It's a chinese situation
My good friend, Dezza, runs Mask of China site (which I am also the designer of) He recently left his teaching job in Dalian and before he heads off to Hong Kong, he came back to Canada. I had a chance to meet up with him this week at a Chinese greasy spoon near Toronto City Hall. As any reader of his blog can probably tell, he was getting increasingly irritated by the politics in China in the past few months. Maybe it was their relentless persecution of the Falun Gong, an eccentric but mostly harmless cult. Or the fact the government kept blocking access to Blogger. Or the incessant anti-Japa From silentblue | Quantified
on July 3, 2005 at 10:46 p.m..
2005 NECC ADE Podcasts: Bernie Dodge & A Walking Tour of Philadelphia, With Chapters...
Last week at NECC, Apple sponsored a team of their Distinguished Educators to provide podcasts from the conference. These include an interview with Bernie Dodge who talks about Webquests, Podcasts, Wikis and Weblogs and their use in education. A nice example of a good quality podcast. I have said before I see more possibilities for this type of use of podcasting than others. Another nice example is their walking tour of historical Philadelphia. Susan Kellogg of All About Philadelphia Tours takes Barnaby Wasson on a walking through historical Old Philadelphia Both of these podcasts also take ad From Education/Technology - Tim Lauer
on July 3, 2005 at 8:45 p.m..
Learning Objects -- not again!
Learning Objects -- where's the beef? The article is an interesting read, but it is (in my opinion) just one more example of why "learning objects" as a practical technology has been a non-starter. First, no two proponents agree what a learning object is. Is it code (or maybe script)? Is it content? Must it be context-free? Is it multimedia? Is it simply a text or PowerPoint module? You will find all of these definitions and more. I still think that "learning objects" was originally a marketing concept dreamed up by someone working for a large courseware vendor, and that From Bill Brandon: eLearning
on July 3, 2005 at 6:47 p.m..
I see that Patrick Henry, the small college near Washington that aims to turn former home-schoolers into conservative Christian politicians, asks all seniors to carry out a research project that resembles the work they might do if they become Congressional staffers. It's a good idea -- helping students do real work or the closest thing to it that we can manage to create. Michael Farris, the school's president, said, "A whole lot of elected members of Congress started off as Hill staffers.... From Weblogs in Higher Education
on July 3, 2005 at 10:52 a.m..
Jeff Allen of NCCE
Olympic ESD 114 Ed Tech Blog | perceptum meditates partis Jeff Allen, Director of Educational Technology at Olympic Educational Service District 114, in Bremerton, WA is blogging. Jeff is also President of NCCE...... From Education/Technology - Tim Lauer
on July 3, 2005 at 10:50 a.m..
NECC talk on line
A video of my keynote to the National Educational Computing Conference last week is available at KidzOnline. (I come after Ben Franklin (!) and the NECC's president, maybe 20 minutes in.) (Free registration and Windows Media Player required.) As a result of my talk, I heard from The Old Friar, who just retired after 38 years as a teacher and administrator and has started a blog addressing fundamental educational questions.... From Joho the Blog
on July 3, 2005 at 10:48 a.m..
Doc's at it again
Doc posts to recommend Dave's post and podcast on why locking content is a bad idea. Doc concludes with a last line that is pure-Doc-ism: This is important, because right now the publishing and entertainment industries are becoming enamored of DRM and paywalls. They think it's the future. But if they listen to software developers with long experience, they'll find out it's already in the past. Been there, done that, burned the t-shirt. [Technorati tags: DocSearls drm DaveWiner]... From Joho the Blog
on July 3, 2005 at 9:49 a.m..
The opposite of the broadcast mentality
IT Conversations just keeps pushing ahead, doing good in the world. Doug Kaye has now let out the news: Every day there are scores or even hundreds of fascinating and important conference sessions, lectures or other presentations that are lost. They simply evaporate because no one captures or records them. Some of these presentations are by the greatest and most inspiring minds of our time, and many could be important to people in the far reaches of the planet, if only they could hear them. My new project is to capture (record) all of these presentations, post-produce them, and... From Joho the Blog
on July 3, 2005 at 9:49 a.m..
Martial arts - How good are they for self defense?
Like a lot of geeks, I am attracted to Martial Arts. The idea that study, practice, and resulting increase in skill will allow you to defend yourself against someone stronger is attractive. The philosophy and culture of martial arts is attractive as well. Of course, one has to wonder how useful they are for actual self defense.    I have studied a few Martial Arts over the years. I haven't earned anything over an intermediate rank in any art, so I'm no expert in any particular style. On the other hand, I don't have as much time or ego invested in any art in particular, From kuro5hin.org
on July 3, 2005 at 4:45 a.m..
Wanting to speak
I was joking the other day about the Grand Canyon having nothing to do with blogging -- just a way of explaining a long silence, really. But I did take the tour of Acoma Pueblo
, in western New Mexico, and the elder of the community, who calls himself Orlando when he is among outsiders, told the story of his people there on top of the mesa, high above the valley floor, as a tale of endurance... From Weblogs in Higher Education
on July 3, 2005 at 1:46 a.m..