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Great article by Alfie Kohn on how to spot traditional, teacher-led classrooms that are dressed up a progressive, learner-led:

"It’s not hard to recognize an utterly traditional classroom. If the teaching is heavily scripted and focused mostly on getting students to memorize right answers and practice skills by rote; if those students are sitting in rows, hunched over worksheets or being lectured at — well, geez, how can you not notice? It’s far trickier, however, to make sense of a class that has elements of collaboration and inquiry, and yet, on closer inspection, isn’t quite what it could be."

http://www.alfiekohn.org/blogs/discovery/
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Check out this article, cited by Kohn, if you can:

Cohen, D. K. (1990). A Revolution in One Classroom: The Case of Mrs. Oublier. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 12(3), 311–329. http://doi.org/10.2307/1164355
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HIGHLIGHTS

Complete fidelity between LibreOffice desktop and LibreOffice Online
All Writer, Calc, and Impress supported file-types supported
Initially will include a basic HTML5 user interface
Open development process from start to finish
Expected by the end of the year

https://libreoffice-from-collabora.com/libreoffice-online-questions-answered/
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Depressingly true :(

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Currently working with colleagues who are using different versions of MS Office and their docs and spreadsheets aren't compatible with each other. I can read them all, no problems at all. Long live free and open source software, #FOSS   #Linux and #LibreOffice!
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Excellent article by Alfie Kohn. What EdTech companies and pundits seem to believe is:

1. The tasks have been personalized for kids, not created by them.
2. Education is about the transmission of bits of information, not the construction of meaning.
3. The main objective is just to raise test scores. 
4. It’s all about the tech.

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Tocqueville’s observations about the curious version of democracy that Americans were cultivating in the 1830s have served as a touchstone for social scientists ever since. One sociologist writes about the continued relevance of what Tocqueville noticed way back then, particularly the odd fact that we cherish our commitment to individualism yet experience a “relentless pressure . . . (Read More)
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If your Easter bunny lays teeny-weeny little chocolate eggs, don't eat them. They taste horrible!
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Don't believe any news for the next 24 hours. It's that time of year again.
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In late 2014, a new book from one of the leading scholars in open education was published. In The Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn’t feel like victory, Professor Martin Weller from the UK Open University discusses accomplishments in the open education movement. Weller starts the introduction of the book with “Openness is everywhere in education at the moment:…”. This statement was seemingly based on the last 15 years accomplishments in open education policies, open educational resources and open courses, mainly MOOCs. Weller also points out to concerns of usurpation of the concept of openness for its use as a tool for marketing commercial educational services or product, the practice that may lock up education further. To have a better understanding of the current stage of open education, it is worth critically examining what has been accomplished and the needs that have not been addressed."

http://oer-unescochair-ounl.ning.com/forum/towards-opening-up-higher-education-where-we-are-and-the-distance"
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Ed Tech? Yeah, it can work if you know how to use it for learning. However, not enough learners and teaching practitioners in online learning and teaching environments do. We'll know that online learning has matured into a fully-fledged part of our education systems when online tools become as transparent to us as traditional resources; pen, pencil, paper, notepad, etc.

It's  not that the software isn't there yet, it's pretty good. It's that, although we've mastered online tools for watching cat videos, social networking, and shopping, we haven't yet mastered them for the more demanding activities that support learning and teaching.
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+Paul Lawley-Jones Just as f2f teachers spent 1,000's of hours working with f2f tools, i.e. books, stationery, etc., while they were students, online teachers will have to spend 100's of hours working with online tools (assuming that many of the metacognitive skills they learned f2f environments will transfer to online ones). There are so many skills, which we've acquired in f2f through observation, cooperation, exploration, and experimentation, that we cannot describe, articulate, or make explicit. Comparable skills in online environments also require us to dedicate time and effort observing, cooperating, exploring, and experimenting in order to acquire them. Additionally, how we communicate, how we relate to each other, the norms and conventions, the pace and depth of discourse, etc. differ greatly between f2f and online.
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Matt Bury is an elearning consultant and software developer based in Guelph, Canada. Activities inlcude learning management systems, eportfolio systems, blended learning, curriculum development, social learning, social networking systems, communities of practice, and more
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    Matt Bury is an elearning consultant and software developer based in Guelph, Canada. Activities inlcude learning management systems, eportfolio systems, blended learning, curriculum development, social learning, social networking systems, communities of practice, and more
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