Patric Lougheed

No longer seeking knowledge for myself but for my children.

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Why Should Techies Care About Education Theory?

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Debates about education are by no means new: What’s the best way to teach? What’s the best way to learn? What should the curriculum be? Who should have access to specialized knowledge and specialized training? How does technology impact all of these questions? (See Plato’s The Republic, for example, on what the education of “philosopher kings” should entail or Plato’sPhaedrus on the dangers to learning of technology (well, of writing).)

Rather than outline the history of education or the history of education theory from Plato the philosopher to PLATO the online learning system, here is a brief overview of 5 of the 20th century’s most important educational theorists. Their influence can still be felt today, both in how we view the educational system and the educational process. As is the case with most theories, these individuals’ work has been adopted, refuted, tweaked, and ignored to varying degrees.


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A comprehensive review of the literature on digital natives

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Patric Lougheed's insight:

The discussion about ‘digital natives’ has gone quiet recently, and this paper might be one reason why. The authors have made a thorough review of the literature on this topic, with over 200 appropriate references, including surveys of relevant publications from countries in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and South Africa. Here are some of their main conclusions, although the report is best read in full


- See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/02/16/a-comprehensive-review-of-the-literature-on-digital-natives/#sthash.9IhIFlVA.dpuf


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Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning And 7 Tips To Use It Right

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“But society as a whole will benefit enormously. The store of human capital will  be more broadly and accurately represented by credentials that are useful in a  mobile, interconnected world. Separating the credentialing and teaching  functions of higher education allows organizations to specialize in one or the  other.”


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Ready or Not, Change is Coming | Inside Higher Ed

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While almost every other consumer facing industry has deployed advanced social networking and personalization and anticipatory analytics capabilities in the cloud—-and, as important, made these accessible on any device—-higher education’s technology backbone has remained excessively expensive. It’s been a nearly immovable impediment to innovation and efficiency.

At the same time, organizational structures, degree pathways, and student support services remain similarly entrenched. Locked into assumptions about learners that are misaligned with their current requirements, we have a system that is seemingly unaware of the challenges these students will face in the future. 

The norms, mindsets, and incentive systems that currently guide decision making severely constrain faculty and administrative innovators as they seek to drive breakthroughs in our student lifecycle management platforms and services and launch cutting edge curricular and programming models that are student centered and relevant to real world needs.

Where does all of this inertia leave us? And what can be done?


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LEGO Education Offers Building Blocks for Reading and Writing

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The company that’s famous for its strengths in STEM learning wants to foster that same creativity in language arts.

"LEGO bricks, the colorful interlocking plastic blocks that have been a staple of many kids’ toy collections for more than 50 years, have long been associated with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as they inspire children to build things.

But LEGO Education, the arm of the company that focuses on building solutions for schools, hopes to use the fun and imagination its bricks inspire in children to transform reading and writing with its StoryStarter product.”


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