January 20, 2006

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Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Grande Yellowhead Seminar, January 20, 2006
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Edson, Alberta, at sunset

OK, I got everything working, and so now here is a lot of audio from my two day seminar in Edson, Alberta.
Part 1 - an introductory session; I review blogging tools, have people create blogs, discuss wikis and content management systems, and RSS. 2 hours, 20 minutes, 16.4 megabytes.
Part 2 - Discussion on the role of blogging and similar technologies in learning, how they fit in with current practice; coverage of Flickr and Writely, podcasting and Creative Commons and open licensing. 1 hour, 23 minutes, 9.8 megabytes.
Part 3 - Discussion on the role these technologies can play in the schools, supported with a number of examples (see the Wiki page); discussion on social bookmarking (del.icio.us and Furl) and social networking, including a look at promoting internet safety for students. 2 hours, 57 minutes, 20.7 megabytes.
Part 4 - I talk about the changing environment, discuss the Cluetrain Manifesto and the disintermediation of power; discussion on the role of learner-centered learning, Connectivism and learning networks; plans for the future at Grande Yellowhead and elsewhere in Alberta. 1 hour, 47 minutes, 12.6 megabytes.
My thanks to all the participants, who not only made this an enjoyable experience for me, but also helped produce a wonderful audio resource for everyone else. [Tags: Online Learning, Web Logs, Schools, Experience, Networks, Content Management, Podcasting, del.icio.us] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: Blogging and the Changing Environment of Education and Collaboration, think:lab [Edit][Delete] January 20, 2006
[link: Hits] Important. "We live in a remarkable world where the Internet has moved from a research experiment to a social curiosity to a dot.com frenzy to a normal part of each of our day-to-day existence. In many ways, schools and classrooms are at the center of it all. Computers are tools and in many ways similar to pens and radios and a screwdriver in the fact that they exist simply to help us do things. On the other hand, the raw existence of the Internet is something far more powerful. And whatâxTMs just beginning to unfold in blogging, podcasting, and other Web2.0 ways is even more impressive and curious." [Tags: Web Logs, Schools, Research, Podcasting] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Clarence Fisher[Edit][Delete]: Nurturing the Network, Remote Access [Edit][Delete] January 20, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] A nice capsult comment on the new role of the teacher: "As a teacher, my role is a fine line between taking over the network, leaving it too much alone, and nurturing it, helping it to build up." [Tags: Networks] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Chris Lehmann[Edit][Delete]: Does Anyone Think This is Really Authentic Assessment?, Practical Theory [Edit][Delete] January 20, 2006
[link: 7 Hits] We talked about assessment in Edson today, and I offered my own theory - but I had forgotten about these comments offered by Ms. Frizzle the other day: "Problems with tests ought to be highly publicized, like the lists of failing schools. Don't provide any details; just list the name of the testing companies, the names of the responsible departments within the city and state government, and list 'em under the headline: Failing." [Tags: Assessment, Schools] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Harold Jarche[Edit][Delete]: Learners as Contributors - The End of the Industrial Model, January 20, 2006
[link: Hits] I talked about this concept at the seminar in Edson today; Harold Jarche reviews some recent discussions from bloggers Christian Long and Education Bridges on the topic. "Both of my boys are in middle school and have their own blogs," writes Jarche. "One of them writes a lot, including the creation of a fantasy religion, while the other builds animations and shares them online. The eldest is learning Java on his own." On this same topic, see Jeremy Hiebert's post from today. "It's like a hundred of the best ed.tech bloggers included 'revolutionize education' as their only New Year's resolution." [Tags: Online Learning, Paradigm Shift, Web Logs, Schools] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Judy Breck[Edit][Delete]: Carnival of the Mobilists, Golden Swamp [Edit][Delete] January 20, 2006
[link: Hits] If you want discussion and a pile of links on mobile learning, this item is for you. Golden Swamp is hosting the 'Carnival of the Mobilists' and will be collecting entries on the topic for the next week (after which, the Carnival moves to a new location - it's a pretty nifty concept). [Tags: Online Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Bob Sullivan[Edit][Delete]: Kids, Blogs and Too Much Information, Msnbc [Edit][Delete]MSNBC [Edit][Delete] January 20, 2006
[link: Hits] What are you students revealing online? Far more than most parents and teachers realize, according to this article. 70 percent of them unveil their first name, 67 percent their age, and even 44 percent their email address. [Tags: Information] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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