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by Stephen Downes
April 21, 2010

Openness is the only means of doing education
I'm not really a TED fan, but it's David Wiley, so I'll definitely pass the link along. Wesley Fryer summarizes, "David argues, 'The most successful educators share most thoroughly with the most students.' For him, education is DEFINED as a relationship of sharing. Does this make you reconsider whether or not YOU should be blogging regularly? What about CLOSED, "walled-garden" learning management systems? Still think Moodle is "the bomb" just because it's open source? Think again. Education IS sharing, and the more generously we share, the better we educate others as well as ourselves. Very important and powerful ideas here." Wesley Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity, April 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Simple Learning Design 2.0
My colleague Guillaume Durand has posted working papers on simple learning design (SLD) to IMS for comments. "The main idea behind SLD 2.0 was to keep the essence of learning design in a voluntary simplistic specification easily usable as an add-on for IMS-CC 1.0. Several documents are already available." Guillaume Durand, IMS, April 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Blogphilosophy: share your learning story: formal education shackled me, so I got out...
Ignatia tells her story, and asks for more, describing your escape from formal learning. "For me," she writes, "informal learning in addition to high contact immersion with knowledgeable people, access to courses of choice, and opting for wild cards really made and makes a difference in my learning life.
For sure, at every stage most of the people said I did not make a chance. But I never had a chance for years, so I knew never to listen to negative vibes, they just do not see what you know is inside of you." Inge de Waard, Ignatia, April 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

Searching the Backchannel – Martin Bean, OU VC, Twitter Captioned at JISC10
Twitter captions over (live) video feeds? Yes, it appears to be possible, though to be honest I think the description skips a few (dozen) steps. Sure, the Pip aggregates the feed from Twitter, I get that. But where is the video coming from and how is the caption placed over it? Details like that. It's very cool, though, so even if I can't see how it's done, I feel better knowing it can be. Tony Hirst, OUseful Info, April 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Facebook's Open Graph Personalizes the Web
Facebook is dropping Connect and implementing an open graph. This is very good news, because it means the rest of the web can play. The specification looks very simple to implement and can be implemented in simple web pages. Morew from Monkey Bites. Samuel Axon, Mashable, April 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment] [Tweet]

You'll need a lot of patience to learn to paint using Bomomo, but it's totally worth it. The paint application - which gives you no real control over colour and forces you to adapt to its wild swirling brushes - will take you in new directions. It's still a very simple application; I can only image what it would look like if more complex, with textures and more. It will take just a minute to get the idea, and maybe the rest of the day before you can put it down. It's hard to find, but here's the Bomomo gallery. Via iLearn Technology. Various Authors, Website, April 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

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