December 27, 2005


Krishna Kumar[Edit][Delete]: Democracy, Modernity, and the Indian Child, The Hindu [Edit][Delete] December 27, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] "I was born in Catherine Booth Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 6, 1959, the first son of Bernard and Beverly Downes." Thus begins my biography. I feel fortunate to have grown up in an environment where learning and independence are of value. "The role of education is to make the child reflective and articulate, and to achieve this goal education does not have to start from scratch. Children are endowed to think: our job is to build on their innate capacity by giving it an opportunity to flourish." This should be the right of every child, and to not have to depend on where you were born or who your parents are - and that, to me, is probably the biggest lesson of my birth. [Tags: Online Learning, Canada, Children and Child Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Dave Warlick[Edit][Delete]: What's it all For?, 2 cents Worth [Edit][Delete]2 Cents Worth [Edit][Delete] December 27, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] I ask myself "what's it all for" on something like a daily basis (I am always questioning myself, my motives, and my objectives) and so this short item gets to the heart of what we do. And the response - "to prepare children [or people] for the future" - doesn't satisfy. As Marco Polo asks, "When has mankind ever been ready for the future?" The problem with this isn't with the 'future' (after all, all our efforts are future-directed) or even 'mankind' (though it would be more inclusive to use the word 'humanity'). It's with the word 'prepare' - because it isn't about preparing for things. It is, in my opinion, about development, empowerment, self-fullfillment. In other words, the object of our endeavour isn't directed outward, at some (possibly hypothetical) scenario, work environment, or whatever, it is directed inward. And it seems to me that the best, the only, way to teach, is to make myself a better person, and to share this process with others - instead of telling, to show. This, of course, is the hard way, for who among us is ready to live up to the values we profess? [Tags: Children and Child Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Tata Interactive Systems Blog, December 27, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] Ankush (from the Learned Man) sent me a link, with a request for comments, to a new blog from Tata Interactive Systems. I thought it might be worth sharing my response: "Good blog, but needs more posts. I enjoyed the pictures. Giving us an insight into what it's like to work in that environment (stuff like Life as an Indian Instructional Designer), the sorts of things you think about, etc - that's good content. Instead of telling is about Jay Cross or Performance Consulting, tell us about how you interpret these, how they change how you do work, the sorts of arguments or discussions you have about them in your office, etc. In other words, give us a glimpse of your thinking." [Tags: Online Learning, Web Logs] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Zaid Ali Alsagoff[Edit][Delete]: Reflecting the Future e-Content Development Evolution in Higher Education, December 27, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] Skip past the first couple of slides on the pyramid of learning and you'll find a good presentation (in Breeze, unfortunately, so it will take time to load, though it looks nice and sounds great) on new approaches to learning, and especially heutagogy and connectivism. [Tags: Connectivism] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: Blog-Connecting to David Gurteen & Knowledge Cafes, think:lab [Edit][Delete] December 27, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] I have been thinking about the concept of 'community of communities' recently (as opposed to the mass-market concept of communities fostered by sites such as Technorati) and the question of how knowledge and ideas flow through such a distributed network. And it's like this, via connectors from one community to the next. And just so, this post from Christian Long connects me to the Gurteen Knowledge Community, something worth exploring - what is interesting is that Gurteen has explicitly adopted the model of 'Knowledge Cafés' as a model of learning, "mini-workshops where the participants engage in the theme of the evening. They are about networking, knowledge sharing and learning from each other - not chalk-and-talk." [Tags: Networks] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Miguel Guhlin[Edit][Delete]: Bullying Consumers is the Wave of the Future, Mousing Around [Edit][Delete] December 27, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] OK, this item is over the top. Still, it makes some good points and is the first I've seen to explicitly draw the link between wiretapping and digital rights management. That alone makes it worth a link. [Tags: Digital Rights Management (DRM)] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Dann Siems[Edit][Delete]: Intelligent Design Honors Council Lecture, Worldview V [Edit][Delete] December 27, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] I enjoyed this concept map on intelligent design (be sure to click on the little concept map icons for more maps). What's nice is that the contemporary debate has been placed into a sociological and historical concept, including even a reference to Hume's refutation of the teleological argument (as a long time Hume devotee, this makes me happy). Via Mousing Around. [Tags: Web Logs, Visualization] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

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