What’s next for educational software?
AUGUST 13, 2013
Most educational software instantiates physical learning spaces. Essentially, we use new tools to do the work of old tools and largely fail, at first, to identify and advance the unique affordances of new technology. When individuals have access to tools for creating, improving, evaluating, and sharing content, centralized structures fail. Educational software in common use today assumes that structure exists a priori. What do you want the software to do?
From “learning technologies” to “social technologies”
JUNE 14, 2012
Social technologies now play a big part in everything we do, and it is quite clear that many knowledge workers use a variety of social tools and networks not only to help them get work done, but also to learn efficiently while on the job. Content co-creation tools.
Will Content Blocking push Apple into advertising’s wheat business?
AUGUST 29, 2015
The company is also taking sides against both — especially adtech — by supporting Content Blocking in a new breed of mobile phone apps we can expect to see in iOS 9 , Apple’s next mobile operating system, due next month. In Apple’s Content Blocking is chemo for the cancer of adtech , which I posted a few days ago, I visited the likely effects of content blocking. Yet Content Blocking should stop iAd ads as dead as all the rest, one would assume.
Five Steps to Making Your Content Mobile Ready
JUNE 26, 2014
Given the ubiquitous nature of mobile technology, one would think that most Learning and Development (L&D) organizations would be well on their way to developing programs specifically for use on mobile devices. Chunking some existing content into bite-sized nuggets.
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
Research - 2012-2014 - already indicators - web-based email increasing vs in-house email (38% - 56%) - cloud-based productivity software increasing 27-46% SWOT (Helpful / Harmful, Internal / External) S - removed fixed cost of laptops and servicing, gave parents a choice to purchase better device W - how to help teachers deal with these disruptive devices (eg. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Content is a necessary tool, to get them to solve problems. (In
Embedding social learning into texts and enterprise software
FEBRUARY 20, 2011
So why are so many of the forays into learning technology anti-social? Joe has been marrying people, technology, and learning since the early days. He ran Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe Interactive Studio before he became VP, Platform & Technology for Second Life at Linden Labs. Most of our pitiful attempts to enhance learning with technology have been focused on the technology, not on the social or collaborative aspects that make it successful ultimately.
Education Technology Strategies - Day Two
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. One of the things we''ve done recently is to create a $150M tech fund over 3 years, to invest in tablets, software, cameras, etc., So, we see this huge growth in technology.
March Hot List: Mobile Learning Content
APRIL 7, 2011
March 2, 2011 Technology (850) Infographics for Social Media , March 7, 2011 Getting Started With Mobile Learning? Best of Mobile Learning March 1, 2011 to March 31, 2011 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.
Social Software Adoption
AUGUST 10, 2009
Not surprising, the terms most closely associated with Adoption are Adoption of Social Software and Adoption of Enterprise 2.0. There are some great resources on this such as: Ten tips for choosing & using social software Adoption of Web 2.0 technologies.
IBM’s Lotusphere 2011 Highlights – People-Centric vs. Content-Centric by Louis Richardson
FEBRUARY 18, 2011
Welcome to the successful transformation from a content-centric organisation to a people-centric one! Not the content they produce. People-Centric vs. Content-Centric: A Copernican revolution needed to become a social business from louis richardson on Vimeo. . .
From learning to working technologies
NOVEMBER 27, 2010
Tweet Here is a graphic of Moore’s technology adoption curve. Inspired by Jane Hart , this is my view of the current state of the learning technologies industry: The Late Majority and Laggards are focused on meeting their compliance needs.
Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 15, 2013
A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Technology''s role. turns a perfect event into time- and space- independent mode - make optimal use of current technology for recording, storage, distribution, etc - provide added value: replay, searching, browsing, etc.
Automagically discover best content every day
NOVEMBER 25, 2011
Our interest is working smarter , not training or HR or technology. Working smarter draws upon design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments. These sites run on Tony Karrer’s Aggregage software.
What’s the right technology for schools?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
At the end of a conversation the other day, the topic turned to technologies in schools. They’re not too big (by and large), and are better for both content consumption and creation than laptops or even netbooks (though an additional keyboard might be handy). I was asked what I thought about the iPad in schools, and as I thought it through, I saw both pluses and minuses. Let me, of course, make this generic to tablets and PDAs.
