Designing Learning Technology
Tue, 05 Feb 2002
Radio post #15
E. O. Wilson: "The relative indifference to the environment springs, I believe, from deep within human nature. The human brain evidently evolved to commit itself emotionally only to a small piece of geography, a limited band of kinsmen, and two or three generations into the future. To look neither far ahead nor far afield is elemental in a Darwinian sense." Wilson goes on to discuss why a strong stance on sustainabillity is crucial for the new century, in spite of our evolved shortsightedness.
Radio post #14
The Nation discusses Bill Moyer's special tonight on PBS. Moyer addresses the impact of NAFTA and free trade and how large corporations are using NAFTA to undermine local environmental restrictions.
Radio post #13
LTSeek is shutting down after a nearly four year run tracking news related to learning technologies. Congratulations to John Rakestraw for persevering for so long.
Radio post #12
BBC: Europe prepares to launch world's largest environmental satellite.
Radio post #9
Wired: John Bailey, former Directory of Educational Technology at Penn, named to head Office of Educational Technology.
Radio post #8
NPR ran a nice piece tonight about how isolating teaching can be. There's very little time in the day to interact with your peers. This isolation is also one reason why designing technologies for schools is, in some ways, harder than designing technologies for business settings. Educational technology has to be robust and easy to use, because there's rarely an IT department to install software and handle troubleshooting. Troubleshooting is particularly problematic because it happens in real time -- kids are waiting while you try to figure out what's wrong, and you can't turn around and ask a co-worker for help.