What Sheila’s seen this week

Following in the footsteps of Martin Hawskey and Tony Hirst who often publish links of sites/articles they’ve book marked, I’ve decided to take a leaf out of their books but take a more manual personal approach and share a few things that have caught my eye.

I really admire Audrey Watters work and writing style – it’s something I aspire too.    I also wish I had a brother who knew people like Seymor Papert 🙂 This article embodies everything I admire about her philosophy and writing style.

the huge gulf between those like Gates who have a vision of computers as simply efficient content delivery and assessment systems and those like Seymour who have a vision of computers as powerful and discovery learning machines. The former does things to children; the latter empowers them to do things — to do things in the world, not just within a pre-defined curriculum.

The LSE Impact of Social Science blog attracts some great writers too.  Perhaps this week as I set out on a bit of a new adventure and launch this blog, this article by David Beer on Academic Knowledge and the politics of circulation struck a chord.

Just because it looks like we are able to communicate our ideas directly to a potential audience doesn’t mean that it will ultimately be heard. Academics may need to turn towards those working with new media forms in order to understand their own working conditions and the potential implications of this remediation. We might need to start with the materiality of new media infrastructures and then try to understand exactly how the politics of circulation is shaping the communication and dissemination of our knowledge and ideas. At least then we will have a better sense of the context in which we are attempting to forge new types of dialogue with the social world

Since taking part in #moocmooc last year I’ve become a fan of Hybrid Pedagogy and this article is a really useful overview of the history of the #hashtag, as well as a fascinating account of how the #arthistory tag crossed from the virtual to the real world.

Part (potential) academic tool, part play-thing, the hashtag is a complex entity

Of course the new Cetis site launched this week too which I have to mention.

And last but not least, have you every wondered what it would be like to be a cow? No, not a horrible person but an actual cow. Well now you can.  I often fall asleep to the World Service which has an eclectic range of programmes in the middle of the night.  I thought wearing sensors, a visor and crawling around may have have been a dream but no, there is a real project at Stanford where you can experience life from a cow’s point of view. This article explains more.

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