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The 5 Big Mistakes Of Virtual Education

thanks Kirsten Winkler for sharing


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Conférence... "Edupreneurs"

J'invite les collègues de Grèce à assister à l'intervention de l'entrepreneur Eli David à l'espace de coworking Coho de Thessalonique, jeudi 18 septembre de 19h à 20h30.

Pourquoi son intervention peut-elle être intéressante pour nous enseignants ?
> Pour l'écouter parler de LingoLearn, un site d'apprentissage des langues en ligne qu'il a crée en 2010.
> Parce que enseignement et entrepreneuriat ne sont pas des notions à opposer. Bien au contraire, soyons des enseignants ayant un impact DANS et HORS de nos classes ; des enseignants experts dans nos classes, mais ayant également à cœur de contribuer au développement de toute la profession ; des enseignants ayant de l’énergie pour diffuser de nouvelles idées et pratiques pédagogiques et éducatives.
> Pour nous aider à prendre conscience du nouveau rôle que nous pouvons jouer et à le définir… Le rôle d’ “Edupreneur”.

Au plaisir de vous retrouver à Coho ce jeudi !

Plus d'informations sur l'évènement :

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Skype has become boring and why that’s a good thing


I quoted Clay Shirky on that quite a bit already, but I think his idea that tech first needs to become boring in order to make a real impact on society is straight on, still.

Great article in which Kirsten Winkler makes a point that a) Skype is increasingly used by people to learn and teach and b) therefore it doesn’t make any sense for online teachers to “hide” on designated teaching platforms but they should face the world wide web instead.

On agency as resistance.

“For my money, the most elaborate version of this logic is education reform. Here we start with the premise that urban public education is impossible. Funding cannot be increased, even though many urban areas are gentrifying at an astounding rate and hence there should be more property tax money available than ever before — but Tax-Increment Funding districts make sure that money never materializes. So basically things are just going to get worse and worse.That’s the baseline. Within that set of constraints, you know a lot of children will inevitably be left behind, and so you figure out a way to make sure that the good old talented tenth has a way to escape (and join the mainstream power structure). You also might try a few hail-Mary passes, like setting aside public money to gamble that talented edupreneurs can devise some magical new mode of education, or cutting teacher salaries to make sure that everyone who goes into the field is motivated sheerly by love — hence presumably increasing your odds of an inspiring educator and an “O Captain My Captain” moment (although you shouldn’t stand on the desks because the maintenance budget was cut a while back).In this context, the most heroic political gesture of the last decade came during Bush’s attempt to privatize Social Security. Republicans admittedly aren’t as good at coming up with convincing constraints, and so the ruse was much more immediately transparent: either we switch to a private retirement system or else Social Security will go bankrupt and everyone will die. Nancy Pelosi rejected the privatization plan, and when pressed for an alternative, she said: “My alternative is nothing.” In a world of fake crises and forced choices, perhaps doing nothing is the most subversive gesture possible.”

“Let’s take another idea from Abrams: ultimately, she is arguing for consciousness raising and resistance. For her, agency and resistance become almost synonyms. Agency is struggle, including the struggle of not doing something, like not laughing at a sexist joke, becoming what Sara Ahmed calls a “killjoy.” I think we can flip the script here: if agency is resistance, it’s the capacity that slows things down, redirects them, lays new paths or blocks old ones. Agency from the one side is activity; from the other side, from the side of one agency meeting another, it’s an impediment. A full study of agency therefore requires attending to both its resistance and to what resists it. It requires attending to agency as a field of productive resistances.”