Monthly Archives: February 2013

Removing humans from Education, #edcmooc digital artefact

Removing humans from Education“, my digital artefact for the amazing #edcmooc is online!

In 2024, a dystopian Op Ed and News flash at



Notes on Technology is the Answer: What was the Question? #edcmooc

Notes on the speech by John Daniel Technology is the Answer: What was the Question?

Access, Quality and costs are the 3 key issues in Education. All in a competition with one another.

The way technology can help break free of this triangle can take many forms. Directly or indirectly facilitating access to education. But the right technology is the one available to the students.

Four Bs

  • Bias: be sceptical about assertions of the value of technology coming either from those who want to sell it to you or from their surrogates in political life
  • Bullshit: Once an idea has currency the press tend to stampede with it.
  • Think Broadly / Breadth: there are many technologies: books, blackboard, film, radio, television, programmed learning and so on. The Internet has not made them obsolete.
  • Balance: When we use technology are we using it to enhance learning or to enhance teaching?


Resources related to Introduction to Openness in Education

Education is about sharing. Good teacher are one that share the most.

[7:00 mn] Parallel between the Church restricting reading the bible in Latin and copyright restricting large scale diffusion of content. Copyright is similar to a kid throwing a fit and screaming mine mine mine.

[11:00] 150M new people enrolled in the next 25 years. 2400 new universities in the next 25years for India alone. (a new university every 2 weeks). Impossible => we need openness

Dr. David Wiley [] is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. He is also the Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge and Founder and board member of the Open High School of Utah

The Extended Argument for Openness in Education

Every person in the world enjoys free (no cost) access to the OER and free (no cost) permission to engage in the “4R” activities when using the OER:

  • Revise—adapt and improve the OER so it better meets your needs.
  • Remix—combine or “mash up” the OER with other OER to produce new materials.
  • Reuse—use the original or your new version of the OER in a wide range of contexts.
  • Redistribute—make copies and share the original OER or your new version with others.

Why Open Education Matters

Degreed’s entry in the Why Open Education Matters

Copyright is the genetic defect of the Internet preventing it from reaching its full sharing potential.

Intro to Open Licensing

A video introducing Creative Commons licensing by

Dystopia or reality. Students tagged like cattle. #edcmooc

I was struck recently to read about this piece of news:

Starting this fall, the fourth-largest school district in Texas is experimenting with “locator” chips in student ID badges on two of its campuses, allowing administrators to track the whereabouts of 4,200 students with GPS-like precision.

This news has been reported in the media mostly as a story on how one student refuses to wear this FRID chip for religious purposes. Many articles like this one from the Huffington post explained how the student was associating the RFID chip to the “mark of the beast”.

But most articles i could find on the subject failed to underline that tagging students like cattle for budgetary reason reeks of totalitarian rule. Big Brother is laughing in its grave. Orwell must be crying.

It is particularly striking that this policy tries to enforce RFID tracking on a population who by definition craves freedom and liberty.  Teenagehood  is an age to earn and discover freedom from parents, from authority, from traditions, …

The day after I wrote this blog post, I discovered the amazing dystopian film Charlie 13. The film depicts a society where all kids are tagged with a ubiquitous tracking device implanted in their finger tip. The main character refuses to undergo the procedure and tries to escape to the wild where a community of free rebels may still live.

It is striking to see the rfid tacking chip imposed on school children as a premise of more tracking and loss privacy that may lead to a society similar to the one depicted in Charlie 13.

The film is part of the resources of the E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC course by the University of Edinburgh. #edcmooc.  Charlie 13 is an episode in the mind blowing Future States series that explores What will become of America in five, 25, or even 50 years from today. Watch some of the other episodes, they are fascinating.

On a more personal note, my gut feeling is that forcing teenagers to be tracked with a total disrespect for their privacy as humans, is to me, a sign that a good chunk of our society is a already real dystopia.