Learning from The Living [Class] Room

These videos were made in October 2013. I would like to especially thank Mr. Steven Niedzielski (@Marketing4pt) and Mr. Sam Beckett (@SamJohnBeck) for their assistance and some of the graphics used in making these videos.


Addendum on May 15, 2017

From DSC:
There are now more than 12,000+ skills on Amazon’s new platform — Alexa.  I continue to wonder…what will this new platform mean/deliver to societies throughout the globe?

From this Alexa Skills Kit page:

What Is an Alexa Skill?
Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and the brain behind millions of devices including Amazon Echo. Alexa provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to create a more personalized experience. There are now more than 12,000 skills from companies like Starbucks, Uber, and Capital One as well as innovative designers and developers.

What Is the Alexa Skills Kit?
With the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), designers, developers, and brands can build engaging skills and reach millions of customers. ASK is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that makes it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. With ASK, you can leverage Amazon’s knowledge and pioneering work in the field of voice design.

You can build and host most skills for free using Amazon Web Services (AWS).




What happens when you take the capabilities of Amazon's Alexa platform and team those up with some of the capabilities of RealizeIt (ie., an intelligent adaptive platform-as-a-service that can deliver personalized programs)?



This vision entails numerous technologies. Since I posted this vision ~5 years ago, several of the potential pieces of this vision may be coming into view.

(Addendum on March 27, 2017)


  • Lifelong, cloud-based learner profiles -- owned and controlled by the individual learners. Already we have "Learning Record Stores" -- being offered by GlassBlade, Learning Locker, Saltbox, and Watershed. Such vendors and their products/services may morph into something much bigger -- especially by using Blockchain.


  • Blockchain and the recording of new credentials that you actually took module/course XYZ and you scored ___ on it.



  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning -- which includes Natural Langage Processing (NLP) -- and the use of our voices as a key method of interfacing with our computing devices. Also, such technologies are already providing us with image/object recognition as well as recommendation engines. This is not vaporware! These deliverables and affordances are here today. And so are personal assistants such as Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Facebook's M, Microsoft's Cortana, and the growing-more-powerful by the day, Amazon's Alex platform. Also, IBM's Intelligent Workplace Solution is worth keeping a pulse-check on in this regard, as well as their push into cognitive computing: "In 5 years, the classroom will learn you."


  • AI and its assorted technologies will provide an incredible amount of personalized learning -- keeping things within someone's Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD).


  • Digital playlists -- something akin to Lynda.com's Learning Paths and digital playlists



  • Re: software, there will be something akin to today's "tvOS" -- as representative of a new type of a global operating system. Software (in terms of what we think of in terms of today's applications) will be available on demand on either a pay-per-use method or via a subscription model. Open source software will likely be available as well.


  • AI-based human resource systems, checking for people who have passed these particular certifications, have such and such credentials, and who have __ years experience.