By Stephen Downes
March 16, 2004

Learning Environmentalism
Seymour Papert: To save the schools, we have to break them. The current move toward standardization is a last gasp, "the last twitch of the dragon's tail" as the old system dies. It is natural, in such a time, for the bureaucracy to close ranks, to centrally impose something like standardization "instead of its direct opposite, higher standards." By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, March 16, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Sensitize / Desensitize
Again, and let me stress, this is not a simple cause and effect relationship. It's not about killing monsters, and then going out and killing people. Rather, it is about shaping one's understanding of the world. As moderator Renée-Marie Fountain summed up nicely, it's about "how to sensitize, how to desensitize, and who gets to do that." By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, March 16, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

XML Guru Joins Sun Software
Tim Bray gets a job with Sun (and we're happy for him), and in compltely unrelated news, it turns out that it really is like herding cats. By Martin LaMonica , CNet News.Com, March 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Interoperability between Information and Learning Environments – Bridging the Gaps
Like Scott Leslie, I had not seen this paper before (getting information from IMS continues to be a problem). The authors take us through issues related to the connecting of (what they call) "information environments and learning environments," that is, between library systems and learning content management systems. Leslie comments, "This draft paper... is in my mind a model of clarity on the reasons for why these beasts are different (for one, the 'transient' versus 'archival' nature of their contents) but also why and how they need to interoperate." By Neil McLean and Clifford Lynch, IMS, June 28, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Five Key Privacy Principles
Brief article that outlines the core principles of privacy. The principles are: awareness, consent, participation, integrity, and enforcement. By Stephen Cobb, Computerworld, March 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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