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by Stephen Downes
July 25, 2007

Becta Research Report
Helen Barrett links to and discusses the Becta report, Impact study of e-portfolios on learning, and in particular, displays an interesting graphic of "the three distinct components of an e-portfolio system: the digital archive (repository of evidence), tools to support different processes, and different presentation portfolios developed for different purposes and audiences." Helen Barrett, E-Portfolios for Learning July 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

6 Tech Trends for the Next Five Years
I had to check twice to make sure this wasn't just a cribe of the NMC's Horizon Report, but it wasn't. It's close, though - a set of predictions for the next five years of technology in learning that includes the 3D web, wireless, user-generated content, and more. Probably the most interesting section is the one on "revolutionizing high school" which describes the 'Classrooms of the Future' initiative in Pennsylvania. Via Pacific Rim Exchange. Various Authors, Ed Tech July 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

The Learning Trifecta - Learning to Be, Learning to Do, Learning to Know
It sort of makes sense, but as I think about it I get "learning to explain", "learning to play", "learning to say", "learning to ask", and more. So it's a nice trifecta, but the question lingers, does it explain anything? Clark Aldrich, Weblog July 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Heh. Indeed.
Tom Hoffman explains IT software restrictions: "A lot of IT infrastructure is fragile rickety crap, and the people responsible for it aren't smart enough to fix it so they make rules and place blame based on little more than superstition." I would have been more diplomatic, but when people tell me that IT has banned blog websites because of concerns of viruses, I roll my eyes and think something like what Hoffman said. Tom Hoffman, Tuttle SVC July 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Hugh's Law
Hugh's Law is "All online social networks eventually turn into a swampy mush of spam." This is probably true of the ones that have been developed so far. the key question is whether it is inevitable - and I think it's not, but it requires a dogged determination to leave content in the control of users - and what company, that depends on viral marketing, is going to leave it at that? Hugh MacLeod adds, "[This] explains why early adopters are always fleeing online social networks [e.g. LinkedIn], only to join a new one [e.g. Facebook]. They're fleeing the spam." Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge July 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Mishmash of Mashups
I'm not sure 'recombinate' is a word. But the diagram is pretty good, and this post gets a pretty good handle on the idea of mashups - except for the Lego analogy. "With mashups, the 'bits and pieces' or individual Lego blocks are pre-existing things that can come from any source and often from multiple sources. Furthermore, these 'bits and pieces' can truly be just about anything and everything, from content to code to hardware to events to teams." Wayne Hodgins, Off Course-On Target July 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


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