July 11, 2006


Bruce Hoppe[Edit][Delete]: User driven innovation and Karim Lakhani, Connectedness [Edit][Delete] July 11, 2006
[link: 11 Hits] This is interesting. "Empirical research is finding that users rather than manufacturers are the actual developers of many or most new products and services - and that they are a major locus of innovative activity in the economy." One wonders whether innovation in education has stalled precisely because educators and administrators do not listen to students. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Miles Berry[Edit][Delete]: London Grid for Learning - the dangers of DIY, Miles Berry :: Weblog [Edit][Delete] July 11, 2006
[link: Hits] Miles Berry says of the London Grid for Learning's (LGfL's) Briefing for Local Authorities and Schools (MS-Word doc) on 'Learning Platforms' that "The apparent degree of bias and prejudice throughout this document is frankly astonishing: it seems to me that LGfL are seriously rattled by the number of London schools opting for open source or their own choice of commercial 'learning platforms' rather than sticking with the Digital Brain powered LGfL solution." What follows is a sustained attack on the document. For some reason, LGfL seems to thing of open source as do-it-yourself (DIY) and caution against the dangers of such an approach. One wonders whether they have actually tried, say, Moodle. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tom Hoffman[Edit][Delete]: NECC 2006: We Will Win, Tuttle SVC [Edit][Delete] July 11, 2006
[link: 7 Hits] Tom Hoffman posts a lengthy reflection on NECC 2006 that has some funny bits, some sarcastic bits, and some hopeful bits. The overall message is that open source is "winning" in U.S. schools and that "Moodle is going thermonuclear in US K-12 education." I enjoyed is reaction to the NCLB booth: "The federal Department of Education had a booth, with nice NCLB logos. I say, 'Hulk SMASH!' But I clenched my jaw and kept walking..." [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Andy Carvin[Edit][Delete]: Angus King on the Maine Laptop Program, July 11, 2006
[link: Hits] Recorded last month, a 50 minute interview with the state governor who launched the laptop program. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Banno, et.al.[Edit][Delete]: Private Language, Philosophy Forums [Edit][Delete] July 11, 2006
[link: Hits] Can there be a private language, that is, a language that you think in, but never speak to anyone else? According to Wittgenstein, there cannot be, because you would never know whether you are using it correctly. Language is, therefore, an irreducibly public phenomenon. Is it the same with knowledge? Can there be private knowledge? It seems there must be, doesn't there - after all, only you can know whether or not you are actually in pain. Or not? Anyhow, if you enjoy these questions, you will enjoy this thread of discussion on private language at the Philosophy Forums. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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