• Activity Theory, ANT, or Distributed Cognition

    Activity Theory, Actor Network Theory, and Distributed Cognition have all been used to describe technology and learning, generally in isolation of one another even though they appear to be theoretical cousins.  Acting with Technology by Kaptelinin and Nardi does a really nice job of explaining their nuances and differences, and if you read one chapter from this book make it Chapter 9, where a response to the question “What is the difference between these theories?” is wrapped up in a nice tidy bow. Of note in this chapter is the topic of technology resistance, something we identified in our data in the second phase of our digital learners research (a short version of…

  • Looking backward to look forward

    I hadn’t really intended on a post that summarized the past 365 days or made predictions for the future, since others have done it so well already.  These posts have caused me to nonetheless reflect a bit on my own ed-tech moments of 2009  and the inevitable ups and downs that come with the field. In 2009 I felt like I became a bit of a student of Distance Education and Ed-tech history, since many of the current conversations seemed to me to be echoes of the past. These are few that stood out for me. Open Educational Resources–ideology, movement, or simple sharing? As excited as I am about everything…

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