Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Holy Mackeral: More iPad Debate

There's more iPad discussion brewing at InsideHigherEd, and this time it references Cory Doctorow's opposition to iPad hegemony (which jkd so presciently noted on yesterday's post). CNET is also on to this debate; Matt Asay, who's been on the AAPL tip for a while, remarks here.

It is exactly this sort of fearless debate that will propel us into the new paradigm I mentioned yesterday. Importantly though, we must have this engaged heteroglosia. Not to get all Foucaultian, but...the discursive iterations reflect the power that is shooting through all of these technological futures (all with their varying degrees of determinism). So, when I remark that it's a new paradigm in yesterday's post I am insisting that the conversation and context have irrevocably changed when it comes to instruction and pedagogy. Sure, corporate hegemony and monopoly is to be loathed and individiual agency is to be lauded (especially agency driven by a DIY situationist ethos)...this is a given. My point is that when we talk about education currently and in the future we are articulating pedagogy and instruction differently. We have not achieved Freire's mandate in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, but we are creating interstices for students (and teachers) that make the banking model of education less of a possible future.

Monday, April 5, 2010

iPads Paradigm Alert (ahem, cultural dopes)

Some excerpts from InsideHigherEd's story are below. Bottom line: iPads are set to be used/required for entering first-year university students, and are proliferating on campuses and in libraries generally. CMS providers like Blackboard are promoting their apps for the iPad. My take: This is the start of something much bigger and radically paradigmatic...proverbial genie is out of the bottle. Course "texts", collaboration, and information behavior on these campuses has changed irrevocably. This is, of course, something we already knew. But, it is manifest now.

excerpted text:

At least two are. Seton Hill University, a Roman Catholic institution in Pennsylvania, announced this week that it would be giving Apple’s new computing tablet to each of its 2,000-odd full-time students when they arrive on campus in the fall. George Fox University, a Christian institution in Oregon, will expand its annual laptop giveaway to first-year students to offer students a choice between a Macbook and an iPad. The year after that, there will be no more choice: Everybody will get iPads.

The e-learning giant Blackboard, meanwhile, today is announcing that it is launching an app for the iPad that will allow students to access their courses from the new device.