October 10, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge, ITForum [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: 11 Hits] Though the discussion starts next week, the text of my paper, Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge, has been posted on ITForum (and I have also posted an MS-Word version on my site). This paper represents my latest effort to ground learning networks in a connective epistemology, and while there are still lose bits and questionable areas I think this is as close as I've come yet. For me, this is a major paper. I hope you enjoy it.

Here's the abstract: "The purpose of this paper is to outline some of the thinking behind new e-learning technology, including e-portfolios and personal learning environments. Part of this thinking is centered around the theory of connectivism, which asserts that knowledge - and therefore the learning of knowledge - is distributive, that is, not located in any given place (and therefore not 'transferred' or 'transacted' per se) but rather consists of the network of connections formed from experience and interactions with a knowing community. And another part of this thinking is centered around the new, and the newly empowered, learner, the member of the net generation, who is thinking and interacting in new ways. These trends combine to form what is sometimes called 'e-learning 2.0' - an approach to learning that is based on conversation and interaction, on sharing, creation and participation, on learning not as a separate activity, but rather, as embedded in meaningful activities such as games or workflows." [Tags: , , , , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Imperial History, Maps of War [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: 32 Hits] Too good not to pass along, this animation makes a point in 90 seconds that would take - well, a lifetime - to explain any other way. Oh, and for those who aren't sure, I can assure you, the dates and boundaries of the empires depicted are quite accurate (I've studied this). Via Internet Time. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Journals Catalog, ASK - Advanced Services for the Knowledge Society [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] Oooo. Via CIDER comes this list of journals in the field of instructional technology, including some that have free online content (and the rest, whose writers toil in obscurity, that require subscriptions (how can a journal called 'UAIS - Universal Access in the Information Society' charge a subscription fee? I ask you)). [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Building Learning Communities, November Learning Communities [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] Podcasts from the Building Learning Communities conference are now available (they were available months ago, but it has taken me this long to link to it). I haven't listened to any of them (which is why it took so long to run the link; I always thought I would have time) but the list of speakers features everybody's favorites. Most popular podcasts will likely be Brian Mull on the recovery from Katrina and Bette Manchester on the Maine laptop initiative. Via Mark Wagner. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Charles W. Bailey Jr.[Edit][Delete]: Strong Copyright + DRM + Weak Net Neutrality = Digital Dystopia?, Digital Scholarship [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: Hits] I am in general agreement with this conclusion: "What this paper has said is simply this: three issues - a dramatic expansion of the scope, duration, and punitive nature of copyright laws; the ability of DRM to lock-down content in an unprecedented fashion; and the erosion of Net neutrality--bear careful scrutiny by those who believe that the Internet has fostered (and will continue to foster) a digital revolution that has resulted in an extraordinary explosion of innovation, creativity, and information dissemination." Well, actually, I think 'careful scrutiny' is very gentle working indeed. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Vicki A. Davis[Edit][Delete]: How to Search Google Educational Videos, Cool Cat Teacher Blog [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: 28 Hits] In all the hoopla surrounding the story that Google bought YouTube I had forgotten about Google Video - funny, because I use it more than I use YouTube (larger video, bigger file uploads). Of course, you can search Google video - and this item shows how to narrow the search to educational videos. So, we'll be looking for that 'educational' YouTube video category. Story link via Emma Duke-Williams. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Press Release[Edit][Delete]: Mirapoint and Blackboard Partner, Mirapoint [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] Blackboard is continuing to consolidate, signing a deal with the Mirapoint email application, thus supporting single sign-on for LMS and email. This is a good thing. And any email solution that isn't Outlook is a good thing. But Blackboard owning the entire university infrastructure (and suing anybody who dares enter that space)? Not a good thing. Via University Business. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Michael Feldstein[Edit][Delete]: Oracle, Sakai, and the LMOS--Part 2, E-Literate [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: 22 Hits] I half-typed a bunch of responses to this item and decided eventually to simply post it here. Let me just say I think it's a bad idea. Yes, a university-sponsored database containing a student's online content seems to have its allure. But how long before that service to students becomes control over students. How long, for example, before use of the university data store becomes mandatory? How long before the university begins applying copyright violation searches and content screening to the database? No, it's just a bad idea - which is why Oracle is selling it to university administrations directly, and not to students. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Alfred Thompson[Edit][Delete]: A List of Education and Tech Ed Blogs, Computer Science Teacher [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] A lot shorter than my own list, but still some blogs that are new to me. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Andy Carvin[Edit][Delete]: The Amanda&Andy Show: Strolling Through Dupont Circle, The Digital Divide Network [Edit][Delete] October 10, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] I find this interesting - Andy Carvin has been vodcasting with Rocketboom's former host Amanda Congdon. "The AmandaAcrossAmerica site," writes Carvin, "raises the bar for vblogging (video blogging)." Carvin and Congdon walk along P Street (I was mesmerized by the background). Here is Congdon's video with Carvin (shirt untucked). [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.

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