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by Stephen Downes
July 20, 2007

A July 2007 Snapshot of UK Higher and Further Education Developments in Second Life
The title is pretty descriptive as the report surveys trials and discussions, though it doesn't really look into the problems (because initiatives haven't really scaled up yet) or the criticisms. PDF. Via Eduforge. John Kirriemuir, Eduserv July 20, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

IWMW 2007 in York - OpenID and All That
Here's an interesting suggestion, "that no-one in an institution should ever again invent an ad hoc sign-on mechanism for anything they do on their Web site." There's some serious discussion around identity these days - with it being described as of "strategic importance", and also of ensuring that OpenID remain open. Andy Powell, eFoundations July 20, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

This Year It's Hair Salons
The music industry has now decided to charge hair salons for playing music while people are getting their hair done. Maybe it's just me, but I don't think people go to hair salons for the music. Michael Geist, Website July 20, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Email Becoming Irrelevant? Not for Most Teachers!
"While email may be becoming more irrelevant for teenagers and older power-users of the Internet and other digital technologies, it certainly is NOT irrelevant for most K-12 teachers in the United States in my perception -€“ and possibly K-12 teachers elsewhere around the world." Maybe, but the thrill is gone. Email subscriptions to my newsletter have leveled off (though RSS continues to climb). Meanwhile, the number of useful emails in my inbox has been steadily dropping. Wesley Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity July 20, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

The Author and the Austen Plot That Exposed Publishers' Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austin novels, barely altered, were submitted to publishers. Not only were the novels rejected, the publishers didn't recognize the novels. Now I will admit, I'm not a fan of Jane Austin either. But I would at least have recognized the novels. Steven Morris, The Guardian July 20, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]


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