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by Stephen Downes
April 12, 2007

So It Goes...

1922 - 2007
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., April 12, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Personal Learning
I don't know. I'm a bit out of my element, speaking to corporate e-learning industry types here in Boston. I have been thinking of all the events of the last year, of where I was when I spoke in Tennessee. It feels like it was yesterday. Learning for 'a better life' just doesn't seem to be on the radar screen. I can talk about webs and networks and personal learnings and PLEs but there's a disconnect unless people see themselves as learners rather than teachers. Unless they are seeking to empower themselves and build their own lives, rather than seeing themselves as helpless before the whims of those with power and control. Anyhow, here are the slides and here is the audio. There is some new stuff on PLEs, especially near the end. Stuff to think about and develop further. "Use these technologies to develop your own learning," I said at the panel, suggesting that they can't tell people to use new technologies, they can only model and demonstrate. Is this what the audience wants to hear? I don't know - but it's the only story I can tell. Same as it ever was. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web April 12, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

Robin Good and Video Interview On the Future of Learning
I haven't seen the video, but both Robin Good and Teemu Arina are worth listening to, and this particular match-up is sufficiently unusual that it is worth a mention. Teemu Arina, Tarina April 12, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Rapid eLearning Panel
I'd be curious to know what people made of our panel, which was a rollicking all-over-the-map free-for-all, but I'll make do with Jay Cross's assessemnt of the rapid e-learning panel. "While no one came out and said it, rapid eLearning can cut the instructional designer out of the process. One member of the audience cautioned against letting the rapid tools fall into the wrong hands." heh. We just came right out and told people to get into a different business. Jay Cross, Informal Learning April 12, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

AIMS Fails Learning 101
Just a note to our legislators in New Brunswick, that they should not be listening to the (not so neutral) advice of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, which is recommending standardized testing, and should instead be listening to people who have actually studied education and done some research in the field, who recommend against it. Harold Jarche, Weblog April 12, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Psiphon - Creating Cracks in the Great Firewall
Not sure I've mentioned this before, but it's worth pointing to this application that helps you see content through firewalls - whether the great firewalls that surround entire nations or the little firewalls that surround schools. Just remember if you use it that very little of what you do online is genuinely anonymous. Scott Leslie, EdTechPost April 12, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

DRM-Free EMI: Microsoft Joins Apple
The author of this article does not appear to be happy about it, citing EMI's gains as almost entirely short-term, but the fact remains that the publisher's move to DRM-free content will have longer-term consequences. Bill Rosenblatt, DRM Watch April 12, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]


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