Self-assertive and integrative tendencies and the connection to the BAD/SET mindsets

I’ve just started reading Capra & Luigi Luisi (2014), in large part because I think that the shift in scientific thinking they apparently describe in the book may have some useful insights for BAD/SET mindsets and trying to understand and improve digital learning. In the first chapter they propose two tendencies – the self-assertive and

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Computers 'do not improve' pupil results, just like wood 'does not improve' houses

Here we go again. There’s an OECD report on “Students, Computers and Learning” that is doing the rounds. @palbion points to one media report Computers 'do not improve' pupil results, says OECD – BBC News #edusummit2015 did they measure the right things? http://t.co/jzQAjrthpX — Peter Albion (@palbion) September 15, 2015 A report that starts with

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Helping teachers "know thy students"

The first key takeaway from Motz, Teague and Shepard (2015) is Learner-centered approaches to higher education require that instructors have insight into their students’ characteristics, but instructors often prepare their courses long before they have an opportunity to meet the students. The following illustrates one of the problems teaching staff (at least in my institution)

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Exploring Moodle's API

   by  CRC, University of Edinburgh  API centric architecture is a coming thing in technology circles. It’s the way vendors and central IT folk will build systems. It is also going to be manna from heaven for institutionalised people who are breaking a little BAD. Moodle has a growing web services API. The following documents some

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What type of "digital knowledge" does a teacher need?

Apparently teacher education has a technology knowledge problem. The 2015 Horizon Report for K-12 lists as it’s second “Solvable Challenge” (defined as “Those that we understand and know how to solve”) the problem of “Integrating Technology in Teacher Education“. It includes statements such as Teacher training still does not acknowledge the fact that digital media

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Design of a BAD approach to developing TPACK

Two of my recent publications (Jones & Clark, 2015; Jones, Heffernan & Albion, 2016) seek to explore and identify the problems faced by teachers in developing the knowledge necessary to teach in e-learning/digital learning environments. Both suggest that there are significant problems with how this is currently done and offer some theoretical suggestions about how

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