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SME 4.0 Competence Centres – On the road to Industry 4.0

eLearningworld Weekly Review The progress of Industry 4.0 depends on the development of individual technologies, a report funded by the German government shows. The report also confirms that small and medium-sized businesses are a crucial power-source for innovation within Industry 4.0. However, SMEs do not have the resources in comparison to big businesses to collect, refine and process information. As Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said at World Economic Forum in Davos 2016: “Data is… Continue reading

4th Industrial Revolution: About Artificial Empathy and Governments lagging behind

eLearningworld Weekly Review At the session “The Transformation of Tomorrow” in the Davos Summit 2016 the fourth industrial revolution was discussed. As a historical background the first industrial revolution can be dated to around 1784 with steam, water, mechanical production, the second industrial revolution to around 1870 with division of labour, electricity and mass-production, while the third can be dated to around 1969 with electronics, IT and automated production. The fourth industrial revolution that is… Continue reading

Technology unemployment and a wireless labour market

eLearningworld Weekly Review School books are rarely a matter for street protests. But at the moment the streets of Seoul are filled with protesters against the government plan to introduce one single history textbook for school education. One minister of the government said to BBC that school books should teach “the proud history of South Korea, which has achieved both democratisation and industrialisation in the shortest time in world history”. The opposite view to this… Continue reading

Internet of Things transforming Manufacturing, education next?

eLearningworld Weekly Review Germany has taken the lead fourth Industrial Revolution which is a common term that include automation, data exchange and manufacturing technologies. This computerisation of manufacturing is a part of the Internet of Things development where everything from devices to machines is connected for the user’s convenience and big data for continual improvements.  “As the “internet of things” spreads to the factory floor, products are being packed with ever more sensors and connected… Continue reading

Frugal Innovation to improve learning

What is the main benefit with learning technologies? Engagement some will answer, others would say efficiency (including adaption to individual students), and yet others would claim mobility, however, to use only one word, perhaps simplifying covers the benefits best. And that this simplification in different ways is the driving-force for the others that were mentioned above. This is one frugal innovation’s basic cornerstones; the other is the skills of an alchemist put in practice. Meaning… Continue reading

Learning benefits of an interactive museum: A visit at Warsaw Rising Museum

In the latest story about modern math-education and the maker’s movement I wrote about the Greek company Museotechniki’s award-winning project: Museofabber. The project aims to open up museums to make it possible for schools to print 3D-artefacts of historical objects from their collections. In this story I explore the possibilities and added value with an interactive museum and learning.  The inspiration to this story I got from my visit in the Rising Museum in the… Continue reading

Computer in education: A critical review Part 2

The School-day is about to end and the students is bringing the computers home despite the fact that they are not useful for the homework they have been assigned. However, now is time to settle all disagreements, all conflicts during the school-day continues on the web. They who are the most exposed, the bullying victims, that before the web often had a safe haven in their home, are now followed with insults during all of… Continue reading

Computer in education: A critical review

The classroom rests in a doze. The efficiency of the learning is close to zero. All students have their own computer, but in front of the master’s desk the teacher presenting the subject with old fashion methodology. However, the computer should still be on after the headmaster’s and his superior’s decree. Since the school has bought computers to all students they have to be used, of course? This is an obvious distraction in the classroom;… Continue reading

The most interesting aspect of e-books

No, the most interesting aspect of e-books are not that you can walk around with an whole library in your pocket, that some claim is the best benefit, instead it is the intuitive experience. The authors of the The Horizon Report 2011 Edition write: “The most interesting aspect of electronic books, however, is not the devices they are accessed with; it is not even the texts themselves. What make electronic books a potentially transformative technology are… Continue reading

Gamification and learning – developing assessment Part 2

Fresh knowledge has in most cases an expiry date. In the new century it is often much closer than before. Societal transformation that took decades during the past centuries now takes years and sometimes months. Despite this the school-system still focuses on distributing and measuring knowledge. This is troublesome since it to a large extent prepares the learners with knowledge that concerns yesterday’s news. Deficits with traditional testing Besides the problems with focus on knowledge… Continue reading