Posted to Diigo 01/08/2012

    • We need highly educated teachers, appreciation of the profession, empower teachers, have decision making in classroom and school level etc. When these are in place we may focus on education, instead of training children to tests.
    • I think, however, that these stories are missing one important thing: smart, continuos development of the system
    • So what is smart continuos development? It is a bit like agile software development.
    • Here is my (agile) values for educational system development:

      • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
      • Working class room / school / school district over comprehensive documentation
      • Stakeholder (administration, schools, teachers, researchers, parents etc.) collaboration over contract negotiation
      • Responding to change over following a plan

      Finally. There’s always room to be better.

    • This opens access up to students using any browser and any device, and sets Kno apart from other digital textbook providers who’ve focused on iOS and Android devices
    • Kno’s app will now be available on the Web, not just on the iPad
    • Kno is unveiling a Facebook app. Students will be able to access their textbooks while on the website where they’re already spending a large portion of their time
    • students’ relationship with their textbooks isn’t simply about reading, it’s studying and (just as likely) cramming. Indeed, on the first day of class, says Rashid, a textbook is the most important tool a student has. But as the semester progresses, the value of the textbook diminishes; and the value of the student’s notes — the information the student has curated, highlighted, jotted down, annotated, and so on — surpasses it. So when it comes time to study for finals, the student’s notes — from class and from the textbook — are what matters. And to that end, the last product announced by Kno today is Journal. Like Quiz Me, this feature is now a standard part of the Kno iPad app. Journal automatically transfers all the images, text and media that a student highlights, along with annotations and notes (and eventually audio recordings from class too, says Rashid) from the textbook into a separate (but in-app) notebook for easy review

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-05

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-06

  • Finalising funding proposal for PhD, didn’t realise how much work is involved. Will be terrible if it’s turned down #mrowephd #
  • Excited about SAAHE conference this weekend, will give feedback on blogging presentation and ethics workshop afterwards http://bit.ly/35gl6F #
  • Using Google Docs 2 get proposal feedback from my supervisors. Considered using a closed wiki but they’d have to learn the syntax #mrowephd #
  • RT @JordanRaynor: @mpesce mentions Wikipedia’s “social contract”. The more you contribute the more power you have. #pdf09 #
  • RT @actualal Research Information Review (RIN) – “Communicating Research in the Digital Age” http://snurl.com/l8l0b #
  • Just home from day 1, of SAAHE conference, useful and thought-provoking presentations and workshop, excited about tomorrow #
  • SAAHE conference (http://bit.ly/z7QzB) finished today, interesting presentations, good keynotes, will blog thoughts and comments soon-ish #
  • The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube Culture and the Politics of Authenticity, @mwesch from #pdf09 http://bit.ly/bhiJc #
  • Question: does anyone thank people on Twitter when they share something of value? #
  • Big delegation at SAAHE from Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) http://bit.ly/BPzNG #
  • Going to apply for SAFRI fellowship (http://bit.ly/23OmXI) and use to continue with physio textbook project ( http://bit.ly/uJEFi) #
  • @happydays2106 Hey man, great to see you again. How’s things? Where are you? in reply to happydays2106 #

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Mozilla Open Education project blueprint

If you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ll have realised that I’m participating in the Mozilla Open Education course, jointly hosted by the Mozilla foundation, ccLearn and the Peer to Peer University. The course has involved participating in online seminars over the past 6 weeks with the objective of creating a project blueprint that takes into account the concepts of open education, open technology and open licensing.

I decided that my project was going to involve something I’ve been thinking about for a few months and saw the course as an opportunity to take the first few tentative steps. The idea was to create an online, distributed authoring environment that would allow physiotherapy clinicians, educators and students to participate in collaboratively writing a national physiotherapy textbook. The problem with imported (American and British) textbooks is a complete lack of cultural and contextual relevance, as well as being associated with a high cost and not being adaptable to local needs (think, multiple languages).

I won’t go into any more detail here (check out the blueprint page), only to say that the idea is taking shape slowly and that I’m quite excited at the prospect of refining it over the next month or so. The course was so information-heavy (not so much from the organisers, but from the back chatter of participants) that it’s going to take some time to review the aggregated content.