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Teleporting to Romania
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, May 15, 2012
This is why I love Twitter. I caught this message from @Letitia_Potorac‬ (who lives in Romania) early this morning. Read the article, “Chinese Physicists Smash Distance Record For Teleportation“, then see the conversation that followed . Lots of fun - and all before breakfast. Wed, 16 May 2012 00:59:26 +0000 [Comment]

MIT and Harvard launch a 'revolution in education'
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, May 03, 2012
Several high profile open course initiatives have attracted a lot of attention in recent months. These include Stanford Engineering Everywhere, (especially Sebastian Thrun’s popular Artificial Intelligence course), Udacity (Thrun’s Internet start-up), MITx, Coursera (Princeton, Stanford, Michigan and Pennsylvania) and now  edX, a collaboration between MIT and Harvard. Class Central lists 53 ongoing or upcoming open courses from these universities. Clearly, collaborations ... Thu, 03 May 2012 11:58:47 +0000 [Comment]

Open Strategies in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Apr 15, 2012
Last week (11-13 April), I attended the DEANZ 2012 (Distance Education Association New Zealand) conference  in Wellington, where I gave a presentation titled: “Open Strategies in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges”. I uploaded my slides to the DEANS conference presentation site, where the presentations are linked to the schedule. It is worth checking out the other presentations [...] Sun, 15 Apr 2012 22:17:31 +0000 [Comment]

Motivation and Education
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Apr 14, 2012
I came across a post on Matt Monge’s blog about “The Surprising Truth About Motivation”, an animated talk that Dan Pink gave at the RSA (while you’re on Matt’s blog, also have a look at his other posts). I’ve embedded Dan Pink’s animated talk below. You might also be interested in his TED talk on “The Surprising Science of [...] Sat, 14 Apr 2012 21:21:32 +0000 [Comment]

The “Kony 2012 Invisible Children” Internet phenomenon
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Mar 11, 2012
Over the past few days, a new hashtag, #Kony2012, started showing up with increasing frequency in my Twitter stream. A quick check today showed that a new twitter message containing this hashtag is published every two seconds. The related “Official Invisible Children” Twitter account (@Invisible) currently has 400,500 followers. So what’s all the chatter about? I followed the links to the “Kony [...] Sun, 11 Mar 2012 05:00:44 +0000 [Comment]

EDGEX2012 Conference: Disruptive Educational Research, New Delhi March 12-14 (Webcast)
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Mar 07, 2012
Check out the #EDGEX2012 Conference. The speakers include Jay Cross, George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Clark Quinn, Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Grainne Conole, Alicia Sanchez, Martin Weller, Les Foltos, and Jon Dron. This list is a who's who in the world of educational innovation and transformation. Have a look at the EDGEX2012 Brochure, the schedule, and register for the Webcasts. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 18:38:01 +0000 [Comment]

Pruning your social network connections?
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Feb 18, 2012
This post began as a comment on a blog post by Matt Thommes titled “Pruning your social network connections,” which he published in June, 2010. It was brought to my attention by Diethild Starkmeth, who is an active contributor to the diigo group that has been set up to support a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) course [...] Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:11:59 +0000 [Comment]

Kindle screen failure reveals repressed memory of earlier technology
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Feb 04, 2012
A dark cloud has settled over my Kindle landscape. Unlike the Kindle Cloud, a service that  allows me to access and read my books from the Web using different devices, this one is permanent, and remains “printed” on my Kindle screen even after the device is turned off. The Kindle is one of the many E-book readers that [...] Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:04:04 +0000 [Comment]

Is the organizational model broken? Start a company.
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Jan 26, 2012
Today’s edition of  Stephen Downes’ Online Daily email contains a link to Sebastian Thrun’s “University 2.0″ video (27:30), in which he explains that he left his tenured position at Stanford University in order to embark on a “mission to change the future of education“. Thrun is responsible for Stanford’s high profile “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” course [...] Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:43:23 +0000 [Comment]

