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How to Design Educational Technology?

I am right now taking part in the Participatory Design 2008 Conference at Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Yesterday I was giving a talk about a research paper with the title “Software as Hypothesis: Research-Based Design Methodology”. The paper will be later published in the ACM International Conference series. With the paper and the presentation I am […]

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Campus Party Colombia: Learning with New Media

Last weekend I took part in at the Campus Party Colombia in Bogota. Campus Party is a combination of LAN-party, technology conference and a fair sponsored by Telefonica, the Spanish telecom. Picture by mario_nel2002 I gave a talk about how to use New Media tools (blogs, wikis, micro-blogs, mobile phones) in learning and capacity building […]

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UNICEF Solar Powered Digital School in a Box

Friends at the UNCIEF NYHQ, who have been developing also the MobilED audio wiki, just announced a prototype of solar powered communication hub than can be used to provide communications, education, connectivity and emergency support in places lacking electricity, Internet, telephone, radio and other connections. I think this is a great idea. The communication hub […]

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Comparing Schools in Finland and in the United States

The title is silly, but well… this is a blog anyway. Comparing schools in Finland and in US is bit like comparing carrot to all the fruits. Carrots are good, but there are many great fruits, too. We also know that some fruits are just non-eatable, even poisonous. Anyway, in the following I will make […]

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PC is not a good educator

The SLATE Magazine reports the study, The Effect of Computer Use on Child Outcomes (study report, PDF), looking at the program of the Government of Romania where low-income families were given vouchers to purchase PCs. From some part, I agree with the interpretations presented in the study. My final conclusions would anyway be somehow different. […]

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OLPC, personal computer, web browser and connectivity

The latest news from the OLPC world are no news. So, the OLPC is now more or less officially and primary a laptop project – not an education project. Why I am not surprised? I think publicly traded technology companies suddenly making add-value for the children of the developing world instead of their shareholders would […]

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Wikimedia – media for all

A good media report is such that whatever opinion you hold about the topic, you’ll find the report supporting your point of view. I think the Dutch documentary “The Truth According To Wikipedia” does exactly this. In the video Ndesanjo Macha makes some excellent remarks being same time amused, cynical, despairing and hopeful. If you […]

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Making things slower and better

In a couple of last months I have been visiting two times the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco. I know their projects very well from online, but visiting physical places made me think about them differently. Physical world is so immersive – you know. “The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide counterpoint to today’s […]

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Stories, learning and ignorance

This is not a great story. This is a fragmented note I am making to this blog. The thesis of the post is: Learning is story telling. Avoid ignorance. Learning is story telling because we make sense of the world through stories. Teachers job has always been story telling. This should be in the core […]

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From social to socialist media

The title is a chapter in a new book by Juha Suoranta & Tere Vadén. Here is an introdcution of the book from the blog of the book, where you can also download the full book: WIKIWORLD – Political Economy and the Promise of Participatory Media In the digital world of learning there is a […]