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http://www.captaincopyright.ca

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: http://www.captaincopyright.ca, June 1, 2006
Clarence Fisher points to a new website for students and teachers, Captain Copyright, providing free lesson plans and materials. The site, which appears to be promoted by Canada's copyright clearance industry (see the heavy-handed IP notice), is thinly veiled propaganda - the copyright violator in the kids' carton actually steals the drawings from the comic book artist before selling them in the hall for a quarter each. Interesting that the actual artist of the cartoon gets no credit on the site. More...

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Editor's Note

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. James Daly[Edit][Delete]: Editor's Note, Edutopia [Edit][Delete] June 1, 2006
Via Chris Lehmann, I agree with this: "Just as supermarket magnates realized that when people shop for groceries, they want to do more than stock the fridge, we need to understand that the final result of a dozen years of education isn't just a gilt-trimmed diploma. It's about creating a brighter and more compassionate society. First, however, we must devote as much energy and thinking to our schools as we do our food emporiums". More...

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Hiatus

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Hiatus, March 6, 2006

I have always tried to offer as much of myself as I could through this service and others in my work and in my own time. It has never been enough, which was made clear to me today, but I am tired and don't have anything more to give.
Accordingly, I am placing this newsletter and website on hiatus for an indefinite period. I will be back when I'm back.
Please know that I have always valued and held in the highest esteem the work that all of you are doing to try to make things better, especially for the young. My dedication toward your objectives, toward social justice and opportunity, toward a better life for all, is never wavering, will never waver.
It is time for a darkening of the light as I retreat and think about what I am going to do and how I am going to do it, but know that the light will never flicker and never fade. I wish you well in your endeavours, and I will be back to walk the long hard road alongside you.
-- Stephen
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I'd Like To Thank The Academy...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tim Stahmer[Edit][Delete]: I'd Like To Thank The Academy..., Assorted Stuff [Edit][Delete] March 5, 2006

When eSchoolNews proposed their edublogger awards last fall I recommended they cooperate with the already existing Edublog Awards. They decided to go their own way, however, and their winning blogs, all American, have been posted. More...

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Show and Tell Online

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Emma Duke-Williams[Edit][Delete]: Show and Tell Online, Blogging IT and EDucation [Edit][Delete] March 5, 2006
Emma Duke-Williams (who should put her name somewhere on her blog) writes about a Guardian article that examines the rising popularity of a social networking service called Bebo. Students, she notes, "are now more likely to put the PC on when they get home" instead of turning on the TV. What's interesting in the article is the description of the nature of the connection between people. "Email is very limited in what you can do with it," explains Birch. More...

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Time Management Strategies for Online Teaching

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Min Shi, Curtis J. Bonk and Richard J. Magjuka[Edit][Delete]: Time Management Strategies for Online Teaching, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning [Edit][Delete]International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning [Edit][Delete] March 5, 2006
The authors consider the need for different time management strategies on the part of online instructors. Probably the best advice offered is to use the tools that are available - a little time spent learning how a tool is best used can save a lot of time in the long run. I would probably have added a section on sharing the workload, both with students (who can to a large degree answer each others' questions and moderate their own forums) and with colleagues (who can share notes, references and other resources). More...

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Leadership&Management

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Gene Bellinger[Edit][Delete]: Leadership&Management, Systems Thinking [Edit][Delete] March 5, 2006
My view (and I've expressed it often in my organization, which makes me really popular) is, as described in this short article, that "management [is] a supportive function rather than a directive function... management [is] a service providing function offering training, development, coaching, mentoring, and the like, rather than performing the traditional planning, organizing, directing and controlling functions." Thanks Rod for the link. More...

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Change Management: The Columbo Theory

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Gene Bellinger[Edit][Delete]: Change Management: The Columbo Theory, Systems Thinking [Edit][Delete] March 5, 2006
How do we convince others to accept our view? The author writes, "It depends on whether one can integrate self and other to create selfless. It depends on whether one can integrate dependent and independent to create interdependent. It depends on whether one can develop a sense of self and self-awareness which is independent of the event, and establish an intent, as Senge and Fritz put it, for the pursuit of truth. Not my truth, or your truth, but more of an appropriate truth." What needs to be stressed, I think, is that 'selfless', as described here, does not imply loss of self, nor does 'an appropriate truth' entail loss of one's own truth. These are, if you will, something that needs to emerge from the connectedness and inter-relation, and not be stipulated as requirements for interaction. More...

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AOL Vows to Institute Fee-based Service Despite Protests

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Associated Press[Edit][Delete]: AOL Vows to Institute Fee-based Service Despite Protests, San Jose Mercury News [Edit][Delete] March 5, 2006
Let me be clear, so there is no doubt. If AOL's system were widely adopted, it would start costing me hundreds of dollars a month to provide this newsletter. AOL's statement that "only legitimate senders of mass e-mail are likely to pony up the fee" is a crock - only commercial mass emailers will do so (and they, of course, won't be slowed at all). So if AOL launches this program, please note that AOL will be subject to a complete and total boycott from this site: all email from AOL accounts in and out will be refused, all web accesses (including RSS) will be blocked. More...

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Meeting the Accountability Challenge by Implementing a Campus-Wide ePortfolio

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dave Tosh[Edit][Delete]: Meeting the Accountability Challenge by Implementing a Campus-Wide ePortfolio., Dave Tosh : Weblog [Edit][Delete] March 5, 2006
Take a new technology, put into the hands of an institution, and they break it. As Dave Tosh says, "the conclusion suggests to me that they are completely missing the boat: 'As higher education institutions adapt to society's current and future needs and expectations, implementing robust ePortfolios will increase effectiveness and document our value to our students and communities. We must be proactive to show policy makers that we embrace our changing world and that we are committed to excellence, both for our students and our institution.'" e-Portfolios aren't about making politicians happy, they are about enabling people to have a voice and an identity. More...

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