February 1, 2016
Learning Tech at a Faster Clip…
Each week, the IT Representatives Network (IT-REPS/REPTICs) offers brief tutorials in the form of video clips that were developed to support the development of ICT Profile abilities. These clips are specifically designed for students, but are useful to anyone that wants to improve their technology skills.
Please note that it is possible for you to embed the video clips from the ICT Profile for Students into your blog or web page (list of all video clips). To do this:
- Near the top of the page click on “</> Embed Video”
- Copy and paste the text that corresponds to the size of the video you would like to integrate into your blog or web page.
Cégep à distance in cooperation with the Réseau des répondantes et répondants TIC (Réseau REPTIC)
As usual, useful description of what can be done to enhance learning with diverse tools. As the 2014 version of the ICT Profile makes so clear, the skills acquired are more important than the software used in a given instance.
The prospect of going beyond specific tools gets quite exciting, at this point. Some of it will sound intensely technical, but can lead to important shifts in the way we work with “documents”. In other words, while these things may not change the way most people learn right now, the same could have been said about the World Wide Web in 1994 and it’s useful to “keep an ear to the ground” as important innovations are being appropriated in our sphere of agency.
For instance, there are Open Annotation standards for the Web which are linked with ePUB books and PDF files (which can even synchronise annotations).
W3C’s Doug Schepers has created a fascinating interactive diagram which describes the potential for such an annotation model. Its use in teaching could open the doors to something truly powerful. Imagine being able to maintain the chain of attribution as diverse learners work on the same content. Picture a world in which collaborative note-taking can really help in the construction of new forms of knowledge…
In fact, the non-profit organisation shepherding Open Annotation has hired Dr. Jeremy Dean (from LitGenius) as Director of Education. Dean’s post introducing hypothes.is for education can be truly inspiring for anyone interested in marginalia. Those of us with a background in the Humanities rarely get a chance to combine our passion with such neat technology (that is, outside of Digital Humanities).
Because some forward-looking annotation services now support Open Standards, we can welcome the fact that some other people propose other tools to address perceived issues with existing solutions.
We do live in exciting times!