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by Stephen Downes
December 6, 2007

Educamp Colombia
Greetings from Medellin, Colombia, where I am getting ready for the second of two 'educamps' we are having here. The workshops - yesterday's involved a hundred or so teachers from the Bogota region, and tomorrow's in Medellin will be similar - are being conducted in the 'camp' format: Diego Leal introduces the format and I talk about the concepts of e-learning 2.0 and connectivism, and then we spend the rest of the day in various user-directed activities. In Bogota, the first set was devoted to the web 2.0 tools, and the second on challenges and issues over using web 2.0 in learning. I got to talk with dozens of educators, to listen and learn a lot, to play in an OLPC, and much more.

There's a lot of content you can look at already. Yesterday's educamp was broadcast live using UStream (check Friday for the Medellin educamp on the same channel). Diego describes the event (in Spanish) in his blog. He has posted his own slides on Slideshare. You can also view my slides on Slideshare. Diego Leal, Colombia Apprendre December 6, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

Three Things
Good diagram surrounded by a post that discusses the core functions of a personal learning environment - collecting posts into a personal repository, then feeding them forward. See also Selective RSS. Cole Camplese, Learning and Innovation December 6, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

December Big Question - What Did You Learn About Learning?
The Big Queswtion is: "What did you learn about e-learning in 2007?" My first reaction was, "When did 2007 begin again?" Tells you what kind of year it has been. As usual, the post links to answers from various bloggers. Tony Karrer, Learning Circuits December 6, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

The Fallout From Testing
I'm linking to this post for this one sentence: "The notion that we have come to a consensus on what constitutes the well-educated 8-, 12- or 18-year-old, on what body of facts and scientific truth we all agree is essential, and finally that we have a way to get at this that will not impact on narrowing or distorting the curriculum-all seem far-fetched." Deb Meier, Education Week December 6, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Yeah, Maria!
Maria Knee accepts her NHSTE (New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education) Technology Award for 2007. This is a video of her speech. Bob Sprankle, Bit By Bit December 6, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

A Must-Read New Blog: Sean'S Slam Teaching
Clay Burell serves up this new blog. "The idea behind Slam Teaching is not unlike the idea behind slam poetry. Teaching, this blog posits, is an extemporaneous, aggressive, lyric, funny thing to do. It's a way of expressing oneself; it is art, and it is unpredictable. This blog will work (slowly, progressively) toward a better understanding of teaching as this dynamic force - an animated performance rather than a set of skills that react with criteria for learning." Clay Burell, Beyond School December 6, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]


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