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July 6, 2011

Interview with Doug Belshaw & Andrew Stewart
Darrel Branson and Tony Richards, Ed Tech Crew, July 6, 2011.

I listened to this interview with Doug Belshaw (and played it for zero listeners on Ed Radio today) by the Ed Tech Crew. They looked first at his Purpose-Ed project, an innovative way to document what the education community thinks the purpose of an education is. Belshaw is also just completing his thesis on digital literacies; if you don't want to read the 60,000 word version, you can listen to this six minute podcast. Nice. I like the way he has authored his thesis openly from beginning to end, sharing bits and pieces, drafts and chapters, and his research generally as he went along. I can't help but think this resulted in a stronger thesis.

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Why I was Wrong about QR Codes
Seth Odell, Higher Ed Live, July 6, 2011.

Well unlike this author I am not ready yet to say I was wrong about QR codes, but I like the argument presented here and should pass it along. Two examples are given: first, a case where a QR code is used to easily scan a person's contact info from a business card into a mobile device. Second, a case where QR codes are used to order food from a virtual store while waiting for a train. Also, here's a post from Library Girl on more educational uses of QR codes.

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The Nine Day Queen
Denise, A Learning Life, July 6, 2011.

I couldn't resist running this video on Ed Radio today - it's the story of The Nine Day Queen, Lady Jane Grey. "Sixteen year old Lady Jane Grey, great- niece of King Henry the VIII, reigned England for nine days before giving up the throne to Mary. She was tried for treason and beheaded." I have never heard of her before (I'm not as up on obscure British monarchs as I could be). Anyhow, now I'm fully versed on the story thanks to Prince and Wikipedia and the history teachers YouTibe Channel.

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