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Rubric for Online Instruction This site is designed to answer the question: What does a high quality online course look like? Instructors and instructional designers will learn more about the Rubric for Online Instruction, and be able to view examples of exemplary courses that instructors have done in implementing the different components of the rubric. From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


Education Forum: The Economics of Education This World Bank website covers all levels of education. It also relates to work in other sectors as diverse as health, infrastructure, and private sector development. From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


Management of Urban Stormwater: Advancing Program Design & Evaluation Research Scholarship School of Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University This research project will examine the policy design and institutional implementation of stormwater programs that are principally focused on enabling change at the local government level. In addition to reviewing and assessing the outcomes of these stormwater programs, the research will draw on contemporary intergovernmental program design and evaluation literatures with a specific focus on sustainable governance, organisational change and socio-technical transitions. By applying an 'action research' approach that provides ongoing feedback and evaluation the research would also form From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


Paper or PDF books - which do you prefer? Chalkface is still first and foremost a book publisher, even though I rarely blog about it. But what is a book? Pieces of paper bound at the edge, with ink on them? Or an organised collection of information? I prefer the latter definition because it encompasses both paper and electronic (PDF) formats. Tim O'Reilly, the publisher most I wish I was, writes today about his experience with PDFs. Basically, his customers prefer them to paper books. From one pa From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


AMD Officially Launches Turion 64 X2 AMD today introduced the Turion 64 X2 series mobile processor, a dual-core mobile processor featuring 64-bit technology. From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


FIRST Robotics on Lehrer News Hour (Public Television) RealAudio - An annual competition of robotics expertise presents high school students with real-life scenarios and obstacles to overcome in the design and use of robotics technology. (5.16.06) From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


Techcrunch.com is a Millionaire Some research shows that is making nearly a million dollars a year with his blog. From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


Systm Episode 6 Released The much anticipated Episode 6 is now out. "The 2006 Maker Faire presents the do-it-yourself community with thousands of finished projects and inspired ideas." From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


MacBook vs. 12" iBook: Just what does the extra $100 get you? The 12" iBook G4 was $999; the new MacBook starts at $1,099. I thought it would be interesting to see just what that extra $100 gets you. Short answer? A *lot*, although you actually lose a few things as well. From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


KDE audio player amaroK 1.4 released: Fast Forward Version 1.4 of the popular and advanced KDE audio player amaroK was released today. The long anticipated release features enhanced support for media devices like the iPod, improved visual styles, gap-less playback, an improved rating system and a revised configurability besides others. Screenshots and more information inside. From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


Advertisers and networks now terrified of DVRs DVRs are causing a widespread fear among TV advertising players on both sides. The ad agencies and their clients don't want to pay full price since people now use DVRs to skip commercials. The networks say that it's the same thing as the rise of the VCR, and there's no reason why the price of a 30-second spot should be lowered. From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


MySpace's Growth is its Own Undoing "It got too fake," 18 year old Summer Stoker said. "You have all these people saying they want to be your friend. It's just a waste of time." From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


Wired News Publishes Damning Docs From EFF vs AT&T Wired News has published documents from EFF's lawsuit against AT&T for the company's role in helping the NSA perform indiscriminate, illegal warrantless wiretaps against millions of American citizens. AT&T has asked a court to take these documents out of the public record and suppress their publication -- so grab your copy now while you can. From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


Fear And Loathing In Lost Business The custom integration market is overflowing with companies fighting for your hard earned money. Many integrators are simply missing the mark when it comes to earning your business and delivering a fantastic custom experience. How do you pick the right one? From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


Last chromosome in human genome sequenced Scientists have reached a landmark point in one of the world's most important scientific projects by sequencing the last chromosome in the Human Genome, the so-called "book of life."... From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


Windows Media Player 11 Beta Released Title says it all. From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


PS3-like controller is heading to the PS2 and PC The motion detection found on the PS3 is heading to the PS2 and PC. Gamers can combine the control options of a mouse, keyboard, joystick and more onto a single multi-functional controller. From on May 17, 2006 at 9:07 p.m..


Announcement of 2006 Federation Fellows The Australian Research Council's Federation Fellowships are designed to develop and retain Australian skills and strengthen world-class research capability in Australia. Preference is given to early to mid-career researchers who will play a leadership role in building Australia's internationally competitive research capacity. Twenty-five researchers were awarded Federation Fellowships in this round. From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 8:30 p.m..


Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro Comparison Chart Use this chart to easily see the differences and options available for all the notebooks in the MacBook and the MacBook Pro lines. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Camera basics: shutter-speed, aperture and ISO An introductory tutorial covering basic camera exposure controls - shuter speed, aperture and ISO. Includes plenty of useful pictures showing how they affect pictures From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


FatBits: Why the shiny MacBook screens? People are idiots. Apple's laptops have stuck with their traditional matte-finish screens. That's changed with the introduction of the MacBook and its glossy display. The MacBook Pro now has a glossy display option as well. So, what's the big deal? Consider some synonyms for the word "glossy." Gleaming. Shiny. Reflective. Now you're getting it. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Touchscreen Computer Display Floats in Mid-Air IO2 Technology has the coolest sounding display I have ever seen called the M2i. The device projects a 30" diagonal 4:3 aspect ratio display into the air. That's right, into the air like a hologram. The entire projection unit is designed to be hidden out of site so that only the display image shows. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Nintendo Becomes the World's First to Offer Standard Bluetooth Wireless gam Broadcom today announced a partnership to supply Nintendo's Wii console with the Bluetooth technology that enables the peripherals to interact with the system. According to an official release, Wii will be the first videogame console in history to use Bluetooth as the standard.. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Quantum Cryptography : Potential Unhackable Ultimate Code Total Computer Security Could Result from Unbreakable Optical Code From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


AllofMP3 is back, but with some big glitches... It seems like Allofmp3.com is back online after days of downtime. Just one big problem: ordering is not working. The Register has failed to reach AllofMP3 for a comment. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Security Feature in Vista Could Drive Users Nuts An annoying surprise awaits 2 million consumers expected to enthusiastically step forward in the next few weeks to help Microsoft test its new Windows Vista PC operating system. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Forbes Diggs Apple's new MacBook (Sorry for the horrible pun - I couldn't resist.) Analysts expect Apple Computer's new MacBook to be a significant demand driver for the company, leading to market share gains and possible earnings upside in the near future. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


RIAA Sues XM Satellite The recording industry's lawyers never stop looking to squeeze more money out of everyone, do they? The latest is that they're quite upset about XM launching a mobile device that will let subscribers (yes, the people who already pay) actually record music. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Ultra-Low-Power Cell Phones A radical approach to making the electronics in cell phones could cut the power consumption of cell phones anywhere from 10 to 100 times, while also dramatically reducing the size and cost. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Opera Product Page Hacked?! Instead of "we" there is "Wii" and a link to a website in the product description. More publicity for Nintendo? ;-) From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Lexus to Release Most Technologically Advanced Car The 2007 Lexus LS-460 will have a factory-installed 30GB hard drive partitioned for music and navigation, three cameras for lane departure warning and park assist, touch-screen and voice activated navigation system, Bluetooth phone control, monitored telematics, live traffic reports and a 19-speaker audio system that reads compressed audio formats. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


'Sony Blu-Ray Goof' Debunked! For everyone who saw the earlier article about a Sony event where a laptop was playing a supposed Blu-Ray but ended up being a DVD; here is the proof otherwise. The two laptops were under a side-by-side comparison; that laptop wasn't even meant to be playing a Blu-Ray! From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Sun puts its weight behind Ubuntu Linux "We will be aggressively supporting the fork that Ubuntu has been doing," Sun chief executive Jonathan Schwartz said at the conference. "The ideals of that community are relatively familiar to us." From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


New Cement Absorbs Pollution An Italian company has begun marketing a cement that is capable of absorbing pollution from vehicles. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Computer models may replace animal testing The first realistic software models of human and animal organs are starting to emerge - potentially replacing some of the 50 to 100 million animals used each year for scientific research. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


A Computer that Monitors Worker's Fatigue Australian researchers are developing a computerised system that monitors the performance of miners and tells management if workers are getting tired. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


In-Flight Internet and VOIP On The Way! FCC has started auctioning frequencies that will enable airlines to offer in-flight Internet services From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Immune System Gone Bad There are generally two schools of thought surrounding the growth of allergies in the twentieth century. Both have evidence in their favor, and neither is complete. Both explain why developed countries have seen such a dramatic increase of allergies, whereas developing nations have not. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


The Death of The Internet?? Major telecommunications companies are spending millions lobbying congress to make the Internet into a private network.This is really about the government withdrawing our right to Internet Freedom, it’s about the Death of The Internet. Check out this short online video and spread it around! From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Hacking the Roomba: A Tour of the Roomba's Components A peek at the simple brain and sensors of the autonomous robot phenomenon. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Upload a photo of yourself, and web site will make you look old In an attempt to draw interest in a survey on Scotland's aging population, government health officials are offering software that allows people to see what they will look like when they are 65. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


100+ powerpoint presentations on improving your PHP skills Nice page on php.net that has a ton of PHP powerpoint presentations from some of the top PHP developers out there. Topics range from Database, Internal Workings, Internationalization, Debugging, Performance and more. Good stuff. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


