June 27, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Networks - Revisiting Objective/Subjective..., Half an Hour [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] So anyhow, George Siemens's post on subjectivity and objectivity, written a couple weeks ago, showed up in front of me again today, and being in that sort of frame of mind, I ended up writing about this instead of working. Tomorrow I'll get back to working again - those forms aren't going to fill themselves, you know! In the meantime - enjoy my discussion. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Clarence Fisher[Edit][Delete]: Video: Innovation and Creativity in Schools, Remote Access [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
[link: Hits] Some thoughts on creativity by Sir Ken Robinson: "Creativity is as important as literacy and should have the same status... If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will not do anything original... Education has strip mined our minds like we do the earth for particular commodities." Link to video of his talk at TED. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Miguel Guhlin[Edit][Delete]: Freedom, Around the Corner [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] Heh. "TOR is a routing technology that encrypts and routes your Internet traffic through a number of TOR servers before the traffic reaches its destination. Privoxy is a proxy server that helps protect your Internet privacy by removing or obscuring various content, such as your DNS queries, browser type, OS type, and more." Trouble for some, freedom for others. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Norm Friesen, Grace Chung and Andrew Feenberg[Edit][Delete]: Experiencing Surveillance: A Phenomenological Approach, Ipseity [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Interesting. In a world of ubiquitous surveillance, how does our understanding of ourselves change? Is it this? "Like Sartre's spy at the keyhole, himself espied, we would lose our ability to function as a subject. We could no longer choose an identity to project depending on our inclination and the situation at hand as everything having to do with our identity would have been pre-empted by the surveillance system... Who it is that determines the facts about us and in what context and light they are presented may turn out to be as important as the facts themselves. Truly, to be completely 'outed' is to be annihilated." Good read, and the conclusion leaves me hopeful. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Scott Leslie[Edit][Delete]: alt-i-lab 2006 Presentations Available, EdTechPost [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
[link: 6 Hits] I'll put this is the list of things to be read later, and pass along Scott Leslie's comment for now: "Part of me really wants some of these developments to come true, to deliver the promised 'plug and play' elearning environments described herein, and in my rational moments I know that 10 years really isn't that long for a field like this to coalesce around an open set of interoperability specs. And yet it would be hard to fault a newcomer looking at these presentations for wondering if this represents what is still to be done, how anyone manages to develop quality online learning experiences now (and how many PhDs will be required to operate the CMS of the future)?" [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mark Bernstein[Edit][Delete]: 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web, A List Apart [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] Pretty good advice overall, though I do wonder about point number 8. Hm. I have been pointedly told I'm not (and not very nicely either). And the best I could do on Hotornot is 6.5 out of 10. But hey, that's better than 61 percent of all men! Yeah. Back to work, Stephen. "Pictures don't matter in the long run; what matters is the trajectory of your relationship with the reader, the gradual growth of intimacy and knowledge between you." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Leonard Low, et.al.[Edit][Delete]: Social Networking: Philosophy and Pedagogy, EdNA Groups [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] A pretty good discussion on the EdNA Forums about Web 2.0 and e-learning 2.0 that is worth a look. Summarized as, "Leonard states - Web 2.0 sites are designed to be sources of content and functionality - facilitating the sharing, exchange and discovery of information, and the construction of networks of information and people. Leonard also uses the analogy (although it did not sound too flash) of hack in the back. Sean quoted 'Web2.0 is about empowerment, communication, collaboration, sharing, community, collective intelligence, collective action and openness. Ian also argued that Web2.0 is 'not so much about a change in technology, but rather, a change in philosophy' is also an interesting statement."

It is also instructive to observe this side discussion on the Teach and Learn Online group on Google Groups. Note this: "At the beginning of each month they start a new forum on the month's theme and they've been forcing people to subscribe to generate some interest. When people start complaining about getting unwanted emails in their inbox they send out a final post saying that if you want to stay subscribed you have to re-subscribed yourself, then they remove the forced subscribe." I agree with the poster, that this practice feels inappropriate. But also: "it looks like the moderators have deleted 17 posts they have deemed as outside their Code of Conduct... By deleting them we can't even debate their merit. However I do have copies of all the deleted posts."

As I have pointed out elsewhere, of hosted services is that someone else decides that they own your words and ideas, and ultimately, your identity, and can do with them as they please. Oh, sure, it's all covered in the terms of service (covenant by clickthrough)... we don't need a Charter of Rights any more, we have TOS! Lurkers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your usernames! [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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