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by Stephen Downes
May 21, 2010

Claroline - Open Source Learning Management System
Haven't seen this before: "Claroline is an open source program that gives users the freedom to create their own online classroom. With Claroline teachers can produce assessment activities, post and collect assignments, build a wiki, monitor student activities, and create chat rooms or discussion forums. Claroline is available as a free download for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems." Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers, May 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Copyright bill may spark battle over who owns what
This article raises a good question - if you pay for an iPad, who owns it, you or Apple? If Apple can, under a DMCA or similar legislation, lock the device and prevent, by law, owners from running unauthorized software, it's arguable that you don't own the iPad. We lease homes and cars, but are we ready for a world where we leave household appliances and are told how we're allowed to use them? The CBC article says the upcoming government legislation is "much needed." One wonders, by whom? Peter Nowak, CBC News, May 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

This is from 2008, but it's a really nice overview of connectivism from an online course. It draws on material from our 2008 Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course and forms a nice neat package.

Sean McMinn, ETEC512, May 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Yammer is like Twitter, except that you share messages only with people in your company. I just set up an NRC version and we'll see how it goes. Update. After a few hours - I see it has email messaging support, and sends out daily updates. Fabulous features. Varous Authors, Website, May 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Let Me Google That For You
Getting questions people should be answering on their own? Don't simply answer them - go to, enter the search, then send them the link. Thanks to Dave Cormier and George Siemens's seminar. Various Authors, Website, May 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

Pew Internet The Fate of the Semantic Web
This Pew Report on the Semantic Web predicts a mixed future with dim prospects for the semantic web, but where "online information will continue to be organized and made accessible in smarter and more useful ways in coming years." Janna Anderson, Pew, May 21, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

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