By Stephen Downes
November 15, 2004
Directions in Learning
In a couple of days I am headed to Canada's Yukon Territory for a talk and seminar in Whitehorse Thursday and Friday. I'm looking forward to the event, especially after seeing this great website prepared by Sylvia Reissner around the event. In addition to my talk a number of the Yukon's leaders in educational technology will be sharing their insights. So expect some great content from North of 60 in a few days. I might add that on my way back I'll be stopping in Vancouver November 20 - I'll be attending the Firefox Launch party at Stamps Landing. By Sylvia Reissner, Community Learning Networks, November, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
2004 Underground Chat
I've been covering (in the form of an internal newsletter) the online Net*Working 2004 conference. The conference features a chat system called Wimba, which in turn wants me to use Internet Exploer and Windows. So I coded a little chat engine - basically similar to the one on my website - and inserted it into the Net*Working conference. So now the conferencers have a window out and you have a window in - and you don't need Windows. Remember, the conference is based in Australia so most people will be on the chat during the night in the western hemisphere - and like most such systems, expect to wait a bit for a visitor to drop by. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, November 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
A project I've been loosely associated with, which intends to create where multimedia artists can share their work - Our Media - opens its planning wiki. "Feel free to stop by or to invite anyone you know in the tech, education, library and law fields to check it out and see if they want to help build the global home for grassroots media in conjunction with the Internet Archive." By Various Authors, November 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
'Filling Station' Model of E-learning?
The BBC and podcasting. It's a natural, right? Yes - and it should be speaking volumes to educators. "This is a bit different from a model of e-learning which assumes students sit in front of computers, need to be constantly connected to a network and must access all they require from the institutional VLE. I think users may find this 'disconnected but connectable' model attractive as well." By Derek Morrison, Auricle, November 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
BBC Wrong to Reduce Web Operations
I am in agreement with this author - the BBC shoudl not be reducing its committment to the web. "Although it pains me to say it, the BBC is wrong to retreat from the Web. It should repurpose expenditure within online rather than spending it on creaky bits of interactive television or an extra spangly leotard for [the TV show] Strictly Come Dancing." For that matter, the CBC shoudl be following the BBC's lead and enhancing its web presence - we will need in this ciountry a strong national internet presence. By Vin Crosbie, E-Media Tidbits, November 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
If you're like everyone else, podcasting - the syndication of MP3 music files via RSS to Apple iPod music players - has arrived and taken off before you knew what was happening. This link is to the Edu_RSS search page for podcasting - it will keep you up to date in this rapidly changing terrain. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, November 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
Devices - iPods at the Gate
Some people are calling it a publicity stunt, but as podcasting gains ground Duke will be thought of as the university where it was done a good four months (at a minimum) prior to anyone else. This article describes podcasting at Duke website (More). The article also discusses a similar program at Georgia College & State University (note that the links in the article are all broken). Via MANE IT network. By Mikael Blaisdell, Campus Technology, November 1, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
Podcasting is moving very fast - this site discusses how they embed text links and images and even GPS into their MP3, so that people listening can follow along with non-audio content. Here is the MP3 (9 megabytes). By Phillip Torrone, Engadget, November 12, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
Things That The Mozilla Browser Can Do That IE
For Mozilla, but all of these apply to the new Firefox browser (except the last one - they replaced the giant lizard). A lot of these things are for geeks only - but many of thing you'll really really miss when you go back to Internet Explorer. Via Mandarin Design. By Neil Deakin, January 9, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
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