14 février 2020

How Babies Build a Picture of the World

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How Babies Build a Picture of the World
Do people learn by forming 'rules' inside their head? I have argued on numerous instances that they do not. This is not always evident from the scientific literature, though. As Dave Munger summarizes in this post (originally from 2006, which is before I started reading his blog), in some cases infants appear to form rules. However, as I argue in the comment attached to the post, the evidence for a 'rule' depends as much on how the experimenter interprets the result as it does on what goes on in the infant's head. More...

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The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007
PC World has run a number of year-end lists. Most of them haven't been worth reading, but this list was exactly right, capturing the many disappointments internet service providers and software companies have dished up this year. The biggest disappointment? Aw. More...

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20 Trends Defining Virtual Worlds in 2007

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 20 Trends Defining Virtual Worlds in 2007
Good summary discussing trends in the world of virtual worlds. Biggest take-home: "Us geeks talk about Second Life like it's the be-all and end-all of virtuality, but the kiddyworlds have way more active users. More importantly, a whole generation of children are growing up with the sense that virtual worlds are just a part of their lives - they don't even refer to them as virtual worlds". More...

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An Explanation of the Citizendium License

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Explanation of the Citizendium License
I actually ran a word count to verify that Larry Sanger spent 22,000 words (it's actually more like 22,300) explaining why Citizendium adopted the CC-By-SA license (instead of, say, the non-commercial CC-By-NC-SA license). I can summarize the argument in a dozen words: so much of Citizendium comes from Wikipedia, it's much easier to use the license Wikipedia is now using. Of some interest is the section discussing the arguments in favour of a non-commercial license with an interesting bit on how the non-commercial license can be 'less free' than CC-By-SA and yet still 'free'. There is no indication that Sanger has seen my own argument, which is essentially (in this context) the assertion that CC-By-NC-SA is more free because it means access to the content is never blocked. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:07 - - Permalien [#]

Top 5 Blog Posts I'Ve Read in 2007

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Top 5 Blog Posts I'Ve Read in 2007
These are totally not the five posts I would choose for the year, but that says more about differences in taste and perspective than it does about the quality of the posts. Many people would prefer Dean Shareski's selections over mine, I'm sure. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:06 - - Permalien [#]


Laptop Project Enlivens Peruvian Hamlet

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Laptop Project Enlivens Peruvian Hamlet
The reviews from the field are coming in and it looks like the XO computer is a hit. "It's the best answer yet to 'a global crisis of education' in which curricula have no relevance, he said. 'If we make education pertinent, something the student enjoys, then it won't matter if the classroom's walls are straw or the students are sitting on fruit boxes.'" The most popular feature seems to be the video cameras; we should expect to see a flood of videos taken by children around the world. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:03 - - Permalien [#]

Requiescat in Pace: Oscar Peterson, 1925-2007

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Requiescat in Pace: Oscar Peterson, 1925-2007
"There's an extreme joy I get in playing that I've never been able to explain." I'll let the music speak for itself. More...

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EduCamp Colombia Bogota Video

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. EduCamp Colombia Bogota Video
Newly uploaded video of my talk in Bogota at Educamp Colombia. Stephen Downes, Google Video December 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ]. More...

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OTF/FEO Professional Development VOD (Video-On-Demand)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OTF/FEO Professional Development VOD (Video-On-Demand)
The Ontario Teachers Federation is offering these professional development videos free of charge on its website. There is not currently a registration, though the post by Quentin D'Souza suggests there will be. I hope the Federation resists the urge to place a barrier, even if it is an 'easy' barrier, in front of the content (my fear is that it may not be so 'easy' for people who are not OFS members). The videos are in WMV format, which is also unfortunate, as they are therefore inaccessible to many viewers. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 08:09 - - Permalien [#]

Self-Organized Groups and the Methods and Ethics of Accessing Learning Resources

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Self-Organized Groups and the Methods and Ethics of Accessing Learning Resources
"Respecting the self-organizing group and its decision-making capacity is the sine qua non of success. It also happens to be the absolute opposite of the organizational principles of traditional education and training." Quite so, and I appreciate the grounding of this assertion, as Jay Cross does, in the findings of the 'hole in the wall' project. This assertion, of course, is precisely the point of dispute between the 'free learning' that I and many others advocate, as opposed to the 'control learning' defended by traditional instructivists. Long-time readers of OLDaily, of course, will recall our coverage of the 'hole in the wall' project dating from 2002, thanks to Frederick Noronha. More...

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