Matt Crosslin

12 Tech Fads in Higher Ed | Technology and Learning @insidehighered https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/12-tech-fads-higher-ed

This is an interesting list, but at the same time calling something a "fad" is in the eyes of the beholder. For those that still exist, there are people out there still doing great things with them. But there are also many, many people that never really jumped on the bandwagon with many of these. The comments are also interesting, where many people are letting personal feelings about technologies dictate what they think about them.

Matt Crosslin

Reading: Speak & Spell: A History http://hackeducation.com/2015/01/13/speak-and-spell/

The first rule of Ed Tech is to know your history. Behaviorism is the root of most Ed Tech, and this article shows how.

Matt Crosslin

Reading: "Context Is King: Why Today's MOOCs Don't Meet Corporate Needs" | WIRED http://www.wired.com/2015/01/context-is-king-moocs-corporate-needs/

"We need to return to the MOOC as originally envisioned: social learning" says Todd and Siemens. I agree. We keep bringing all educational ideas back to instructivism, because that is what we are comfortable with.

Matt Crosslin

Reading: "Why (Not) Wearables" http://hackeducation.com/2015/01/06/wearables/

Watters starts off with a look at what could be the next big trends, but then veers off into some of the big problems with these trends (which is probably a better angle to focus on, I'm thinking). In many cases, people who already have a lot of control are trying to gain more through these new technologies. Something to think about.

Matt Crosslin

Reading: "We finally know what comes after the smartphone" | The Verge http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/6/7500743/ces-2015-internet-of-things-advanced-driver-assistance

Finally? I think we have known these trends were coming for a while. But still, when companies start pushing these ideas at big shows like this, its something to pay attention to.

Matt Crosslin

Reading "Trying to solve for the problem of education in 2015 | Dave's Educational Blog http://davecormier.com/edblog/2015/01/05/trying-to-solve-for-the-problem-of-education-in-2015/

This post continues to look more at the issues that are needing reform in education in 2015, set in the historical context of how various education reforms have shaped our current system. This again sets a good stage for why I am a big proponent of heutatgogy.

Matt Crosslin

Reading: "Personalize Learning: 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015" http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/12/10-trends-to-personalize-learning-in.html

Interesting look at how many ideas in personalized learning might come together in 2015. There are still many institutional barriers in place that will hamper this (not to mention a societal fear of failure), but there is much here that I hope does begin to emerge.