August 8, 2011
Wikipedia says it's losing contributors
Associated Press, August 8, 2011.
I have long complained about Wikipedia's revised contribution and editing procedures, a system that devalues new contributions and elevates beyond all reason the negative critiques, reversions and deletions that constitute the net contribution of super-editors. It appears I am not alone. Wikipedia's new contributor-hostile policy has resulted in - surprise! - fewer contributors. My recommendations: stop deleting articles, remove all the little 'the neutrality of this article is disputed,' or 'the following section doesn't cite any sources' notifications, and stop catering to the criticisms of the print media (who, after all, would rather see Wikipedia fail).
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Wikipedia]
Summer PD: New Teacher Boot Camp Week 5 - Using Blogs
Lisa M. Dabbs,
Edutopia, August 7, 2011.
Edutopia blogger Lisa M. Dabbs wraps up a five-week 'new teacher boot camp' with this article about an Argentinian teacher using blogs to support learning. "Blogging," she writes, "is a wonderful way to motivate our students to write. Students can share their stories, thoughts and reflections on their blogs. Writing for a real and global audience makes blogging an engaging and meaningful experience. Blogging has made a difference for my students. Their writing and reading skills have improved significantly." There's a video and examples on the site.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Video, Web Logs, Experience]
AgriOcean DSpace 1.0
Website, August 7, 2011.
Stuff like this is still in the realm of pilot projects and funded projects, but they will eventually become mainstream and will be a major part of dunamic online learning offerings. "AgriOcean DSpace is a joint initiative of FAO and UNESCO-IOC/IODE to provide a customized version of DSpace. Its objective is to make literature in digital form using standards for metadata, thesauri and other controlled vocabularies commonly used in the field of oceanography, agriculture and related sciences." Code is available on Google code.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Project Based Learning, Customization, UNESCO, Google, Metadata, Online Learning]
Do Generational Differences Matter in Instructional Design
Thomas C. Reeves,
IT Forum, August 7, 2011.
Good summary and assessment of recent literature regarding generational differences between learners, and whether styles of instruction should be differentiated on that basis. "The major question addressed in this review is whether generational difference is a variable important enough to be considered during the design of instruction or the use of different educational technologies. At this time, the weight of the evidence is negative." Note that I had numerous difficulties reading this item because fonts were 'unavailable', resulting in blank pages. Via John Mak in the Connectivismeducationlearning group.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Assessment]
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