Microgrids and Education

I have been spending a lot of time recently thinking about and researching the role that networks and networking plays in learning environments. Mostly, I have been working at ways to promote, support, and foster what Paul Baran called distributed networks in schools and classrooms. This article talks about energy/power microgrids, which due to their decentralized nature, can survive the breakdowns associated with larger, more centralized power grids. It left me wondering about analogues in ...
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Presentation – “Learning Computational Thinking Together”

I gave a presentation today at SITE 2018 called "Learning Computational Thinking Together." It focuses on research I have done on participants in a sixth grade robotics program and how they talked about problem solving, building, and coding.     [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/421101384" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="166" iframe="tru...
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Learning as a social activity

This really interesting video of UK neuroscientist Sophie Scott has her discussing some really interesting research into conversation. It is pretty short (about 6 minutes) and very compelling. I need to check out the research she mentions. What I took away was that conversation is an act that goes beyond distinctions of signal and noise, of conveying information, and is more about establishing and maintaining social connections. This made me think of how learning and education are also not sole...
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Signal and Noise Presentation

Here are the slides for a presentation I just gave at the UN NG Committee on the Rights of Children called "Signal and Noise: The Complex Relationship between Technology and Education." [slideshare id=83728068&doc=signalandnoise-171209144905] And here is the audio of the talk. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/367156430" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&am...
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