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Who chooses the tools for teaching? You or your IT department?

“- – if we put before the mind’s eye the ordinary schoolroom, with its rows of ugly desks placed in geometrical order, crowded together so that there shall be as little moving room as possible, desks almost all of the same size, with just space enough to hold books, pencils and paper, and add a […]

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Open source / FLOSS tool for online collaboration

Aalto Media Lab students are awesome. Now they have collected a list of open source / FLOSS tools for online collaboration during the pandemic. The original file is in the Wikimedia’s etherpad. I don’t want to share the link to that collaboratively editable file, but I copied here the content as it was on Tuesday […]

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Augmenting human intelligence with artificial intelligence. Part 2: Lifelong learning

I decided to write a couple of draft/work in progress texts under the title “Augmenting human intelligence with artificial intelligence”. I am publishing the texts in several parts. The first part was called metamedia. This piece is about lifelong learning (organizations and other stuff).  Part 2: Lifelong learning (organisations and other stuff) There seems to […]

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Augmenting human intelligence with artificial intelligence. Part 1: Metamedia

I decided to write a couple of draft/work in progress texts under the title Augmenting human intelligence with artificial intelligence. I am publishing the texts in several parts. The first part is called metamedia and attempts to explain the essence of technology that affects human intelligence. Part 1: Metamedia (or New Media, or programmable media) You […]

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MOOCs are like marathons: you must train for years to complete one

I think it was Pierre Dillenbourg, who once said that MOOCS are like marathons. You may find a map and run the Stockholm Marathon by yourself, but doing it together with some 20 000 other people is just more fun. With a crowd it is easier. People motivate each other. It is known that only […]

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Flipped classroom in an online class

I am writing a short article about a blended-learning experiment we did the last autumn semester. Before checking the actual research data we gathered from the experiment, I wanted to post here some first thoughts. Notes to myself. Here they are. I explained the experiment already shortly in an earlier post I wrote some time ago. […]

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The democratisation of design

Victor Papanek begins his book, published in 1971, with the words “All men are designers”. By this, Papanek means that an element of design is involved in almost everything people do. Design is the basis of all human activity. The fact that Papanek himself was an industrial designer gives more weight to his words, even […]

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Wikipedia Open Search: The World Needs It

In the last years the Wikipedia’s search has been improving. It still sucks, but it is getting better. There is a smart team working with the search and the Wikidata is giving a structure to the data. Think what Wikipedia Search could be? Think what Wikipedia Search could do? First of all, it could answer to […]

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MOOC for teachers: why to bring coding to school?

This autumn our research group was involved in the design and implementation of a MOOC for Finnish teachers. The Code Alphabet MOOC was designed to help teachers bring coding to their classes, as proposed by the national curriculum framework for primary education in Finland from 2016 onwards. The national curriculum states, for example, that a […]

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Computers are the instruments of collaborative learning and knowledge work

Imagine a jazz band. A guitarist, a saxophonist, a pianist, a bass player and a drummer. The band is lead by the guitar player. He is the one that is, not only composing the first ideas, but also organizing most of the practicalities with the agent of the band. There are rehearsals, gigs, transportation, catering […]