01 juin 2018

Google’s online learning platform to offer free basic digital skills

Google’s online learning platform to offer free basic digital skills
Naushad K. Cherrayil, Gulf News, 2018/04/16
According to this report, "Google has launched an Arabic online learning platform — Maharat min Google — in an effort to help people in the Middle East and North Africa to find jobs, advance their careers or grow their businesses by offering a free basic digital skills-building programme." More...

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Blogging is most certainly not dead

Blogging is most certainly not dead
Jason Kottke, kottke.org, 2018/04/16
This is mostly just a set of links to some odds and ends in the blogging world, but there are comments I want to highlight. More...

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Change the title, change the work?

Change the title, change the work?
David Hopkins, Technology Enhanced Learning Blog, 2018/04/16

Am I an instructional designer (ID) or a learning technologist (LT), asks David Hopkins. More...

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Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving
Adobe, 2018/04/16
Adobe has released a study (64 page PDF) that appears to be based on a survey of 'policymakes and influencers' and 'educators' (their terms) from the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Japan. The premise is to highlight the importance of teaching creativity in schools, to suggest it's not happening as much as it should, and to identify the reasosn why (which are mostly related to policy, access to technology, and training). More...

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How to build a chat bot in 10 minutes

How to build a chat bot in 10 minutes
Natalie Afshar, Australian Education IT blog, Microsoft, 2018/04/16
OK, despite the title of this post, you are not going to create a chatbot in ten minutes, despite what the headline says (I followed through and found that you have to have a FAQ already written, in which case (presumably) the chat bot is simply selecting the most likely response from your FAQ to type or say. More...

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Helping the Lab Feel More Familiar

Helping the Lab Feel More Familiar
Amanda Baker, Scientific American, 2018/04/30
I think a lot about the idea of knowing things that other people just take for granted, things that may have been part of their childhood experiences, but not of mine (or vice versa). This article looks at just some of them - the skills learned in a kitchen, for example, Or, from the perspective of science, the skills learned in a lab. Some of these cross over; some do not. More...

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Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant
Carmine Gallo, Inc., 2018/04/30
This is a bit of nonsense being served to us as a three-point list by an author who doesn't recognize the irony. Carmine Gallo wants us to believe that narratives - stories - are better than bullet points, and supports this with two argument: first, that Jeff Bezos thinks this, and second, that a "prominent neuroscientist" friend of his confirmed "the human brain is wired for story." Gallo's use of Aristotle's forms of rhetoric - "ethos, logos, and pathos" - is a knowing nod to home-schoolers who still believe in things like the trivium. More...

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Drew Cloud Is a Well-Known Expert on Student Loans. One Problem: He’s Not Real.

Drew Cloud Is a Well-Known Expert on Student Loans. One Problem: He’s Not Real.
Dan Bauman, Chris Quintana, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2018/04/30
All credit is due to the Chronicle for exposing a much-quoted (in the supposedly trustworthy traditional media) and fake commentator on student loan data. " After The Chronicle spent more than a week trying to verify Cloud’s existence, the company that owns The Student Loan Report confirmed that Cloud was fake." So now we're told that the company is sorry it deceived people. More...

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“Did We Create This Monster?” How Twitter Turned Toxic

“Did We Create This Monster?” How Twitter Turned Toxic
Austin Carr, Harry McCracken, Fast Company, 2018/04/30
One of the more telling criticisms in comedian Michelle Wolf's talk at the White House correspondents' dinner was that the media loves Donald Trump. "You pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him... He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off of him." I think the same thing applies in the case of Twitter. More...

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Piazza

Piazza
Piazza, 2018/04/30
In an email from Kevin Kelly, Ed.D. (not Kevin Kelly of Wired) I read the following: "Piazza (https://piazza.com/) is a free discussion tool with a fantastic origin story (https://piazza.com/about/story). I've seen it in action and it is well thought out. Piazza offers LTI integration with LMS solutions, which may also work for websites in platforms like WordPress." I like that it has specific accessibility features. More...

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