28 janvier 2020

Collaboration Tools and Web 2.0 - The Video

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Collaboration Tools and Web 2.0 - The Video
I'm doing a promotion review this week. It just sucks the life out of me. So I'll keep today's newsletter short. This is a very bad video of a presentation I gave by videoconference earlier this year. Here are the slides on the presentation page for this video. For some reason, the video was clipped (I have no idea what happened) - so I added some footage of a cat and then begin at about slide 9. I hope you find it useful. Stephen Downes, Google Video October 5, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , ]. More...

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Random Censorship

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Random Censorship
I don't know whether I am blocked by the new filtering system described in this article (it's not named, and I have no way to check). But I do know that my site is filtered a lot, this based on the rejections I get from my newsletter emails. What interests me is that the list of pople in this post are (mostly) the people I have previously characterized as 'the Techlearn crowd', while those being censored are (mostly) not from the Techlearn crowd. Now - to be clear - I am absolutely not implying any collusion by the bloggers being named. But, that said, there is a consistency of message in those websites, which is being selectively filtered in. And - also to be clear - if this pattern holds then the filtering is not being used to protect children, but to indoctrinate them. Not random at all, but deliberate and calculated. Not good. More...

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New, Free Miss America Browser Aims to Keep Kids Safe On the Internet

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New, Free Miss America Browser Aims to Keep Kids Safe On the Internet
Um, what? " The browser permits access to 10,318 Web sites, all of which were prescreened and determined to be kid-friendly by the Miss America Organization and the Children's Educational Network, which developed the software for it." I wonder whether the now-famous Miss South Carolina video is on the list. Probably not. More...

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Is Text-Only Enough for Today's Students?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Is Text-Only Enough for Today's Students?
This sentence expresses why the rest of this post is worth reading: "I think we're too hung up on the technology and not realizing that we are experiencing an evolution in how humans communicate... Their voice, their graphics, their face, and their typed text all play a role in their future as a communicator in this electronic world." More...

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Photo in the News: See-Through Frog Bred in Japan

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Photo in the News: See-Through Frog Bred in Japan
A little off topic, but this is the most amazing (also the oddest) thing I've seen in a while. The see-through frog, of course, doesn't have to be dissected. But it does, I think, redefine 'nakedness', raising it to a whole new level. What happens when people can turn their skin off and on? Or when parents can opt for see-through babies? Is it OK to let someone see your lungs, but not your kidneys. More...

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Real Social Learning or "I Promise, I'M Not a Modernist, Really"

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Real Social Learning or "I Promise, I'M Not a Modernist, Really"
It still feels," writes Scott Leslie, "like we've got a long way to go to catch up with the learning that 4 people 'in flow' around the table can achieve." I think that's true - but I also reflect on how hard that is in real life. More...

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iPhone Turned Into Pocket-Sized Hacking Platform

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. iPhone Turned Into Pocket-Sized Hacking Platform
I was having a conversation the other day with Rod about mitigating risk, and he made some comment about getting the lawyers to say there's no risk. "The lawyers will never say there's no risk," I said. "There's always a risk. And when there's a risk, they always advise that we take no action." And so organizations - especially government organizations - are scared into cowering before this threat or that threat, letting the scam artists run free. The same thing with security. We now hear that the iPhone could be "a perfect spying device" because hackers might use it to record and send video. Well, yeah, it could be used this way - but how many actually are being used this way? I heard from the lawyers the other day that open source might be considered "inducement to violate patents." Oh no, risk! How many cases based on that have ever taken place? Um, we'll get back to you. More...

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UC Berkeley YouTube Lectures

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. UC Berkeley YouTube Lectures
Probably the greatest thing about broadcasting videos of traditional university lectures on YouTube is that we might finally get past all the complaints about 'e-learning quality'. After people view this, what will they say about proper e-learning: "lectures spend a lot of time on local questions about homework, projects, scheduling and other workaday topics that will be of no interest to outside viewers." Now let me ask, what is it that makes a great education? Is it "questions about homework, projects, scheduling and other workaday topics?" See also the Inside Higher Ed article. More...

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Data and Metadata Reporting and Presentation Handbook

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Data and Metadata Reporting and Presentation Handbook
Someone from the Bank of Canada just sent me this URL bu email. This guide, from OECD, is "a single comprehensive reference set of international guidelines and recommendations for the reporting and presentation of statistical data and metadata." What's the significance? If you can get through the (to me, barely literate - I'll buy a definite article for $150, Alex) business English, it's this: "The second imperative driving the need for the development of data and metadata presentation and reporting standards refers to the requirement to minimise the reporting burden of national agencies in their provision of statistics and metadata to international organisations. Emphasis here is on the development of more efficient practices and processes for such reporting which are undertaken within the context of the range of processes and mechanisms described in Section 2.3.1 below such as bilateral exchange, data sharing, etc." What does that mean. More...

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Will Richardson Keynote Presentation at UPEI's New Media Institute

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Will Richardson Keynote Presentation at UPEI's New Media Institute
This, I guess, is the 'official' version of Will Richardson's talk last Saturday, as seen on blip.tv. I also recorded my own version while I was there, which I posted on my blog. Are two videos too many? No - for one thing, my own was practice for my own learning- I'm just sharing my 'homework' with you. For another, the two videos back each other up, can be used to create a single video, attest to the veracity of the recording, etc. Also available on video was the new media panel, which was a highlight for me. And Dave Cormier's presentation of Living Archives Project can also now be seen online. More...

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