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by Stephen Downes
September 2, 2009

Cloud Intelligence
Symposium statements by participating speakers, including my own The Cloud and Collaboration. Others include Education for an Inclusive Cloud, by Pablo Flores, Environmentalism Online, by Juliana Rotich, and Mapping the Cloud, by Ethan Zuckerman. For those of you who want to follow things, the symposium twitter account is @arscloud and the festival account is @ars_electronica. Also, on Saturday we will be video-streaming the entire symposium at (yay!). There will also chat function so viewers are encouraged to participate remotely. The tag for the festival is #ars09. Various Authors, Website, September 2, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Things That Can't Be Taught
One of the tricks to any theory of 'learning styles' (or some such thing) is navigating the tricky territory between that which can be learned and that which constitutes an unchangeable aspect of the learner's personality. I'm afraid Roger Schank leans too far to the latter as he attributes to personality things I think is a paradigm instance of learned behaviour: honesty or dishonesty. Roger Schank, eLearn magazine, September 2, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Remix Open Ed 09
Video interviews with commentrary on open education, recorded at the Open Education conference in Vancouver. Includes a segment with me in it. I love the reaction to vancouver (one of my favorite cities): "Vancouver could be the emerald city, or an alternate reality to San Francisco, from whence three of us hail. This parallel universe yielded skyscrapers made of turquoise tinted glass, Lion's gate (sea foam green instead of Golden Gate's deceptive red), and a plethora of downtown eats and night life. The conference itself was located right next to the Vancouver Art Museum, home of the Dutch masters." Jane Park, Creativ Commons, September 2, 2009 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Moscow Laptop Cyber orchestra
Wondering what music of the future will sound like? It might sound like this (if it doesn't play, change the extension of the file to .mp3 and it'll play fine (if weird)) (though I think I prefer Zen Music from Children of Men (full track). Various Authors, Website, September 2, 2009 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Google's Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars
A librarian makes the case that Google's book scanning project has very poor metadata (which means it will be the subject of work by scholars for generations correcting the errors created by Google's frantic mass book scan). The case isw well-made, and where else would we find such a scathing indictment of all things electronic but in the Chronicle? Geoffrey Nunberg, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

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