July 25, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Bogota, Colombia, July 25, 2006
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I meant to send a newsletter yesterday, but I ended up in Panama instead. But I did have a nice few hours in New York on the way; here are my New York photos (amazing what you can do in four hours). Anyhow, after a late arrival last night, I am now settled into my hotel room here in Bogota, Colombia, where I will be speaking on learning objects and repositories at a national conference. More, much more, to come in the days ahead. [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tim Lauer[Edit][Delete]: Gizmo: Free Voice Calls to Over 60 Countries, Education/Technology [Edit][Delete] July 25, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] If you are not keeping track of this alternative to Skype, you should be. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

David Maister[Edit][Delete]: You Gotta Serve Someone, July 25, 2006
[link: Hits] I bought my first 'new' Bob Dylan album in 1980. It was 'Slow Train Coming' and as I listened to the lyrics from the first song, "You gotta serve somebody," I wondered whether I had missed the boat on being a Dylan fan; perhaps his relevant work was now long behind him. It turns out the advice in the song was rather more relevant than I would have expected, though I was not wise enough at the time to see why. "It's the paradox of professionalism: the more you put yourself first, the less people want to work with you and the less of life's rewards you get. The more you focus on serving others, the more they want to be with you and give you what you want." Yes, it's also in Carnegie. It's also in Lao Tzu. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

David Sirota[Edit][Delete]: Tom Friedman's Truly Shocking Admission, Sirotablog [Edit][Delete] July 25, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] I shouldn't have to say this but I will anyways: don't listen to people just because they're famous. Check the facts yourself and make your own decision. Via Andrew Pass. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christopher D. Sessums[Edit][Delete]: Teacher Development key to Tech Success, Christopher D. Sessums : Weblog [Edit][Delete] July 25, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] I do not link to sites that required reader registration, so I am thankful to Christopher D. Sessums for quoting this article at length. The report surveys a largish poll taken of K-12 teachers about the integration of technology in the classroom, and the main result seems to be that the need for professional development is significant. That said, note Sessums's comments at the end of the article. He argues, and I agree, that such polls are not scientific, that the questioning can influence the results, and that people should not take these results as having been established. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Brian Lamb[Edit][Delete]: Once again, The Chronicle Explores the Perils of Scholarly Blogging..., Abject learning [Edit][Delete]Abject Learning [Edit][Delete] July 25, 2006
[link: Hits] I have been reading Juan Cole for a long time and have referenced him a lot in one of my other blogs. And while I respect his scholarship I am not surprised that some people would consider his promotion controversial (I would not be one of them). Still, he has handled the matter (mostly recently covered in the Chronicle, though the story is several weeks old) with a lot of class.

He writes, "The question is whether Web-log commentary helps or damages an academic's career. It is a shameful question. Intellectuals should not be worrying about 'careers,' the tenured among us least of all... Being in the middle of all this, trying to help mutual understanding, is what I trained for. Should I have been silent, published only years later in stolid academic prose in journals locked up in a handful of research libraries? And this for the sake of a "career"? The role of the public intellectual is my career. And it is a hell of a career. I recommend it."

And lest there be any doubt, I endorse this attitude, and it expresses a value I am trying to live up to. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Darren Kuropatwa[Edit][Delete]: Back From BLC, A Difference [Edit][Delete] July 25, 2006
[link: Hits] Quick look at the Building Learning Communities conference, useful most of all because of the links to numerous edubloggers, many of whom are new to me (this community is growing by leaps and bounds). Also a link to the conference blog, where presentations should soon be available. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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