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Makers versus Sponges

School tech should start with a simple question: Will students absorb others' ideas or make their own?

Today's technology lets us choose if we want to absorb other people's ideas or build our our own. Shouldn't that be starting point when we argue about the role of technology in schools?

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Venture capitalists do it. Why shouldn't philanthropists do it, too?

Venture capitalists do it. Why shouldn't philanthropists do it, too?

Our problems in education are too intense, funding is too thin and time too precious to take on duplicative efforts. We need to apply some of the same discriminating standards in our philanthropic Edu2.0 projects that we use in for-profit ones.

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What would technology do best for learning?

An evolving set of best practices would help educational technology projects

An evolving set of best practices could offer a big lift for educational technology projects. Established best practices could define standards of quality and help others avoid pitfalls. Toward that end, here's a collection of thoughts intended to help those developing their own projects.

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One way to build a smarter school infrastructure

A new partnership gives teachers and schools help with tech integration

Ask a hundred kids to draw a picture of “home” and you’ll see some common themes: “home” should be safe, warm, fun, inviting. There should be room to play, to rest, to grow — maybe even to work. And then there will be a million differences, including laugh-out-loud details (bunkbeds on the ceiling?) as well as sweet ones. Ask a…

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Drop testing edutech

How teachers use technology rarely matches how it was designed.

We drop test hardware before we send it into the field. Seems like it's time to start drop testing software programs before sending them into the classroom.

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Quarantined Conferences: Claustrophobic Technophiles or Attentive Audiences?

Quarantined Conferences: Claustrophobic Technophiles or Attentive Audiences?

Loren Feldman. 1938 Media. Audience Conference. That’s about as much of a summary as you’ll find about the Audience Conference held in New York last Friday. That’s because there were no open laptops allowed during the performances. There was also no Wi-Fi, no video streaming, no tweeting, and no blogging. I disagree with the notion that everything needs to be live streamed, live blogged, and live tweeted merely because we can.

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A More Public Role for Public Broadcasting: Education

Imagine a broadcast network in America that was dedicated to education, where the best educators had the opportunity to produce its programming, and where individuals as well as institutions could develop a new genre of wide-ranging educational programs? Educational programming could elevate the role of teaching in our culture and promote the value of lifelong learning. This blog post explores…

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Social Science Moves from Academia to the Corporation

Social Science Moves from Academia to the Corporation

This is the latest of a series of posts addressing questions regarding social technologies. Previous posts: The Evangelist Fallacy, Captivity of the Commons and The Digital Panopticon. These topics will be opened to live discussion in an upcoming webcast on May 27 with a special guest to be announced. In order to control a thing you must first classify a…

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New on O'Reilly Labs: Open Feedback Publishing System

O'Reilly engineer Keith Fahlgren has formally launched our new Open Feedback Publishing System over on O'Reilly Labs: Over the last few years, traditional publishing has been moving closer to the web and learning a lot of lessons from blogs and wikis, in particular. Today we're happy to announce another small step in that direction: our first manuscript (Programming Scala) is…

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Marc Bohlen: Finding the Intersection of Art and Technology

Marc Bohlen: Finding the Intersection of Art and Technology

Artist-Engineer Marc Bohlen uses some fairly advanced technology to express his artistic visions. It's not often you find an artist with a degree from CMU in robotics, or an engineer with an Masters in Art History. Bohlen's projects explore how people and technology interact, ranging from the bickering robots Amy and Klara, to his latest project, the Glass Bottom Float. In advance of his appearance at the E-Tech conference in March, Bohlen talked to us about how he approaches art, and just what art is.

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