June 20, 2006


Dave Munger[Edit][Delete]: Language and Time: More on Whether the Future is Literally in Front of Us, Cognitive Daily [Edit][Delete] June 20, 2006
[link: 11 Hits] This is worth bringing up, for those who believe that we all perceive one and the same reality. The basics of such a reality are space and time, right? But: "English-speakers have two conflicting representations of time. The 'ego-moving' metaphor suggests that we are moving forward through time, so 'forward' implies a later date. The 'time moving' metaphor suggests that time is like a conveyer belt, on which events move from the future to the past, so 'forward' implies an earlier date." It's easy to say we cannot debate the reality of space and time. But as soon as you press the question as to what these are, our apparent consensus falls apart. The world itself is very different for you than what it is like for me. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

David Squires[Edit][Delete]: Educational Software and Learning: Subversive Use and Volatile Design, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences [Edit][Delete] June 20, 2006
[link: Hits] Jeremy Hiebert takes us on a welcome trip back to the writings of David Squires. In this item, Squires states the constructivist dilemma quite nicely: "In trying to design effective learning environments we may at the same time constrain the levels of freedom necessary for learners to make decisions about their own learning." His solution, "incorporated subversion," is to build the freedom into the tools. "Rather than design with constraint in mind, design with freedom and flexibility in mind." Hiebert also links us to a Squires interview from 2000 where he describes the Peripatetic Electronic Teachers who are "freelance teachers who use the features of new technologies to create and deliver learning experiences." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Dave Warlick[Edit][Delete]: Announcing hitchhikr.com, 2 cents Worth [Edit][Delete]2 Cents Worth [Edit][Delete] June 20, 2006
[link: 9 Hits] Dave Warlick has hopped on to the Glu meme, in this case pulling together information from various sources about web conferences. It takes the conference aggregator I created for Merlot in 2003 (and NMC in 2004) one step further, bringing together Flickr images and adding a list of conferences in the right hand column. A good idea, but I have always wanted there to be some sort of conference RSS referencing system that organizers could use to really pull this together, using specific pointers in the XML rather than tags or keywords. The hitchhikr.com domain name wasn't active yet as I enter this, but this testbed site will give you the idea. [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Stephen J.H. Yang[Edit][Delete]: Context Aware Ubiquitous Learning Environments for Peer-to-Peer Collaborative Learning, Educational Technology and Society [Edit][Delete] June 20, 2006
[link: 6 Hits] Wide ranging paper describing a context sensitive peer to peer learning environment, including a "personalized annotation management system, and multimedia real-time group discussion system" and a "context acquisition mechanism for collecting contextual information at run time." This approach underlies a lot of the through currently being expressed in personal learning environments and demonstrates some of the concepts in tangible form. A bit technical, but worth the effort. PDF. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Dennis Dunleavy[Edit][Delete]: Learning How to Teach on the Blogosphere, The Big Picture [Edit][Delete] June 20, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] This is a really good article describing the use of blogging in a journalism class at Southern Oregon University. What I like about it is that it shows so clearly how many of the features talked about by the theorists - the personalization of tone, the holding of media to account, the role of social networking - come into play in actual practice. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jeff Jarvis[Edit][Delete]: Toy Company Breaks Little Girls' Hearts, BuzzMachine [Edit][Delete] June 20, 2006
[link: 11 Hits] Why am I so dogmatic about open and distributed online communities? Stories like this offer the answer. Jeff Jarvis writes, "Mattel is shutting down its American Girl Club and our daughter is rightfully upset." As he points out, "Because of the anonymity features of the community, this means that thousands of friendships are suddenly cut off." Rex Hammock is more blunt. "The issue here is one of 'identity.' Who owns 'me' online? I think I own my identity, but the weasles at Mattel obviously think they own the identities (even if they are 'anonymous' avatars of real girls) of the American Girl Club members." I think Mattel really should reconsider this one. "Toy companies should not be in the business of making children sad." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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