Technology and Relationships

iron lung
I found myself really fascinated by this article about the development of respiratory ventilators. It does a really good job in walking the reader through the history of the development of medical apparatuses to support breathing. Two things really stuck out for me. The first is that the first major hurdle in developing these types of devices was a conceptual one -- and not a technological one. In order to help patients breathe, we needed to understand how breathing works. The lungs r...
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Current Research into Student Interaction Networks, Part 2 – (the second of a series)

Previously on... For the past four years, I have been experimenting with a social learning platform, which I call Pace Commons, which is based on Elgg social networking software. Pedagogically, my major goal was to flatten the typical instructor centered hierarchies endemic to most learning management systems (such as Blackboard). As a teacher educator, it seemed philosophically inconsistent to be working with teachers and teacher candidates to promote student-centered, autonomy supportiv...
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Current Research into Student Interaction Networks (the first of a series)

Introduction For the past four years, I have been experimenting with a social learning platform, which I call Pace Commons, which is based on Elgg social networking software. Pedagogically, my major goal was to flatten the typical instructor centered hierarchies endemic to most learning management systems (such as Blackboard). As a teacher educator, it seemed philosophically inconsistent to be working with teachers and teacher candidates to promote student-centered, autonomy supportive cl...
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