New Technology Supporting Informal Learning
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
APRIL 25, 2009
Abstract We often talk about games, simulations and other events in learning, but these technologies support only episodic learning. Equally important are those technologies that provide a context for these learning episodes, an environment where students and interact and converse among themselves. Future developments will focus on realizing these concepts as software or at least software prototypes. Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever.
Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer
JULY 28, 2015
This was generally the case during the industrial age of the past two centuries, when according to experts like Carlota Perez , we had a major technology revolution every 50 - 60 years, when new technologies emerged from the labs into the marketplace, disrupting existing industries and jobs.
The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing
DECEMBER 12, 2016
Mainframes and PCs were the defining technologies of the centralized model and client-server models respectively. The Internet is the defining technology of the cloud computing model.
Human Learning is Not About to Change Forever
APRIL 26, 2017
I’m all for AR and VR, but saying that it puts learning in the hands of the students is a design issue, not a technology issue. The possibilities in virtual worlds to collaboratively create in 3D I still think is potentially cool, but even as the technology limitations come down, the cognitive limitations remain. I’m big on social learning, but mediating it through technology strikes me as just a natural step, not transformation. design meta-learning technology
Notes from Intelligent Content 2010
MARCH 11, 2010
Home > Instructional Design , Learning Content Management > Notes from Intelligent Content 2010 Notes from Intelligent Content 2010 March 11th, 2010 Goto comments Leave a comment A couple of weeks ago, Xyleme presented at Intelligent Content conference hosted by the Rockley Group.
Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning
JULY 20, 2016
The prospects are tantalizing: each student receiving personal guidance (from software) about what she should learn next and support provided (by the teacher) when warranted. The software “learns” from the students and adapts the content to each student. Better learning gains, less time spent on irrelevant content, less time spent on reviewing content that the student already knows, reduced costs, tutor support when needed, and so on.
I Know It When I See It
JANUARY 27, 2009
Established vendors of collaboration software are modifying their offerings and repositioning them as social software platforms that have all the features and functions necessary to support the new modes of interacting and getting work done. Because of these facts I usually dodge questions about specific vendors and their offerings, and instead answer how I’d look at any particular deployment of collaboration software to see if it met my definition of Enterprise 2.0.
The Growing Value of Social Skills
NOVEMBER 24, 2015
Deming’s paper builds on the work of MIT economist David Autor , a leading authority on the impact of technological change on the US labor market. Instead,… information processing equipment and software investment was only 3.5
What’s working in social business
JUNE 24, 2012
In my opinion, technology sales, marketing campaigns and the speakers circuits are doing well. Like the knowledge management and e-learning hype phases of the 90′s and ’00′s respectively, social business is being led by software vendors. SocialLearning Technology
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
Last year, a panel of global experts convened by the World Economic Forum selected blockchain as one of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016, based on its potential to fundamentally change the way economies work. A team of volunteers around the world maintains the core software.
Making Software, Making Money
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MARCH 3, 2007
This is a social-network slash content management system written in PHP. The PHP content-management system field is pretty crowded. Here's the question to ask: would ELGG have had any measure of success had it been subscription-based software? As open source software goes, ELGG is almost unique in its intent to create a revenue stream for its producer. If people think the software is worth the investment, they'll add to it.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
There is plenty of vertical-specific software, from product design to transaction tracking, and of course more general business software such as document generation, financials, etc. So how does L&D be as ubiquitous as other software? First, formal learning software is really enterprise-wide. And of course the social network software – profiles and locators as well as communication and collaboration tools – should be under the purview of L&D.
Jobs in the Age of Watson
NOVEMBER 26, 2011
On October 31, I participated in a symposium sponsored by MIT’s Center for Digital Business on The Race Against the Machine: The Future of Technology and Employment. At the MIT symposium, I was part of a panel on How will technology affect productivity and employment? We discussed the impact of technology on jobs, in particular, the impact of advanced systems like Watson which are pushing the boundaries between human and machine capabilities.
What happens when Google buys Sprint too?
AUGUST 15, 2011
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable operators still profit from the fact that consumers have to purchase an entire programming package in order to get a few particular slices of content. It is just a matter of time before competitors unbundle content, and offer movies, sports, news and other forms of video entertainment to consumers. The limiting factor to change has not been the technology but obsolete business models and the lack of competition.
