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Mark: CRIA Me a River, What is the (Next) Message? October 27, 2005
What I would like to know is, why would the Globe and Mail finger file sharing as "the most likely culprit" in declinig music sales in Canada, when all the evidence points elsewhere. [Tags: Canada, File Sharing] [Comment]

Marcela Valente: Computers Alone Can't Bridge Digital Gap, Inter Press Service News Agency October 27, 2005
Interesting look at the program to place computers and internet access into Argentine schools and at what happens next. And there needs to be a 'next' because of things like this: while everyone at the school uses the equipment "to read the news and search for information," e-mail is used only by the staff, not the students, because "they don't have any relatives to write to." What needsw to happen is the placement and training of teachers who know how to use the technology. "In order to bridge this gap, the solution does not lie in the acquisition of equipment, but rather in the assimilation of this tool by the members of the community, since this is the way to ensure that its use will contribute to transforming reality." [Tags: Online Learning, Schools] [Comment]

Dave Pollard: Three Necessary Capabilities for Becoming Aware, How to Save the World October 27, 2005
Dave Pollard writes relentlessly about new ways of seeing the world, and his work, with its basis in people like Francisco Varela, is approaching more and more every day the view fostered by people like George Siemens and myself. This new way of learning (and it is indeed a new way) is the topic of my talk this evening, so it's on my mind (and hence, I'm more attuned by commentary like Pollard's today). Varela: "Cognition is not a representation of an independently existing world, but rather a continuing bringing forth of a world through the process of living. The interactions of a living system with its environment are cognitive interactions, and the process of living itself is a process of cognition. To live is to know." [Tags: Leadership, Interaction] [Comment]

George Siemens: The Joys of Shallow Thinking..., Connectivism Blog October 27, 2005
This is an item that fits pretty well with the talk I'm giving this evening, a look at how to maintain professional development in an age of chaos. In this item, george Siemes defends 'shallow thinking', that is, a generation of onloy a surface level awareness of some things as a means of recognizing and ordering an information flow. Related, found (today) through CTheory: Microsoft's Linda Stone: With continuous partial attention, we're scanning incoming alerts for the one best thing to seize upon: "How can I tune in in a way that helps me sync up with the most interesting, or important, opportunity?" [Tags: Microsoft] [Comment]

Wayne Parry: Catholic School Tells Students to Remove Internet Blogs, Newsday October 27, 2005
From this article, "Students at Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta appear to be heeding a directive from the principal, the Rev. Kieran McHugh, to remove personal postings about the school or themselves from Web sites like myspace.com or xanga.com, even if they were posted from the students' home computers." The argument cited is that the directive is intended to protect students from online predators. The implication, though (and suggested by the story's enphasis on the type of school in question), is that it is to restrict what students read and write. Given the anonymous nature of many blogs, one wonders how such a ban could be enforced. And one wonders why a ban, rather than, say, student education, was employed to protect students. [Tags: Online Learning, Web Logs, Schools] [Comment]

Terrance Heath: Blogging on the Clock, Morph October 27, 2005
This is pretty funny. "U.S. workers in 2005 will waste the equivalent of 551,000 years reading blogs. Currently, the time employees spend reading non-work blogs is the quivalent of 2.3 million jobs." Of course, the idea that spending time on "non-work" blogs is unproductive is what's wrong here. [Tags: Web Logs] [Comment]

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