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  • Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson, I came across quotes that every educational technophile MUST hear. They are reproduced from the work of Dave Thornburg and David Dwyer.
  • Search for iTopia (Updated)

    1. 1. Is there an iTopia?<br />Is there an iTopia of Learning?<br />Where is it?<br />How do we get there?<br />
    2. 2. The journey<br />“Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?” <br />(Principal’s Publication, 1815)<br />“Students today depend too much on ink. They don’t know how to use a knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.” <br />(Journal of the National Association of Teachers, 1907)<br />“Students today depend on store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.”<br />(Rural American Teacher, 1928)<br />“Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices then throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Businesses and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.”<br />(Federal Teachers, 1950)<br />
    3. 3. From Slate to Pad<br />Students don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. What will they do when they run out of paper?<br />
    4. 4. After the BIG question “The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything” which we know the answer – the next big question is “Is there and iTopia space for student learning?”<br />
    5. 5. Where is the space?<br />Where is the space?<br />
    6. 6. Our Journey…<br />So in the distant sands of time we set off to find this place…if it exists<br />
    7. 7. The Chasm of Lost Acronyms<br />CBI (Computer Based Instruction)<br />VLE (Virtual Learning Environments)<br />SLN (Social Learning Network)<br />LCMS (Learning Content Management Systems)<br />CMS (Course Management Systems)<br />CMS (Content Management Systems)<br />LMS (Learning Management Systems)<br />ILS (Integrated Learning Systems)<br />iTopia This Way<br />CAL (Computer Assisted Learning)<br />CBT (Computer Based Training)<br />
    8. 8. Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />
    9. 9. WebCT<br />Before search for Social/Ubuntu<br />OK for Content Delivery & Course Management<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Non Uni people access<br />Wasn’t good at collaborative docs<br />
    10. 10. Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />
    11. 11. OLS<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Focus on Learning<br />Designed for Social Constructivst<br />Integrated to UKZN<br />Good document handling<br />Lacked strong social/community aspect<br />No powerful collaboration<br />
    12. 12. Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />
    13. 13. Elgg<br /><ul><li> Ravines of Technicality
    14. 14. Investigated Brighton
    15. 15. Good Social Networking
    16. 16. Institutional Lock Out
    17. 17. Self Managed Servers
    18. 18. Difficult to make fun/engaging</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Ning – 2008<br />
    19. 19. Ning<br /><ul><li> CLOUDe Valley
    20. 20. Good Social, Community
    21. 21. Control nice – any time, place
    22. 22. Access from anywhere
    23. 23. Fun interesting interface, functionality
    24. 24. File Handling poor</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />
    25. 25. Mahara<br /><ul><li> Ravines of Technicality
    26. 26. Open source
    27. 27. Used portfolio approach
    28. 28. Nice educational approach
    29. 29. Confused students with this approach
    30. 30. Not easy use
    31. 31. No community/fun experience
    32. 32. Limited plugins
    33. 33. Had to keep tech up to date (new versions)
    34. 34. Had to teach external examiner how to use it</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />CollectiveX – 2009<br />
    35. 35. CollectiveX<br />nextrovert.collectivex.com<br /><ul><li>CLOUDe Valley
    36. 36. Bland – no real community feel
    37. 37. No stamping own personality
    38. 38. Layout restrictive
    39. 39. Plugins limited
    40. 40. Storage/bandwidth costly</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />CollectiveX – 2009<br />Grou.ps – 2009<br />
    41. 41. Grou.ps<br />http://grou.ps/nextrovert<br /><ul><li>CLOUDe Valley
    42. 42. Cloud based
    43. 43. Free
    44. 44. Lots of collaborative tools
    45. 45. Control over everything including ads
    46. 46. Files based on tagging
    47. 47. Fairly good with individual pages
    48. 48. Cloud blew away & USA students often couldn’t get in</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />Ning - 2010<br />CollectiveX – 2009<br />Grou.ps – 2009<br />
    49. 49. Ning<br /><ul><li> returNING 2 CLOUDe Valley
    50. 50. Even more plugins
    51. 51. File system still clunky
    52. 52. Lots of freedom for creation of identity
    53. 53. Can choose own skins etc
    54. 54. The best embedded chat (others didn’t have or didn’t work well)
    55. 55. Nearly 1000 blog posts in 10 weeks
    56. 56. No Free Ning</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />Edmodo – 2010<br />Ning - 2010<br />CollectiveX – 2009<br />Grou.ps – 2009<br />
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    70. 70.
    71. 71. Authentic Learning Spaces = Blend of Social & Learning Content<br />
    72. 72.
    73. 73. Lessons 2.0<br />Digital campfire <br />What have learnt?<br />Where is iTopia?<br />What does it look like?<br />Can we get there?<br />
    74. 74. Lessons 2.0<br />Ubun2.0 Learning Happening<br />Be prepared to work in a <br />“Building Zone”<br />
    75. 75. Cracking the Code<br />
    76. 76. Beyond University 1.0<br />
    77. 77. Join the Journey<br />

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