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  • themusicwoman 9:12 pm on September 16, 2011
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    As I blearily re-read the instructions for this week’s assignment, I dutifully go back and look at the article names I only glanced at before when reading Section 2.1. Randomly choosing Connie Malamed’s Learning Coach, I felt like I was having a deja vu moment. Wait a sec, I thought to myself, this looks eerily […]

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    • khenry 5:07 am on September 17, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi MW,
      Thanks for your informative and interesting post. I also use Youtube as a search engine but did not know those stats either. Very interesting.
      I agree with your comments on Malamed’s site. I also like the fact that there were blogs/comments on questions and reactions to the content and her responses to such. These were not necessarily readily available on some of the other reports and in this current culture of blogging, social interaction/networking/learning/exchange this was a key attribute..

    • mcquaid 3:18 pm on September 17, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I also reviewed this article. While thinking critically about the content, I wasn’t even thinking about the things around it – good call! You are right about the unobtrusive ads. As much as I found the article “light”, I also appreciated the directness of it – being direct and succinct are important when delivering messages online.

  • Tamara Wong 4:42 am on September 16, 2011
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    I chose to analyze Connie Malamed December 2010 opinion piece “Learning Technology Trends to Watch in 2011.”  In the true fashion of judging a book by its cover I chose this particular piece because of the visuals – a conscious choice as I feel I understand and learn better when there are visual cues that […]

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    • themusicwoman 9:19 pm on September 16, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Dear Tamara,

      I literally closed my eyes and clicked on one of the links and I chose the same article. I also didn’t read anyone else’s post but I like whomever called it the “People Magazine” overview. 🙂 I agree with you that the comments were more informative but I liked the layout so will probably go back to the site. When I say I would recommend it, I’m actually thinking of some of the teachers I work with who are still hitting reply all instead of reply sender. Nice post.

    • khenry 5:54 am on September 17, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Tamara,
      I appreciate your multi-perspective approach to this discussion, particulalry the parallels made from your experience on the site to an integrated learning tool ( your language arts example).
      Perspective is an interesting thing. I agree that many of the accounts could benefit from further exploration. However, it could also be that Malamed is catering to a specific target audience, perhaps the kind of teachers MW mentioned, or objective, an introduction and brief overview to platform further research. Also, perhaps she could offer services that would garner deeper information. That in and of itself would be a viable venture.

    • mcquaid 3:28 pm on September 17, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi, Tamara.
      I had not thought about the language possibilities for AR before you mentioned them. It’s like taking Google Goggles to the next step… what a useful technology-aided ability that would be when traveling! One would just hope that those in charge of translation knew what they were doing and were trustworthy. When they aren’t, we all know what the consequences could be:

      Like you, I would only recommend it, I think, as a “neat little summary-type” article.

    • kstooshnov 1:07 pm on September 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Tamara,

      There is something to be said about the opening comment you made, how visually appealing Malamed’s blog is, and it may be an appeal to Gardner’s spatial intelligence, The phrase “judging a book by its cover” was meant to indicate shallow, snap judgements rather than a more academically-sound analysis of the book itself. Yet now with digital technology, does this old saw hold true? Like rotary phones, analog clocks and television dials, books are slowly being replaced by Web-based content (very slowly, it may be decades before children ask parents “what does dust jacket mean?”). Internet-users need those visual cues to incite their interests, even if it turns out to be the “People Magazine” version of learning technology. How many people are willing to read through a screenful of plain text to gather information? How many of us ETEC 522ers actually read through each edtech marketplace report before posting our responses? While Malamed’s predictions may not be absolutely informative, she has caught the attention of enough of us to continue on with this discussion.


  • mcquaid 5:44 pm on September 15, 2011
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    This is a look at the eLearning coach (Connie Malamed)’s Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2011. Done in December of 2010, some of it may be dated or evolving already (as the article alludes to, as an “artificial” end-of-year piece), but as a static document, I took it at its face value right now. […]

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    • Jim 5:54 pm on September 15, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I think we are both saying that the site doesn’t really say too much… or, at least, too more more than we already know… I suspect that it becomes more of an audience issue… Who is Connie’s audience with this blog? Probably not us… You and I are probably more the type to follow the blog’s of specific teachers using technology and hang on every word of their reflections about using it in their practice. For example, take a look at this teacher and her breathtaking post about using VoiceThread as a containers for her students’ e-portfolios:


      That’s what I’m talking about…

    • mcquaid 4:05 pm on September 17, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I think you’re right Jim – it may be an audience issue. I think her article is fine for what it is, perhaps – just a list of things. As MET students, directed to be critical, I wonder if we just wanted and expected too much from it.
      Thanks for the blog link. I checked it out the other day… I’ll have a more thorough look later!

    • verenanz 12:09 pm on September 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I agree with both of you. i wonder if she is a teach teacher just trying to encourage her “troops” to look at tech alternatives in the classroom?

      THANK YOU for the great voicethread link…We are looking at e-portfolios at work at the moment…so this a great example for my “troops”.


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