11 septembre 2019

Nintendo's Wii Selling Out in Japan

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Masaki Kondo[Edit][Delete]: Nintendo's Wii Selling Out in Japan, E-Commerce Times [Edit][Delete]E-Commerce Times [Edit][Delete] December 4, 2006
I think the deployment of Nintendo's Wii (pronounced 'wee') has many more implications for online learning than does Second Life (though I can imagine an interesting sub theme around the idea of Wii-enabled SL interaction). What makes the Wii revolutionary is that its wireless controllers send input to the program based on its location and movement, and not merely what buttons have been pushed. I've been watching people play with the Wii in the local tech shops. The interaction with the game is a much more bodily interaction, much more analogue. I think (based on what I've seen) that it will be especially popular with women and girls. I think the marketing has been pretty good. But this video will really give you a feel for the product (ignore the offensive title and comments). More...

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Futurist: To Fix Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Martin LaMonica[Edit][Delete]: Futurist: To Fix Education, Think Web 2.0, CNet News.Com [Edit][Delete]CNET News.com [Edit][Delete]CNet News.com [Edit][Delete]CNet news.Com [Edit][Delete] December 4, 2006
Well, web 2.0 in learning has been anointed. John Seely Brown: "Rather than treat pedagogy as the transfer of knowledge from teachers who are experts to students who are receptacles, educators should consider more hands-on and informal types of learning. These methods are closer to an apprenticeship, a farther-reaching, more multilayered approach than traditional formal education, he said". More...

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10 Reasons to Go Short on Second Life

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 10 Reasons to Go Short on Second Life, This is going to be BIG [Edit][Delete] December 4, 2006
I have been less than enthusiastic about Second Life, and this article captures some of the reasons why. In fairness, here are some responses to O'Donnell's criticisms. To me, though, there are two major problems with Second Life. First, it's a single company, which means there's no democracy, no user rights, and therefore, none of the freedoms people online have come to expect. Corporations like it, sure, so it gets a lot of press. But it ends there. Second, though it appears because it is a visual web (as opposed to the more mainstream text-based web) it is only one way a visual web could work, and a rather boring one at that. There will be a visual and multidimensional environment that goes mainstream, but it won't be owned by some company and it won't simply be an online version of the real world. More...

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The Form of Informal

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: The Form of Informal, Half an Hour [Edit][Delete] December 4, 2006
I have a couple of recent items. In The Form of Informal, I argue that critics of informal l;earning equivocate between two senses of the word 'form', and that 'informal' does not mean 'without structure'. Also, in Virtues Education I look at the argument offered by Paul Tough in a recent New York Times article. The methods described by Tough may appear to work, I write, but they are not scalable, and even if they were, the sort of cultural subversion he describes creates far more harm than he imagines. "Indoctrination, however much it appears to work in the short term and on a small scale, is not the answer. Empowerment is, and only ever has been." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit]. More...

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NYC eduCamp

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. NYC eduCamp
Speaking of educamps - I wanted to link to this educamp that was held a few days ago in New York. The New York rules were slightly different, more in the 'camp' tradition: "Attendees must give a demo, a session, or help with one, or otherwise volunteer / contribute in some way to support the event ("Contributing" something to EduCamp can mean many things. You can attend someone else's workshop and simply engage in discussion, or help clean up the breakfast plates! We just want to make sure people are actively involved.) All presentations are scheduled the day they happen." More here More...

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Educamp Ireland

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Educamp Ireland
Here is a link to an Irish eduCamp, from last June. "It will focus less on bitching about the Department of Education and Science and more on getting free technology, leveraging local ITexpertise and exploring low-cost effective information technology for schools without money." Also, here's the Stanford eduCamp, which tool place in September, with a large number of proceedings, notes, pictures, whatever. More...

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Students 2.0 Edublog Pre-Launch: Help Spread the Splash

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Students 2.0 Edublog Pre-Launch: Help Spread the Splash
One of these things I'd like to see succeed. Clay Burell writes, "I have watched this handful of impressive students young adults from around the world working tirelessly for the last three weeks on an endless Skype chat to prepare the launch of the new Students 2.0 edublog. And I've been amazed at how much more they know than any adult I know about many things technical and pedagogical." There's a list of things you can do to participate in the launch, which takes place in a couple of days. More...

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Facebook Privacy Basics...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Facebook Privacy Basics...
One of the rules of eduCamps - and bar camps in general - is that there is a lot of online participation - photo sharing, content sharing, more. It's like the tour we took in New Zealand last year, which was an extended bar camp. Everything went online. It is with this in mind that I link to Brian Lamb's post on Facebook privacy basics. Case in point: I saw my Facebook profile on public display at the conference today. Everybody walking by stopped to look at it. It makes me think twice about what I'm posting there (well, not so much, because I knew it was pretty tame - but you know what I mean). Related: Alan Levine complains about Facebook bacn. Totally agree. More...

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For Your Listening Pleasure...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. For Your Listening Pleasure...
This is the change we're seeing happen: "The last few weeks have been amazing at my school. The Learning 2.0 Conference started it last September. Then the Laptop/Wi-fi pilot in the high school helped key people start seeing the shift that needs to happen." Yeah. More...

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Blearning - Yes It's New, It's Exciting, It's Cheap, It's Free

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blearning - Yes It's New, It's Exciting, It's Cheap, It's Free
Somebody in Bogota on Wednesday was talking to me about 'Blearning' and it had me scratching my head - until we collectively realized that it's 'blended learning'. Which, of course, is not new - just rebranded. That said, we had a pretty good discussion about the idea of 'blended learning' as classes supplemented with e-learning resources, and the sort of thing we were doing, where there is an on-site in-person component, but it certainly does not resemble a class. And that if we wanted to talk about a newer form of blended learning, we should be talking about online learning supporting real-world activities (not classes). More...

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