By Stephen Downes
June 9, 2005

Interface 2005
Summary presentations from ADETA's 2005 conference, Interface 2005. Because I'm still jet-lagged like crazy, you only get notes from the morning. Notes include Mark Milliron on ten emerging insights in education, three speakers describing the 'best of the west' e-learning initiatives in western Canada and Victor Garcia from Hewlett-Packard on inventing the future. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, June 9, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Course Management Systems: Past, Present and Future
While I was messing around in Scott Leslie's site (see below) I ran across this presentation he delivered in May but posted today (it's probably in the aggregator too but I have a thousand or so links to read). This presentation is well worth a review - the timeline of content management systems is itself worth looking at. But after looking at some models, he describes several service oriented initiatives - Carnegie Mellon, JISC, IMS, OKI - and the distributed model advocated here and elsewhere recently. Many great diagrams (which I'll steal for tomorrow) and some provokative questions, including the one I'm always asked: "Is it possible to achieve “enterprise quality service” without imposing or assuming a well-defined, hierarchical structure?" By Scott Leslie, EdTechPost, May 11, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Some Uses of Blogs in Education
I don't know when Scott Leslie created this very useful graphic (or even whether he did - it's undated and unsigned - tsk) but it was cited on ITForum today and is well worth a link here. By Scott Leslie, EdTechPost, June, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Digital Amnesia
Librarians and people in government will be interested in this conference summary, which looks at the digitization of government resources and library services in Australia. Why the title? As Toss Gascoigne writes, "Government departments are increasingly using the web as their primary means of publication. It's quicker and easier and gives much better access in today's wired world. And they save money by printing fewer hard copies. The problem arises when reports are removed from the web or re-located to a new URL." Via The Networker (EdNA). By Various Authors, ALIA, June, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

News On Demand
Coverage on alternative approaches to news delivery, mostloy centered around the ability of viewers to customize their news service, whether in text or on video. The applications in the educational domain should be clear, and actually, it seems to me that education can and will function as an extension oif these services. Transcript from PBS coverage. By Various Authors, PBS, June 6, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Freeduc-primary, a Live-cd For Primary School
Hilaire Fernandes announces the availability of the Freeduc-primary and Freeduc-games Linux-based CD-ROMs (ou can download and make your own) loaded with free software for schools. These CDs are designed so that the computer can be booted directly from CD - no installation required. Related: a list of Simple End-User Linux applications. By Hilaire Fernandes, June, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

How Humble BBS Begat Wired World
From the history books: the rise and brief flash of glory of the Bulletin Board Service (BBS). This article is framed around Jason Scott's BBS: The Documentary, which is destined to become the definitive resource in the field. By Kim Zetter, Wired News, June 8, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Wikipedia Live!
If you are ever talking about Wikipedia in a presentation, keep this page in mind to add some punch to your words. It is a live feed of Wikipedia updates as they occur. Something like this says more clearly than anything else what's happening at Wikipedia. By Will Richardson, Weblogg-Ed, June 9, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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