Emerging Tech Panel – Learning in Commons

Here is the video of a panel I was part of at SITE 2018 this week. https://youtu.be/ldCabGp3FRQ The panel was discussing uses of Emerging Technologies in Teacher Education. My portion (the first chunk of the video) discussed the use of an Elgg based social networking learning platform I developed called Pace Commons.
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Emerging Resonance?

This really thoughtful piece from Aeon is all about how we/our bodies respond to rhythms and other events without actually seeming to perceive them. This passage really caught my attention: But the experience of time involves more than just the perception of events occurring at a distance from us. We also experience time by instigating events through our actions, as well as encountering the actions of others. To relish the flow of a chat with a friend, or to feel the groove of a beat, is to hav...
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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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I am a social media machine

I have been thinking lately in Vonnegutian terms. I am apparently a machine that is designed to post to social media and then respond to others. That may not be my job in life (at the moment, I am an Assistant Professor of Education at Pace University), but it is the place from which my value as a public person is (seems to be) derived. And it is the way I have started to (re) think my lived existence. So, this article has really resonated with me. And especially this bit: The folks at Facebook...
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