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Open Badges, Clay Shirky, and the tipping point.

The great thing about thinkers such as Clay Shirky is that they can put into pithy, concise quotations things that remain latent in our collective thinking. You know, things like: We’ve reached an age where this stuff is technologically boring enough to be socially interesting. I first used that quote in a post four years […]

Why a ‘mixed economy’ of digital devices is best for your educational institution.

Earlier today, on Twitter, I mentioned that the 64GB version of the BlackBerry Playbook is now at the scandalously low price of £129. They’re practically giving it away. I mentioned that for some educational institutions that would be a really good fit, especially given that you can side-load Android apps. Eventually, I should imagine, you’ll […]

How to implement technology successfully in your organisation.

I spent some time in a local school this week talking to some members of staff about implementing educational technology. It made me realise that I haven’t talked nearly enough here about how to do that successfully. It’s simultaneously straightforward and painfully difficult. Let me explain. Technically, pretty much anything is possible. Short of thought-transfer […]

Examining conceptions of innovation in educational technology [INTERVIEW]

A few weeks ago Lisa Phillips, a Masters student at the University of Oxford, asked for my help in scoping ‘rebellious approaches to educational technology’. I found the questions she asked so provocative and appealing I invited readers of this blog to complete her brief questionnaire. Lisa followed up that questionnaire by interviewing me yesterday. […]

Swimming Against the Tide: Tracking the Genesis of ‘Rebellious’ Approaches to Educational Technology.

Lisa Phillips is a Masters student in the Learning & Technology programme at the University of Oxford Department of Education. She got in touch with me yesterday asking for some help. Busy with the scoping part of her MSc, Lisa is looking for ‘rebellious’ approaches to educational technology – “approaches that challenge, subvert or transform […]

The perils of shiny shiny educational technology.

New, free and shiny technologies are like catnip to educators. An almost-tangible frisson of excitement cascades through Twitter, Facebook and subsequently staff rooms and TeachMeets in the hours, days and months following announcements of such products and services. (click image for explanatory presentation) But. Is there a business model behind the technology? (OSS counts!) Can […]

Edtech companies: inspiring or conspiring?

As I attend an increasing number of conferences, I’m becoming more and more aware of differences in approach taken by educational technology-related companies. Broadly-speaking, they can be represented on a continuum from ‘conspiring’ to ‘inspiring’ (place each on the left or the right depending on your political preferences). To my mind, there’s three ways in […]

The freeze-thaw method of technology integration.

This post springs from 3 things: My experiences as Director of E-Learning Discussions I’ve had with James Michie and Nick Dennis about #edjournal A conversation I’ve just had with colleague Steve Bailey about ‘cloud’ apps from a records management perspective The further down the rabbit-hole I go, the more reports I read, and as I […]

A useful way to categorise educational technologies.

On p.189 of Lankshear & Knobel’s New Literacies: Everyday Practices & Classroom Learning (2006) they cite the work of Naismith, et al. who suggest plotting commonly-used educational technologies onto two axes: static-portable and shared-personal. What they neglect to include is a graphic, which would have made a lot more sense. Let me help them: Interestingly, […]