I’ve joined another MOOC. Thats nice . . . What’s a MOOC?
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Jan 25, 2012
A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. A MOOC can accommodate a large number of individuals (thousands, in some cases), and they are open to anyone who wants to participate. The weekly plan, resources, live sessions and recordings are available for anyone to access online, and they are focused on a particular area of [...] Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:27:11 +0000 [Comment]

Students go to school in the mornings, make a film in the afternoons
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Jan 24, 2012
This morning, a colleague drew my attention to an interesting report (5:34) that aired on TV1 news last night (Monday 23 January). It was about a group of five New Zealand students at Hamilton Boys High School (Juan Robertson, Robin Kuyper, Nathaniel Watson, David Robinson and Simon Lillis) who attended school for just three hours a [...] Tue, 24 Jan 2012 07:11:19 +0000 [Comment]

Ex-Greek PM George Papandreou on power, democracy, and the global economy
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Dec 10, 2011
We all remember the response from the mainstream media, the financial sector, and most European political leaders when, in early November, then Prime Minister, George Papandreou, called for a referendum to ask his people if were prepared to accept the European Union's bailout plan, and the severe austerity measures that it contained. This recent plan follows a similar deal [...] Sat, 10 Dec 2011 20:19:18 +0000 [Comment]

The fight for public space online and off
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Nov 15, 2011
“Last night I deleted my Facebook account.” So begins a message that Dave Winer published on his blog on Thursday, 10 November, 2011. I left a comment in response to his post, which I have pasted below. Facebook protests have mounted since recent changes to their “Privacy” policy. For many, like Dave Winer, this was the [...] Tue, 15 Nov 2011 19:30:41 +0000 [Comment]

Leave Faceboogle! Join the Social Swarm!
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Nov 15, 2011
I received the following email this morning. I thought it was worth passing on as is. I’ll post related comments and links soon. Subject: Invitation to the Social Swarm Dear fellow people from the Internet. We know that social network services changed the way  we handle information and relationships. But we also know that social network [...] Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:22:16 +0000 [Comment]

#connectedpd Session with Howard Reingold
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Nov 05, 2011
Last night, I followed a link to the Website for Connected PD,  an “experiment in “Community-sourced” teacher professional development”. The Events page had an announcement for a session on ”Teacher Professional Development and Participatory Learning”, with guest, Howard Rheingold, on Friday, November 4, 9 am PDT / 12pm EDT. Although that meant 5:00AM on Saturday morning in [...] Sat, 05 Nov 2011 18:22:19 +0000 [Comment]

Five Card Stories
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Oct 14, 2011
While sniffing around on the Internet this evening, I came across Alan Levine‘s CodDogBlog, and I followed a scent to his Five Card Stories project. As he explains, “You are dealt five random photos for each draw, and your task is to select one each time to add to a selection of images, that taken together as a final [...] Fri, 14 Oct 2011 08:54:55 +0000 [Comment]

eBooks: In Remembrance of Things Past?
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Oct 05, 2011
I caught a Twitter post this morning with a link to an article on Salon.com by Paul Lafarge: “Why the book's future never happened.” (5 October). He reviews the history of hypertext narratives, and he asks why the hypertext novel has failed to supplant the conventional form, even though we are increasingly reading books on [...] Wed, 05 Oct 2011 23:50:41 +0000 [Comment]

The Revolution Will Be Streamed
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Oct 02, 2011
“Global Revolution” Live video stream, New York, NY, 1 Oct. 2011 fuuji: Put the anonymous video bac sub451: watching clips from the bridge…the white shirt guys are pretty uptight…wonder how they deal with their families Lisakitty: We are already winning this thang  … WOOT WOOT shiftysmanifesto: WHO ELSE IS GOING OUT THERE TOMMOROW?!?!?!?!?!? ppink55: “We [...] Sun, 02 Oct 2011 19:08:15 +0000 [Comment]

The OERu (Open Educational Resources University)
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Oct 02, 2011
The WikiEducator site supports a community of people and institutions that collaborate on the planning, creation and distribution of Open Educational Resources. It is supported by the Open Education Resource Foundation, which is based at the Otago Polytechnic (next to the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand, where I work). This evening, I received [...] Sun, 02 Oct 2011 10:49:27 +0000 [Comment]

