it's probing at seems to resonate. Either that or it's just the fancy blog design, …

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A&H4089 Aesthetics of Technology 

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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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Navigating as Curating 

I've commented elsewhere on the ills of lockstep illustration, in which talks are rendered as they are given. Not only does it betray a lack of faith in the audience, but it is also demeaning to the power of images. I recall a class I suffered, on "learning" in which the slides would be …

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You got your robot in our robot! 

Exam body sorry over BattleTech robot blunder - The Age You can't make this stuff up. Or you all too easily could. Here's an article on how a BattleTech Marauder inserts itself an exam question on Nikolai Kochergin's Storming the Winter Palace on the Russian Revolution. VCE History: Revolutions exam apology BattleTech Marauder, Russia. I …

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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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Get Excited and Make Things: Mendeley’s API is public… 

Think Social Media meets Citation Management. Keep track of your citations while seeing what others are looking at. Mendeley is making some smart choices, amongst them making their API public. Think of what you could do with this data. And the impact it could have on how we do research and collaboration. I've already got …

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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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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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Heaven help us… 

During my talk, a few weeks ago, on virtual technology and its relationship to education, I argued that technology, applied to education, tends to be imagined as a kind of savior, rescuing education from it's banal reality. But it's not so simple: in fact, educational space has, from its beginnings, imagined itself as a virtual …

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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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Virtually Speaking… 

Just getting ready for my talk this weekend at the TCETC 2010: Technology, Media & Designs for Learning conference. Although who knows what I'll actual manage to say at 9:50am on a Sunday morning! These are not philosopher's hours. Anyway, stop on by. I'll be by the coffee pot. Here's the abstract. I promise I …

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