June 15, 2006


Wesley Fryer[Edit][Delete]: Digital kids, School Relevancy, Poverty, and School Reform, Moving at the Speed of Creativity [Edit][Delete] June 15, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] When I go on speaking tours such as the one I have just completed I am often regarded as a radical theorist. But the theories and technologies I advocate are not simply made up; they are based in my best knowledge of how people think and learn. This article links to a number of resources from the Apple digital disconnect site, most of which I have read over the years. I think that what amazes me most of all is that this sort of thinking continues to be thought of as radical thinking. And that the issues we face, the barriers we must surmount, are not scientific and technical, but moral and political. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

: Web 2.0 Service Mark Controversy, June 15, 2006
[link: Hits] Tim O'Reilly has responded to the many critics of the trademarking of 'Web 2.0' - in fact, he responded a couple weeks ago, but being on the road I only saw it today. As I note in my response, the fact that people are still commenting even today indicates that the response was not satisfactory. I certainly did not find it so. And - I might add - let's be clear that this isn't something O'Reilly invented; here's a usage of the term Web 2.0 from 1999 (thanks Dave). O'Reilly's and CMP's actions consist of nothing more than appropriation for personal gain from the public domain. And should be recognized as such. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

David J. Solomon[Edit][Delete]: Strategies for Developing Sustainable Open Access Scholarly Journals, First Monday [Edit][Delete] June 15, 2006
[link: Hits] The intent of this article is clear from the title, though you will have to read through the first third to get to it. The advice is sound though not really comprehensive - sure, enlisting volunteers and sympathetic librarians is a good idea, but there is more to launching an open access journal than that - isn't there? In the same issue of First Monday readers will also find an interesting analysis of 'gifting' in the academic publishing community, with a specific emphasis on the Public Library of Science. "While academics do still cite the most, the general public is playing a much larger role in PLoS Biology's success. The liberal policies forging a 'cutting edge' in journal publishing also are opening opportunities for classrooms and education throughout the world." This, in the end, is the point. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Terry Anderson[Edit][Delete]: Open Access in Action!, June 15, 2006
[link: Hits] The most recent issue of IRRODL launches using the Open Journal System, an open source journal management system developed at the University of British Columbia. In the lead editorial, Terry Anderson observes that "clearly the Open Access journals have (on average) greater number of citations and impact than closed publications." Also in this issue, I enjoyed Krista Pocente's review of Knud Illeris's 2003 book, Three Dimensions of Learning: Contemporary learning theory in the tension field between the cognitive, the emotional and the social. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Xena 3.0, National Archives of Australia [Edit][Delete] June 15, 2006
[link: Hits] Well worth passing along: "The National Archives of Australia is pleased to announce that the latest version of our digital preservation software, Xena 3.0 Lite has been officially launched this week." Of course it's open source! [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jared Spool[Edit][Delete]: Eyetracking: Worth The Expense?, UIE Brain Sparks [Edit][Delete] June 15, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Nothing like a good dose of healthy scepticism, this time about using eye-tracking to measure how people read websites. This is the bit that really gives me pause: "Participants would orally tell us they couldn't see something their gaze was focused on... the inability to see something right in front of you." Yes, I have certainly experienced that! Via Step Two. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

T.J. Medrek[Edit][Delete]: Classical Music Goes New-School on Web, Boston Herald [Edit][Delete] June 15, 2006
[link: Hits] Can educators learn from classicial musicians? "But savvy classical music marketers are discovering that if you want to attract young people, you've got to go where they are. Thus MySpace is becoming a valuable marketing tool for some of today's biggest classical stars - and is poised to be even more important as young musicians promote their own careers." Or can they learn from Hollywood movie producers? Why is it so hard - and so controversial - to tell educators to take learning to where the (potential) learners are? [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Scott Jaschik[Edit][Delete]: In Whose Interest?, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] June 15, 2006
[link: Hits] I think this is a very good question. As the article notes, scholarly groups in the U.S. are lining up against legislation that would require open access to publicly funded research within six months of publication. Why this opposition? Open access, if it helps anyone, helps the reserachers these groups represent. So why are these groups opposed? My view echoes Peter Suber's. "[He] said that these criticisms showed that the anthropology association (and others like it) have a conflict of interest. 'They pretend to be speaking in the interests of scholarship, but they are really speaking for the interests of their publishing arms.'" [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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