July 27, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Learning Objects: Their Use, Their Potential, and Why They Are Not Dead Yet, July 27, 2006
[link: Hits] No conference summaries today, because I delivered a tlk first thing this morning. What I did was to outline the traditional concept of learning objects, point to the major objections, and outline how Web 2.0 reshapes our understanding of learning objects. Slides and MP3 Audio are available online; not sure how it sounds because I haven't listened to it yet and had to use a hacked together upload (FTP is blocked here). [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mark Wagner[Edit][Delete]: Links from Blogging Institute Day 1, Educational Technology and Life [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] A bunch of examples and links about the use of blogs in education. Day Two is also online. This responds to a question posed at my talk today. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Helen Barrett[Edit][Delete]: WikiSpaces for ePortfolios, E-Portfolios for Learning [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] Collaborative creation of e-portfolios? I will have to think about that a bit. In any case, Helen Barrett introduces WikiSpaces for e-Portfolios in this article. I got as far as the registration screen and, not feeling like yet another online account, bailed there. But the concept is certainly worth passing along. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Boris Mann[Edit][Delete]: OpenID Bounties and Identity Convergence, B. Mann Consulting [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] "Scott Kveton announced the OpenID Code Bounty at OSCON today: Integrate OpenID into your open source project and we'll give $5,000 to your project." That would be various education projects' entire budgets! Boris Mann still supports SxIP - but my experience with SxIP was that it involved a lot of overhead and a centralized registry. Which was in my mind what slowed adoption so much). [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

: Anon comes Good. Yeah Right!, Artichoke [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
[link: Hits] If I seem to be overly eager to link to posts commenting on the evaluation of generalizations, it's that the misuse of generalization is so prevalent in academic writing. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Joachim Niemeier[Edit][Delete]: Search 2.0 vs Traditional Search, 7 Days and More [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Search 2.0? Well, why not? I like the idea of "new and improved relevancy models; they bring into the equation user preferences, collaboration, collective intelligence" and the like. But - ith all this, why would you need to search ny more? Why wouldn't the needed resources present hemselves to you, just in time, as needed? [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tom Scocca[Edit][Delete]: The YouTube Devolution, New York Observer [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
[link: Hits] A fascinating look at how YouTube is changing culture. For me, YouTube has changed how I view video - now I get news of, say, the way from many sources, some right on the spot, instead of the evening news. It's also how I saw the coverage of Zidane's headbutt over and over again (yeah, I confess, I'm a Zidane headbutt junkie). This author draws out another aspect: "Suddenly, via YouTube links, those lost moments click back into view, as if a telegram from your great-grandfather were showing up in your e-mail." YouTube has disintermediated the streaming of culture, and created a mosaic. Top 10 lists will never be the same again. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Author[Edit][Delete]: HRD Rubbishes MIT's Laptop Scheme for Kids, Times of India [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
[link: Hits] This is interesting because the MIT lapstops were the subject of discussion here in Bogita. India's objections to the "hardsell" are interesting: "'India must not allow itself to be used for experimentation with children in this area,' the ministry has said." It's hard not to wonder about MIT's marketing strategy. Why would it be necessary to buy a million laptops? Why can't they buy one, and see whether it works? Thanks to Norm for the link. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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