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December 2, 2011

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Mapleton Park, Moncton
Stephen Downes, Flickr, December 2, 2011.

It's December here, everything is dead or hibernating, and it's getting dark pretty early in the afternoon, and there's no snow yet - perfect (or perfectly awful!) conditions for photographing one of our local parks. So here's a smallish set of photos from late yesterday afternoon. Here's the Slide Show.

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Lead the World
Lisa Durff, Durff's Blog, December 2, 2011.

Via Lisa Durff: "Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay are the co-founders of Flat Classroom® Projects. Since the beginning in November 2006, more than 5,000 students have collaborated in the projects. The Flat Classroom® Projects now include the Flat Classroom® Project, the Digiteen Project, the Eracism Project, NetGenEd, and ‘A week in the Life’ Elementary Flat Classroom Project. In addition, Flat Classroom® Projects convene a conference and a Flat Classroom® workshop at the ASB Unplugged Conference in alternating years. They also run F.L.A.T.s, which are inspired by TEDx events and support the practice of spreading inspiring ideas. The next F.L.A.T.s features Anne Mirtschin on Wednesday December 7, 2011 at 5:00pm Eastern USA OR Thursday December 8, 2011 at 9:00am Melbourne Australia. Check the time where you are-> http://tinyurl.com/YourLocalTime and join us at http://tinyurl.com/FlatActionTalk" More from the K12 online conference taking place right now.

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STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM
Erik W. Robelen, Education Week, December 2, 2011.

I've always considered it obvious that arts (and humanities, for that matter) education ought to be included with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) but I guess in these days of (supposedly) utilitarian learning it's not so obvious. It seems to me that skills such as perspective and pattern recognition - ways, in other words, of seeing the world - require these (supposedly) soft disciplines. It's one thing to, say, use mathematics to represent a pettern, but if you can't see the pattern to begin with then the mathematics is a bit empty.

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Live Streaming 101
Seth Odell, Higher Ed Live, December 2, 2011.

As more and more people get interested in live streaming advice like this becomes more and more valuable. Seth Odell writes, "In this episode of Higher Ed Live we break down everything you need to know to live stream an event online. From which platform to which camera, we’ll give you all the inside tips and tricks to get the job done, and get it done right. Curious about whether you should use Ustream vs Livestream? Wondering how to stream with a non-firewire camera? Interested in streaming a 2-camera event from a single laptop? All that and a whole lot more is broken down in this info-packed episode." It's a good hour packed with valuable information.

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