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July 28, 2011

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Reading the Fine Print: Considering Different eBook Publishing Options for the iBookstore
Wesley Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity, July 28, 2011.

Some good analysis by Wesley Fryer on different eBook publishing options. To publish on Apple's iTunes you need an iConnect account and can work with one of five publishers: Lulu, LibreDigital, Smashwords, INscribe Digital and Ingram Digital. Not all provide the same services; only Ingram and LibreDigital, for example, provide multimedia eBooks. And they charge very different rates; not surprisingly LibreDigital costs a lot more than Lulu. Apple, of course, gets 30 percent. There's also "standard eBook" publishing on Kindle Direct Publishing and PubIt! by Barnes and Noble. So what do you think - should I commit some of my finely hones thoughts to the world of commercial eBook publishing?

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On Education, Badges and Scouting
Aaron Silvers, Weblog, July 28, 2011.

I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout (we don't have Eagle Scouts in Canada) and collected my share of badges. And so I can certainly see the applicability of the badges idea to education. Aaron Silvers writes, "If you’re a fan of what Foursquare and other gamification approaches to badges, then it’s simply a rewards or achievements layer that you slap on top of an existing experience." Now the system in Canada was a bit different, but the idea was the same. "Merit badges were/are focused on key skills.... evidenced by a subject matter expert who was your coach in that domain." The key here, notes Silvers, was that "we have to really think about what it means to have experts to coach and mentor the different badges we might want for public education. 500 badges to choose from, as Thomas Vander Ark poses even hypothetically, requires a level of coordination that is difficult for teachers, administrators and parents alike to imagine, even if both groups could agree that this is the right idea."

Related: long and detailed article from Mashable on gamification; recommended as a way to get the lay of the land.

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E-portfolios: join in now
Unattributed, Australian Flexible Learning Framework, July 28, 2011.

Here's word of another Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), this one from the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. "A free Massive Open Online Course – aka MOOC – aimed at teachers and trainers who are new to e-portfolios is running during August and September. It has been put together by a group from the VET E-portfolios Community of Practice (EpCoP) to help vocational education and training (VET) practitioners build their e-portfolio knowledge and skills by developing their own professional e-portfolio. The e-portfolio will enable teachers and trainers to demonstrate their industry and professional VET currency as required under the AQTF Standard 1.4, while helping them establish a professional e-portfolio learning network.

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A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Neil Butcher, Commonwealth of Learning, July 28, 2011.

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Ed Radio Show Notes, July 28, 2011

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- TenPenny Joke, Ambush on all Sides
- How Arthur C. Clarke almost 50 years ago accurately predicted our world of global distributed work
- Lesley Longstone, Free schools and a transformation agenda in New Zealand via Derek Wenmoth
- Angela Meirs links to two videos on NCLB Reform – Our Call to Action, teacher responses to NCLB
- The Seashell and the Clergyman: The World’s First Surrealist Film
- Betty Ann Brown, What Is Surrealism?
- Betty Ann Brown, What Is Abstract Expressionism?
- Betty Ann Brown, What Is Conceptual Art?
- 50 Famous Academics & Scientists Talk About God (follow this link for the list of speakers)
- Will Hoffman, Life in Moments/Moments in Life
- RadioLab, After Life
- The Dial-up sound, 700 times slower, Metafilter, My God! It's full of krchhhhhhhh... EEEE-errrr EEEE-errrrr... chhhhhhh...
- Brightwave TV, E-learning case study, PwC LLP
- James Clay, Mobile Learning: Catalytic Change – Online Webinar
- Above and Beyond via The Daily Riff
- The Man Without a Facebook trailer
- Ian Monk, E-Learning Assistant
- Davey Boond, E-Learning 2020
- Rob Hubbard, The Great LMS Debate
- John T. Spencer, Customized Learning - Reform Symposium Presentation
- Nurses' E-Learning Center, Online NCLEX Review
- Oxford Union, E-learning Debate 2010 - Highlights
- John Johnston, Not School
- Video: "Untested...Competitions" Displacing Established Programs, via Alexander Russo
- 4 Steps to Becoming an eLearning Pro with Articulate's Tom Kuhlmann, UMBC
- eduMOOC week 5 Live Session

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