#Change11 #CCK12 The Learning Key and Semantic Web Tools

Where is the “learn” key?  Asks Maria Anderson.  Socratic questioning has been a fundamental way of stimulating thinking in teaching and learning.

In this the world is my school, Maria explains:

“Any content that exists on the Internet (or is connected to the Internet) would be tagged with Socratic learning questions and metadata for subjects. Learners would have their own bank of questions, personalized to their own learning interests. As a result, instead of learning that is designed around a physical place (e.g., schools), an educational space (e.g., learning management systems), or a person of authority (e.g., instructor), this system is designed around the learner.

It goes without saying that the implications for education are huge. In the space of a few years, we could develop a completely separate content learning system that’s incredibly flexible and personalized to the interests of the learner.”

Maria’s ideas are resonating for me.  I think creating a system that is designed around the learner could put education back into the “hands” of each individual learner.

Here I have consolidated some tools:

1. Socrait – and a document on Socrait – still yet to be developed.

2. Quora

3. Wolfram – Computational knowledge engine

4. Semantic web tools and tools here

5. Semantic web tools

Only some of the semantic web tools are open to public, as there are lots of tools owned by the institutions.

This would also need to be integrated with the Internet of Things (and here), that affords people to sensemake while learning and navigating through the networks.

I wonder if a MOOC on Semantic tools with learning keys would be of interests to MOOCers!

Postscript: Part 2 System of Systems

Another useful Google tool .

Interesting tool Mentormob.

#Change11 #CCK12 #LAK12 Know thyself

This thought controlled computing – a tool to unlock about yourself is intriguing

What are the uses? Helping people with ADD to understand their thoughts, their attention deficits.  Unlocking one’s mind, like plugging into your Google.  Helping us to lead a better or balanced life, through studying our sleep cycles and patterns, and our brain waves.

Would these be part of the micro learning analytic – based on thought controlled computing?  Wonder if the next iPad or computer would come with this personalised computing power, where the technology will instruct you on how to keep focused and so you would be able to align your thoughts with your aims or goals.

Are we entering into an age of cyborgs  with such tools as tablets, iPads, iphones & mobile technology?

In this article on cyborgs:

There have been opposite approaches to the search for truth. One seeks absolute knowledge (the Eleatics, Plato, Confucius). The other seeks diversity and change (Heraclitus, Gorgias, Protagoras, Lao Tzu).  What would this technology lead us to? A quest for understanding diversity and changes rather than absolute truth?

“Systems theory suggests that change and choice are dependent on having a certain amount of instability, of abandoning rigid ways of thinking and being, It thus, at least metaphorically, supports a Heraclitian and postmodern social theoretical view of the inherent importance of change, and thus, the ability to think flexibly and make choices. The discourse of change is an essential part of emancipation, of establishing an open society. But the essential source of change comes from within (self-organization in systems talk), to which these conditions of flexibility best flourish with a great deal of personal courage in the face of our existential-cyborgian anxiety, and often despite conditions of inequality and oppression in a society.”

Would this technology help us in understanding what is in our mind?

Photo: from Google

#Change11 Visualization Tools

I am interested in exploring visualization of Connections using different tools.
Twitter:
Usage: http://ouseful.open.ac.uk/twitter/friendviz.html?q=YOUR_QUERY&typ=TYP where TYP is either q or tag, where q runs a normal Twitter search and tag runs a hashtag search.
Facebook:
Linked In:
Here is a post explaining the inmaps
Blogs:
http://www.touchgraph.com/seo (key in your blog url)
Visualizing Tool:
Examples:
Postscript: Thanks to Tony Hirst for the link to this amazing post.

#Change11 How to improve connectivity in MOOC through tools and media

gRSShoppers and RSS, email subscription, Scoop, etc. could be used for aggregation & curation, though commenting and pingback could still be difficult to trace, unless you use subscription and other tools.  As Alan said, one size doesn’t suit all, and so even interconnected massive links, with conversation still doesn’t mean that people would be able to “grow” and “prune” the network, unless there are means of “sorting” out the ones that are valuable from the “distraction”.  Is massive adding enough value to diversity, autonomy, and openness?  Would this depend on what one wants to achieve, again from MOOC? Fragmentation of information could be remedied by the tools, but pattern recognition of massive data and information relies also on the digital literacies and critical thinking skills of the networkers, with PLE/PLN.  So, MOOC may be a platform for testing out the practical use and limitations of those tools – gRSShoppers, Moodle and LMS (like FB).  May be Moodle could still be useful for novices, when the learners prefer more guidance and curation by others.  I was about to post this, when I just came across George’s post.

Here George just posted on what may be useful tools to be developed to improve connectivity.  I don’t think I have the time to work on those tools development, and that really depends on whether you want to use it in your online course like MOOC or not.

John