But this one will be interesting because it is part of a much bigger federated wiki’s (federated library ) project.
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Following on from this post yesterday, which was just for fun:
— Mandy Honeyman (@edtechsInfo) October 29, 2015
I wondered what it might really look like if mashed up with JISC’s student learning app… And this is the result:
Using the rather nice tiki-toki, I produced this edtech timeline a couple of years ago. I remembered it today when I was trying to disprove the idea that edtech stalled in 2008. I failed.
There’s a bit of a jam going on, interpreting the riffs created by Jim Groom and Adam Croom (is the poetry why these guys got together in the first place? I’d like to think that.) at #dlrn. Doug Belshaw, Greg McVerry and several followers of #dlrn15 and #indieedtech joining in.
It’s Sunday here, raining steadily outside so instead of that hike I’d promised myself I have been inspired by Adam to watch the BBC’s Music for Misfits: the Story of Indie in three parts. It’s been helpful, partly because I was able to get to grips with my niggling discomfort with Adam’s USA centric presentation of Indie music; it turns out the UK and USA stories are very different. Jim and punk, well that’s another story – punk was all about DIY – fashion, art, even enterprise which eventually killed it. So these guys were conflating edupunk and indieedtech and all I kept coming back to was the phrase “long tail of edtech” and even Minds On Fire (Seeley Brown and Adler 2008). No mistake, I loved the #dlrn15 presentation and was carried away by their brilliant and fun analogies, but I was wondering where all the other genres, the little guys, fit in, you know, like _____ (insert own preferred genre) jazz?
So one of the things that the BBC programme made clear about the 80s indie scene in the UK was that it was funded, for distribution purposes, by the huge companies – EMI – Heavenly, Sony – Creation. The Indie scene changed and is still changing, but we still need people to find the quality. Is this is a bit like VC or HE funding the thinkers and dreamers Mike Caulfield mentioned during the final #dlrn session? I had forgotten that entrepreneurial part of the tale, instead remembering the earlier 70s indie story as being one of self-publishing and distribution (Zoo Records), which did resonate more closely with Jim and Adam’s narrative.
I was reminding myself about edupunk and it became clearer why Mike Caulfield stated that edtech was stuck in 2008; possibly the statement that kicked me in the gut harder than any other during #dlrn. Jim first coined edupunk in 2008, the Minds on Fire article was published in 2008, MOOCs erupted 2008, but does that really mean that there have been no new edtech ideas, or is it something else, what else is Mike thinking of? I resisted Mike’s statement which has kept echoing around my brain; selfishly personal because I don’t want to feel that now, when I finally have some time and space to think, write, connect about edtech rather than adopt, teach and fight for it, there isn’t anything new to think about. Really? No, I just don’t and will not accept that. It’s why I keep listening out for new voices in music – I don’t care about the big genres, any genre will do, just let me hear something that moves me or gets me moving. Like 3 For Silver (genre = anti-Americana), playing at the harvest festival in Camas a couple of weeks ago. First I saw the bass… DIY’d out of a galvanised wash tub and then I heard the guy sing, this band were so brilliant even my metal head partner (Metallica fan) was dancing rather than head-banging. But each to their own, you might hate the sound, who knows.
Perhaps the big idea side of edtech has slowed down (too much money embedded in the body not enough in the long tail), but perhaps it just means we now have to play the music; we have to use the ideas and technologies to educate, to reach the promise that many of us embraced edtech for in the first place. To fund the long tail with our time and energy. To turn our thinking onto the pedagogy, on using the tech, improving the tech, in order to spread education, openly beyond the cultural silos of the English-speaking nations, so abundantly represented at #dlrn.
This is the first draft re-write of a paper I wrote last year. My intention is to present this within the context an evaluation of specific software and applications that teachers can use for making screencasts and videos of feedback for their students.
I am including this here, because otherwise the process would seem somewhat incomplete. I have used printers (Redcliffe Imaging Limited) I found via Google, who also offer a 30% discount to education users and also to NHS staff. They were incredibly efficient, returning my poster in a day. It has been printed on material so that I can fold it easily and carry it in any bag – not a cheap option but hopefully a sensible one.
Following some more great feedback: “I wonder if the word ‘Online’ shouldn’t appear boldly? …. ‘fuze’ is occupying a lot of space…. Outcomes could be a little bolder .. the “quiet is okay” point would be an interesting point to pull out in a quote to catch attention.”
I have added the word “online” in a couple of places hoping that would be enough to make a difference.
What do you think?
Even more great feedback and now there is a third draft to look at. I think this might be the final one.
Following some great feedback, I have produced the following 2nd draft. The comments I got included:
“…leave out the reference to the HEA PI, unless it suits the purpose of the other conference. The poster should represent your research and I don’t think you need anything which either supports the idea that it is practitioner research or is of a high quality. That should come through the poster…”
“I would put up front and in very big text a summary of the topic and findings (summary instead of introduction). Then around it you put further details on different aspects…” among other pertinent comments. Thank you to all my generous critical readers.
Please see draft two which is replacing this version.
Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference – Durham 16/17 July
This will be A0 size (but 84 cm x 84 cm square) and printed on canvas.
This is my first draft, produced, unusually, in a square format to fit A0 poster stand because I would like to re-use it at another conference – who might use landscape rather than portrait displays.
I would welcome your critique.
The objective for this poster is to have something to talk about.