26 octobre 2018

The Un-Internet

The Un-Internet
Dave Winer, Scripting News, January 2, 2012.

Dave Winer writes, "I’ve written about it so many times, but that’s how it goes with loops.... At issue is this: Control. For whatever reason, the people who run the tech companies want it. But eventually the users take it." And so, he says, we are entering the look again, this time with microblogging services like Tumblr and tablets like iPad. It's funny - doing a follow-up to find other views, all I find are copies of the Winer post, with nothing else added. More...

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Lessons learned from using Khan Academy content in a blended learning pilot

Lessons learned from using Khan Academy content in a blended learning pilot
Alfred Essa, Innovation | Analytics, January 2, 2012.

I'm highlighting this item just to scratch my head in public. What we have here is a study (reported via Seb Schmoller) where "students using Khan Academy content in a blended learning model showed, on average, a 6.4% gain compared to a 5.2% gain in the control group. The two groups scored roughly the same overall, each showing better results in some areas compared to the other group." Well, OK, typical if uninformative. More...

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Philosophy Only A Philosopher Could Love?

Philosophy Only A Philosopher Could Love?
Jonathan Livengood, Metafilter, January 2, 2012.

Jonathan Livengood calls this "philosophy only a philosopher could love," and while I don't actually stand as a counterexample, I think there might be wider love for Clark Glymour's manifesto than the author suggests. His point of view, in a nutshell, is that for all the criticisms logical positivists receive, they contributed much of value to society, including not only computational logic and artificial intelligence, but a better and more moral view of the world than, say, Heidegger, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. I have said many times that "my morality is based on my science; my science isn't based on my morality." Though Hume famously said you cannot derive an "ought" from an "is" I take it as foundational to ethics that you can't simply argue your way out of what is a transparently flawed morality. More...

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Sky’s the limit: the world’s cheapest touch-screen tablet

Sky’s the limit: the world’s cheapest touch-screen tablet
Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, January 2, 2012.

In a year that was very good for educational technology, Tony Bates says this was one of the best educational technology stories. It's hard to disagree. More...

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The Downes Prize 2012

The Downes Prize 2012
Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, December 31, 2012.

In 2010, the prize was awarded to Effective Assessment in a Digital Age, published by JISC. Last year, the prize was awarded to Acceptable Use Policies in Web 2.0 & Mobile Era, by the Consortium for School Networking. Both were outstanding contributions to the field of educational technology that have stood the test of time. This year's contribution is no exception.

The 2012 Downes Prize is awarded to:

Clayton R. Wright, for his series of posts annotating educational technology conferences.

Since 2007, I have been posting the list of conferences compiled by Clayton R. Wright here on this website. It has been annually one of the most popular resources on the site, and elsewhere (as the list is posted on a variety of blogs). In  2012 he posted the 27th and 28th editions of the list. He is a fitting recipient of the prize who exemplifies the best traditions of our community.

Some other notable posts from the last year include (in no particular order):

Through 2012, downes.ca welcomed 334,364 unique visitors  (not counting search engines) who visited 774,792 times, viewing 2,212,286 pages for a total of 12,669,823 hits. Thank you for your support over the last year and the best to all in 2013.

[Link] [Comment][Tags: Schools, Web 2.0, Books, Web Logs, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)]. More...

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Can-Spam Act a Failure

Can-Spam Act a Failure
There are some important lessons in this item. "The U.S. Can-Spam Act is a failure... of the 547,685 messages examined, only 71 - 0.013 per cent - complied with Can-Spam." When the internet was first unfolding, advocates argued that it transcended national borders and legal restrictions. More...

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Managing the Connected Organization

Managing the Connected Organization
Good article on internet-age organization, which begins with an observation from Shapiro and Varian: "There is a central difference between the old and new economies: the old industrial economy was driven by economies of scale; the new information economy is driven by the economics of networks..." (from Information Rules - if you haven't read this book I do recommend it). More...

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Canadian Supreme Court Rules Cached Music Files Not Copyright Infringement

Canadian Supreme Court Rules Cached Music Files Not Copyright Infringement
It's an obvious ruling, but in today's environment it is still nice (and a bit of a relief) to see the court set a precedent. if you're wondering what it was about - internet service providers, who connect you to the internet at home, often save copies of frequently requested files so they do not have to retrieve them from the web every time they are requested. More...

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Capturing the Value of "Generation Tech" Employees

Capturing the Value of "Generation Tech" Employees
It's yet another explanation of "digital natives," the young people who have grown up with computers, and consequently, a new way of thinking and learning. But this bit is interesting: "Have you ever noticed that digital natives, unlike digital immigrants, don’t talk about 'information overload'? Rather, they crave more information." The lesson here is that many of the concerns being expressed about online learning - I just heard someone talk about the 'fear of IT' - are concerns expressed by a generation, the last generation, of a pre-computer world. More...

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Learning Objects in a P2P Cross Institutional Framework

Learning Objects in a P2P Cross Institutional Framework
The P2P bit occupies only three short paragraphs near the end of the article and doesn't really satisfy. More...

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