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June 24, 2011

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What Pottermore Points Us Towards
Ryan Bretag, Education Week, June 24, 2011.

A big announcement this week was J.K. Rowling's announcement of Pottermore - not a game, as many suspected, but rather more like an ebook. It will be created, she says, in part by the readers. Ryan Bretag comments, "the experience of reading digitally and the realization of just how powerful it can be especially when connected to new and powerful reading habits, literacy, and engaging, immerse experiences."

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WE_australia: Tim Longhurst
Ulrike Reinhard, WE Magazine, June 24, 2011.

files/images/tim_longhurst.jpg, size: 33325 bytes, type:  image/jpeg Listened to this video this afternoon. "Tim Longhurst, futurist, identifies trends and helps organisations adapt to a changing world. Under the motto 'fair go' he explains the WE in Australia and tells us what the future challenges are. And the opportunities." It's a nice blend of social activism, new media, and educational futures.

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Study Groups without Walls
Lisa Nielsen, The Innovative Educator, June 24, 2011.

Peer 2 Peer University 2010 from P2P University on Vimeo.

Update on Peer to Peer University (P2PU) that I ran on Ed Radio this afternoon. The speaker (I'm not sure who he is) outlines P2P's last year and outlines plans for the next year, including the staging of classes of 1,000 people. P2PU, meet MOOC.

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Hume at 300: Timeless Philosophy for Timely Thinking
Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, June 24, 2011.

Playing this on Ed Radio today. David Hume is one of the major influential figures in my philosophical world. Nicholas Phillipson, who narrates the video, says "[Hume] concluded the dynamic power, which drives the workings of what we think of as the mind, is in fact the imagination. The organizing principle of what we like to think of as the mind is, in fact, custom, habit, convention - the sort of experience, the cognitive experience, the moral experience we acquire from everyday life in the society, in which we move." My own view of mind, though modernized, is essentially the same.

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