November 2, 2006


Mark Oehlert[Edit][Delete]: Education Map of the Decade, E-Clippings [Edit][Delete] November 2, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] Normally I would not link to this item, because the document Mark Oehlert links to, a graphic by the KnowledgeWorks Foundation called 'Map of the Decade' is released under strict copyright conditions and requires that you supply a (fake) name and email address to access. But it is a very good resource, despite the U.S.-centric approach, which produces some blind spots (eg., "Curriculum on the global market: China, Science and Engineering, U.S., creativity and innovation" - not likely, there's a whole creative and innovative world out there and the U.S. has long lost its edge (nothing personal, and please don't shoot the messenger)). [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Copying Own CDs 'Should Be Legal', Bbc [Edit][Delete]BBC [Edit][Delete] November 2, 2006
[link: Hits] See, here's the deal. I can put 5,000 or so songs on my iRiver, so that's about $5,000 worth of music, should I ever fill it up. Now, were my $300 iRiver to cease functioning, or be lost, or dropped in a vat of oil, I would need to purchase all those songs again, unless I can copy my purchased songs. I have gone through three MP3 players already. Certainly, I am not prepared to repurchase the digital files each time. This is simple common sense. And the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) agrees. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Dan Lockton[Edit][Delete]: Architectures of Control in Design, November 2, 2006
[link: Hits] Scott Wilson points to this new blog, which aims to offer an interesting perspective on design. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

David Green[Edit][Delete]: Using Digital Images in Teaching and Learning, Academic Commons [Edit][Delete] November 2, 2006
[link: Hits] A report that considers what may seem to be obvious, the use of images in online learning. Still, it is worth having a reference that tells us that many staff use images, that these images are scattered and disorganized and have little or no metadata, that Google image is popular, that there should be some common source for images, and that people want to be able to determine the copyright status of an image. A longish report, in PDF. Via Kairosnews. [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tony Karrer[Edit][Delete]: How Do People Interact with Blogs?, eLearning Technology [Edit][Delete] November 2, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] I comment on other peoples' blogs fairly frequently. It seems a nice thing to do, and I know people appreciate them, even if I am critical. But Tony Karrer has a point. If most people read blogs via RSS (and these days, it seems, they do) then th comments are invisible. You have to click on the link to view them, and people don't click on the link. I too would like to see the comments come through in the feeds. The technology is fairly simple, but mostly it's a problem of timing and flow. I can't imagine RSS readers want to see the post again every time there's a comment. But I could justify a daily re-release of each item on the site that attracted a new comment. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Learning for the Future: A Vision and Research Agenda, Computing Research Association. [Edit][Delete] November 2, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Results of a study from several sets of workshops, released in 005. I found this report to be an interesting read but have to agree with Zhao Lin's comments in IFETS today: "Web-based educational research, particularly, in learning theory and technology, is a very promising solution to this situation of mutual limitations. However, neither the cyberinfrastructure report nor the above 2020 report pays sufficient attention to web-based educational research. Without Web-based educational research, how can those visions be realized?" [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: EDU-Nix Open Source Schoolware, EDU-Nix [Edit][Delete] November 2, 2006
[link: Hits] I haven't tested this, but applaud the initiative (well, except for the U.S. focus, which I don't get). "EDU-Nix aims to provide U.S. Public Schools with Open-Source alternatives to expensive proprietary software products. By ensuring that all students and faculty have equal access to high-quality Free Software, EDU-Nix will help to bridge the digital divide in American schools." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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