July 26, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: ICT in Education in Colombia, Half an Hour [Edit][Delete] July 26, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] Today has been a busy day of papers and meetings. I have blogged four talks from this morning, all collected on my other website. ICT in Education in Colombia was first, then High-Speed Connectivity in Spain and the World, then Internet 2: Educational Uses of Advanced Networks and finally Inter-Institutional Academic Networks. This afternoon was talken up with meetings with university and education ministry officials, so I didn't have time to do much reading. I have some photos, and many more will follow soon. Bogota is an endlessly interesting, diverse and exciting city, one that I have come to appreciate a lot in the time I have been here. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Joyce Valenza[Edit][Delete]: Information Literacy for 21st Century Learners, July 26, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] I haven't looked at this, but George Siemens writes, "Joyce Valenza has posted a great .ppt resource on Information Literacy for 21st Century Learners. She brings together tools like blogs, wikis, podcasts...and contrasts the nature of learners today with the nature of effective research (using sources beyond Google). She covers a significant swath (though much of it at an introductory level). Well worth the time to review." [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Peter Wood[Edit][Delete]: In a Globalised World, Mediocre Teaching is Doomed, Mercator Net [Edit][Delete] July 26, 2006
[link: Hits] Why, you ask? "In the United States, more and more families are opting out of public schools for home schooling, private schools, and charter schools. Parents are ambitious for their children and don't want to jeopardise their futures by giving them intellectually impoverished educations." Of course, this doesn't eliminate mediocre teaching, it merely ensures that rich people will not have to suffer it. And who is at fault here? The unions, of course. Sheesh. George Siemens linked to this today.In any case, the entire premise is wrong. The rich will get personalized service, as they always do, and pay way too much for it. As for the rest of us plebes, online technologies will greatly reduce the gap, allowing even mediocre teaching to be more than enough to suffice. If anything, online learning heralds the age of mediocre teaching, because it will herald an age when almost everybody is a teacher. [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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