March 2, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Denali, March 2, 2006
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When I walked on the ice of Denali
My fingers froze
But if I do not walk on the sacred ground
My heart does
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Terry Anderson[Edit][Delete]: When Push Comes to Pull, Virtual Canuck [Edit][Delete] March 2, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Hm. If I were ever allowed (I'm not), I would host my own information technology roundtable. Fame would not be a requirement, just a demonstrated engagement in new learning technologies. It would be genuinely international and it would include as many women as men. It's not hard to get such a group together, you just have to want to do it, and be blind to a certain demographic's persistent self-promotion. Oh, and I'd invite Terry Anderson, because he is certainly astute enough. Anyhow, it's nice to see the (demographically challenged) current group of "intellegensia" finally discovering 'pull'. Nice of them to join the party. [Tags: Push versus Pull] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Rob Wall[Edit][Delete]: Read-Blend-Write Web, StigmergicWeb [Edit][Delete] March 2, 2006
[link: 7 Hits] Good overview of the history of the idea of mixing, merging and otherwise mangling RSS feeds in education. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Miguel Guhlin[Edit][Delete]: Brief Guide to Starting with Linux, Mousing Around [Edit][Delete] March 2, 2006
[link: Hits] Useful guide on how to get started with Linux, and sometimes it works the way it should (your mileage may vary). I have in particular had problems with the non-standard Linux applications, like Java and Real Player, so I would be pleased to see that installation become as simple as described in this article. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Miguel Guhlin[Edit][Delete]: Editing Student Writing, Mousing Around [Edit][Delete] March 2, 2006
[link: Hits] Of course studesnts should be able to publish their mistakes - I mean, after all, I publish mine! Frequently! [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jay Cross[Edit][Delete]: Less is More, Internet Time [Edit][Delete] March 2, 2006
[link: 7 Hits] I'm just doing some odds and ends, and I'm referring to this post just to get some work done. ;) Seriously, I have thought a lot about what sort of length works for these posts, which is why I settled at about eight lines. I find it significant that most readers are content with my summary (or totally unrelated expression of opinion), though I would always provide a link to the longer work. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jeremy Hiebert[Edit][Delete]: Classrooms as Studios -- Personal Doing Environments, HeadsPaceJ [Edit][Delete] March 2, 2006
[link: Hits] I agree with this: "In an educational mindset, we might think the learning itself is the important thing, but really we're talking about doing, with learning as something that happens in the process of pursuing meaningful goals." Which is why it is unfortunate, as the author points out, that the tools that enable doing are blocked. "You've got a motivated, innovative teacher who wants to let kids focus on the stuff that matters to them... but is finding it at odds with the goals of the system." [Tags: Online Learning, Children and Child Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Harold Jarche[Edit][Delete]: Bloggers' Rules, March 2, 2006
[link: Hits] Well, I don't know, is this what readers want? I'm not posting fiction, well written or otherwise, I can tell you that. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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