February is quite the month for 25 Year related events in the Weller household. For a start I celebrate 25 Years at the Open University. I joined in February 1995 on a 3 year lecturer contract, contributing to a course on Artificial Intelligence. At the time I had romantic visions of being a wanderer, an academic factotum, drifting from job to job as if precarity was cool. “I’ll only stay for 2 years, max” I confidently predicted. (Narrator: he stayed longer).
It is also the month when my book 25 Years of Ed Tech comes out, this Friday in fact. My copies turned up today. That Bryan Mathers artwork really ties the room together.
Anyway, this post is really to give you fair warning – there is going to be a lot of related content to these two events coming up, so you may want to judicially use that mute option on various channels.
Because I just KNOW you’ll be hosting your own 25 Years of Ed Tech launch party on Friday, I have created a playlist. It takes a track from each year, which maybe, if you look at it in a certain light, has a connection to the ed tech choice of that year. Enjoy the soundtrack to the book and the list of technologies is below:
1994 Bulletin Board Systems
1995 The Web
1996 Computer-Mediated Communication
2000 Learning Objects
2001 E-Learning Standards
2002 The Learning Management System
2004 Open Educational Resources
2006 Web 2.0
2007 Second Life and Virtual Worlds
2009 Twitter and Social Media
2011 Personal Learning Environments
2012 Massive Open Online Courses
2013 Open Textbooks
2014 Learning Analytics
2015 Digital Badges
2016 The Return of Artificial Intelligence
2018 Ed Tech’s Dystopian Turn