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Theories for the digital age: The digital natives discourse

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One of the more controversial theories of the digital age is the claim that technology is changing (or rewiring) our brains (Greenfield, 2009) whilst some also claim that prolonged use of the Web is detrimental to human intellectual development (Carr, 2010). It could be argued that these theories stem back to the seminal claim of Marshall McLuhan (1964) that ‘we shape our tools and thereafter, our tools shape us.’ References Bennett, S.,

Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

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In many ways, heutagogy is aligned to other digital age theories, in that it places an importance on ‘learning to learn’, and the sharing rather than hoarding of that knowledge. This is an excerpt from a forthcoming publication entitled: Personal Technologies in Education: Issues, Theories and Debates] References Beishuizen, J. 2007) Heutagogy: A Child of Complexity Theory, Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education , 4 (1), 111–118.

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Theories for the digital age: The digital natives discourse

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One of the more controversial theories of the digital age is the claim that technology is changing (or rewiring) our brains (Greenfield, 2009) whilst some also claim that prolonged use of the Web is detrimental to human intellectual development (Carr, 2010). It could be argued that these theories stem back to the seminal claim of Marshall McLuhan (1964) that ‘we shape our tools and thereafter, our tools shape us.’ References Bennett, S.,

Reaching further

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This is number 4 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. Yesterday we examined the work of Albert Bandura on social learning theory. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the original works. Reference Wood, D.

Engaging online learners 1

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References Gunawardena, C. 1995) Social presence theory and implications for interaction and collaborative learning in computer conferences. International Journal of Educational Technologies , 1 (2/3), 147-166. 2009) Destructive creativity on the social web.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Hey! Editors of "Educational Researcher".Get a FREAKING CLUE!!!!!

Mark Oehlert

Mallette.and anybody else directly involved with the choice to publish the journal " Educational Researcher " through SAGE. Why not license this work under Creative Commons ? Why not follow the model of the Public Library of Science Journals ? Or Open Access Journals ? Your authors work is seen by more people, your hard work in editing this journal is seen by more people, the credibility of your peer reviewers is judged by more people.

Engaging online learners 3

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Graphics and concept by Steve Wheeler Reference Gunawardena, C. 1995) Social presence theory and implications for interaction and collaborative learning in computer conferences. International Journal of Educational Technologies , 1 (2/3), 147-166.

Deeper learning

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This is number 5 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the original works. Other explanations of memory have focused on the functions of various types of memory, and such approaches are often referred to as multi-store theories.

Future skills #metalearning

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There is a connection here also to the theory of heutagogy , which in Blaschke et al's terms, places the learner at the centre, as 'the primary driver of the learning process and experience.' References Biggs, J. British Journal of Educational Psychology , 55, 185-212. Future skills #metalearning by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Instagram, WhatsApp and Learning

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Here's an excerpt from the article, published in the open access journal Future Internet. Learning is essentially a social activity, where people scaffold and extend each other’s knowledge gain [ 54 ], but in recent years, new theories have emerged to explain distributed forms of learning that have been made possible through mobile technology and social media. Another emerging theory relates to the increasing mutability of knowledge in the digital age.

#LearningIs symbolic

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Many keep libraries of books, journals and other media on their shelves, used for reference to remind them of theories, principles or methods they wish to recall. For me though, the most important way to represent my learning, and to continually reinforce it, is to write about it, either here on this blog, as articles and pieces for journals and magazines, and occasionally in the form of books or book chapters. How do you represent your learning?

Personalised learning

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What schools should be doing is assessing for learning - providing students with personalised feedback on their performance referenced against their own previous personal attainment - what we refer to as ipsative assessment. It was entitled: Personalised Learning: Ambiguities in Theory and Practice. Reference Campbell, R. et al (2007) Personalised Learning: Ambiguities in Theory and Practice. British Journal of Educational Studies , 55 (2), 135-154.

Teacher beliefs

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References Ajzen, I. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 22, 453-474. 1992) Accessibility and stability of predictors in the theory of planned behaviour. Journal of Personality and Social Behaviour , 63 (5), 754-765. Photo by Steve Wheeler Teacher beliefs by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 How can we promote successful change in education?

#3quotes from Bruner

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Photo by Crabchick on Flickr In my #3quotes series I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas and theories in context. 1990, p 34) References Bruner, J. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 17(2), 89-100. 3quotes from Bruner by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Through a child's eyes

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It could be argued that these findings support Vygotskiian social constructivist theory (Zone of Proximal Development - Vygotsky 1978) over Piagetian cognitive constructivist theory, confirming to those who adhere to ZPD theory, that human brains are naturally wired to learn better in social contexts. She advocates doing and making, rather than receiving instruction as the best way for students to excel, especially in creative areas of learning.

Work in progress

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The division of labour required to engage an entire community of learners in these activities is often uneven and can be explained within the activity theory framework proposed by Engeström (1993). Division of labour in this context refers to the horizontal, heterarchical relationship between member of the community as a result of their mutual actions and exchanges. References Engeström, Y. Sociocultural theory and second language acquisition.

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Blogging: Five of the best

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I haven't given up on peer reviewed publishing, but I have turned away from closed journals and publications toward openness and accessibility. All this has been possible because they are all labelled as Creative Commons with a repurpose licence. I gave the post the title in homage to former US Vice President Al Gore's book on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth , which similarly was an attempt to debunk commonly held views in society.

Cultural hegemony and disruption

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The Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony. Commonly referred to as 'brainwashing' hegemony is an insidious way to indoctrinate the masses into a ' false consciousness ' where each person believes they have ultimate control of their own destiny. It is now the first port of call for many, supplanting Britannica and other previously popular reference books.

Scaffolds and spirals

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Bruner was one of the founding fathers of the theory of social constructivism, an approach that pervades many of the daily activities in schools across the world. His first contribution was an extension of Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development theory. Reference Wood, D., Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 17 (2), 89-100. If you're a psychologist, an educational researcher, or a teacher, you have almost certainly quoted him at some point in your career.

Roadside assistance

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So are we to conclude that the 'media is neutral' theory has been overhauled by new and richly interactive technologies? References Clark, R.E. British Journal of Educational Technology , 25(1), 41-57. Image by Museum Wales Roadside assistance by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Technology supported learning has long been a contested terrain, and there are at least two views about its effects.

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Interview with Terry Anderson

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He is one of the pioneers of online and distance learning, and currently serves as the editor of the influential online open access journal International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning ( IRRODL ). Olaf had the idea to create a summary reference for the major research issues that we struggle with, research and write about in distance education. Reference Cousin, G.

Identity in a digital age

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It was a fluid theory that allowed for behavioural adjustments on the fly, as people saw themselves 'reflected in the eyes of the other' - the impact of what they were saying - as they conversed. Applying Goffman's theory to the performance spaces of social media, we could cast a spotlight on videosharing services such as Youtube and text based performace spaces such as traditional blogs. References Cooley, C. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 21 (3), 381-8.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Two Very Different Views of Publishing (heres a hint.I think one is WAY wrong!)

Mark Oehlert

Later I was perusing my feeds and I noticed that the journal of Dialectical Anthropology had two recent articles in it that I thought would be worth checking out: Creative Social Research: Rethinking Theories and Methods and the Calling of an Ontological Epistemology of Participation and Virtual Speakers, Virtual Audiences: Agency, Audience and Constraint in an Online Chat Community.