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by Stephen Downes
July 10, 2007


I am still in Duluth where I have been enjoying the museums as much as the conference (which reflects well on both museums and conference). Wireless access has been plentiful and reliable here (except in my hotel) which makes me happy. Stephen Downes, Flickr July 10, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

PoducateMe Podcasting Guide
I didn't have a chance to read this guide written by Micah Ovadia; it is rather more substantial than the one I linked to a few days ago. But Tony Vincent's recommendation carries some weight with me. You can read the guide online - the PDF you would use to print it, though costs money (an interesting marketing approach). Tony Vincent, Learning in Hand July 10, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Write Nonsense
We haven't heard much from Jakob Nielsen recently. As this post from John Connell suggests, we can understand why. I lost interest in his article when I read this, under an illustration: "Histogram of expertise scores for 1,000 authors. Each dot is one person. Stupid people are on the left; clever ones are on the right." John Connell, Weblog July 10, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Sea Turtles
I'm linking to this only because I love the photo of the sea turtles. Which, I think, is absolutely enough of a reason to link. Tim Lauer, Education/Technology July 10, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

We're Reading More Than Ever Before - No Surprise for Bloggers?
I've said this in some talks - that we need to understand how to deal with a generation that has grown up reading online - and has continued to read and read (and write) almost nonstop since childhood. Ewan McIntosh, edublogs July 10, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Bridging Differences
Education Week has ventured into the world of blogs, including this column featuring a conversation between Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch. The issue is the usual set of questions around testing in schools - the usual fare for mainstream media. You can see a list of other RSS feeds in the right hand column. Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch, Education Week July 10, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Percolations: Museums and Social Networking Sites
Normally when I go to a conference I avoid the social events because they're essentially a bunch of people in a big room eating food that is too small off a napkin that is too floppy trying to think of something to talk about. But I want to commend the organizers of the conference here in Duluth for thinking to have social events in museums - at the aquarium on opening day and at the railway museum last night. I was like a kid in a candy shop taking photos of animals, climbing on trains, and just having fun. To me, museums have always defined the way I like to learn - on my own, unfettered, choosing my own direction. That's why I get upset when they ban photos - they may be thinking about fundraising (they are not protecting the exhibits - I have yet to see a videocam with a flash, but those too are banned) but what they are doing is blocking learning - blocking, indeed, the very function for which they were built. Leslie Madsen-Brooks, Museum Blogging July 10, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]


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