Stephen's Web

By Stephen Downes
June 27, 2002

Sun, Others Propose New Web Services Standard Just what the world needed, more alphabet soup. The new specification would allow developers to "choreograph" events and transactions. It is called the Web Service Choreography Interface (WSCI). The idea of choreographing events is what is behind complex services: a vacation reservation, for example, would need to cordinate flights, car rentals and hotel reservations. By Matt Berger, InfoWorld, June 26, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

New IEEE Standard! The IEEE on June 14 formally adopted the Learning Objects and Metadata standard. The full and formal name of the standard is: Standard for Information Technology --Education and Training Systems -- Learning Objects and Metadata. By Various Authors, IEEE, June 22, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Rock Concert Showcases World's First Use of Interactivity in the Digital Cinema I'm not sure if it's the world's first but the concept is cool enough to include in today's newsletter. Viewers watching a rock concert video shown simultaneously across 9 venues interact with the producers using their cell phones. The results of this interaction - polls on the fan's favorite songs, for example - are displayed live on the screen. The concept is called ecinema. "This event showcases a new way for bands to connect with their fans. It empowers the artist as well as the audience. We expect interactivity to be a major audience draw and a key element in the roll-out of ecinema." No kidding. By Press Release, AePONA, June 27, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Plugged In: Using the Internet for High School (and Professional) Journalism This is a 1 meg PDF download. If you are involved at all with high school journalism projects (or know someone who is), take the time and download it. Even if you are on a slow dial-up connection, download it. It's that good. Written by a professional journalist, filled with examples, cases and links, well illustrated, well written: this guide for high school journalists is the complete package. After guiding readers through some examples of online high school journalism, the author covers how to locate and evaluate news on the web, provides a strong section on journalistic ethics, then some practical information (including even a list of the hardware and software needed) about launching your online publication. This is one of those publications that you launch into the ether knowing you will change lives. By Lisa Habib, Radio and Television News Directors Foundation, June, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Preparing to Teach With The Web It may be hard to believe, but there are people out there still considering the plunge into teaching online. Well, actually, most people are still considering it. That's why this article, written for the instructor about to teach her first online course, is worth passing on. By Sarah Horton, Dartmouth College, JUne 27, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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