New York park goers to get free Internet Wi-Fi NEW YORK (AFP) - New York's Central Park and a number of other public spaces will become public Internet hubs starting this summer when the city's parks begin offering free wireless net access, the city government said. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Tetris - implemented using Yahoo! UI Widgets Play Javascript Tetris that has been implemented using Yahoo's open source Javascript UI widget library. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Google Video to get fine tuned - finally Google plans to announce on Tuesday changes to its Google Video service that will make it easier for people to submit video. Now people who want to post their video clips can do so through a Web-based system without having to use special software. Hopefully their next change will be to overhaul the crappy look of the site. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


What causes fatal blood clots on long-haul flights? A study of the effects of low oxygen levels on 'economy class syndrome' has re-opened the debate over how long-haul flights increase passengers' risks of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the formation of potentially fatal blood clots. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Debunked: Sehkon's Mac OS X / Ubuntu / WinXP Core Duo benchmarking results Sehkon's benchmark handles memory in such a way that the test boils down to benchmarking memory allocation rather than actual computation speed. Replacing the Mac's allocation routine with the same one used in Sehkon's Windows code yields equal performance on the Mac. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Scientists Reveal How Signals Travel Through Rats' Whiskers Like blind peoples’ fingers, rats use their whiskers to engage in active sensing – a combination of movement and touch – when trying to figure out the location and identity of a certain object. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Public broadcasting not keeping pace with technology! The universe of public broadcasting today is "an embarrassment of niches." From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


An Arcade Lover's Dream Basement This guy transformed his basement into a huge arcade with over 50 games. Including Frogger, Lunar Lander, Pac-man, Space Invaders, Dig Dug, the original Pong, and even complete with change machines. I think anyone would want a basement like this. He's included all the links for where to where he got everything from. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Captain Cook's ship, the Endeavour, found off the coast of Rhode Island Four ships from a British fleet used during the Revolutionary War have been found off Rhode Island, and one may be the vessel 18th century explorer Captain James Cook sailed on his epic voyage to Australia, archaeologists said on Tuesday. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Final Fantasy XIII Playstation 3 Images Here are a bunch of images from Final Fantasy XIII for the Playstation 3. These are fresh off the presses from Japan. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Nintendo Wii remote does NOT work the way you think it does You are NOT getting "pixel-perfect accuracy" in 3D space, what you ARE getting is a creative combination of existing technologies. Howevery, Nintendo has formed an alliance with PixArt and may use their Multi-Object Tracking Engine to make this a reality. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Free MPEG-4 encoder jams 58 CDs into one Nero has released "reference quality" encoding software described as "fully compatible" with the latest MPEG-4 audio standards (LC-AAC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2), and is offering a free Windows version for noncommercial use. It's available now for download. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Bluesecurity gives up, spammers win "It's clear to us that [quitting] would be the only thing to prevent a full-scale cyber-war that we just don't have the authority to start," Reshef said. "Our users never signed up for this kind of thing." From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Bridging the gap between Office and OpenOffice OpenOffice 2.0 the free, open source office suite -- has many features that are very similar to Microsoft Office. The trick is knowing how to use them. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Earthworm Jim is Back It's official: the heroic earthworm named Jim is squirming his way back into the limelight. Atari has revealed that it will be developing a collection of Earthworm Jim games for both handhelds and next-generation From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Reviewing the Yahoo! Web 2.0 Overhaul New features on the famous website's front page emphasize user-contributed content and sophisticated interactivity. From on May 17, 2006 at 4:46 p.m..


Theresa Kinniston's ePortfolio mini-FAQ Theresa Kinniston asked so many questions in her comment on my last post that I decided to pull them out into a mini-FAQ. Strictly a QAOO (questions asked only once). How do you create a new card and therefore have new tasks? There may be a terminology issue here. You create a new Task under the "Create New Task" tab. Cards are subsidiary components of Tasks. As a task author, you create cards by adding questions. The student will see a separate Card for each question. From Chalkface: Blog on May 17, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..


Hola Macbook! - Ciao iBook? Laptopical's Todd Gold writes about Apple's new Macbook, which supercedes the popular iBook, and comes with two color choices - black or white. Like it's older sibling - the Macbook Pro - it boasts a core duo processor, 120 GB hard drive, and a built in iSight camera. The new Macbook does not boast the robust power of the desktop replacement pro, however it is more affordable and portable. It will likely be popular with students and web designers looking for a feature rich, dual core laptop on a budget. From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on May 17, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


Theoneminutesjr - The One Minutes Jr These sixty-second videos are made by young people (between the ages of 12 and 20) from all over the world. The oneminutesjr network is a non-commercial community without any set political belief or ideology which gives young people, especially those who are underprivileged or marginalised, the opportunity to have their voices heard by a broad audience and to share with the world their ideas, dreams, fascinations, anxieties and viewpoints. From Recent Items on May 17, 2006 at 5:30 a.m..


Web Predator Warning Launched in WA Education authorities and the Western Australian Police are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of the internet. From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 4:30 a.m..


