12 février 2020

Stephen Downes's Shared Items

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes's Shared Items
Tom Hoffman cited his shared items in a post recently; I may do more of this in the future. It's a way for me to compile a record of readings which seem relevant to me (fair warning - many of my readings venture well beyond the domain of educational technology) which I can just pass on without comment. Stephen Downes, Google Reader November 30, 2007 [Link]. 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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07 février 2020

Ten Things Holding Back Tech

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ten Things Holding Back Tech
Good list, but the author should have stopped at eight. The first eight reasons make sense, the ninth is a stretch and the tenth is a waste of ink. Barriers like monopolies, lock-in, national interest, and even things like battery life, make sense. Web 2.0 is not a barrier, in my mind, but points to a barrier the author does not mention: applications. People will use technology if it helps them, if it makes their lives better - and, mostly, spreadsheets and word processors and online banner ads don't. But social networks, online videos, web radio and the like - these are things that help people in their daily lives. More...

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An Important Lesson About Grassroots Media

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Important Lesson About Grassroots Media
Steve Outing pens an interesting column about the failure of his most recent venture, a company that produced grassroots sites for sports enthusiasts. The idea was that they would seed the site with professional content - contributions from a pro rock climber, for instance - and depend on user-submitted content for the rest. The problem, he writes, was that the result wasn't attractive enough to draw in enough traffic to make it viable. The quality was uneven and people had to search through the bad content to get to the good. He would hire more professionals and would have editors select and highlight only the best of the reader content. More...

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Archive of EHR / EMR Posts

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Archive of EHR / EMR Posts
Since last September I have been reading as Wendy Wickham and her colleagues have braved management, clients, and everyone else in a major upgrade project. She summarizes, "I hope I NEVER have to do a project of this sort again.... Rushing major upgrades of mission critical systems may look glamorous but you can cause serious long-term damage. To the morale of the IT team, to the goodwill of the end user. And to the system itself if you have a partially finished product. It has taken months and they still have not recovered. No one's fault, but very preventable." The series of posts linked here constitute a detailed description of the project, an object lesson everyone should learn from. More...

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Are You On the Bully Watch?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Are You On the Bully Watch?
Dave Snowden responds to Terry Anderson's criticism of the cvoncept of 'crew' as a type of community, launching into an attack on the concept of the 'collective'. "All of this," he writes, "requires a more open attitude, an avoidance of three fold classification systems and a tolerance of mess." Related to this, I have posted the transcript of my original talk on groups and networks. This is one of my favorite talks; I hope you enjoy it. More...

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When E-Mail Is Outsourced

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. When E-Mail Is Outsourced
I think we should think of hosted email as the thin edge of the wedge. It allows Google and Microsoft to get their foot in the door, ready to offer other hosted services (known today as 'web 2.0') that will, as this article notes, change the way students learn in the classroom. More...

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Permalink Shorteners

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Permalink Shorteners
I read some (apparently unfounded) rumour about the death of TinyURL over the weekend, raising the question of how to reduce our dependence on a single source for short URLs (for those keeping score, this is a bit problem for any resource registry). So I think there should be a distributed approach. Basically, what you need to do to make URL's like http://seesmic.com/QZ1Y7R6h9Q/ work is to (a) write a redirect into your httpd.conf file (for Apache; other servers will vary) and then (b) write a small redirect engine to be located wherever your httpd.conf redirect pointed. You would also need (c) a script that allowed you to create redirect instances. More...

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Time to Write Our Own Rules

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Time to Write Our Own Rules
In response to the Facebook fracas (see below) Doc Searles, in this post and a follow-up, argues that we should "stop petitioning Facebook and Google to solve our problems for us." and that it's "ime to come up with some new rules of engagement - ones that work for us as well as them." Well sure. But there is a lot of money out there being spent to make sure that this does not happen. Money being spent to get us to buy proprietary e-book readers. Money being spent to prevent open source from being used to educate children. Money being spend to convince us that the values we hold - like giving and sharing - are in fact immoral and amount to stealing. More...

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