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May 22, 2012

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Scott Wilson, Scott's Workblog, May 22, 2012.

I confess I don't quite get it, but the SPAWS 'Paradata recipes, identifiers, and starting integration' looks to be an interesting development. The idea behind SPAWS (I still don't know what it stands for) is that "different web app stores share usage data such as reviews, ratings, and stats." To this end, writes Scott Wilson, "are building on the Learning Registry and Activity Streams to connect together several web app stores." So far so good - that's the idea that leads us to models for paradata - which then takes us to today's list of recipes and a paradata cookbook. But an example of how all this works would be nice - sooner or later one of the cooks is going to have to come out of the kitchen with something for us to taste.

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Researchers develop 'smart' touch-responsive internet-enabled newspaper
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, May 22, 2012.

This is what I want: "We are developing an entirely new platform for community news and information by connecting paper to the internet to create what is believed to be the world’s first internet-enabled newspaper." Ross Dawson also offers an interesting point: "Tablets similar to those of today will be given away for free and digital paper which has all the qualities of today’s paper plus the advantages of digital at a low cost will be the alternative." It's a bit of a race. What will be least valuable soonest: the content (which wants to be free), the platform (which may end up cheaper than paper), or the advertising (which people will still ignore)?

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Virtual exercises help Army, Air Force work together
Canadian Army News, YouTube, May 22, 2012.

One of a series of videos from the Canadiam military describing their operations, training and support. I'm linking to this video because it discusses a virtual training initiative in particular, but readers may be interested in the full series (which can be followed by RSS).

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An online opportunity for Canadian universities
Michael Cotey Morgan, Globe and Mail, May 22, 2012.

Another article 'discovering' open online education, this time from "Canada's national newspaper", the Globe and Mail. "What might a pan-Canadian open courses project look like? Instead of following the current model in which each university acts independently, the leading institutions from across the country should build a single national open course portal to which they would contribute entire lecture courses in a range of fields." An idea whose time has come, don't you think? personally, I don't think we're lacking open online initiatives in Canada - the people at Athabasca must be bemused by the comments calling for a "Canadian Open University." What I think we lack are the public-relations initiatives and big-money big-noise campaigns more common south of theorder (or a national press that looks beyond the PR to see what people are actually doing).

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Learning Resource Metadata Initiative
Phil Barker, Creative Commons, May 22, 2012.

The LRMI was developed in the wake of an announcement from the major search engines that they would "publish a common format, schema.org, for marking-up web pages so that they may be efficiently and accurately indexed by their search engines." Hence "It is impossible to understand LRMI without first knowing something about schema.org." Basically the idea is that terms are placed inside HTML tags to indicate what type of data is contained, for example, 'author name'. LRMI is piggybacking on the initiative to define educational properties. "LRMI created a discussion forum for interested parties, and set up a high level advisory group and a technical working group comprising representatives from educational publishers, service providers, educators and other specification bodies." Nine tags were proposed, though at least two of them ('useRightsURL' and 'isBasedOnURL') are not really educational tags - it's like they just can't resist overstepping their domain. The rest will be familiar from IEEE-LOM, except 'educationalAlignment', which denotes "a topic in a common shared curriculum, syllabus or such like" (which is actually a good idea).

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NearPod - create and share lessons on iPads in classroom - free
David Andrade, Educational Technology Guy, May 22, 2012.

From David Andrade: "NearPod is a free service/app that allows you to create interactive lessons and then share them across iPads in your classroom. Teachers create interactive presentations and then share them with the class." Neat.

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