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January 9, 2012

It Is Here! Group Pattern Language Deck
Nancy White, Full Circle, January 9, 2012.

Nancy White writes, "I’m thrilled to learn that the Group Pattern Language Project has released the Group Pattern Language deck ….and happy to add the deck as an an update to this post from 2010: Facilitation Card Decks." The PDF version is available.

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Various Authors, Website, January 9, 2012.

I saw this in a few places. It's not new technology - so far as I can tell, it simply executes a Creative Commons image search on Flickr and maybe a few other sources. I searched for 'Moncton' and saw all my own images. But it sure is a nice attractive interface.

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A $100 Solar-Powered Tablet: Will This Be “The One”?
Audrey Watters, Mind/Shift, January 9, 2012.

files/images/kid_olpc.jpg, size: 22171 bytes, type:  image/jpeg Audrey Watters covers the $100 solar powered OLPC tablet computer. "The new tablet, designed to be an educational device for students in the developing world, where electricity and broadband access is scarce, addresses this to some extent. It uses very little power: the battery lasts eight to 10 hours and can be recharged with either a hand-crank or with a solar panel that doubles as the tablet’s cover." Jeff Dunn at Edudemic offers six reasons why the OLPC might replace the classroom iPads.

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Research publications on Massive Open Online Courses and Personal Learning Environments
Rita Kop, You-Learn, January 9, 2012.

Rita Kop just posted a list of the work she has done analyzing MOOCs and related entities, and it's amazing how much she has written over the last two and a half years. There are eight papers listed, but they don't just repear the same points; "the diversity of subjects covered in the papers will shed light on the learning experiences on MOOCs and make for a varied tapestry of information on MOOCs." It's a great body of research that I think establishes her as an authority in the analysis of MOOCs.

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The Miond Project
Various Authors, Illinois State University, January 9, 2012.

If you're new to the whole idea of networks and connections along with other basic elements of our understanding of the mind, or if you just want to get a good overview of the theoretical and practical work being done in the field, you would be hard pressed to find a better introductory resource than this one. Check out especially the curriculum ordered by category, which takes you step by step through connectionist theory and practice, from an introduction to connectionism to the theory of language (note that the site is under active development and not everything is working, sadly).

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Graph Theory
Reinhard Diestel, Book Website, January 9, 2012.

It's not always easy to get quality texts on the subject you're studying. But if you're looking for basic works on networks and graph theory, this entire book by Reinhard Diestel is available as a preview in low-quality PDF.

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Integrating Google Tools 4 Teachers
David Andrade, Educational Technology Guy, January 9, 2012.

David Andrade writes "I'm a huge fan and user of Google's many tools and resources for educators. I recently found another great site that helps teachers learn about these tools and how to use them in the classroom. Integrating Google Tools 4 Teachers has tips, resources, and ideas for using Google tools such as Docs, Presentations, Sites, Maps and more in the classroom, including a section on using Google tools to help with STEM education. It even has a list of pro's and con's for Google Apps for Education and regular Google tools. The site is run by Colette Cassinelli, a Google Certified Teacher."

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