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by Stephen Downes
March 10, 2010

Self Education: Five Essential Sites
Can people educate themselves? The jury's still out, I think, on this. But these five autodidact sites suggest that, maybe, they can. Jeff Cobb, Mission to Learn, March 10, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

Be VERY Careful Using Social Media
The emphasis we place on a single word in a sentence can change the whole meaning of the sentence. This is because the meaning is based, in part, on the alternatives excluded by the sentence, snd these are contextually bound and indicated by emphasis. That's (one reason) why we say meaning is not contained solely in the sentence itself, but is distributed across an environment. This post is intended to be a cautionary note abut social media, but extends to the use of text generally. That's why I'll often indicate emphasis in posts, with either italics or *stars*. Steve Borsch, Connecting the Dots, March 10, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

My 1995 Web Site
Just for fun, I have posted a bunch of screenshots from one of my earliest web sites, from 1995. Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, March 10, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

Social OS and Collective Construction of Knowledge
In this article, a forward for a forthcoming book, I look at the relation between control and software. Web and learning applications, I write, look like language, with all its attendant expressiveness and freedom, but functions like architecture, which can be cold and inflexible. Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, March 10, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

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