23 octobre 2019

Creating Independent Learners: The MYP Technology Design Cycle

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Creating Independent Learners: The MYP Technology Design Cycle
Description of the 'MYP Technology Design Cycle', a mechanism that guides programmers in the development of new software. I am in general a bit sceptical about such devices - yes, I think that planning is necessary, sometimes, but not necessarily in a formal system such as described here. That said, I don't discount such mechanisms entirely either, as they make the essential point, especially to novices, that they ought to engage in some activity other than writing code. More...

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More Signal, Less Noise: The Power of RSS Mashups

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. More Signal, Less Noise: The Power of RSS Mashups
I've talked a lot aout RSS over the years and we have finally reached the point where there is wide adoption - and adaptation - of the format. This article does the service of comparing some of the key systems launched since the inception of Yahoo Pipes, and offering some telling points. Such as the observation that there is no output function in Microsoft Popfly - you do all that work, but you can't create an RSS feed with it. More...

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Defining and Understanding Virtual Worlds

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Defining and Understanding Virtual Worlds
Useful article defining and explaining some terms related to online vistual worlds, including MMOPGG, avatar and metaverse. The author's introduction of the term "massively multilearner online learning environment" (MMOLE) is to my knowledge new and is used to introduce a virtual learning world (VLW - that's my term) called ProtoSphere. This product, so new it's not even located on the web, is apparently offered by a company called Proton media. See other reviews here and here. Meanwhile, for open source virtual worlds, you may want to look at Croquet. More...

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22 octobre 2019

« Zéro artificialisation nette » : quels leviers pour protéger les sols ?

France StratégieRéuni à Paris du 29 avril au 4 mai derniers, l’Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), le GIEC de la biodiversité, a souligné l’importance et la rapidité de l’érosion de la biodiversité à l’échelle mondiale. Parmi les déterminants de cette érosion, l’artificialisation des terres joue un rôle essentiel. Plus...

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Exciting New Online Citation Generator

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Exciting New Online Citation Generator
This is a service that lets you search for a resource you're citing, and then generates a citation in on e of the major formats, MLA, APA, or Chicago. Cites books, websites, newspaper articles, and more. As well, if the item isn't in their database, you can add it (this really enhances the services, in my view). More...

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Not Another Account

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Not Another Account
A step in the right direction, maybe, allowing people to simply use their username to OpenID their way into a site. "this allows you to login and participate within EduSpaces using your existing account, as long as it is an OpenID provider." I've got to get OpenID code added to my site; if only the Perl implementation hadn't been so ridiculous. More...

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Scratch Resources

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scratch Resources
Scratch is "a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills." Available from MIT's Media Lab, there are Mac and Windows downloads. They are working on a Linux version. More...

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From video game to day job: How ‘SimCity’ inspired a generation of city planners

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. From video game to day job: How ‘SimCity’ inspired a generation of city planners
Jessica Roy, LA Times, 2019/03/08
I've spent many happy hourse playing Sim City and Cities Skylines and so I understand both the appeal of the games and how they could inspire people to want to make city planning their career (indeed, it's one of my many 'alternate careers' I could easily have fallen into). This article is the story of such people. Of course Sim City embodied a very naive understanding of civic planning. Nonetheless, " the SimCity games are a good introduction to the field. Those people will go on to understand what the game gets right and wrong. More...

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21 octobre 2019

Recent Work in Connectivism

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Recent Work in Connectivism
Stephen Downes, Mar 04, 2019, LAK19, Phoenix, Arizona, via Zoom
In this presentation I look at how connectivism is being applied and understood in current literature. I look at connectivism as pedagogy, connectivism as a learning theory, some successes of connectivist methods, and look at connectivism from a wider perspective. Please see this Google Doc for full notes and references. [Link] [Slides]. More...

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PaperVision 3D - a 3D Flash Engine

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. PaperVision 3D - a 3D Flash Engine
What comes after Second Life? Well, you can be sure the developers at Adobe (Macromedia) haven't been idle. Mark Oehlert describes: "that shark you see was swimming around my head and I could use my mouse to look around a 360 degree arc as well as looking up and down..." Meanwhile, I love his new avatar. More...

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