by Stephen Downes
January 14, 2008
The link above downloads my slides from this two-day workshop here in Kuala Lumpur. I've been pretty busy; there may be disruptions in the newsletter this week as I finish my seminar, explore Malaysia, and then fly home. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web January 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Newsletters, Flickr] [Comment]
This is pretty useful. Kwout "lets you cut out portions of web sites and gives you embeddable code for your blog etc. There's a convenient bookmarklet to help the process, too. Also, note that this is an image map. Click on any of the links in this image, and you'll go to the corresponding web site." Interesting link to Mashable's self-graded results from last year's predictions (and it leaves me wondering whether this page influenced my own grading of predictions - I don't recall seeing this page but it's certainly possible). Lucy Gray, A Teacher's Life January 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Web Logs] [Comment]
Why I Blog and the Perils of Perfection Paralysis
I am so far beyond being paralysed by the demand for perfection that my 'perfection paralysis' is in another world somewhere. I man, here I am, 5:36 a.m. in Kuala Lumpur using a PPPoE connection trying to create a useful newsletter - while at the same time reworking my seminar to fit the audience more appropriately (and to match the capacities of the room, which is coping valiantly with the demands of more than 40 simultaneous internet connections). Perfection is something I don't even think about attaining - and learning to cope with imperfection is the only way any of this is possible. So I hope you enjoy today's imperfect OLDaily. Vicki A. Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog January 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Newsletters] [Comment]
YouTube'S Slow Drift Toward Enlightenment
I think we'll see a lot more of this, especially since it's so easy to embed YouTube files into web pages, blogs, social network profiles, and online courses. It is also refreshing to see the Chronicle take a positive spin on technology - though, of course, the posting of YouTube lectures probably appeals to the traditionalist in them (because there's no other way to present information online, right?). Dan Colman, openculture January 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Traditional and Online Courses, Networks, Video, YouTube, Web Logs] [Comment]
Time Warner Invests in Teen Virtual World Gaia Online
Here we are seeing the expansion (explosion!) of 3D virtual worlds beyond Second Life. As this story suggests, Time Warner is investing in a "teen hangout" site called Gaia Online. This is just part of a wider trend: "Last month Coca-Cola migrated its virtual property to PG-13 world There.com and Disney bought Club Penguin in August. The Gaia Online world claims to have approximately three million unique users per month, with members spending an average of more than two hours on the site per day." Matthew Nelson, ClickZ January 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Second Life] [Comment]
Hammering the Holiday Theme!
Who knows when you'll need to make PDF files? "PDF Hammer is a website that allows you to edit your PDF files online for free. You don't need to install any additional software, you can edit PDF documents right now inside your browser." Cool! Judy O'Connell, Hey Jude January 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Richard Hoeg writes, "The F-list was designed as a way to create connections with one another outside the classroom. Many unsung voices of expertise and wisdom deserve a bigger audience. By hyperlinking to them, we give these teachers the "F" they deserve by adding them to the F-List." Richard Hoeg, eContent January 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Linking and Deep Linking] [Comment]
This is something to watch for - apparently some people set up a duplicate university website in an attempt to lure unsuspecting people into giving up their login and password. Alec Couros, Couros Blog January 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
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