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A Belgian watchdog has urged all internet users to download privacy software, specifically to shield themselves from Facebook's grasp
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"when technology tested well in experiments, the attempt to scale up its impact was limited by the availability of strong leadership, good teachers, and involved parents "
The real obstacle is student motivation, and no gadget can create that.
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Great post from +Peter Reed Keep the conversation going.
 
Do students really know what's best for them?
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Time is relative, apparently. Whatever that means. As I get older I find myself with less and less of it, to do more and more. Having children isn’t making it any easier, either, but there is a positive to be taken from watching them … here’s my second post about what I’ve learned from my kids. 
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Thanks to +Ian Wilson  for this thoughtful post about his understanding of 'what is a learning technologist'. From his post here, and a few tweets we cam to the understanding, which is highlighted in the book by several authors, is that being a Learning Technologist is not about the job title itself, but it is about how you approach your work (note I don't say job, these are not mutually exclusive?). By being mindful of the technology and the pedagogic 'requirement' for a particular activity or learning journey, a 'learning technologist' (or person with interest in learning technology) the facilitator or leader or technologist or consultant or teacher (toy get the gist?) will exhibit restraint on the application of a technology. 

Read Ian's post, it's worth it.
Or am I? Before I started to teach in higher education, I had never heard of the term/job title of Learning Technologist. It is a term that I have been considering for some time from the perspectiv...
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Great post from Nav that proves our work on the book has clearly touched and inspired many. Well done everyone.
I've been chatting about the The Really Useful Ed Tech Book with some learning technologists today. This is a great all round read for those working in TEL, those who want to understand what impacts on TEL and those who want ...
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"In fact, the initial impetus for that research was a slightly different problem. Microsoft was wondering what to do with all its old servers, which were less efficient and gave off more heat. The authors noted that the technology required to remotely control and reboot servers had arrived just in time to play a role in cloud computing and "big data". They envisaged apartment blocks heated by data centres in the basement, and remote "micro-data centres" placed in people's living rooms."
#bigdata   #FLbigdata  
All computers produce heat, but computer servers produce a lot of heat - why isn't this used to keep homes and offices warm?
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However instead of saying “if Facebook was a country (population X) it’d be the largest” you said “if Facebook was a government of a country (with population X) it’d be the largest in the world” sounds far more accurate. It’s not about the position or the size of the population, for me it’s the appropriateness of the comparison to geographic countries or responsibilities to it’s ‘population’.
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Here’s why I found this exercise important – I know I rely on online tools too much. There are too many jobs I could’ve worked out given time and energy, but I was lazy and searched for it. I may or may not be a typical Internet user and/or searcher, but I acknowledge my limitations here. I’ve also found search results to be frustratingly vague or, in some cases, wrong. You need to be good in analysing the results you’re shown in order to filter what you don’t need from the results you do. This can be difficult if you don’t know what you don’t know but sometimes, like above, it’s enough to figure it out for yourself.
This is so true and, then again, so annoying. I find myself going online to find the answer for too much: imperial to metric conversion, place names, spellings, etc. It's become too easy to rely on a search engine algorithm to get an answer that ordinarily I'd know, or at least be able to work ...
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When it comes to ebooks, Amazon is the leading player, heavily influencing not only the American ebook business, but also the growth…
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New post How do you measure the 'success' of a MOOC? 
- Do you look for the headline figures of number of registered learners, or the number of registered learners that became learners (visited the course)?
Do you look for the number at the number of learners who did something, that engaged on the course in some way .. as either a number (e.g. 4,000) or as a percentage of the learners who visited the course (e.g. 40%)? ... more
Here's a question I've been battling for some time .. how do you measure the 'success' of a MOOC? The problem is that I haven't been able to define what the 'success' is supposed to be, so to try and measure it seems, well, a pointless exercise. So, here's a few thoughts I've had based on my ...
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This is actually really scary, just how easily these children forget everything nether been told about star anger-danger ... Watch this social 'experiment' about child safety.
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With experience of learning technologies my main area of interest is the support of learning and education, where I focus on the use of appropriate technologies to enrich and engage students and educators both in and out of the classroom. I have further interest in the appropriate use of tools and techniques for online and distance learners to foster relationships, networks, and their learning capabilities in an environment that is as comforting and engaging as we can make it.

I also use my background with learning technologies to question the support roles and how they can be used to their maximum potential, and how I myself fit into this arena. My work and research continues to focus my attention, experience, and reading in online and distance learning, mobile learning, open badges, eBooks and eReaders, social media for learning, and the use of tablet and smartphones in effective student engagement.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, 2011) and holder of Certified Membership of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT, 2013), as well as an assessor for CMALT candidates and I sit on the CMALT Development Group for ALT.

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