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by Stephen Downes
March 24, 2010

Must-Reads Before Dying: My List (and Yours?)
Clay Burell revisits the lists of books we must read some time in our lives. It's a topic I have considered recently, as I have spent time recently reading the classics I missed during childhood (this comes about because I have basically finished all of science fiction, and there's almost no new science fiction published any more). My list, I think, would be very different from Burell's (and yes, would include some Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein). Burell's list puzzles me - Whitman and not Frost? Chuang Tzu and not the Tao Te Ching or the Analects? Nietzsche but not Kant, Hegel, Hume or Descartes? Clay Burell, Beyond School, March 24, 2010 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Remix for Personalized Learning
The difference between 'personal learning' and 'personalized learning' is like the difference between 'chocolate cake' and 'chocolatized cake'. That's the thought that occurs to me when I look at this video by Bob Lee. Not that there's anything wrong with the video. But it does raise the issue that there's a big difference between the two approaches that is often elided in discussion. Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers, March 24, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles
Hard to believe there could be 55 articles on Twitter in learning, but Tony Karrer has them. He writes, "Over the course of the past few years I've moved from saying 'I don't get it' – to feeling like it's a good addition to my Learning Tool Set. But I also think that there's a lot more help now around how to make effective use of Twitter as a learning tool."
Tony Karrer, eLearning Technology, March 24, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

ACER launches DERN
The Australian Council for Educational Research has launched the Digital Education Research Network (DERN). Kerrie Smith writes, "Researchers with an interest in digital learning are now able to debate issues and share ideas." The website states, "DERN is looking for research evidence about good educational and learning practices. Please join us to share your insights into and knowledge of research into teaching and learning using digital technologies." The word 'evidence' is in bold and italics, so I guess it touches a nerve there. Kerrie Smith, You are Never Alone, March 24, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

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