June 3, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: How I became (blog) literate..., June 3, 2006
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I had a lot on my mind as I presented at the blog.ack.uk conference Friday in London (slides and MP3 Audio), and my task was to summarize the proceedings of two sets of four concurrent sessions. This is what came out of that effort. I think that my major message is on the last slide, and most of all, that "what matters is that we are honest with ourselves, and that we share without reservation." Honesty is hard, and sometimes people choose the safer path. And sharing is hard, and sometimes people choose silence. But the cost, I find, is greater than the sacrifice, even if indifferently you can watch it be borne by others. You tell the world what you want with your own conduct, and ultimately, you reap what you sow. My message was heard, I could see, and as I leave London and blog.ac.uk behind me and say good-bye, I wave in silent salute, "Hail, well met, and may the road before you be straight and true." And I walk away and think about being a better person. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Barbara Ganley[Edit][Delete]: Finding Our Way through the Edublogging Labyrinth: Losing Hope in Order to Effect Change, bgblogging [Edit][Delete] June 3, 2006
[link: Hits] Barbara Ganley lived up to her keynote billing delivering this stellar talk at blog.ac.uk - a talk that I drew on freely for my own talk later in the day. And her message left some in the audience surprised: "Let's face it. It's hopeless for us to think we can change a behemoth like our educational system - it reflects, after all, the fine fix we find ourselves in, and because it very elegantly keeps those with power in power. And so what we do for the time being will continue to be tense, strained even - except with our students in the classroom and on the blogs."

More blog.ac.uk goodness: Miles Berry summarizes a session led by Peter Ford on blogging safely towards digital literacy. Also, photos from the conference: a set by Ewan MacIntosh and more by Stuart Yeates. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Joan Vinall-Cox[Edit][Delete]: The Purpose of Pedegogy, Joan Vinall-Cox : Weblog [Edit][Delete] June 3, 2006
[link: Hits] This I believe: "Learning results from engagement, from the heart!" [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mark Oehlert[Edit][Delete]: Technical Committee on Learning Technology's Special Issue on ADL/SCORM, E-Clippings [Edit][Delete] June 3, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] I'll pass this along via Mark Oehlert with his comment: "Man! If that title just doesn't make all the geek hairs on the back of your neck stand up, then I don't know what will!" Do I want to read an entire issue on SCORM? Well, do I? [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Dave Tosh[Edit][Delete]: Moodle and Elgg Code Released!, June 3, 2006
[link: Hits] As the headline suggests, "Catalyst have released their Elgg integration block for Moodle." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Daniel Schuhmann[Edit][Delete]: 500 Hour Test of Tomorrow's Windows Vista, June 3, 2006
[link: Hits] This is an exhaustively comprehensive article previewing the forthcoming Windows Vista system composed of dozens of pages and hundreds of screen shots. The key, I think, is "a complete blurring of the boundaries between online services and normal software." This will be key not only to the functionality of the software but also to the business model supporting that software - it's pretty hard to fileshare an online service. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Leigh Blackall[Edit][Delete]: Teaching is Dead, Long Live Learning, Teach and Learn Online [Edit][Delete] June 3, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Wiki notes for a paper being presented to the Global Summit. I enjoyed the presention, which will evoke some commentary. I have posted my own response on my other blog. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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