23 mai 2019

Foucault, Truth Telling and Technologies of the Self in Schools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tina Besley: Foucault, Truth Telling and Technologies of the Self in Schools, Journal of Educational Enquiry November 24, 2005

Discussion of Foucault in education can be a lot of fun, and this excursion through the concept of self and truth-telling in schools is no exception. There is a sense in which telling the truth can be a denial of self, as in the case of a confession, and yet with a cultivation of self the telling of truth can be a manifestation or extension of self. More...

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Technology as Epistemology

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Peter Schilling: Technology as Epistemology, Academic Commons November 24, 2005

Good article challenging traditional conceptions (in a way I support) of truth and knowledge. "Not only do our students posses skills and experiences that previous generations do not, but the very neurological structures and pathways they have developed as part of their learning are based on the technologies they use to create, store, and disseminate information. Importantly, these pathways and the categories, taxonomies, and other tools they use for thinking are different than those used by their teachers. More...

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Teachers and Technologists: It's Good To Talk!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mark Stubbs: Teachers and Technologists: It's Good To Talk!, CETIS Pedagogy Forum and the CETIS Enterprise SIG November 3, 2005

This presentation (PowerPoint slides) actually had me laughing out loud in parts, which is good, because it means that its central message was hitting home. presented essentially as a case study of a module redesign for blended learning, the presentation reviews some concepts and routines stimulated by the pedagogical approach (not necessarily once I would agree with, but that's beside the point) and then translates it into tech talk (slides 9 and 10). More...

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Computers Alone Can't Bridge Digital Gap

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Marcela Valente: Computers Alone Can't Bridge Digital Gap, Inter Press Service News Agency October 27, 2005

Interesting look at the program to place computers and internet access into Argentine schools and at what happens next. And there needs to be a 'next' because of things like this: while everyone at the school uses the equipment "to read the news and search for information," e-mail is used only by the staff, not the students, because "they don't have any relatives to write to". More...

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22 mai 2019

xFolk Veg-o-matic Alpha

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Bud Gibson: xFolk Veg-o-matic Alpha, The Community Engine Blog October 21, 2005

Kind of an interesting hack, not for everyone, and unfortunately branded to a specific tool (Reblog), but nonetheless this application points the way to the future: "It slices and dices information into the stream you want". More...

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Tech Firms to Tackle Linux Desktop Standards

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Alorie Gilbert: Tech Firms to Tackle Linux Desktop Standards, ZD Net Asia October 21, 2005

Via Slashdot: "Adobe Systems, IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Novell, RealNetworks and Red Hat are all backing the new Linux standards effort led by the Free Standards Group." The standards would address basic elements of Linux functionality, including applications, runtime management and installation. More...

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Critical Windows Patch May Wreak PC Havoc

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Joris Evers: Critical Windows Patch May Wreak PC Havoc, CNet News.Com October 17, 2005

Are you kidding me? "The patch could lock users out of their PC, prevent the Windows Firewall from starting, block certain applications from running or installing, and empty the network connections folder, among other things." Unbelievable. More...

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21 mai 2019

RAMLET (1484.11.4)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors: RAMLET (1484.11.4), IEEE-LTSC October 6, 2005

The IEEE learning Technologies Subcommittee (LTSC) is due shortly to release the badly-named RAMLET specification (or Resource Aggregation Model for Learning Education and Training). It's not what you think (which is why the name is so bad): it doesn't appear really to have to do with resource aggregation (or harvesting) per se, but rather, the combining of documents of different formats into a single format, much like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Compound Document Framework. More...

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Subscribe To The Educational Technology Conference Calendar (RSS. iCal)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Alec Couros: Subscribe To The Educational Technology Conference Calendar (RSS. iCal), Couros Blog October 6, 2005

Alec Couros is right to repost his RSS Ed Tech calendar, which will be a useful resource for those using RSS aggregators. It's great. But here's the thing - you need to go to the calendar in order to add an event. Well, OK, I suppose you need to enter data somewhere. But what I want to see is a calendar - perhaps like that offered by Couros - that aggregates RSS event feeds from other calendars. More...

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eyeOS

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors: eyeOS October 5, 2005

The idea of the internet as platform is a hard one to grasp, but one application that helps point the way is the eyeOS, the internet operating system. Basically, it's your computer desktop delivered from a remote site. I've set up an instance of eyeOS on my own site - downes.ca/eyeos (Userid: Demo password: demo ). More...

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