Grande Yellowhead Seminar

Stephen Downes, Jan 20, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes


Edson, Alberta, at sunset

OK, I got everything working, and so now here is a lot of audio from my two day seminar in Edson, Alberta.
Part 1 - an introductory session; I review blogging tools, have people create blogs, discuss wikis and content management systems, and RSS. 2 hours, 20 minutes, 16.4 megabytes.
Part 2 - Discussion on the role of blogging and similar technologies in learning, how they fit in with current practice; coverage of Flickr and Writely, podcasting and Creative Commons and open licensing. 1 hour, 23 minutes, 9.8 megabytes.
Part 3 - Discussion on the role these technologies can play in the schools, supported with a number of examples (see the Wiki page); discussion on social bookmarking (del.icio.us and Furl) and social networking, including a look at promoting internet safety for students. 2 hours, 57 minutes, 20.7 megabytes.
Part 4 - I talk about the changing environment, discuss the Cluetrain Manifesto and the disintermediation of power; discussion on the role of learner-centered learning, Connectivism and learning networks; plans for the future at Grande Yellowhead and elsewhere in Alberta. 1 hour, 47 minutes, 12.6 megabytes.
My thanks to all the participants, who not only made this an enjoyable experience for me, but also helped produce a wonderful audio resource for everyone else.
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