14 février 2020

Nintendo's Own Study Show Wii Not So Great As Exercise

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Nintendo's Own Study Show Wii Not So Great As Exercise
I'm somewhat disappointed to read this. That still won't stop me from getting a Wii. As one commenter notes, "Playing the Wii is clearly not a substitute for real exercise. However, it's definitely better exercise than 'normal' gaming." The study was paid for by Nintendo, which definitely increases the company's cred with me. As TechDirt notes, 'Perhaps we've just become so cynical about corporate "studies" like this in the past, that it's relatively shocking to find one paid for by a company that shows the opposite of what the company probably hoped to see -- and then to still see that study actually published somewhere". More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:16 - - Permalien [#]


Keeping Life Simple

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Keeping Life Simple
The Zombu is a very interesting device - a computer preloaded with a Linux operating system that is 'locked in' - it will update, but you can't mess around with it or break it. It has 4 gigabytes of flash memory - no hard drive. You can store more online. The computer has 20 applications pre-installed. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:04 - - Permalien [#]

An Argument for Knols Over Wikipedia and Citizendium

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Argument for Knols Over Wikipedia and Citizendium
When I posted by refutation of the Kirschner Sweller and Clark paper a few days ago it was not long before I received the anonymous hate mail. One thing is certain in all this: the opposition to constructivism and similar pedagogies seems to be more political than it is educational or scientific. A case in point: why would someone go out of his way to ensure that every article in Wikipedia that deals with constructivism and related themes included, as a highlight, a 'refutation' of constructivism and copious cites of the Kirschner Sweller and Clark paper? I don't agree that this is an argument in favour of 'Knols' or some other authority-driven system, though. The anti-egalitarian position advocated by the anti-constructivists tends to hold sway in authority-driven systems (which explains the persistence of 'colonial' educational systems despite decades of successful experience with their alternatives. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:04 - - Permalien [#]

What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content
I don't like the title - unlicensed copying is not theft, no more than fraud and impersonation are murder. Still, as the article says, with the proliferation of Google-financed spam weblogs, your content will be copied without any regard for your licensing or intentions. And while I support open content, this is not what I support - indeed, these sorts of spam weblogs are just the sort of thing that motivate my desire to use a non-commercial clause in my license. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 07:58 - - Permalien [#]

Getting Serious

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Getting Serious
The Economist looks at the Facebook phenomenon. "It is a typical example of the colonisation of a new frontier," writes the author. "A few intrepid explorers stake out some new, unexplored territory. Before long the first settlers move in and start to look for ways to make a quick buck." And the Economist offers its usual advocacy of the free-market approach: "One way to deal with unwanted activity, in virtual worlds as in the real one, is to decriminalise and regulate it, rather than trying to outlaw it altogether." It's an odd advocacy, especially following a paragraph in which it is noted that "in May two players were banned from Second Life for depicting sexual activity between an adult and a child." The article is also noteworthy for having apparently copied a photo taken (and posted on Flickr) by Art Fosset. More...

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Google Responding to Wikipedia?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google Responding to Wikipedia?
I think there's something really weird about Google's launching of the 'knol' (one unit of knowledge). On the one hand, it resembles a learning object in its granularity. But so does a Wikipedia article - and maybe, as George Siemens suggests, Google is afraid of Wikipedia. Because Google also attributes each 'knol' to a specific author. A lot like Citizendium. Well it's going to be a bit hard for the fameseekers to resist this one. But more to the point, it's surprising to see Google ignoring the lesson that created its huge empire in the first places: that many voices, not one expert voice, constitute authority. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 07:55 - - Permalien [#]

Lancement de l’application Mon Compte Formation

Développée par la Caisse des dépôts et consignation, l’application permet aux 25 millions de salariés et demandeurs d’emploi de :
  • consulter leurs droits (avec leur numéro de sécurité sociale et une adresse électronique),
  • choisir une formation en ligne ou près de chez eux,
  • réserver et payer avec leurs droits à la formation.
Pour passer à l'action, il suffit de télécharger l'application, disponible sous Android ou iOS. Plus...

Posté par pcassuto à 00:30 - - Permalien [#]

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...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:29 - - Permalien [#]

11 février 2020

Transitions Pro Normandie - Engagement de service – Conseil en Evolution Professionnelle

Le Fongecif Normandie a obtenu la certification pour le Conseil en Evolution Professionnelle délivrée par l’AFNOR. Plus...

Posté par pcassuto à 21:28 - - Permalien [#]