by Stephen Downes
February 5, 2009
A Model of Innovation
Rod sent along this concept map of innovation (a real concept map, not just a hierarchy arranged in circles). It represents, more or less roughly, a paradigm-shift model roughly paralleling Kuhn's description. I could do without the upside-down writing. More on the design of the map. Related, via Pete MacKay, Symbols.com, which kept me entertained all day clicking on the random sign link. Hugh Dubberly, Dubberly Design Office, February 5, 2009 [Link] [Tags: Visualization, Paradigm Shift, Interaction] [Comment]
Watch a Live Video, Share Your PC with CNN
Did you watch live streaming video of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 20? If you tapped into the CNN feed, then you probably have P2P software installed on your machine that you don't know about. Operating much like BitTorrent, the application, Octoshape, delivered the feed from your computer to other users - saving CNN the cost of the bandwidth to deliver the video (passing that cost along to you and your ISP instead). There's nothing inherently wrong with such an approach to streaming video - it has a lot to recommend it - but it needs to be done with the full knowledge and consent of the people using it. Anyhow, this article also has instructions on how to remove the application (which may still be monitoring and managing your outbound traffic). Brian Livingston , Windows Secrets, February 5, 2009 [Link] [Tags: Video, Bandwidth] [Comment]
Flickr, I Blame You...
The impact of digital photography on one writer's life. Entertaining, insightful, and beautifully illustrated. Barbara Ganley, (the new) bgblogging, February 5, 2009 [Link] [Tags: Image Software, Flickr] [Comment]
India's $10 Laptop: Neither $10 nor a Laptop
In fact, it's a small computing box, into which you need to plug in a keyboard and monitor. The Times of India calls it a damp squib. The Hindu has a photo. MediaNama makes it clear that this is a storage device. "Four publishers Macmillan, Tata McGraw Hill, Prentice-Hall and Vikas Publishing have been engaged to upload textbooks and content for students." Not useful? We'll see. Charlie Sorrel, Wired, February 5, 2009 [Link] [Tags: Books, Portable Computers] [Comment]
SWORD: Cutting Through the Red Tape to Populate Learning Materials Repositories
Article on SWORD, the Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit system. This (s0mewhat) non-technical article illustrates the software using four case study vignettes, or 'SWORD Stories': "Drag-and-Drop Desktop Tool, Bulk Deposit for Sharing Metadata, Deposit from a Content Creation Tool and Drag-and-Drop NewsFeed Resources into a Repository." Many screenshots. Sarah Currier , JISC, February 5, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
A Virtual Learning Environment Gets Grounded
Michael Hanley expresses his regret at the closure of Microsoft's ACES Studio, home of its flight simulator software, and expands on the use of the flight simulator as a form of virtual learning. More from Hanley on the impact of the economic slump on e-learning. Michael Hanley, The E-Learning Curve Blog, February 5, 2009 [Link] [Tags: Microsoft] [Comment]
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