February 17, 2006


Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: think:lab Closing Its Doors in 12 Days, think:lab [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Christian Long has decided to shut down his blog. "when a 'successful' blog simply becomes better and better at 'Hey, look at my links!', and doesn't fulfill its genetic promise to be a collectively-owned conversation that ebbs and flows like a young river growing larger and larger as its meander pulls in the river bank little by little until its a wiser and more powerful river following its destined call towards the larger seas... then something precious is getting lost." That's an awful lot to ask of a blog, or of anything, for that matter. Still, I'm sympathetic. [Tags: Push versus Pull, Web Logs] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Randy Metcalfe and Sebastian Rahtz[Edit][Delete]: Open Source Software Briefing Paper, Jisc [Edit][Delete]JISC [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
[link: Hits] Advice for education managers in Britain on open source, covering topics such as licensing, implementation and support, and educational uses. The link to the full paper is at the bottom of the page (where it is least likely to be found). [Tags: Open Source] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Robert Brumfield[Edit][Delete]: TCEA Shows Ed Tech's Wild Side, ESchool News [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
[link: Hits] Conference overview - if you can overview 13,000 educators, students, and exhibitors, hundreds of presentations and 700 exhibits in a three page article. The main highlight (other than a motivational speaker who tells people without money not to be poor) is the introduction of the term "techno-traditionalism" in a talk by Tony Brewer, "which brings tech into play when it's needed to engage kids in the learning process." Yeah, ok. Whatever. I mean, you just sometimes give up trying. Show me the wild side Tony. [Tags: Online Learning, Children and Child Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Web 2.0: Does it Exist, and Why on Earth Should You Care, Wired Blogs [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] It's not much of an article but I like the diagram. [Tags: Web 2.0] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

a Hack[Edit][Delete]: Rails' Ridiculous Restrictions, a Rant, The Joel on Software Discussion Group [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
[link: Hits] Readers will be aware of my explorations of Ruby on Rails last fall, a project I eventually abandoned. This article nicely illustrates in a manner much better than I could the reasons why. Starting with: "Rails doesn't play well. With anyone. Not even itself." Also, "Rails has no manual. Let me repeat that: Rails has no manual. If you haven't used Rails, you may not believe me. Well, go visit the Rails documentation page. Hmmm ... We have APIs, Tutorials, HowTos, Snippets, but no manuals. There's a section called "manuals" but that's documentation for side projects." There's a lot more, all of which I encountered. [Tags: Ruby, Project Based Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Ma.gnolia, February 17, 2006
[link: Hits] Another social bookmarking tool. I like the private bookmarks and the ranking systems. I don't like the celebrity endorsements. Via Zeldman>. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Brian Lamb[Edit][Delete]: Submitted for Your Consideration - Two New Weblogs, Abject learning [Edit][Delete]Abject Learning [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] Brian Lamb introduces two new blogs, Rights, Fights and other online occurrences by Dan McGuire (Dan, put your name somewhere on your blog!) and Adventures in Instructional Support by Jim Sibley. [Tags: Web Logs] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christopher D. Sessums[Edit][Delete]: Student Achievement and Technology, Christopher D. Sessums : Weblog [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
[link: 7 Hits] I agree with the sentiments expressed in this post. Asked whether technology improves student learning, the first response may be to say that there are other factors involved, and then to hunt about for those surveys that point to a grade increase. But this is the correct response: "Because the technology becomes part of a complex network of changes, its impact cannot be reduced to a simple cause-and-effect model that would provide a definitive answer to how it has improved student achievement." And, "the value of technology for students will not be realized unless attention is paid to several important considerations that support the effective use of technology." [Tags: Networks] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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