October 4, 2006


Daniel Molnar[Edit][Delete]: Authentication, still reading [Edit][Delete] October 4, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] The diagrams, I think, speak for themselves. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Rob Paterson[Edit][Delete]: Education - The Grail in Sight?, October 4, 2006
[link: 14 Hits] Not to harp on this... but again, while people call what we're saying radical, isn't it possible that we may be looking at what we have always sought? "Here is Barbara Ganley. Here is Will Richardson. Here is Harold Jarche." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Clarence Fisher[Edit][Delete]: Walled Gardens and Open Parks, Remote Access [Edit][Delete] October 4, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] The walls argument, again. "Without adding pictures and links, without the ability to connect with others and push forward your common thinking, bloggingGate is just online publishing without any of the benefits. A network is formed to drive people forward, to invite controversy and discussion. People need to connect to make this happen. Walled gardens may be put together for a reason, but open parks, spaces where people can roam a bit, see what they want, and sure, sometimes cause a bit of controversy, are the realities of our lives. It is in these commonly built open spaces where we learn about other people and other places. Within the walls we may be more comfortable, but we never get a true glimpse of the benefits of being outside." [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mitchell Weisburgh[Edit][Delete]: Education and Training Research from BMO Capital Markets, PILOTed [Edit][Delete]PilotEd [Edit][Delete] October 4, 2006
[link: Hits] Mitchell Weisburgh summarizes the BMO Capital markets' Equity Research on Education and Training report (aside: I never did like the name switch to BMO. Contrived and artificial.) "There were $200 billion of private investments in the education market in 2000. There was $181 million in 2003. This bounced back to $364 million in 2005... Digital content represents about 20% of supplemental content market, but is expected to grow to beyond 25%. Smaller publishers are showing the most innovation, but these small companies are likely to be gobbled up by the larger players. Sales of tutoring services to schools has been growing by 17% a year." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Annalee Newitz[Edit][Delete]: Your Second Life is Ready, Popular Science [Edit][Delete] October 4, 2006
[link: Hits] Well I made my first Second Life (aka 2L) character a couple of days ago (Labatt Pawpaw, if you're looking for me) and have been exploring a bit. Thus far what I am seeing looks a lot like the MUDs I used to enjoy, except that its graphical and has a lot more casinos. Anyhow, here's a Popular Science article about 2L. The article is pretty interesting but now I'm wondering if the 'Mitchell Kapor' mentioned in the article is the same 'Mitch Kapor' I know online. That would be pretty funny, to not know something like that. But naw, it can't be... can it? Ah, I get into such a muddle about such things. Via Penn State Virtual Worlds. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Leon Cych[Edit][Delete]: Inside the Video Bubble, October 4, 2006
[link: Hits] While I was in South Africa (yeah, that long ago) Leon Cych sent me a note about the work he is doing on a chapter to the forthcoming revision of the Coming of Age book. "With the ability to upload and edit video online at sites like Motionbox, Dabble, Eyespot and Jumpcut... producing content will get easier and easier and even more popular." Some good links, though he will want to add the recent YouTube for Educators link. p.s. Why can't people in ELGG name their blogs? There's no way I'm going to post "Leon Cych :: Weblog" as the name of the blog. It's silly (and redundant, and silly). [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Scott Wilson, et.al.[Edit][Delete]: Personal Learning Environments: Challenging the Dominant Design of Educational Systems, DSpace at Open Universiteit Nederland [Edit][Delete] October 4, 2006
[link: Hits] Good overview of the concept of the personal learning environment, focusing mostly on theoretical design concepts rather than technical implementations. Not surprisingly, I am in general in favour of this approach. Click on the link to the PDF (View/Open, lower right hand side) (note how the use of Handle here is pretty useless, and subverted by the much more useful direct link to the resource?). [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: British Company Launches Poetry Download Site, San Jose Mercury News [Edit][Delete] October 4, 2006
[link: Hits] Nothing against poets, but it seems to me that poetry is the art form that would least benefit from a pay-per-listen service. Yes, poetry is hard to do well, but this doesn't stop a million wannabes from trying, which has resulted in a glut in the entire market and almost zero employment prospects for poets. Ironic, too, that the service launched with a reading of Chaucer, which has been public domain for as long as there have been poets, it seems. I guess we'll just have to wait for the Blackboard part of their plan - patenting the idea of reading poetry online. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mary Jo Foley[Edit][Delete]: What Microsoft Still Isn't Saying About WGA and Volume Activation 2.0, ZD Net [Edit][Delete]ZD Net [Edit][Delete] October 4, 2006
[link: Hits] What they're not saying, of course, is whether your copy of Windows will shut down if it spots any unauthorized content, or whether it will shut down only if it finds unauthorized Microsoft content. But really - it will be just too tempting for Microsoft not to sell its shutdown service to software vendors, content providers - anyone who wants to lock down content. From my perspective, this opens a huge gaping hole in the market for a software vendor to sell to people and businesses who demand full control over their own computers. I thought this might be Apple, but it appears they will play the content lockdown game too. Ubuntu? Linspire? Google? [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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