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August 19, 2011

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The Process is the Product
Rodd Lucier, The Clever Sheep, August 17, 2011.

This is pretty cool. "There were many ‘A-Ha’ moments in the lead up to UnPlug'd, but the tipping point to the event, was the decision to revisit collaborative publishing. The publishing of one’s own words, refined to sit alongside the ideas of passionate peers, would become the pinpoint focus for our time at the Edge. The resulting product, which is being released one chapter at a time over the next 6 weeks, is a book that encapsulates many of the things that participating Canadian educators think matter most." Worth waiting for... but I wish they'd release it all at once. Because I'm impatient.

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It's All About the PD Baby
Tom, Bionic Teaching, August 17, 2011.

Cynicism at its best. "Jac de Haan sets me straight regarding how confused I’ve been about the motivation of large corporations to sponsor teaching academies. . . "Regardless of what you believe the motivation behind sponsoring such events may be, these companies are recognizing that many teachers put countless unpaid hours into professional development and investing hundreds of millions of dollars in education." Oh. Corporations are doing this to recognize unpaid teacher PD. That’s so very kind of them. It all makes sense now." Me, I can't get the idea of "PD babies" out of my head.

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You Ready to MOOC?
Ellen Behrens, aLearning Blog, August 17, 2011.

Ellen Behrens, who is out to empower subversive implementation, offers this overview of MOOCs and how they apply to associations and non-profits with two concrete suggestions:
- Offer your own. Amass a greater body of resources around a topic than you currently have. Involve your members and attract non-members. See the power in numbers, the value in “more heads are better than one.”
- Make your resources available to MOOCs by others. Instead of fighting a MOOC on “your” topic, join the MOOC and offer up your own links, white papers, articles, blog posts, and comments. If you can’t fight ‘em, join ‘em!

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100% of Colleges and Universities are Doing Social Media
Kyle James, eduGuru, August 17, 2011.

The headline should probably say "100 percent of those surveyed", but still, it's a pretty impressive result. "One interesting development has been the use of blogs, podcasts and videoblogs. While Fortune 500 and Forbes top charities show a shift away from blogging, higher education reports an increase in its use of blogging this year. And they are getting more savvy by implementing RSS feeds and email subscription, providing links to podcasts and video, as well as encouraging conversation involving more user groups and by allowing comments and using live chats."

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The War on Youth: An Essay Review
Sheila L. Macrine, Education Review, August 17, 2011.

I've read quite a bit of Henry A. Giroux on various list services (such as TruthOut) and I have a lot of time for his thinking. So it is a good thing to find this review of his book . Writes the reviewer, "The five major sections of the book serve as windows into the construction of a global social order that increasingly demonizes, dehumanizes, and criminalizes youth and the poor."

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EduMOOC 2011 Gradcast
Jeff Lebow, et.al., EduMooc, August 17, 2011.

More video and audio from the ongoing EduMOOC: Topic: The future of MOOC's and online education ... and acronyms alternatives to MOOC, including
SOOC - Scalable Open Online Course
MILE - Massive Informal Learning Experience
COOL - Collaborative Open Online Learning

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