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The fun they had – Isaac Asimov

12448302asim_20010626_20131.jpgTime flies, TELIC 2 – session 1 arrives. Time to reflect!

We had to read an interesting paper from Isaac Asimov: The fun they had (1951). Asimov wrote more than 500 books during his lifetime and is widely considered one of the big three science fiction writers.
In “the fun they had” Asimov creates a futuristic view on schools in the future. The fact people don’t know books and human teachers anymore is fun to read. The fact people are robotic (and not computers) isn’t that strange. He was hard to predict the upcoming computer at that time. The fact he included the fact they could slow down the learning process (from 11 to 10 y/o) is extremely interesting. Is this possible nowadays, for example in Moodle?

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Connectivism, the learning theory which brings parts together

An innovation in education that really must be on board of my blog, is Connectivism. Honesty above all: it was Lars who introduced me the term connectivism.

Connectivsm was introduced and developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. It is a new learning theory which focusses on learning using a network. Learning is making connections with other people and resources (books, websites, machines, etc). Downes states that “knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.” In the first module (TEL1), we were introduced 3 learning theories: Behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism. Siemens (2004) however believes that “these theories, however, were developed in a time when learning was not impacted through technology”.

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The use of Twitter in the classroom

Social media are intruding in education. People are using on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook during my lessons. The school board made the decision to limit the access to Facebook because of the high use of bandwidth. Most students used Facebook for recreational nature.

The first time a student used Twitter during my lessons to check the correctness of my information, was really confronting. My first reaction was that it was “bad”. I wanted the school board to stop the access to Twitter. But maybe I was wrong. Isn’t checking the correctness of information a form of social constructivism and therefor a good thing to do? I thing many teachers will have difficulties with students checking their curriculum. In my case, my information actually was correct, but the people on Twitter disputed the correctness by personal preferences. Nevertheless, the student’s suspicion was strengthened with the fact my information was wrong. This brings me to an important question. How to solve this?

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My own Twitter network

I’m amazed by the effect of Twitter. When you got the right contacts, you can ask questions, spread information, find things, etc. I managed to find some good contacts, all innovative teachers in Belgium.

Hans De Four op twitter@dj4am , Hans De Four

founder KlasCement – ICTdag – Sharing innovation creativity & ICT in education.  · http://mynameise.com/HansDeFour

Bram Bruggeman op twitter@brambruggeman, Bram Bruggeman

Teacher-educator | ict related topics in education | powerful learning environment | positive psychology | passion 4 teaching | flow | historyteaching Eeklo-Ghent, Belgium · http://brambruggeman.posterous.com Continue Reading

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What facilitates the adoption of new ideas

Now and then I tweet my innovation related questions. I don’t really rely on the responses, although it is nice to see strange people contribute using social media. On my question “what facilitates the adoption of new ideas”, I got an interesting answer: “show cases of good practice, so people will see the advantages”. Interesting!

Four years ago we (my school in Belgium) started using a web conferencing tool, called Web ex. We were the first school in the country who actually used distance learning by video conferencing. After one year, we presented the results to twenty other schools. This could have been a case of good practice to some school boards and teachers.

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