05 juillet 2019

Evaluation of the Texas Technology Immersion Pilot

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Texas Center for Educational Research[Edit][Delete]: Evaluation of the Texas Techn ology Immersion Pilot, Texas Education Agency [Edit][Delete] July 20, 2006
Actual text of the report that has been the subject of so much discussion. Note that in the conclusion (report p. 77) the authors take note that only "partial immersion" was obtained. "A major challenge for teachers in the first year was simultaneously learning how to use technology and finding time to integrate laptops and digital resources into existing practices." Additionally, they note that educationally significant results may take more than one year to obtain (gee, really?). It is worth noting that while negative results were reported in that first year, postitive results were "compelling" in the second year results. I have to wonder (with some on the WWWEDU mailing list) why these results were released now, and why they got the spin they did. More...

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New Pew Internet Report&Comments

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. David Warlick[Edit][Delete]: New Pew Internet Report&Comments, 2 cents Worth [Edit][Delete]2 Cents Worth [Edit][Delete] July 20, 2006
A new report on bloggers and blogging from the Pew Internet in American Life project has been released. The general tgrend seems to be that bloggers are more diverse than one might expect, that they are generally young, and that tghey speak mostly to small audiences. More...

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Knowing Me, Knowing You

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christopher D. Sessums[Edit][Delete]: Knowing Me, Knowing You, Christopher D. Sessums : Weblog [Edit][Delete] July 20, 2006
According to this essay, "Social software has two key attributes that could be considered meaningful to educators: Permits communication between groups and individuals [and] Enables the aggregation and sharing of resources." The people working and living in such a community become producers of knowledge and not just sharers of knowledge. "In this sense, social software allows for a certain level of knowledge co-creation that can be drawn from, reflected upon, and further refined." I think this paper would be stronger were it not so rooted in its references. More...

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Windows Principles: Twelve Tenets to Promote Competition

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Windows Principles: Twelve Tenets to Promote Competition, Microsoft [Edit][Delete] July 20, 2006
Microsoft lists twelve principles it will follow from now on to enable competition in the software industry. Several of these principles were required by anti-trust court rulings. And others are still somewhat, well, weaselly. Like point 8, for example: "Microsoft will design and license Windows so that it does not block access to any lawful Web site or impose any fee for reaching any non-Microsoft Web site or using any non-Microsoft Web service." Well fine. But what Microsoft has been doing (and will apparently continue to do) is slow down these sites and make them work less well. More...

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E-Learning 2.0 - Why the New Tools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: E-Learning 2.0 - Why the New Tools, July 20, 2006
PowerPoint slides and MP3 Audio of my online presentation today. My talk, scheduled for one hour, went (with a willing audience) closer to two hours, which was nice, because I was able to develop the topic the way I wanted. After sketching the progression of Web 2.0 tools (from personal publishing to webtops) I outlined (drawing heavily on Konrad Glogowski) how it enables new forms of learning. From this, I outlined some of the theory underlying these new forms, and from this theoretical stance, responded in part to the critics of these new models (a version of the same argument found in these pages yesterday). [Tags: , ] [Comment]. More...

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What Is Open Access?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Charles W. Bailey, Jr.[Edit][Delete]: What Is Open Access?, Eprints.org [Edit][Delete] July 19, 2006
This is a very good overview of open access, moving through subsequent definitions of open access beginning with the Budapest and Berlin declarations, describing different open access practices, including Suber's definitions of 'Green' and 'Gold' journal OA policies, licensing, and more. For readers unfamiliar with the landscape this paper is an essential read. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Hellodeo, July 19, 2006
I'm not sure whether this will work - but I'll certainly give it a try. This is a test recording from a n ew service from the people at Odeo: Hellodeo.
So, try clicking on the video, and let me know how it came out (and let me know if you read this post on email, RSS, the web, or whatever). And if you couldn't see it, you can always view the video here. [Tags: ] [Comment]. More...

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Power Laws Of Innovation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. John Thackara[Edit][Delete]: Power Laws Of Innovation, Doors of Perception [Edit][Delete] July 19, 2006
Teemu Leinonen links to this list of 'Power Laws' (the reasoning for the name escapes me, as the principles have nothing to do with power laws) for innovation in education. If I had to summarize: fill actual social needs, empower people to speak to each other, remix and reuse, encourage openness. More...

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IBM's DeveloperWorks Site is Publishing a Series on Open Source Website Development

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott Crumpler[Edit][Delete]: IBM's DeveloperWorks Site is Publishing a Series on Open Source Website Development, Kairosnews [Edit][Delete]KairosNews [Edit][Delete] July 19, 2006
Scott Crumpler reports: "The series adopts a fake organization as a client for whom to develop a collaborative website using only open source software. The goal of the series is to give developers some guidance in developing similar solutions." In the first installment they look at content mmanagement systems and select Drupal. More...

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An Educator Discovers his SecondLife

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Terry Anderson[Edit][Delete]: An Educator Discovers his SecondLife, Virtual Canuck [Edit][Delete] July 19, 2006
Nice breezy description of Second Life from an educator's point of view. Terry Anderson notes that it requires a lot of computer power (he had to shut down other applications) and may require more bandwidth than some users have. he also comments, "Creating an educational environment in close proximity to enterprise focused on sex, rock and roll and gambling, presents a host of moral and ethical concerns." Of course, my thinking is a bit different: why would the emphasis be on 'creating an educational environment'? Why do people always want to build a 'campus' or 'school' in these artificial environments. More...

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