16 octobre 2019

In a World of iPods, Will the CD Go the Way of Vinyl?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. In a World of iPods, Will the CD Go the Way of Vinyl?
The same story about CDs is the one we used to hear about books all the time. You know, the need for an archive, the need for the physical feel of a book, that sort of thing. The other side is that the market for CDs is falling through the basement, and while there remains a market, it is increasingly one for nostalgia buffs only. More...

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Complacency and Web 2.0

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Complacency and Web 2.0
Blogger ditched the Atom API and started with their own system. I still can't connect Edu_RSS to Blogger - the Google tech acknowledges it's their issue, but nothing changes. Should we depend on the tech companies to usher the world of Web 2.0? No. Just the opposite. Here is Google's ideal world - no other company necessary. "A lot of good things happened, innovation blossomed, but now we are entering a more pragmatic phase, where the large players like Google and Amazon who distributed the API elixir are taking control back." And people thought my article on why the Semantic Web will fail was unduly pessimistic. More...

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Webby Awards Nominees

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Webby Awards Nominees
The 2007 Webby Award nominees have been announced (it's only April! what are they thinking?) and once again I've been overlooked. Well, OK, I guess I'm neither surprised nor disappointed. But something is still amiss when the nominees for 'best political blog' are the Guardian, Mother Jones, Salon and the New York Times. There is no award for 'best educational blog' but given the influence marketing departments have the nominees would probably be Blackboard, Thomson, SAP and Education Week. I am tempted to have my own awards show. I can't give awards to the highest bidder, sorry, so I would have to be random and capricious in my selections. Just like real life. More...

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Participative Web: User Created Content

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Participative Web: User Created Content
"This study describes the rapid growth of [User Created Content], its increasing role in worldwide communication and draws out implications for policy. Questions addressed include: What is user-created content? What are its key drivers, its scope and different forms? What are new value chains and business models? What are the extent and form of social, cultural and economic opportunities and impacts? What are associated challenges? Is there a government role and what form could it take?" Longish PDF. More...

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Today Was a Beautiful Day in Blacksburg

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Today Was a Beautiful Day in Blacksburg
David Carter-Tod, who I met when I gave a talk in Roanoke in 2001: "There is something intangible that connects us across continents, whether our mutual love for an institution, or a place, or people. We don't all feel this loss the same way, but our fear during those moments, waiting for a phone call, is shared. We know". More...

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RSS Is a Gateway Format...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. RSS Is a Gateway Format...
Brian Lamb narrowly escapes after giving another presentation on distrib uted content networks. "The attendees refrained from pelting us with rocks and garbage, but didn't seem all that into it either." I feel you, Brian. Remember a lot of this is still at the seed-planting stage. The ideas will germinate. For those who weren't there, Brian Lamb provides the audio and presentation wiki. More...

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Sin Limites

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Sin Limites
I am in Bogota where I presented at the LatinEd conference first thing this morning. I do have internet (yay) so I should be able to keep posting. A short newsletter today because it has been a busy day; more tomorrow, if everything works. More...

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Nigerian Students Power Up Their Laptops

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Nigerian Students Power Up Their Laptops
This is the week that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project begins, and as such, is a major turning point in our field - perhaps the key turning point.
Photos from CNet of Nigerian children using their XO computers. See also this special report from CNet on the OLPC project. Software to emulate the XO interface on a Mac. James O'Hagan also links to a video describing the technology of the XO. More...

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Learning Mill

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning Mill
Worth a look: Interesting software, written in Python, sort of half way between a blog and a wiki. "LeMill is a web community for finding, authoring and sharing open and free learning resources. LeMill is independent server software that is hosted for free for anyone at http://lemill.net and that can be downloaded freely. LeMill is also part of the European Schoolnet's Learning Resource Exchange Portal developed in the European (IST) Calibrate project. In the Calibrate project LeMill is part of the EUN LRE Portal, and referred as the 'Learning Toolbox', since it is a tool used for working collaboratively with resources. More...

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Ingredients of the Future of Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ingredients of the Future of Learning
Judy Breck points to an article from Bruno Giussani talking about the future of journalism. The point is that educators "will need to reinvent themselves as a skilled part of a crowd rather than as lecturers, to become more tolerant of ambiguity, to become fluent in both the tech innovations and the shifts in social dynamics that are driving the development of media. More...

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