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Why I Still Believe in Badges

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“Badges are plots by for-profit institutions to disrupt state-funded higher education. It's all about money and trying to turn a public good into a privatized for-profit revenue stream. You need to get your critical theory books out and read Marx.”
— Anonymous philosophy professor
 
I have sympathy for those who see certain developments in technology as being fueled by dark, hidden forces aiming at nothing less than to overturn life as we know it.

Re-imagining the Where, When, and How of Educational Practice

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"Well, I guess in all honesty I would have to say that I never knew nor did I ever hear of anybody that money didn't change." (Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men)

Last month, I was at Bett, the annual educational technology and training show. It was a feast for the senses: I saw higher-pixel displays that supposedly 'improve learning,’ multi-touch screens to 'transform educational experiences,’ and (of course!) tablet devices were presented as a panacea for, well, everything.… more

Going Beyond 'Learning to Code': Why 2014 is the Year of Web Literacy

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In January 2012 the Mayor of New York tweeted, along with thousands of other people, that he planned to 'learn to code' during the course of that year. Whether or not he was successful in this venture, it's a good indication of how 'learn to code' has captured the zeitgeist and become a movement.… more