W3C Markup Validation Service This is the W3C Markup Validation Service, a free service that checks Web documents in formats like HTML and XHTML for conformance to W3C Recommendations and other standards. From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 3:30 a.m..


Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar Beta The Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages. This version is a preview release and behavior may change in the final release. From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..


Web Developer Extension The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools. It is designed for Firefox, Flock, Mozilla and Seamonkey, and will run on any platform that these browsers support including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..


Web Accessibility Toolbar - Resources - Web Accessibility - Accessible Information Solutions - Our Services - Vision Australia The Web Accessibility Toolbar is provided by the Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team of Vision Australia. The toolbar has been developed to aid manual examination of web pages for a variety of aspects of accessibility. Functions of the toolbar include:identify components of a web page; facilitate the use of 3rd party online applications; simulate user experiences; provide links to references and additional resources. From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..


United States Studies Centre Proposed The Australian Government will contribute $25 million towards the establishment of a United States Studies Centre at a prestigious Australian university; as a joint initiative with the American Australian Association. The Centre will deepen the appreciation and understanding of the United States' culture, political climate and government and strengthen the relationships between both countries. It will offer a range of postgraduate research studies, facilitate professional academic exchange, undertake research and produce scholarly articles and reports. The Australian Government's con From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web content developers and for developers of authoring tools. The primary goal of these guidelines is to promote accessibility. However, following them will also make Web content more available to all users, whatever user agent they are using or constraints they may be operating under. From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..


Creative wants to ban the ipod Digital music player maker Creative Technology has asked a US court to ban Apple from selling or marketing its iconic iPods in the US. From digg on May 17, 2006 at 12:36 a.m..


Skype Gives It Away - Republican Senator Wants To Take It Away As most of you know Skype is now free to use for within the US and Canada for mobile and landlines but a bill offered by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, proposes to levy fees on voice-over-Internet companies, and hearings on the legislation are scheduled later this week. From digg on May 17, 2006 at 12:36 a.m..


AMD unveils architecture for its next generation of chips The new chip architecture enhances the design underlying the current Opteron, Turion and Athlon 64 chips. Performance will increase and AMD will keep a lid on power consumption, but the company has veered away from making radical conceptual changes in the overall blueprint. From digg on May 17, 2006 at 12:36 a.m..


Maxthon Gets Ready to Join Browser War "Maxthon is also preparing a version 2 of its browser that will be including many new features: new clean interface, full customization of layout, better security, multi-tab workspace, improved rss/podcast reader." From digg on May 17, 2006 at 12:36 a.m..


Blu-Ray players to "self-destruct" if stolen media is detected To access the advanced features or transfer your movies over a home network, you'll need to connect your blu-ray player to the internet. If the provider doesn't like what the player reports about your content, they can permanently destroy your player remotely. Of course, they haven't activated this feature.. yet. From digg on May 17, 2006 at 12:36 a.m..


Apple MacBook First Look Less than 24 hours after this baby was released comes the a first look, courtesy of MacWorld. Overall, looks pretty promising! From digg on May 17, 2006 at 12:36 a.m..


Update: Sun to open-source Java SAN FRANCISCO -- Sun Microsystems Inc. at its JavaOne conference today announced that it would open-source Java but added that before it does so, company officials have to be certain the move won't lead to diverging paths in the code. From digg on May 17, 2006 at 12:36 a.m..


Infinium Labs ex-CEO takes on SEC Charges The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday accused Timothy Roberts of hiring a promoter to send junk faxes to tens of thousands of investors across the country, making it appear Infinium Labs was on the verge of launching a new gaming system, dubbed "The Phantom". From digg on May 17, 2006 at 12:36 a.m..


Rethinking the Virtual in Education Conference In the 'brave new worlds of tomorrow' our lives are dominated by fantasies of the virtual – virtual selves in virtual communities, leading virtual lives. One central argument put forward by visiting eminent scholar Professor Nicholas Burbules is that we are already living the 'virtual'. So what is the virtual? How do we experience it today, and what is its potential for transforming education in the 21st century? From EdNA Online on May 17, 2006 at 12:30 a.m..


Council for the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS) Meeting - Scaling up for Greater Impact CHASS is organising a meeting for a selected group of directors from university-based centres. The aim is to bring together a body of the most innovative, network-minded and connected directors in universities. From EdNA Online on May 16, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..


Mapping Dialogue - A Research Project Profiling Dialogue Tools and Processes for Social Change This paper has been produced by Pioneers of Change Associates. Why is this art of talking declining? Many of us seem to have forgotten how to engage in, and be present to, such conversations. In these times of busy-ness, information overload, electronic communications, scientific rationality, and organisational complexity, we are forgetting how to talk to each other. Fortunately, as a response to this trend, a number of methods for facilitating dialogue have been emerging globally, in particular over the past 20 years. From EdNA Online on May 16, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..


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