12 février 2020

New Terrain Layer in Google Maps

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New Terrain Layer in Google Maps
A number of people have commented on this addition to Google maps, which displays the terrain. It's a nice feature, but it could be better implemented - when I zoom in I'd like the display to be more sensitive, more detailed. So that the territory I'll be cycling doesn't look absolutely flat when I know it's not. More...

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How To: Run the OLPC's Sugar OS in Ubuntu

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How To: Run the OLPC's Sugar OS in Ubuntu
If you're wondering what the OLPC computer feels like to work on, but haven't received yours yet, you can always follow the instructions provided by Tom Hoffman describing how to display Sugar, the OLPC operating system, on your Ubuntu desktop. More...

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Sugata Mitra Was Inspiring!!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Sugata Mitra Was Inspiring!!
Summary of a talk by Sugata Mitra, the man behind the Hole in the Wall project, where kids were given an opportunity to learn how to use a computer for themselves. And more: "The most amazing experiment was one where he gave a computer with a course on it which was biotechnology and the course was in English, while the children were only speaking Tamil. After three months the children had learned biotechnology ideas and had taken in a lot of the English words of the course." It's funny how that which we are told is impossible seems to be done every other day. More...

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Social Network Transitions

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Social Network Transitions
What will the next big thing be? "It will be a situationally relevant social experience that exploits dense, underserved clusters, treating the ego-centric aspects as a sub-feature." If that's not clear, then you want to read this post, which makes a very useful distinction between ego-based and object-based social networks (the former center around people, the way Facebook does, the latter around objects, such as photos, the way Flickr does). Because ego-centered social networks do not have objects around which to based networks, they need to mine dense clusters opf relationships - in the case of Facebook, for example, previously existing social strata in schools and colleges. Any migration from Facebook will have to be similarly based. "I'm almost certain that the experience will be mobile based, incorporating geolocational data and personal beacons," writes Fred Stutzman. Via Terry Anderson, who asks, "what combination of ego-centric versus object-centered site is most appropriate?" My own approach has been to think of learning networks as neither object nor ego centered, but rather, to be centered around some activity or purpose. More...

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Reflections On a DIY Streaming Experience

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Reflections On a DIY Streaming Experience
Video streaming in a multimedia environment is the new black. The solution we agreed on included the use of a basic Web-cam, a podcasting kit, two laptops (one for the streaming and one for Second Life - note that a very well spec'ed single laptop might have sufficed for both tasks but one wasn't available and using two felt like the safest option). I plan to do some of this sort of stuff while in Colombia next week, as well as from Malaysia in January. More...

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PHP in Contrast To Perl

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. PHP in Contrast To Perl
I have long resisted the temptation to join the crowd and work in PHP, even though today's most popular applications - things like WordPress and Drupal - are coded in the language. When discussing it, I am prone to grimacing and saying "spaghetti code". This post, which compares Perl (my language of choice) and PHP in exhaustive detail, explains why. Now yes, I know that the article glosses the miserable inconvenience of installing Perl modules. But I favor Perl, not simply because PHP requires 3079 functions to do the job Perl does with only 206, but because those functions are inconsistent eight ways over Sunday. More...

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The Cape Town Open Education Declaration

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Cape Town Open Education Declaration
I know the people behind this declaration mean well, and the signatories include people I know and respect - but I can't, you know, sign on to this version of open education, a version that is institution-centered, teacher-centered, and commercial. We can't pay for the schools and teachers we have now (and the teachers we're educating can't pay for their students loans on their salaries), do we want that to be the model of learning we give to the rest of the world. And goodness, the internet is already awash with really vile and intrusive commercial activity, do we have to export it too? We have the opportunity to do something really special in the world; why do we have to carve into every declaration of principle a paean to Things As They Are (and Those Who Profit From Them). More...

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Langue bretonne. Se former, en 6 mois, à Dinan

Skol an Emsav, centre de formation à la langue bretonne, recherche 10 personnes souhaitant suivre pendant 6 mois, à Dinan, à partir de septembre, une formation intensive de 840 heures. "La Région Bretagne finance cette formation pour les demandeurs d'emploi, mais elle peut aussi s'inscrire dans le cadre d'une formation professionnelle car il y a des débouchés dans les écoles bilingues, dans le monde associatif et culturel, dans les entreprises du pays bretonnant".
Source : https://www.gref-bretagne.com/Actualites/Revue-de-presse/Langue-bretonne.-Se-former-en-6-mois-a-Dinan

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Tourisme. 500 emplois à pourvoir dans le FinistèreLangue bretonne. Se former, en 6 mois, à Dinan

Le secteur du tourisme recrute des serveurs, cuisiniers, réceptionnistes, animateurs... pour assurer des postes dans des cafés-restaurants, hôtels, campings ou équipements de loisirs.
Source : https://www.gref-bretagne.com/Actualites/Revue-de-presse/Tourisme.-500-emplois-a-pourvoir-dans-le-Finistere

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Senior. TeePy Job les rapproche des entreprises

La plateforme permet une mise en relation dans un rayon de 50 km autour du lieu d'habitation du senior. 600 postes sont actuellement à pourvoir sur toute la France, mais plus spécifiquement en Ile-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes et Occitanie, régions où le coût de la vie est le plus cher.
Source : https://www.gref-bretagne.com/Actualites/Revue-de-presse/Senior.-TeePy-Job-les-rapproche-des-entreprises

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