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Bering Strait School District

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Bering Strait School District, March 3, 2006
Today is my last day in Alaska - I catch the red-eye tonight - and I leave with a new appreciation and affection for this northern state. My thanks to everyone at ASTE who made me feel so welcome, to John Concilus and the rest of you from BSSD who are doing great things in the wilderness, to Ted and Sonny and Matt and Art and Diana (who is living her dream), to Naruo Ohno (who I last saw on a mountain glacier), to the good people at the Lucky Monkey cafe and the staff and amazing patrons of Darwin's Theory. And to everyone else I've missed. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Denali, March 2, 2006

When I walked on the ice of Denali
My fingers froze
But if I do not walk on the sacred ground
My heart does
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Learning for Development

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Learning for Development, Commonwealth of Learning [Edit][Delete] February 15, 2006
The Commonwealth of Learning's draft Strategic Plan for the next three years is available and open for comments. It is interesting to note that while the authors comment, "disappointing track record of pure eLearning (i.e., online learning) in the industrialised world risks creating doubts about the effectiveness of ODL (open and distance learning) generally," they also note that, "must engage resolutely with eLearning because in the longer term it holds great promise for developing countries." Which, I think, is right, on both counts. More...

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EduGlu on Eduforge.org

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. EduGlu on Eduforge.org, February 15, 2006
Now we're talking. Better than some basement project any day. D'Arcy Norman writes, "I've gone ahead and requested a new project on Eduforge.org to host the mythical EduGlu application development. I've got no idea what this thing might be - not even what language it will be written in - but I'm sticking a flag into the sand to say I'll help build this sucker." I will contribute my code to this as soon as I figure out my way around it (I've never been one of the Forge people - don't know wny, it just never happened). More...

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Simulations, Baudrillard, Serious Games

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Paul Maharg[Edit][Delete]: Simulations, Baudrillard, Serious Games, Zeugma [Edit][Delete] February 16, 2006
Good article that captures quite well what I've tried to achieve with this site and in turn applies (correctly, in my view) the same thinking to games. Citing Bakhtin: "The novel orchestrates all its themes, the totality of the world of objects and ideas depicted and expressed in it, by means of the social diversity of speech types and by differing individual voices that flourish under such conditions. Authorial speech, the speeches of narrators, inserted genres, the speech of characters are merely those fundamental compositional unities with whose help heteroglossia can enter the novel; each of them permits a multiplicity of social voices and a wide variety of their links and interrelationships (always more or less dialogized). More...

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Rx for NB Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Harold Jarche[Edit][Delete]: Rx for NB Learning, February 16, 2006
Harold Jarche and I share similar views on how the New Brunswick e-learning industry should proceed. "This Province has the resources, and connections, to create an environment that is friendly for start-ups, especially those that don't require huge sums of money (e.g. Flickr before it sold to Yahoo). This flies in the face of efforts to attract larger companies that can offer more jobs to local people. I believe that using the 'job' as an economic indicator is a crucial flaw in our economic development policy. Instead, we should be helping to create many small, innovative companies. This will foster a more diverse economic foundation, where one failure will not bring down the entire industry. More...

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TCEA Shows Ed Tech's Wild Side

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Robert Brumfield[Edit][Delete]: TCEA Shows Ed Tech's Wild Side, ESchool News [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
Conference overview - if you can overview 13,000 educators, students, and exhibitors, hundreds of presentations and 700 exhibits in a three page article. The main highlight (other than a motivational speaker who tells people without money not to be poor) is the introduction of the term "techno-traditionalism" in a talk by Tony Brewer, "which brings tech into play when it's needed to engage kids in the learning process." Yeah, ok. Whatever. More...

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Closing Its Doors in 12 Days

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: think:lab Closing Its Doors in 12 Days, think:lab [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
Christian Long has decided to shut down his blog. "when a 'successful' blog simply becomes better and better at 'Hey, look at my links!', and doesn't fulfill its genetic promise to be a collectively-owned conversation that ebbs and flows like a young river growing larger and larger as its meander pulls in the river bank little by little until its a wiser and more powerful river following its destined call towards the larger seas... then something precious is getting lost." That's an awful lot to ask of a blog, or of anything, for that matter. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Greg Ritter[Edit][Delete]: educate/innovate, February 22, 2006
As Scott Leslie informs us, Blackboard's Greg Ritter (and others at Blackboard) has picked up his blogging quill again. Why? Maybe this, from the most recent post: "We put out a poll for Bb clients on the topic they were most interested in discussing during our Bb World '06 Birds of a Feather sessions. The most popular session, hands down, was 'Blogs, Podcasting, RSS and Wiki' according to the votes. It prompted me to ask: What's the big deal with blogs, etc...? How are they important to e-learning?". More...

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Feeding Hungry School Children: Added to the Development Agenda

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Feeding Hungry School Children: Added to the Development Agenda, ID21 [Edit][Delete] February 22, 2006
To the headline I say: good. Note this: "School feeding programmes are cost-effective - a child can be fed for a year for US$34 - and the programmes can double enrolments within a year. Offering take-home rations to girls is an incentive for parents to allow girls to attend school." Also: "On empty stomachs, children are easily distracted and cannot concentrate properly. Hunger impedes a child's ability to learn and achieve. More...

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