CoP Series #8: Content and Community
MARCH 17, 2009
We have talked throughout this series on communities of practice about “content. Well, what the heck is content, why is it important and how do we make the most of it - especially when there is a LOT of it. What do we mean by “content? . Members Creating Content.
The Future of Financial Services
JUNE 23, 2015
Today… we remain more or less content with paper money - not to mention coins that are literally made from junk,” wrote Harvard historian Niall Ferguson in The Ascent of Money: a Financial History of the World. “[W]e are happy with money we cannot even see.
The Evolving Automotive Ecosystem
MARCH 31, 2015
In media and communications , for example, everything seems to be changing at once, from the way content is produced and delivered, to the sources of revenue and profits. New software skills, representing a whole new culture are now needed.
Computing Beyond Moore’s Law
APRIL 5, 2016
The semi-log graphs associated with Moore’s Law have since become a visual metaphor for the technology revolution unleashed by the exponential improvements of just about all digital components, from processing speeds and storage capacity to networking bandwidth and pixels. Software.
Applications and Theory of Educational Social Software
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MAY 15, 2007
Social Software session Terry Anderson Independent study - type I for information type study Collaborative - Distance Education - Type C Social software fits somewhere in the middle - allows collaboration, but also things like tagging, the search and sort thing that we're used to. We think of the good of technology - but if you're Kevin Federline, you have been tagged 'crap' - when the community is democratic, you don't control the message.
Imagination as a Journey of Survival and Discovery
MAY 12, 2015
But in every case - hardware, technology, software, even services - all these capabilities were part of a business model that had fallen wildly out of step with marketplace realities. It had failed to adapt as customers, technology and competitors changed.” .
The Emergence of Cognitive Computing
NOVEMBER 5, 2011
This requires disruptive technologies and innovations at all levels, including new materials, fabrication processes and design tools. This means that just about all components of the system, - including its processor, memory, communications and software, - must be redesigned to achieve the required two order of magnitude improvements in power consumption. Why is it so important for Watson to deal with unstructured content, that is, natural language text, speech, images, and so on?
MARCH 24, 2015
I indicated some of the barriers, and they’re reconsidering (while continuing to develop content against this model as a service). Without being specific (I’ve not received permission to disclose the details in all of the above), this person indicated that when training a popular and fairly straightforward tool, that the biggest barrier wasn’t the underlying software model. strategy technology
How #adblocking matures from #NoAds to #SafeAds
OCTOBER 22, 2015
do not disrupt or distort the page content we’re trying to read. This is critical for complex products like software, electronics, and cars, which require ongoing support and maintenance, as well as for anything that requires a big ecosystem (e.g. adtech Architecture Business Cluetrain Internet Links problems publishing Social Technology VRMTake a look at any ad, for anything, online.
eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology
SEPTEMBER 10, 2009
eLearning Technology Tony Karrers eLearning Blog on e-Learning Trends eLearning 2.0 The content has already been written for the classroom. What Training Costs Part I: Converting Content from ILT to WBT How long does it take to create learning? eLearning Technology - 6:39 AM 14 comments links to eLearning Costs Permalink: eLearning Costs Bookmark this page at: 14 Comments: At 9/10/2009 08:58:00 AM , Karl Kapp said. Is there consensus on the content?
Learning With and From Others: Restructuring Budgets for Social Learning
JANUARY 6, 2011
technologies surfaced within the organization. Unlike other technologies, practices, or processes, social media inside the organization, for many companies, doesn’t belong in one single business unit; it lazily shifts among interested parties regardless of function or title. specifically “the use of emergent social software platforms within companies.”. opportunities and technologies to help facilitate the learning experience of employees.
Open Content, Enclosure and Conversion
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 22, 2008
Freedom One point of agreement I think we can find is in our support for 'free content', in the sense of 'freedom' expressed by Richard Stallman. Now it is evident that by content we don't mean (exactly) 'software'. So the freedoms are not an exact match, and as Stallman himself says, you can't blindly generalize from software freedoms to other freedoms. the content, for any purpose, one in which the source (or encoding) of the content is accessible (ie.,