Proof Blackboard Hates You
So Blackboard’s big time now (80% of the LMS market) and has bought out its rivals or sued them. Let’s ignore the fact that their product really is focused on administration rather than learning.
They made $4.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. So they’re not a one man shop barely getting by.
This is their idea of a search page for online documentation. Really. You’re not confused. Their search function is a really, really, really bad index. Really.
This was the final straw for me. I have declared a blood feud with Blackboard. One of us is going down.
Image credit – CogDogBlog It’s really a strange world. The shot above was taken in Second Life by CogDog following my presentation with Jim Groom the other night. It was, without a doubt, the most fun I’ve ever had with a presentation. The video’s down there somewhere. There were zombies, flame throwers and a lot of madnessrelatively speaking anyway, this is an edtech presentation after all- flickr shots here and here. Jim was in rare form and really justifying his Reverend moniker. It was a pleasure to listen to him roll. CogDog has a very solid synopsis on his blog. The gist of the presentation is that forcing people into boxes tends to mess up education rather than improve it- that things like BlackBoard create a lot of false impressions. They make it look like lots of your teachers are using tech but the way that they’re using it tend to be very low level and actually hurts your real tech integrators. The future is open. The future is mobile, agile and friendly. BB (and others) are slow, ugly and unfriendly. It seems simple to me. Forced tech integration doesn’t work. It just gets you really poor teaching with tech sprinkled on top. Focus on forcing good teaching, get rid of people who don’t do it. You can do things […]
Mike got all up in my grill for criticizing the CMS in education. I am apparently both a dreamer (but I’m not the only one) and a “doubter.” He even accused me of listening to Beach Boys music (I do have a theme song in mind for CMS’s – unless some knows a song dedicated to mediocrity?). I will ignore the fact that I was mainly talking about Blackboard and never mentioned HCPS’s Schoolspace. Although that military mindset is very much like some aspects of HCPS. Mike, be careful with that kind of talk you’re headed toward a job in the nugget factory and I don’t think that’s what you want. To put it simply, the use of the CMS in education is very often an admission of defeat. It is replacing agile and targeted with clumsy (often forced or coerced) mass adoption. It’s a cookie cutter response to what are very individual needs. You want a blog, she wants a discussion board. I (the lord of technology) will give you something that does that (sort of, in the next version- I swear!) and 43 other things you don’t want– only it does none of them very well. Now you should be happy. Right? I’d much rather work with individuals on tools they can control and tweak to really do […]
I was inspired by this post and the way that Slack also replaced the LMS.I’m being obnoxious but come on people. Seriously? How can we do this every single time? The logic is literally terrible. 1. Pokemon is fun to say Like Schoology or Moodle, Pokemon is a fun word to say. You can also say words like Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, and Pikachu. That’s pretty much a foreign language credit right there! It’s pretty awesome! 2. Mobile Blackboard Mobile is a thing and phones exist. And so hot right now. App. APP! APPPP!!!!!! Plus see that kid. He’s capturing a round thing that’s pretty much what you do to win Pokemon. That’s directly from Blackboard’s site. It’s pretty much like they were grooming us for this. 3. Circles Schoology, Canvas, Pokemon . . . COINCIDENCE?!?!?!?! Case CLOSED! 4. Reality That Pokemon is too far away . . . just like your dreams!!!! Pokemon will get kids in the real world! 5. Other Things Pretty much the stuff! If you can see it. The things! A kid got out of bed to do this once. That’s the bar for exercise now. Imagine if they also rode in a car someplace. That’s like jogging or giving an essay to TurnItIn. Instant goodness!! .3 YEAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! New THING!