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Hole in the wall, i.e. self-organising systems in primary education. Audio from Dr. Mitra

I remember around 2000 when I first read about the “hole in the wall” experiments in India. These were experiments with unprivileged children, usually from slums or small villages, who were given a possibility and access to a computer and the Internet. What made a real difference with these experiments was that there was no […]

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Personal Learning Environments and Communities

The concept of “Personal Learning Environment” (PLE) is getting quite a lot of hits in the edu.tech. blogs. It is often presented as some kind of new paradigm of e-learning. Still there is no proper definition of PLE, and for example Teemu Arina said somewhere that his company is his PLE. I actually like that […]

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Distance teaching and learning is difficult

I am not a great fan of “distance learning”. I have found out that it is very difficult – if not impossible – to build real group cohesion in a distance learning program. Now I am doing my best as a coordinator and a teacher in two different distance learning programs. Here are some notes […]

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Teachers’ online communities

Stephen Downes wrote a pretty hard critics on the European SchoolNet’s SchoolPlaza – “the unique collaborative environment where teachers sharing similar interests or teaching the same subject can meet, communicate and work together”. Stephen wrote: “the Flash interface is just awful; it took a long time to load (the photos never did finish loading) and […]

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New lesson format and inexpensive virtual conferencing

I carried out a lesson at the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, under a course held by Prof. Kirsimarja Blomqvist and Lassi Köppä. It was a journey from the elements of network society, new actors like pro-ams, through FLOSS and Open Content to bottom-up emerging technologies like blogs, wikis and information aggregation. I highlighted the […]