34. What if students could give badges to teachers?

The whole education system revolves around a hierarchical system of recognition - from teachers to students and certifying bodies to teachers and education boards to schools. What if we instead gave students the choice to certify teachers, for teachers to certify the certifiers, and for schools to certify the education boards, and perhaps the boards to certify government policies?

28. What if teachers played online games with students?

What if teachers were to actively participate in the world of games? Perhaps they would be able to profile their students better, assess their learning needs from their actions and performance on these games, engage with them better in the language they understand and weave instruction around the game contexts?

LMS, Assessments and RoI

Janet Clarey sparked off some serious thinking in my head about, really, what we are measuring in terms of RoI on training initiatives. The post in question was Rob Wilkins' Why do we sacrifice? and you can find our conversation in the comments (and hopefully contribute your thoughts too!). George raises some relevant ideas too in... Continue Reading →

CCK08: EdTechTalk#23

I am investigating the connections between Informal Learning, Communities of Practice, Network of Practice and Connectivism. Found an interesting conversation between Jay Cross, George Siemens, Dave Cormier and (on chat) Stephen Downes on EdTechTalk#23, Nov 3, 2005. Found also Wenger's interview and lecture at a KnowledgeLabs e-portfolio Konference where he talks about learning as meaning/sense making.

Montessori and Connectivism

I have an occasion to do a little research on the Montessori method. Named after Dr. Maria Montessori, who, in 1896, was the first woman in Italy to graduate out of medical school, the Montessori method seems to have rich similarities with Connectivism. The basic Montessori concepts are pretty well known by now (Montessori in... Continue Reading →

The perfect learning ecology?

Is there something like that at all? In a discussion yesterday, an important point was made by a participant - we don't want perfect environments to be created for our learners, even if we could create them. Why is this important to discuss? Everywhere around us there are "frictional" forces that impede or obscure -... Continue Reading →

Connectivism and Visual Design

In a previous post, I tried to identify some of the impacts of connectivist practice on visual design. Primarily, these are: Usability Visual "languages" HCI Design Programmable patterns depicted visually Shared visual patterns Ease of authoring new media and media mashups I was referred to ManyEyes through a blog post (I think it was George's... Continue Reading →

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