Reviving the Composition: for social media, multimedia, transmedia…even makerspace!

Way way back in the dark ages, in the pre-history of the Web – around 1991, to be more precise – I wrote a paper for what was then the Scottish Council for Educational Technology, or SCET, long since swallowed up by Learning & Teaching Scotland, and itself now merged with Scotland’s schools inspectorate to become Education Scotland. […]

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Post Literacy Post-Haste

Anxiety sells! So says The Economist this week in an excellent piece showing just how long we have had to listen to the oft-heard announcements of the terminal decline of written English…..since at least 1387! In that year, Ranulph Higden, a Benedictine monk bemoaned the influx of words from Norman French, Anglo-Saxon and Danish. We know today that it […]

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CommonLearn Explained

I have been immersed in issues arising out of the conjunction of education and technology almost from the first year that I started teaching back in 1980. However, I began a very specific and personal process of development and of thinking in the very particular area of virtual learning more than a dozen years ago […]

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The Obligation to Daydream

Neil Gaiman, in the Guardian Review, 19 October 2013: Once in New York, I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons – a huge growth industry in America. The prison industry needs to plan its future growth – how many cells are they going to need? How many prisoners are there going […]

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What every teacher knows instinctively…

…that teaching is not just complex, it is very complex! Teaching involves many tangibles, but far more intangibles. There is just so much in the whole complex edifice of teaching and learning that is ineffable, that simply beggars simplistic description. And yet, the schools system is held captive at the present time, in most countries […]

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Technologies of Imagination and Learning

Anne Balsamo, in her impressive work Designing Culture: the technological imagination at work, follows Bruno Latour‘s earlier use of the phrase Technologies of Imagination (PDF) by offering her own take on the expression. She sees it as: …the genre of technologies that serve as the scaffolding and platforms for the education and exercise of the technological imagination….technologies […]

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Education’s Moment of Interplay

In The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man, published almost half a century ago, Marshall McLuhan observed that the world he lived in was changing shape. It was a world that, as he depicted it, was simultaneously ‘dissolving and resolving’, a world that appeared to be at ‘a moment of interplay of contrasted cultures.’ […]

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