By Stephen Downes
November 10, 2004

Students Fight Copyright Hoarders
You have to know this one appeals to me for so many reasons. "They are forming Free Culture groups on campuses to explain copyright law to fellow students. Stressing its importance for culture and society, the group says copyright law is being abused. To illustrate their point, the groups hold remixing contests, promote open-source software and rally against legislation like the Induce Act, which would hold technology companies liable for encouraging people to infringe copyrights." By Katie Dean, Wired News, November 10, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

EVOnline 2002 - Webheads Community Event
Jean Michel Chaupart writes from Colombia: "Teresa Almeida d'Eça (who authored the Online Learning Environments website mentione here recently) teaches english in a high school in Portugal and she is a member of the "WEBHEADS" (me too), a community of practice for languages teachers/professors. And the 'Online Learning Environments'' list is 80% based on language teaching/learning with ICT." What's great is that I just received an email enquiry about where to find information on online language training, and as is so often the case, I don't know something like that off-hand but I just know it's out there. I want to observe, too, that this is what's great about the web - the way we get to know about interesting people doing interesting things in places like Portugal and Columbia, places that would have been even a few short years ago completely inaccessible to me. You can find Jean Michel here. By Many Authors, November, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

BloggerCon III: Notes and Observations on the People of Moore's Law
Interesting take on the BloggerCon conference just finished in Palo Alto. In most technology conferences, the sponsors of the conference - usually a technology company - assume they have dibs at a speaking slot, typically a keynote. But Dave Winer, the host of BloggerCon, stipulated that the conference is not to be used to sell wares. This, according to the author, typifies the difference between blogging and other technologies - in blogging, the consumers are the producers, and hence, a blogging conference is as much a producers' conference as a consumers conference, and in an important sense, not even a technology conference at all. By Jay Rosen, PressThink, November 7, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Martin Dougiamas
In a part of Net*Working 2004 (that appears to be) open to the public, Martin Dougiamas, the main developer of Moodle (a popular open source LMS), is hosting a question and answer session. Not much take-up yet - this is your chance to chat with him. By Various Authors, Hunter Workways, November 9, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Fitting Your PC In a Pocket
Rory McGreal sent this around - if you think that iPods and Blackberries are something, wait until you can put your desktop computer in your pocket. This is not the future - it's here now, and it's called the OQO. By David Poguq, New York Times, October 14, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Marc Prensky's Weblog
Marc Prensky gave an interesting chat session at Net*Working 2004 today. The transcript won't be available until they open the conference proceedings, but in the meantime, here's his blog. Some more links offered during the session: Marc Prensky's writings, DOD Game Developers' Community, Social Impact Games, Digital Multiplier, Games Parents Teachers and Games2Train.com. By Marc Prensky, November, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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