June 19, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: The Students Own Education, Open University [Edit][Delete] June 19, 2006
[link: Hits] Video from my talk at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England, is now available; this is the link (I'll provide an audio MP3 file as soon as I can). You can view the slides right on the video, which uses a nifty two-screen display, or you can download the slides and follow along that way. Or, if you don't want to listen to two hours of audio and video, you can read Tony Hirst's excellent summary notes. From the abstract: "Just as students are finding alternative sources of content and community, students are also in the process of defining their own learning environment, one that transcends institutional boundaries. The concept of the personal learning environment, already in discussion and development, will not merely transform learning, it will tranfer ownership of that learning." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Wesley Fryer[Edit][Delete]: Imbee Supports Safe Digital Networking for Kids!, Moving at the Speed of Creativity [Edit][Delete] June 19, 2006
[link: Hits] Some people have taken an interest in some posts on my other blog, including one on adults and learning and another on whether teaching is dead. Like most of the posts on my Half an Hour blog, they are intended less as public writings and more as exercises in which I work out my thoughts.

Anyhow, the interesting point - to me - in much of the recent debate on whether kids ought to be allowed to access MySpace and other 'adult' sites is the speed with which some alternative kids only sites began to gain positive publicity and tracition in the news. This article, about Imbee, is a case in point. So is this article, yet another puff piece touting Whyville.

You know, when somebody comes to me and says they want to protect my kids, the first thing I ask is, "What's in it for them?" And I am equally suspicious when somebody proposes legislation with the same objective. So, yeah, MySpace is 'dangerous' and then all these 'safe' sites come out of the woodwork. Am I the only cynical person left anymore? [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jay Cross[Edit][Delete]: Not Without Purpose, Internet Time [Edit][Delete] June 19, 2006
[link: Hits] Article on informal learning. "Training, development, knowledge management, performance support, informal learning, mentoring, and knowing are all components of performance networks." Good enough. "Networks expand or die." I still don't believe this is true. Networks can exhibit a steady state behaviour; what we call 'growth' is very often a matter of perception than of physical fact. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tim Lauer[Edit][Delete]: Google Maps Reads Google Earth Files..., Education/Technology [Edit][Delete] June 19, 2006
[link: 15 Hits] As much as I have loved Google Earth, I have always felt limited by the fact that it is a desktop application, which meant that the nifty KML files it uses could not be used on the web. Now at least this capacity exists in Google Maps. Sort of. I tested the system using the instructions posted on the Google website. I first had to set the server's mime types - if your KML files are failing, this is probably why (see the very bottom of the instructions). Then, some of my KML files worked, like this [source]. But others worked only partially [source] and some not at all [source]. No real reason why. Still - this is the sort of thing that can add a lot of depth to, say, my photo pages. When it works. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Alec Couros[Edit][Delete]: Shoutout, Couros Blog [Edit][Delete] June 19, 2006
[link: Hits] Some new blogs: Technology Integration in the Classroom, by George Couros, and The Teaching Life, by Cyril Kestin. Also mailed into me this week was iSean, by Sean Lancaster. And new to me recently was pault@LTG, by Paul Trafford, who wrote an overview of the recent PLE experts' meeting. Also new to me is Mike Malloch's elearning 2.0 blog, highlighted today by Jay Cross. Cross notes, as I would like to as well, Malloch's grasp of the essentials of web 2.0: "The good systems-effects only emerge when usage becomes rich and plentiful - and that depends on an ecology in which the individual parts are simple, focused and easy to get along with, and in which the interoperability architecture makes very lightweight demands on its citizens." Oh, and it doesn't matter to me even a bit that Malloch uses the term 'elearning 2.0', even if I invented it; my credibility, good name and fortune is not bound in the words I 'own', but in the things I do and the value I provide. [Tags: , , ] [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.

Where they are able to form networks of meaningful and rewarding relationships with their peers, with people who share the same interests or hobbies, the same political or religious affiliations - or different interests or affiliations, as the case may be.

This to me is a society where knowledge and learning are public goods, freely created and shared, not hoarded or withheld in order to extract wealth or influence.

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