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by Stephen Downes
October 22, 2008

Integrating the Internet Into the Classroom
Slides from my presentation in Charlottetown October 22, 2008. I offer fifteen reasons why the internet should be integrated into classroom instruction. Presentation by Stephen Downes, PEI Tecahers Federation Confrence 2008, Charlottetown, PEI, [Link]

CC Network and Interoperable Copyright Registry Exploration
The Creative Commons Network is "a premium for supporting Creative Commons and gives supporters a way to tell the world that they support CC and Free Culture... [and] a platform for exploring digital copyright registries." Launched October 15. Various Authors, Creative Commons, October 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

And That'S Why Students Rock
"Rip Mix Learners is a student-run Open Courseware project, in which students make audio recordings of the lectures, compile class notes, and other materials and share them with their peers online." Very cool. Via David Wiley. Philipp Schmidt, Sharing Nicely, October 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

Viewing Campaign Finance Data In a Google Spreadsheet Via the New York Times Campaign Data API
This is only one of the crazy things Tony Hirst has been doing with table scrapers (from, say, Wikipedia) and Feed mergers (such as, say, Yahoo pipes). It's time to think of data as, well, data - as something we can start feeding into our online applications to make them current, fresh and unpredictable. Tony Hirst, OUseful Info, October 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Adobe Makes Move to Keep Flash In-the-Game
The 'Open Screed Project' is an initiative from Adobe that is "...collaboration of over 20 companies with one clear vision: enabling users to access, consume, and share rich content seamlessly across multiple screens - regardless of the devices, operating systems, browsers, or networks used." Because they control the hardware, Apple can say "no thanks" to the Flash player on the iPhone and Google can do the same with the mobile Android OS. I am no big fan of Adobe, but people should really heed this warning about what happens when software companies control the hardware. Realted: see Tom Hoffman, App Store = Android Market = Ubuntu Repository. Steve Borsch, Connecting the Dots, October 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

Mid-Course Review
Video posted by George Siemens summarizing what we have done in our Connectivism course over the first 6 weeks. Also video and also from Manitoba: a Michael Wesch presentation at the University of Manitoba on innovation in higher education. George Siemens, CCK08 -, October 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Results of OLDaily Reader Survey
It took me more time to figure out that I couldn't use tables inside the Blogger template than it did to design and implement the OLDaily Readers' Survey. So, on a page of its own, here it is. My main lesson: people are happy with the newsletter as it is. Of course, I should have expected such a result from people who are still subscribed. Stephen Downes, Half and Hour, October 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Rethinking Curriculum Design
Great presentation from Grainne Conole for the Connectivism CCK online course session this afternoon. It was interesting because we have a group of us from the PEI teachers' confrence gathered in a room to take part in the session. Conole discussed the Open University approach to learning design, including accounts of the underlying thesis, practical activities such as one-day course design sessions, 'cloudscapes' and cloudworks, the CompendiumLD learning design tool, and more. An MP3 audio recording of the session as heard here in Charlottetown is available; not sure what the quality will be, and there is a bit at the beginning where we have a conversation with the people here in PEI. Grainne Conole, Slideshare, October 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment]

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