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Learnification [...]

Learnification is a term coined by Gert Biesta to described the philosophical and rhetorical shift from "teaching" to "learning" in higher education. Tracing the movement back to the late 1980s, Biesta problematizes this learnification as placing too much focus on the individual student and ignoring other purposes of education beyond learning. Biesta argues that learn...

Blockchain for Education explained by Audrey Watters [...]

We hear constant references to the potential impact of blockchain for education, but what does that mean? Audrey Watters took on this question in an introductory (but quite comprehensive for something that's introductory) look at blockchain and its uses for education. After defining and describing blockchain (worth a read because Audrey always follows the history and...

Virtual Isolation [...]

> Everyone talks about VR’s sensory overload, but the most troubling part for me was the sensory deprivation. It’s a blindfold. You need to clear an area to move around, yet the Rift doesn’t do a very good job of telling you when you’re nearing the edges. Unless we start building adult playpens, teeth will be lost on the sides of coffee tables. Oculus warns us...

Labster [...]

Created by MIT this app provides virtual labs:...

Using Slack with WordPress [...]

Sean and I have been looking at Slack integrations for WordPress for a couple of projects. Most integrations go from WordPress to Slack, e.g., when you publish a post to WP, something is sent to a Slack channel. However, we also found an integration that brings Slack into WP (for a cost). One possible use would be if you're running a course on WP but want to do discu...

Photos for Class [...]

This service allows teachers to search for Creative Commons licensed images. Images are deemed as age-appropriate, automatically-attributed to the image owner based on the terms of their license, and licensed for public use....

Indie Ed Tech & Personal API event [...]

Indie ed tech is defined in this article as a movement "that encourages students to create, not merely consume, the technology that they use." Rikard, who also wrote an article titled "Do I own my domain if you grade it?" , shares his experience of participating in a Personal API design event hosted by Davidson College and led by Kristen Eshleman and Adam Croom. >A...

Serendipitous Exchange [...]

> Innovations never happen without good ideas. But what prompts people to come up with their best ideas? It’s hard to beat old-fashioned, face-to-face networking. Even Steve Jobs, renowned for his digital evangelism, recognized the importance of social interaction in achieving innovation. In his role as CEO of Pixar Animation Studios (a role he held in addition to b...

Wikity syntax [...]

Most formatting in Wikity is done with the WordPress editor. You can add pictures, indent blockquotes, bullet lists, and soon (if we can figure out how to do it safely) embed content from places like YouTube. However there are a few differences in Wikity syntax, especially around linking, and these differences are crucial to understand. If you don't follow the special...

Categories are projects [...]

Like all WordPress based sites, Wikity has both "categories" and "tags". On Wikity we use tags to make things findable and categories to collect resources associated with a particular project. What's a project? It's any sustained investigation for which you plan to create a significant body of linked work. Mostly, it's things you work on with other people, where you'v...