Steve Jobs on Connecting the Dots
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Oct 01, 2011
On 24 August, 2011, Apple Inc. issued a press release stating: “Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple: Tim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the Board .” The Associated Press story soon appeared in major newspapers worldwide, from the Guardian, to the Los Angeles Times, to the New Zealand Herald. His departure sparked much discussion [...] Sat, 01 Oct 2011 10:08:50 +0000 [Comment]

Ten Skills for the Future Workforce
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Sept 29, 2011
The University of Phoenix Research Institute recently published a report titled “Future Work Skills 2020“. The research describes several drivers that the authors believe will change organizations, alter the employment environment, and require individuals to reconsider how to prepare themselves for the future. The document outlines the following “Ten Skills for the Future Workforce”. It seems to me that the discipline [...] Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:49:40 +0000 [Comment]

The Power of Open – Creative Commons Stories
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Sept 29, 2011
Last week, the Creative Corporation released “The Power of Open,” a 47 page book (available as a free download) that documents the stories of some of the many people who are using Creative Commons licences in their work. These include DJVadim, a musician, the ProPublica Journalism website, the Kahn Academy (which publishes free educational videos), and The Open University. The [...] Tue, 28 Jun 2011 08:21:31 +0000 [Comment]

Should iPads be encouraged in schools?
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Sept 29, 2011
TVNZ reports that “from next year, all year nine students at Orewa College must have their own notebook or laptop, and the school is strongly recommending it be a top of the range iPad 2, which sells for around $800″. The school principal, Kate Shevland, wrote to parents of year 9 students, explaining that ”what we [...] Wed, 20 Jul 2011 23:06:01 +0000 [Comment]

Open Access Journals and Books
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Sept 29, 2011
I’m in the process of completing a research article and I thought I would see if I could find a suitable Open Access Journal to submit it to. Wikipedia has a good entry on Open Access (OA), which it describes as “unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals, and also increasingly to book chapters or monographs”. The entry includes several [...] Sun, 04 Sep 2011 12:13:11 +0000 [Comment]

TEDxLondon The Education Revolution
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Sept 29, 2011
I woke up early and had trouble falling back to sleep, so I picked up my iPhone and checked my Twitter feed. I saw a stream of tweets from people attending TEDxLondon: The Education Revolution. It was 4:30 AM Sunday morning in New Zealand and 5:30 PM Saturday night in London. Most of the messages were [...] Sat, 17 Sep 2011 17:56:32 +0000 [Comment]

Qualitative Research – Journal, Institute, Conferences
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Sept 29, 2011
While searching through lists of  Open Access Journals, Gillian McCarthy discovered the the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, which is published by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) at the University of Alberta. In her post, Gillian discusses the relevancy of this journal for her research on Strategic Design, which includes interviews with design academics. The International Journal of Qualitative Methods [...] Sun, 11 Sep 2011 21:53:22 +0000 [Comment]

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! (TED Talk 2010)
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Sept 29, 2011
This is the 18-minute TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson (2010) that sparked the TEDxLondon gathering that I discussed in my last post. In this talk, he argues that education systems require more than just reform. Rather than trying to improve a broken model, fundamental innovation is required. Robinson explains that we are enthralled by the factory [...] Sat, 17 Sep 2011 21:59:00 +0000 [Comment]

“Discoverability”, “Findability”, and Alerts
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Sept 29, 2011
As we all know, an increasing number of Open Access Journals are available that provide high quality, peer-reviewed research that is freely available for anyone to read and use. The difficulty, of course, is that you have to know that they exist, and you have to remember to check them periodically to see what new [...] Mon, 19 Sep 2011 23:52:15 +0000 [Comment]

You can check-out any time you like
Mark Mcguire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Sept 29, 2011
The basic business model behind Facebook and other social networking sites (Myspace, Twitter, Second Life) is the same. Create a privately-owned social space on the Internet and invite the whole world to come and party. As well as providing the venue, the company issues the rules of engagement and supplies everything the guests need to [...] Mon, 26 Sep 2011 17:09:29 +0000 [Comment]


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