By Stephen Downes
August 22, 2003

A Full Stomach Leads to Better Learning, Schools Say
I think the headline says it all. Is there any reason, any reason at all, why a society that could afford it leaves its children unfed? I hear from all sides about morality in society. But before you begin to talk to me about the morality of this or that, let's begin with the basics. This. If you won't feed children, don't talk to me about morals. Ever. By Corinne Purtill, Gazette.Net, August 20, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Syllabus launches a new website, promising "more content; easier nagivation". Among the features highlighted are "exclusive online content, articles and expert opinion pieces... the Syllabus database by key topics for information critical to you, [and] ... easier navigation and interactive community resources such as forums and polls." Check out the nifty navigation bar - be sure to mouse-over the 'Conefrences', 'News' and 'Commentary' links. I gotta get me one of those. By Various Authors, Syllabus, August 21, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Building the Maricopa Learning eXchange(Using a Bit of Competition and Bribery)
It's no longer three dimensional (though it has nice pictures of the three dimensional original), but this web version of the Maricopa Learning eXchange poster delivered to the recent Merlot conference does something the original didn't really do: it explains all the parts of the Learning eXchange and lets me link to them. By Alan Levine, Maricopa Community Colleges, August 21, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Email is Dead
Is this really the end or this this just yet another 'end of the internet' article? There is no denying that there is a problem. In my own email box, spam easily outnumbers useful email, and this is after filtering. Of course, it may just be that my email reader is broken - Outlook is, as I have commented on numerous occasions, the world's worst piece of software. According to this author RSS will replace email. "In a decentralized structure, multiple Feeds in aggregate constitute an equivalent function to a List. Authors are Readers and as an Author has a choice to offer a Feed, as a Reader what to consume." Be sure also to read this reply from Chuq Von Rospach. By Ross Mayfield, Corante Social Software, August 20, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Mapping Pedagogy to Technology: A Simple Model
Via james Farmer comes this presentation that outlines major features of some theories of pedagogy, shifts them a bit, then maps them to technology (specifically, WebCT Vista). I think it's a good (though brief) presentation. But I am inherently sceptical of models, no matter how well based in theory, that place class management and administration at the center, surrounded by everything else. By Jo Coldwell, August 23, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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