December 26, 2005


Terry Heaton[Edit][Delete]: TV News in a Postmodern World, Donata [Edit][Delete] December 26, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] Next year's tech trend is probably the easiest to predict in years - next year will be the year of video. You read it last here. "This awakening of creativity among our youth -- and their ability to do something with it -- is the essence of what's known as Web 2.0. We've moved past the early adopter stage with young people, and that will continue to flourish next year. Online video will be where much of the action is in 2006." [Tags: Web 2.0] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jeremy Price[Edit][Delete]: The Emergence of Meaning: Wikipedia As Object-Centered Sociality, Smelly Knowledge [Edit][Delete] December 26, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] Synthesis of a few viewpointgs on what it means for Wikipedia to be thought of as an encyclopedia. The thrust is that what Wikipedia is up to is different from, but just as valuable, as a traditional encyclopedia. This is accomplished by leaving asidce ideas of being authoritative. Maybe so - but I read the value of Wikipedia differently. While it may be as authoritative as Britannica, it should be kept in mind that Wikipedia's article selection also varies - while editors and reviewers ensure objectivity, they also narrow the bounds of what is considered relevantg. Wikipedia carried no such constraint. [Tags: Wikipedia] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Grant McCracke[Edit][Delete]: Internet 2.0: the economic, social and cultural consequences of the new Internet, This Blog Sits At The Intersection of Anthropology and Economics [Edit][Delete] December 26, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] Observing that "our enthusiasm for the internet is returning," Grant McCracken offers a three (or four) part model describing the impact of the internet. "The Internet is a reformation machine. It will create new fundamentals of and for our world. It change the units of analysis and the relationships between them. This reformation model says, in other words, that the coming changes will deeply cultural... and not merely social (model 2) and economic (model 1)." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Graham Wegner[Edit][Delete]: Real World Learning Objects, Teaching Generation Z [Edit][Delete] December 26, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] Nice post with many links referencing mostly the Real World Learning Objects (RWLO) website and taking a tour through some other learning resource repositories. [Tags: Learning Object Repositories] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Graham Wegner[Edit][Delete]: My Mate, Tom, Teaching Generation Z [Edit][Delete] December 26, 2005
[link: 0 Hits] This is a great story not because it's so unusual but because it's so typical, and it shows how the internet is changing lives, one or two at a time. Today I have internet friendships with people around the world, and while I don't see them very much, if at all, they are important and meaningful to me. And so, too, for many of the billion people now online. How can this not change the world, when it has changed me so much? [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

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