Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

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Photo by Krzyboy2o on Wikimedia Commons This is a post for #OpenBlog19. I attended an event in Utrecht, in the Netherlands way back in 2007, at around the time that social media was emerging as a serious learning technology.

Our digital future 5: Artificial Intelligence

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Now, I have written about AI on several previous occasions, and I also feature an entire chapter on its applications to learning and development in my new book, Digital Learning in Organisations. Many would argue that this test has yet to be passed by 'artificially intelligent' technologies.

Cinderella technology?

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Image by Glamhag on Flickr Large screen touch displays seem to be the 'Cinderella technology' of education. Successfully introducing new technologies into complex environments can be a great challenge. Cinderella technology?

Digital me, digital you

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All of these activities leave behind a trail, a digital footprint, a record of where we have been and what we have done. More significantly, in psychological terms, we are developing our personal digital presences, and modifying our digital profiles.

Digital Learning in Organizations

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The book is aimed at those working as learning and development professionals in industry, but will also be of interest to any, and all, those working in the world of learning technology, knowledge and education. Cover design by Kogan Page My new book will be published on April 3 by Kogan Page.

Hacking Digital Learning Strategies #Bookreview

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Hacking Digital Learning Strategies sounds quite a daunting title for a book of practical ideas, but with the cartoon spaceman on the cover, readers will know they are in for a fun ride with plenty of happiness along the way. This book is not about technology.

Connected pedagogy: Smart technology

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The theme of the conference is 'connecting through educational technology' - this echoes the themes of a number of other recent conferences, many of which explore the idea of connected learning. In the industrialised nations of the world, digital is now default.

Digital reflections

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My last post was about integrating technologies into education. This post examines some of the categories of technology and the places they might occupy when they are integrated into the learning process. This could be a conversation, an image or video, or some other digital artefact.

Openness in the Digital Age

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Here's a wonderful video montage of the Open Education in a Digital Age event that took place recently in Romania. It was hosted by the Virtual Campus department/Centre for e-Learning at the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, and it captures much of the essence of what was discussed about openness, digital media in education and the future of learning. Digital e-learning education learning media open Romania Technology Timisoara video Virtual Campus

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Inspire to learn

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The title of my keynote is ' Learning in the Digital Age: Theoretical Perspectives. ' M y key premise is that l earning technology is just about everywhere in education. We have the technology.

Digital habitus

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So what of our habitual use of digital media? Do these constitute a digital habitus? When we observe our digital representations, our lives portrayed on screen, and our ideas played out in a virtual simulacrum of reality, what do we see?

Making sense of digital

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Some might be aware that I established a chat for the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) a couple of years ago, which is dedicated to discussions around technology supported learning in all sectors. Related posts What digital literacies?

Digital learning in organisations

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It's quite a departure for me, because my last 5 books have focused on learning and technology for schools, colleges and universities. The title of the book is 'Digital Learning in Organisations', and is already being marketed on Amazon and other online outlets.

Digital classrooms

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This is Part 5 in my series of posts on the future of learning and technology. A few years ago Peter John and I wrote a book entitled 'The Digital Classroom'. We even mentioned the Semantic Web (or Web 3.0 ) as a potential horizon technology for learning.

Digital beings

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This is the third in my series of retrospective reviews on seminal learning and technology books. Today''s book recommendation is: Nicholas Negroponte (1995) Being Digital. Nic Negroponte''s Being Digital was groundbreaking. In being digital, we become digital beings.

Digital age assessment

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Christian''s third trend is perhaps the most technology focused. He says: "An increased use of technology not only to deliver teaching, but also to support and assist students and to provide new forms of student assessment."

Dialogue, debate and destinations

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at Brunel University, London; the CILIPS annual conference at the Apex Hotel in Dundee; the Solstice Conference at Edge Hill University, and finally the Digital Literacies Conference at Southampton University. Finally, a note about the Digital Literacies Conference at Southampton (pictured).

Digital capabilities and curiosity

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Our opening keynote Helen Beetham talked about digital capabilities, which is becoming a well trodden phrase in higher education. Helen said that digital capability is the capacity to thrive in digital environments.

