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by Stephen Downes
January 15, 2010

Las Vegas

At a stopover in Montreal, time only for a very short newsletter, and Vegas photos. The odds of my returning to the city any time soon? Slim. As usual, the slide show is the best way to view the photos. Stephen Downes, Flickr, January 15, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

2010 Horizon Report
Another Horizon Report, with no real surprises.
One Year or Less
* Mobile Computing
* Open Content
Two to Three Years
* Electronic Books
* Simple Augmented Reality
Four to Five Years
* Gesture-based Computing
* Visual Data Analysis
Various Authors, EDUCAUSE, January 15, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

And who are you again? Augmented Reality helps you 'see' a person's social networks
Combine augmented reality with face recognition and nobody is ever a stranger again. "Point your mobile phone at the person speaking at the lectern, the cute person in the bar or that potential recruit and see, hovering around their head, all their social networks, tastes in music and books, and dodgy photos from last night. In a schools context this could be seen as lethal." Of course, they'll outlaw this. Or (more likely) face-masking (not full-face, just enough to through the system off) will come into vogue. Ewan McIntosh, , January 15, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

True Mastery NOT possible without FUN! Take it from a 5 yr old drummer prodigy
I like child prodigy stories, but think every child would be a prodigy if we could find their gift. The way to do this, according to Brent Schlenker, is to find what they find fun. "I know we avoid the word fun, but let's get real. Most children will stop an activity well before they achieve this level of mastery." Brent Schlenker, Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development, January 15, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

Best education blogs for 2010
According to the Washington Post, the best edublogs are all American. To me, this describes the problem with both the journalism and education sectors in a nutshell. It's a big world - read widely. Jay Matthews, Class Struggle, January 15, 2010 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Tweet]

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