26 septembre 2019

The Big Picture

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Big Picture
Review of Dreaming in Code, by Scott Rosenberg. Nice overview of some of the problems associated with fashioning a 'grand vision' in actual computer code. It's one thing to say "no silos" but quite another to make it work on the computer. Language warning. More...

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Ehabitus

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ehabitus
Where Norm Friesen is moving his blog. Found because his most recent post, Discursive Psychology and Educational Technology: Beyond the Cognitive Revolution, caught my interest, capturing as it does some considerations that lead to what might be called post-cognitivism. More...

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: Technology Predictions for 2007

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: Technology Predictions for 2007
Yes it's another 'future trends' article, but I like what seems to be (when compared to all the gee-whiz homages to 2L and mobile web we've been seeing) an almost contrarian set of "opportunity areas" - and a list that is surprisingly in accord with my own thinking. Identity, developer tools, and 'mobility no longer interesting'. Yeah. Because I too am "nonplussed" by the Educause 2007 Horizon Report. As Howell writes, "according to Educause, the 'significant impact' picks for 2007 are: User-Created Content; Social Networking; Mobile Phones; Virtual Worlds; The New Scholarship and Emerging Forms of Publication; Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming." It's not simply, as she says, that "we are doomed always to lag far behind the crest of the technological wave." More...

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The Results Are In

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Results Are In
Results from a survey of edubloggers (I think I participated, anonymously) that fetched around 160 responses, which makes it a pretty good sample (I estimate the size of the edublogosphere to be about 500 bloggers). The most useful summary on the page is the slide show. It is worth noting - especially on a day where Inside Higher Ed published an article slamming ethics review boards in the humanities - that the author has made available a spreadsheet with full survey results, including the name and URL of the contributor. It seems to me that this data should be anonymized, no matter what. More...

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Micromedia&E-Learning 2.0: Gaining the Big Picture

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Micromedia&E-Learning 2.0: Gaining the Big Picture
Proceedings (large PDF) from last year's Microlearning conference, held in Innsbruck, Austria. My own paper is not included in the volume (as I recall, they wanted me to make changes), however, you can find work from most other presenters, including Martin Lidner and Norm Friesen. Worth a look in particular is Nikolaos Korfiatis, Miltiades Lytras, "Deploying Recommender Systems for Microcontent: An approach using Social Network Theory". I also enjoyed Alex Hickey and René Wicks, "Mind Shifting or Shape Shifting?" which describes the Virtual Learning Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador. More...

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TALO 2006 - The Future of Learning in a Networked World TALO 2006 - The Future of Learning in a Networked World

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. TALO 2006 - The Future of Learning in a Networked World TALO 2006 - The Future of Learning in a Networked World
A most remarkable book - and I say this despite the fact that I have three or so items in it - collecting writings and photographs from the Teach and Learn Online tour through New Zealand in 2006. My own thoughts on groups and networks are included, along with Artichoke on openness, Stanley Frielick on power and Konrad Glowgowski against grand narratives. You have to register to get the Lulu download, which is really annoying, but it means you can buy the print version. The book is accompanied by a DVD - here's a preview (I don't have a Lulu address for it yet). More...

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Turning Flickr Upsidedown: FlickrBackup

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Turning Flickr Upsidedown: FlickrBackup
The website move proceeds apace. With luck, the email difficulties of yesterday are a thing of the past. The RSS 2.0 page is up and running but the 0.91 is lagging (sorry). A lot of the content is back up and the comments are working. In the meantime, because I will be depending on Flickr a lot more than I used to, this service - a backup for Flickr - seems especially relevant. More...

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Canadian Network for Innovation in Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Canadian Network for Innovation in Education
That's the (pretty mediocre) name for the association resulting from the merger of the Canadian Association for Distance Education (CADE) and Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada (AMTEC). The two organizations have been drifting toward each other for some time now and had already agreed to joint conferences. But the name, my goodness, it's like some government department that doesn't know what it wants to be. My vote? Canadian Online Learning Designers. More...

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25 septembre 2019

Linux's Education Push

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ed Moltzen[Edit][Delete]: Linux's Education Push, School CIO [Edit][Delete] December 14, 2006
According to this article, "It looks like the education space could be the first, real place where Linux could grab beachhead in the desktop PC market." Though teachers and administrators have more experience with Windows, students don't have the same history, and when it comes down to paying for software out of their own pocket, they will opt for Linux. More...

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Closing NY High Schools, more on KIPP

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Small Talk[Edit][Delete]: Closing NY High Schools, more on KIPP, Mike Klonsky [Edit][Delete] December 13, 2006
It's not clear why the two items are in the same post, but what caught my eye was the follow-up on KIPP, the school program profiled in the New York Times by Paul Tough (my coverage here). It's the third in a series of reaction pieces (the first two are also worth a look: first, second). In this, a cite from a post by North Dakota Study Group listserv writer Harold Berlak, confirms some of my reservations. He writes, "This one [the KIPP school] felt like a humane, low security prison or something resembling a locked-down drug rehab program for adolescents run on reward and punishments". More...

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