Digital Learnscapes

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Many have said that Pelecon events inspire and energise delegates and challenge perspectives on education, learning and development, and the role of technology. Others have said that Pelecon is one of the best forums for informal debate on the learning technology conference circuit.

Learning, storytelling and technology

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Narrative Pedagogies from Steve Wheeler Image source: Wikimedia Commons Learning, storytelling and technology by Steve Wheeler was written in Liberec, Czech Republic and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Old technologies don't die

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Witnessing this scene reminds me that no matter what technologies emerge, and no matter what disruptive innovations come along, we will always have the older, more traditional media to use. Personal, connected digital technologies enable us to access content and interact quickly and easily.

Distributed digital identity

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So, for a biospheric environment, the person would use a biological body, for the Metaverse, a person would use an avatar, and for virtual reality, the person would use a digital form. Selfies and simple avatars are merely the beginning of this digital identity transformation.

Learning first, technology second

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Learning should always come before technology. Many teachers welcome the idea of bringing new technology into the classroom. Blogging can be used to engage children in creative writing , while making videos is excellent for problem solving and collaborative work.

Mind technology

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Can technology help us to think more clearly? We find ourselves increasingly immersed in our digital worlds, surrounded by devices and tools, our minds constantly impacted by streams of new information. Some might say that I am over-reliant upon technology.

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And if you are still caught in the traditional school approach, know why integrating technology in classrooms is not just the need for the hour but how can it benefit you. Need to quench your thirst for the latest in learning, technology and media links further?

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Digitally safe?

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It is claimed that the 'digital birth' of a child is around 6 months. This baby (6 weeks old at the time the picture was taken) seems to be accessing digital content using an iPad. It seems that children really 'get it' when they use technology.

Constructing learning in the digital age

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In a sense, an algorithm has much in common with a schema, particularly because both have rules and sequences of instruction that can be followed to achieve a specific goal. constuctivism discovery learning education hypertext learning rhizomatic learning scaffoding Technology theiry ZPD

Digital literacies in the age of remix

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I presented this latest version of my digital literacies model at the 2016 Solstice Conference hosted by Edge Hill University. The components in the model are by no means exhaustive - I acknowledge there are many more literacies, some of which are emergent due to new technologies and services.

What is digital learning?

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Over the next two weeks I''m in New Zealand, doing a series of keynote presentations to teachers on the future of education and technology supported learning. We live in unprecedented times where everything technology touches grows exponentially. How would you define digital learning?

Future technologies now

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HTC Vive in action - Photo by Steve Wheeler At the JISC Connect More event held in Cheltenham recently, a number of futuristic technologies were on display for delegates to experience. The technology has plenty of potential to be used across the curriculum, and not solely in creative arts.

Our digital future 4: Pervasive computing

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In my slides (which as I write have topped 110,000 views on SlideShare) I mention the four trends that have been recognised in educational technology in the last 30 years. Pervasive technology is constantly connected, always available and ubiquitous.

Education, schooling and the digital age

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Students no longer passively absorb content, because they own personal digital devices, and they can use these to produce, organise, repurpose and share their own content. Co-production of knowledge is emerging as a new model for learning in the digital age.

Our Digital Future 2: Smart clothing

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One recent disruptive innovation is mobile technology. It's astounding to think that only in recent years have we had the capability to create connected technology that can be carried with us, anywhere we go. Wearable connected technologies are now common place.

3 things you should know about digital literacies

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If you follow this blog you will know that I wrote a series of posts last year on digital literacies. Below is a short video which I hope will help people to deepen their own understanding of what it really means to be a digital citizen.

Integrating technology into learning

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Using technology in the classroom and integrating technology for learning are two different things. The first is something that any teacher can do without much thinking, but to truly integrate technology into education takes a great deal of imagination, thinking and planning.

Digital footprints

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Whether it is writing a blog, posting a video on YouTube, working collaboratively on a wiki, or simply bookmarking a site on Diigo or Delicious, students are leaving the digital footprints - evidence of their presence - all over the internet.

Digital school strategies

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Schools need to plan their technology strategies very carefully. It''s about encouraging reluctant teachers to adopt, embed and apply new technology effectively within authentic teaching and learning contexts. Technology is not always the most effective answer.