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by Stephen Downes
July 30, 2009

d yfd found one awesome data tool
I'll put this into the category of 'interesting' - mostly because we'll probably all have some such thing, but with caution because it's really the sort of thing we'd rather have done automatically for us (so we get the results without the work). The idea of yfd is that you input data into the system using stylized Twitter direct messages, and it stores it, makes it searchable, and displays it in interesting ways. Alan Levine , CogDogBlog, July 30, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

ScribeFire and not talking after upgrade
This is the problem with application-specific APIs - when one or the other upgrades, communications are interrupted. I've seen this with module or plug-in based architectures generally, from Firefox to Moodle to WordPress to Drupal. Just a note of caution regarding this model. Modular is good; proprietary (and hence endlessly variable) breaks that good. Mike Seyfang, Learning with the Fang, July 30, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

We're still more than a month away from the start of CCK09 but if you are participating it may be time to start thinking about your personal learning environment. In this post Mike Bogle considers the use of Twittter, blogs, Moodle and other tools to support his participation in the course. And here's a CCK09 Friendfeed, made by Gina Minks. Mike Bogle, TechTicker, July 30, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Accessibility Metadata and Learning Objects
Article describing IMS accessibility metadata. "The Access-For-All metadata specifications provide a means to enable a managed learning environment (MLE) system to match the accessibility properties of a resource to the needs of a learner. As an interoperable specification, it can be used across different institutional MLEs and platforms, allowing the potential for institutions and learning resource repositories to share accessibility information." Pete Rainger, Skills for Access, July 30, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment]

Rethinking copyright in the media age
Text of the media Awareness networks submission to the Canadian copyright review process. "The current educational exceptions must be preserved," they write, "and in general, the principle of Fair Dealing should be extended to include educational purposes to ensure that teachers are able to provide their students with authentic and meaningful media education tasks and lessons." It's too bad there are no events - neither roundtables nor town halls - occurring in Atlantic Canada. Matthew Johnson , Media Awareness Network, July 30, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment]

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