March 3, 2006


Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Bering Strait School District, March 3, 2006
[link: Hits] Today is my last day in Alaska - I catch the red-eye tonight - and I leave with a new appreciation and affection for this northern state. My thanks to everyone at ASTE who made me feel so welcome, to John Concilus and the rest of you from BSSD who are doing great things in the wilderness, to Ted and Sonny and Matt and Art and Diana (who is living her dream), to Naruo Ohno (who I last saw on a mountain glacier), to the good people at the Lucky Monkey cafe and the staff and amazing patrons of Darwin's Theory. And to everyone else I've missed. Alaska is a special place, and the people here (along with my friends on three continents who have kept me afloat with emails and support) have helped me find my way north again. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jay Cross[Edit][Delete]: Business Performance and Webwork, Internet Time [Edit][Delete] March 3, 2006
[link: Hits] Jay Cross points to this useful paper by E&Y's Rod Boothby, The Next Wave in Productivity Tools - Web Office. It correctly points to the idea that "The only way out of an overload of push email and information overload is to turn to pull technologies you access when and how you choose. Don't get pushed around!" Well there's that push versus pull thing again. Cross writes, "It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one singing this song." I guess all of us edubloggers, who have been singing it for some time now, don't count as good company. [Tags: Push versus Pull] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

James Farmer[Edit][Delete]: The Blackboard Beyond Initiative, Incorporated Subversion [Edit][Delete]Incorporated subversion [Edit][Delete] March 3, 2006
[link: Hits] James Farmer (and he's not alone) is less than impressed with this week's endorsement of e-learning 2.0 by Blackboard. OK, I agree, the corporate track record is not good. And maybe the 2.0 thing is buzzword bingo. On the other hand, though, maybe the right push at this point of time will see the words result in product. And that would be a good thing. I think we can do a lot of good if we try to help and nudge Blackboard in the right direction, and that includes nodding positively when they say the right things. And we owe it to the many staff and students who use Blackboard to at least try. [Tags: Online Learning, Blackboard] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Harold Jarche[Edit][Delete]: Moving to WordPress, March 3, 2006
[link: Hits] Harold Jarche is moving to a new blogging system that is tantramar to the truth! (OK, that was a joke just for Canadians). [Tags: Canada, Web Logs] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Erick Schonfeld[Edit][Delete]: The Next Net 25, Cnn [Edit][Delete]CNN [Edit][Delete] March 3, 2006
[link: Hits] Many of these 'next 25' companies will be familiar to OLDaily readers. There is certainly a trend happening, which this story captures. "The Next Net is deeply collaborative: People from across the planet can work together on the same task, and products or tools can be rapidly tweaked and improved by the collective wisdom of the entire online world. The new era is also creating a realm of endless mix and match: Anyone with a browser can access vast stores of information, mash it up, and serve it in new ways, to a few people or a few hundred million." What this article misses, though, is that the Next Net (as CNN calls Web 2.0) won't be driven so much by these companies as it will by open content, open access, and open source. The Next Net is our Net. [Tags: Open Source, Open Content, Web 2.0] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Sebastian Fiedler[Edit][Delete]: What Constitutes Personal Learning Environments?, Seblogging [Edit][Delete] March 3, 2006
[link: Hits] Seb Fiedler summarizes some of the recent discussion around personal leaning environments. Good, recent, set of links. He writes, "I treat personal learning environments more as a psychological perspective. What forms my 'personal learning environment' at a given point in time, and for a particular purpose or goal (that drives a learning project), is largely determined by the range of resources that I am able to perceive, locate, link to, access, manage, and so forth." This item and the next via Mark Oehlert. [Tags: Project Based Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jim McGee[Edit][Delete]: A Reading List for Aspiring Knowledge Workers, March 3, 2006
[link: Hits] OK, this is probably a pretty good list, but I would approach a reading list for knowledge workers very differently. For example, knowledge workers should be familiar with Hume's Treatise of Human Nature, Wittgenstein's On Certainty and Polanyi's Personal Knowledge. Throw in some Feyerabend and Lakatos to taste. Add Minsky's Society of Mind. Ronald Giere's Understanding Scientific Reasoning. Blend with Kenneth Clark's Civilisation and Patrick Watson's Struggle for Democracy. Mix in William Gibson's Neuromancer, John Varley's Steel Beach, and Ursula LeGuin's Always Coming Home. Finish with John Staurt Mill's On Liberty. Never read directly into a subject - read around the subject, and then let your intuition guide you through the details. It will, you know. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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