M-Learning Goes Mainstream

Each day, more than half a million new connections are made to the Internet. 500,000 people who were not on the Internet yesterday are today taking their first tentative steps onto the global network of networks. The majority of these new connections are being made with a mobile device of some kind, in most cases […]

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Schooling: “the pyramid of classified packages”

Schools are designed on the assumption that there is a secret to everything in life; that the quality of life depends on knowing that secret; that secrets can be known only in orderly successions; and that only teachers can properly reveal these secrets. An individual with a schooled mind conceives of the world as a pyramid of classified packages accessible […]

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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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CommonLearn: The Classroom in the Cloud

In the physical world, the classroom, traditionally, is a place where teachers teach and learners learn, where information is acquired, created, distilled, shaped and disseminated, where activities take place in the interests of learning, where lessons and modules and courses are delivered and experienced, and where minds meet. The physical classroom is, however, constrained by […]

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How does the world produce all the teachers it needs?

Professor Bob Moon, Professor of Education at The Open University in the UK,  penned a piece in 2010 for the Commonwealth of Learning site entitled: Time for Radical Change in Teacher Education. Professor Moon is also a founding Director of the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programmme, a superb repository for teacher training resources in English, Arabic […]

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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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