By Stephen Downes
March 13, 2004

This is a neat idea: "In addition to our top current stories, our new "random generation" feature serves you two different home page articles on each visit! The feature pulls articles from our deep well of over 400 articles and interviews, placing two pieces in our "From the Archives" section each time you refresh the site. Visit at 3:00 and you may see a story on arts education in Massachusetts. Come back at 3:05 and watch an interview with education policy expert Arthur Wise." I have about the same amount of content on my site; I could probablky do the same thing. Worth considering. By Various Authors, March, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Edible Schoolyard
I think this is a great idea, on so many levels. Basically, the idea is that you eat what you grow (and cook, and serve). The idea is something like this: "We're in the middle of a health epidemic," says Waters. "If we could somehow bring in a curriculum around school lunch, we could begin to change the way kids think about eating." I also think there is an inherent value in what people call 'simple things' like raising a garden or preparing food. A value, because it connects you with these things, makes your interaction with the world clear. But it's just like blogging or any other form of communication. A plant is just another medium, a garden an extension of yourself, and gardening a way to extend your presence. When you eat the bean that you have grown from a seed, it's hard to see yourself as separate from the world. By Roberta Furger, Edutopia, March 11, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Top 10 Open Source Tools for eActivism
This is a nice guide to the major open source communication and collaboration tools (blog tools, wiki tools, community sites, newsletter tools) - useful for eActivism, of course, but equally useful for online learning. The article provides links, reviews and discussion. By Dan Bashaw and Mike Gifford, with David Wilcox, Designing for Civil Society, January 12, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

For Most Africans, Internet Access Is Little More Than a Pipe Dream
Good story showing internet access figures in a number of African countries, making the point (stated in the title) that internet access is not a reality in Africa. Of course, a lot of things are not realities in Africa, so it may be hard for people to see computers and the internet as a priority. Still, when I think about the benefits communication and information would bring, I wish there were a way to bring it about. By Chris Alden, Online Journalism Review, March 12, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

U-M expands Access to Hidden Electronic Resources with OAIster
With all the talk about RSS, we need not to lose sight of the other half of the content syndication revolution, the Open Access Initiative (OAI), which provides access to institutional archives. This press releases announces a deal whereby Yahoo can index OAIster records, making these archives widely available to readers. This is a great idea, and a major step forward. By Press Release, University of Michigan, March 10, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Democracy and Socioactive Software and Technology
This describes part of the purpose of my work. "Democracy," writes the author, "as known in Canada, operates at local, national, and global levels and these levels are mutually supporting by virtue of some basic network principles. Socioactive software and technology is an example of the cointelligence of humanity and a demonstration of our collective strength." I agree with him that we are at the leading edge of a new Renaissance, but also that it will not simply happen on its own, that it must be foistered and nurtured. "Democracy is not what we have. Democracy is what we do." Thanks, Seb, for the link. By Peter Lévesque, Rocky Northern Shepherd, February 23, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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