January 18, 2006


Unknown[Edit][Delete]: Gollum, January 18, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] So I bought a traveller's wireless modem and turned my hotel room into a hotspot. I love this technology! I'm off to Edson in a few minutes, so here's a slightly early newsletter for today. I need this link for my RSS Writr application. It's a simplified interface to Wikipedia for kids. Via Ruminate. I also need this del.icio.us to WordPress script. [Tags: Wikipedia, Wireless, Newsletters, Children and Child Learning, del.icio.us] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: EducationBridges#1 - Wikibooks - A Textbook Solution, Ed Tech Talk [Edit][Delete] January 18, 2006
[link: 9 Hits] Discussion of Wikibooks as a textbook solution. It's funny - I saw a link yesterday (not sure where it was) talking about how a Wikipedia article about a school board was better (more accurate, more current) than the school board's own site. Contrast this to Rob Wall on building a school website one blog at a time. [Tags: Wikipedia, Books and eBooks, Online Learning, Web Logs, Schools] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Scott Leslie[Edit][Delete]: Reports from the CETIS Vocabularies Project, Ed Tech Post [Edit][Delete] January 18, 2006
[link: 6 Hits] Reaction to the recent CETIS vocabularies project. "The 121 pages that comprise the first two survey reports, the Pedagogical Vocabularies Review and the Vocabulary Management Technologies Review, seem hardly to justify the tepid 7 page 'Recommendations' document that follows. Study study study, disseminate, more study, pilot a bit, repeat. Sorry guys, I wish I could be more enthusiastic about this; I want to take succour in the belief we can control the growing chaos, find sense through old patterns and methods, but you know what, I can't do it anymore..." [Tags: Project Based Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Michael Feldstein[Edit][Delete]: Blackboard by the Numbers, E-Literate [Edit][Delete] January 18, 2006
[link: 99 Hits] Commentary on the recent study by Jim Farmer on what it costs Blackboard to gain a new customer. "This sounds a bit like the business strategy of another well-known company: Oracle. One major reason that Oracle acquired Peoplesoft and Seibel is that it's much cheaper to sell more stuff to the same customers than to find new customers." Actually - now that I think of it - I wonder what the WebCT acquisition cost per customer. Hmmmm. Also note some commentary in my discussion area, including a note by the study's author, Jim Farmer. [Tags: Online Learning, Web Logs, Blackboard, Schools] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Derek Morrison[Edit][Delete]: SniffingGlu and User Control of Syndication, Auricle [Edit][Delete] January 18, 2006
[link: Hits] Derek Morrison comments on my recent MyGlu application and offers some insights on user-controlled media. He adds with goodness of his own, "the full commented php scripts which drive my RSS dispenser to anyone else who's interested on a Creative Commons attribution and share-alike basis." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Higher Ed BlogCon, January 18, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] This online conference about blogging in academia is being organized (interestingly) by publishing company Thomson-Petersons. It's a good move on their part, and while I probably won't submit anything (I don't submit things) I think it will be worth people's while. Thomson, note, is also the home of the innovative Urchin RSS aggregator, so they have the props to be able to pull this off. Commentary at Weblogg-Ed and A Difference. [Tags: Push versus Pull, Web Logs, Academics and Academia, Thomson Corporation] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

James Farmer[Edit][Delete]: Non scholae, January 18, 2006
[link: Hits] New advocacy site launched by James Farmer. "nonscholae.org is a site devoted to the responsible use of blogs, instant messaging and other social software in schools. Non scholae sed vitae discimus We learn, not for school, but for life - Seneca, Epistulae We believe that these tools and resources should not be blocked or banned from schools." Some discussion on this here. [Tags: Web Logs, Schools, Instant Messaging] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Darren Kuropatwa[Edit][Delete]: Learning and Web 2.0 - Ewan McIntosh, A Difference [Edit][Delete] January 18, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] There has been a fair amount of blog chatter about a recent video presentation by Ewan McIntosh and a skype-cast involving McIntosh along with Wes Fryer, Miguel Guhlin and Darren Kuropatwa (another link here). I haven't seen the video yet, but I've saved it to my desktop for viewing during the internet-less days ahead. [Tags: Web Logs, Chat and Chat Rooms, Web 2.0, Voice Over IP, Skype, Podcasting] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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