May 9, 2006


Dave Pollard[Edit][Delete]: Making Web 2.0 Work: Embracing Complexity, How to Save the World [Edit][Delete]How To Save The World [Edit][Delete]How To Save the World [Edit][Delete] May 9, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Readers may be familiar with this line of argument, but it bears repeating: what web 2.0 is capturing, and where its greatest strength lies, is the complexity of knowledge. "The problem-solving methods used in most large organizations, taught in most universities, and proffered by most experts and consultants are designed for complicated problems, those that, with enough information, energy and expenditure can be run to the ground and 'solved'. Complex problems are 'wicked', and complicated problem-solving techniques are largely ineffectual in dealing with them." (I really don't like the term wicked - oh well.) What the web offers is a counter to the "set of 'big ideas' and consultants trying, once again, and invariably with little success, to 'solve' them." [Tags: Web 2.0] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Alan Levine[Edit][Delete]: Blog Long Tail Much Longer, Wagging, Cogdogblog [Edit][Delete]CogDogBlog [Edit][Delete] May 9, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] Short item making the cogent point that we are on the verge of being flooded with edublogs - and that that's a good thing. Which it is. You will want to follow the link to the Scotedublog wiki, a listing of Scottish edublogs in preparation for a coming meetup. As Alan Levine says, "This is but one little sampling of one wiki of one organization from one country... and it is bursting at the seams with people doing their own web publishing. It's not much to marvel at anymore, and then again it is." Yes, it is. [Tags: Scotland] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Karyn Romeis[Edit][Delete]: A Different Approach to School, May 9, 2006
[link: Hits] Via Albert Ip, who also comments, this post by Karyn Romeis challenges the view that students can manage their own education. They would, she argues, make bad decisions: "One of them would stay home and play Star Wars something-or-other on the PlayStation in between episodes of Futurama and the Simpsons, while the other would hit the sports field, returning only to plug in to MSN." [Tags: Online Learning, Schools] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Doug Noon[Edit][Delete]: Decolonizing Education, Borderland [Edit][Delete] May 9, 2006
[link: Hits] Interesting post challenging the status quo in education. I like the "resistance model to colonial thought," cited in part here: "Refuse to accept as common sense, discourses that present strong symbolic content that may contribute to stereotypes and erroneous beliefs... Re-question the aims of education... Redefine knowledge: To better understand how I come to know and value... Reaffirm my Self through personal expressions of affiliation with others." A tall order. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Graeme Daniel[Edit][Delete]: Blogging for Learning 2006, WWWTools [Edit][Delete] May 9, 2006
[link: Hits] Extensive list of links related to blogging in learning. Useful, and if the subject is new to you, indispensible. [Tags: Web Logs] [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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