05 juillet 2019

DOPA Watch

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tim Lauer[Edit][Delete]: DOPA Watch, Education/Technology [Edit][Delete] July 28, 2006
I haven't been covering DOPA - the legislation that effectively makes MySpace and blogging in schools and libraries illegal - because I consider it an internal U.S. issue. But Andy Carvin has shown how aggregation is best used by setting up a DOPA news service, for those who want to follow the issue and act against the legislation. More...

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Greetings from Bogota

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Greetings from Bogota, July 28, 2006
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Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Cooperation and Competition: National Learning Object Repositories, July 28, 2006
[link: Hits] Another day, another talk in Colombia. Today's talk continued from yesterday and turned our attention to digital repositories. Slides and MP3 audio. You may have had difficulty accessing yesterday's slides; I had a file upload problem. That has been fixed; here are the link to yesterday's slides and audio. Photos coming soon. [Tags: , ]. More...

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HRD Rubbishes MIT's Laptop Scheme for Kids

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Author[Edit][Delete]: HRD Rubbishes MIT's Laptop Scheme for Kids, Times of India [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
This is interesting because the MIT lapstops were the subject of discussion here in Bogita. India's objections to the "hardsell" are interesting: "'India must not allow itself to be used for experimentation with children in this area,' the ministry has said." It's hard not to wonder about MIT's marketing strategy. More...

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The YouTube Devolution

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tom Scocca[Edit][Delete]: The YouTube Devolution, New York Observer [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
A fascinating look at how YouTube is changing culture. For me, YouTube has changed how I view video - now I get news of, say, the way from many sources, some right on the spot, instead of the evening news. It's also how I saw the coverage of Zidane's headbutt over and over again (yeah, I confess, I'm a Zidane headbutt junkie). This author draws out another aspect: "Suddenly, via YouTube links, those lost moments click back into view, as if a telegram from your great-grandfather were showing up in your e-mail." YouTube has disintermediated the streaming of culture, and created a mosaic. More...

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Search 2.0 vs Traditional Search

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Joachim Niemeier[Edit][Delete]: Search 2.0 vs Traditional Search, 7 Days and More [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
Search 2.0? Well, why not? I like the idea of "new and improved relevancy models; they bring into the equation user preferences, collaboration, collective intelligence" and the like. But - ith all this, why would you need to search ny more. More...

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OpenID Bounties and Identity Convergence

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Boris Mann[Edit][Delete]: OpenID Bounties and Identity Convergence, B. Mann Consulting [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
"Scott Kveton announced the OpenID Code Bounty at OSCON today: Integrate OpenID into your open source project and we'll give $5,000 to your project." That would be various education projects' entire budgets! Boris Mann still supports SxIP - but my experience with SxIP was that it involved a lot of overhead and a centralized registry. More...

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WikiSpaces for ePortfolios

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Helen Barrett[Edit][Delete]: WikiSpaces for ePortfolios, E-Portfolios for Learning [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
Collaborative creation of e-portfolios? I will have to think about that a bit. In any case, Helen Barrett introduces WikiSpaces for e-Portfolios in this article. I got as far as the registration screen and, not feeling like yet another online account, bailed there. More...

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Links from Blogging Institute Day 1

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mark Wagner[Edit][Delete]: Links from Blogging Institute Day 1, Educational Technology and Life [Edit][Delete] July 27, 2006
A bunch of examples and links about the use of blogs in education. Day Two is also online. More...

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Learning Objects: Their Use, Their Potential, and Why They Are Not Dead Yet

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Learning Objects: Their Use, Their Potential, and Why They Are Not Dead Yet, July 27, 2006
No conference summaries today, because I delivered a tlk first thing this morning. What I did was to outline the traditional concept of learning objects, point to the major objections, and outline how Web 2.0 reshapes our understanding of learning objects. Slides and MP3 Audio are available online; not sure how it sounds because I haven't listened to it yet and had to use a hacked together upload (FTP is blocked here). [Tags: , , ]. More...

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In a Globalised World, Mediocre Teaching is Doomed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Peter Wood[Edit][Delete]: In a Globalised World, Mediocre Teaching is Doomed, Mercator Net [Edit][Delete] July 26, 2006
Why, you ask? "In the United States, more and more families are opting out of public schools for home schooling, private schools, and charter schools. Parents are ambitious for their children and don't want to jeopardise their futures by giving them intellectually impoverished educations." Of course, this doesn't eliminate mediocre teaching, it merely ensures that rich people will not have to suffer it. And who is at fault here? The unions, of course. Sheesh. George Siemens linked to this today.In any case, the entire premise is wrong. The rich will get personalized service, as they always do, and pay way too much for it. As for the rest of us plebes, online technologies will greatly reduce the gap, allowing even mediocre teaching to be more than enough to suffice. More...

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