By Stephen Downes
June 16, 2004

Live from Halifax airport, where they have fast and free wireless access... this link is to my photos of Kennebunkport, which would have left me with very pleasant memories had my pre-booked cab not been an hour and 47 minutes late this morning, causing me to miss my train and almost my flight. I guess the cab situation there is something all the hotels know about, but simply tolerate... after all, who uses cabs? Anyhow, the photos are nice. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, June 16, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Academic Weblog Ranking Schemes
Some commentary from Seb, who was ignored in this list of academic blogs" and from David Brake as well, who comments, "It occurs to me once again how people seem to have internalised the inequities that result from ranking schemes like these (which also help to drive Google). How could Alex think for a moment that one way to 'maintain quality' of a list of academic weblogs was 'only allowing blogs that had been linked to by other, already established blogs'?" Just for the record, a total of 474 blogs link to Stephen's Web, which would make me second on the list of "top academic blogs," or third, if the author also included Seb. In any case, I agree with Seb: "I guess I could sum up my thesis thus: if you're on a Quest for the Really New, you shouldn't act as if link rank is everything." By David Brake, Blog.org, June 16, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Weblogs.com Blogs Closed Down
Last month, Movable Type demonstrated for us the dangers of proprietary software, raising license prices dramatically and killing hundreds (maybe thousands) of blogs in the process. This week, we saw a graphic demonstration of the dangers of hosted solutions as weblogs.com suddenly decided to cease operations, raising a hue and cry in the blogosphere, killing hundreds more blogs, and spawning a wealth of coverage, much of which is listed at this link. Such graphic examples (and those of us in education have seen many more such) and yet people still do not learn. By Clancy, Kairosnews, June 16, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Just Another Ant
Rob Wall has started a new Ed Tech blog, confirming, he suggests, Alan Levine's suggestion that the lifespan of such entities is about one year. Present company excepted, of course. By Rob Wall, June, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Collaborative, Open Textbook
Nice. I'll just quote from Boing Boing: "OpenTextBook.org is a collaborative project wherein university students (and others) can turn their course notes into a giant, open textbook. You need to know how to use CVS to contribute and edit the book, but there's a daily PDF snapshot of the state of the project, which is looking pretty good!" This - and not the LMS - is where online learning is headed. Observe, and learn. Daniel Lemire also has coverage. By Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, June 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Seven-year-old Bloggers
This article is making the rounds, and so it should - the concept of a seven-year-old expressing his or her thoughts in the same medium as (*gasp*) professional educators and journalists is a bit staggering. A bit humbling, too, when you think that in ten years or so these kids will be grizzled veterans of online writing and about to enter the university system. By Giles Turnbull, BBC News, June 14, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

E-Learning: Challenges to the Neo-conservative Model?
The author asks, "How much so called e-learning is really a proprietary VLE being used as a convenient content repository?" The rush to buy these systems, argues the author, has "created a level of conservatism and potential resistance to change that is, to understate the case, 'unfortunate' and may yet cost us dear." By Derek Morrison, Auricle, June 16, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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