By Stephen Downes
June 14, 2004

Quality Standards: Itís All About Teaching and Learning?
Power Point slides and the audio version of my talk at NUTN are now available on my website. There will be no newsletter tomorrow as I will not have internet access; Wednesday's will be sent from the Halifax airport, which has wireless access, if all goes well. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, June 14, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Multimedia Tools for Public Exam Preparation Launched
Just launched, this site is an "online service that will assist high school students preparing to write public examinations." According to the Newfoundland government, "A series of multimedia learning clips were developed by practicing classroom teachers and have been designed to provide a thorough review to complement, not replace, in-class preparations for public examinations." There are 50 to 100 clips per class, available to students in the province (we would like to see them made available to a wider audience). By Press Release, Government of Newfoundland, June 9, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Who Knows?
It's funny, isn't it? When people need to know something, they are more likley to ask someone they know - even though the person may have no expertise - rather than to consult an online database or knowledge repository. That's why Jay Cross talks about the need to get social networks into the workplace - so when people ask someone, they ask someone who knows. By Jay Cross, Chief Learning Officer, June, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Next-Generation Wireless Technologies
Useful and timely report on next generation wireless technologies with an emphasis on their application in schools. Gets at the technical stuff - including reference to a format I hadn't seen before (802.11n) - but in a clear enough manner to be read by non-technologists. Numerous links to providers and a case study, but the article should also have linked to reviews. By eSchool News staff, June, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

CTCNet International Symposium
Andy Carvin is at the CTCNet conference in Seattle and has posted several reports, along with photos and an audio blog. "If you're interested in community technology centers," he writes, "and haven't been able to attend in person, please fee free to come visit the blog." How long, I wonder, before conference organizers begin hiring bloggers to post summaries online? By Andy Carvin, Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth, June 13, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Employees Keen to Learn On-line, Board Finds
Via ADL: Employees are keen to take courses online, according to a report from the Conference Board of Canada (a business issues group). "They value the flexibility, the increased control and the opportunity to develop themselves and increase their value to the organization that e-learning can provide." I would expect they also like taking courses from their desktop in the office during business hours rather than killing a full Saturday to accomplish the same purpose. By Virginia Galt, Globe and Mail, June 12, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

How to Get Great Content From People
It's common advice, but it's worth restating from time to time. "Letís connect the creator with the reader. Letís reward and motivate those who create high-quality content. Letís ask some basic questions of content we publish. Is this content creating genuine value? Does anyone really need to read it?" Remember, you can connect with this writer by clicking on [Reflect] after each item. By Gerry McGovern, New Thinking, June 14, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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