Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
I stick to my question above.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Five things about me:
- I've been hooked on the Internet since 1995
- I believe that the Internet teaches people with ADHD to push their personal productivity to a higher plane
- I was a special investigator with a government agency in my past life.
- I rarely use VOIP, the reason being I have no compelling personal/professional reason to do that yet
- I have been an innovation junkie since grade school
Happy New Year!
Old media (Read: radio) + new media (Read: internet) = streaming audio
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
... from overmundo.com
is into blogging (officially).
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
I like the sound of it.
Now they are talking. And Open University was part of the earlier conference. I'd like to see more of them walking soon.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
... so I thought "Why not look under the hood?"
Then I found this: elgg.org which led me to this (Excerpt follows):
"Elgg is an open source software platform designed to allow people to easily connect and share resources. Elgg allows you to create a social network and host it on your own infrastructure, modifying the features to fit your specific needs. Users establish personal digital identities and connect with other people, collaborate with them and discover new resources through their connections. Plugins allow users on different social networks to collaborate, and provide specific functionality for tasks like project management, mobile browsing and collaboration through user-controlled wikis."It has good multilingual collaborative translation support. There is one in Filipino. (Sounds like a useful school project. Any takers?)
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
... especially students forever. Partly inspired by Facebook.com, it's called eskwela.com.
Monday, December 18, 2006
That was totally prophetic!
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Another nugget I found lying there:
"A fleet of Mobile Booths is traveling the country collecting the stories of ordinary Americans, recording the tales for posterity, and eventually housing the recordings at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress."Now I'd like to call that walking the talk about Folk Knowledge Management.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Get an overview of his book. And I gathered from (of all places(!) the source code of Dan Pink's main page) that "Story-building" should be part of one's professional and personal abilities. Yet an essential part of a 21st century learner's skillset.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Offhand, that just sounds like comment syndication. But its usefulness still evades me. Then again, if people aggregate news, perhaps there is some value in aggregating comments.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
... will continue to move in high gear.
And David Teten and Scott Allen of Fast Company see 10 key implications. In no particular order, they come down to the following:
"long tail" | "prosumer power" | "forever beta" | "Pro-am revolution" |"visible dialogues" | "focused social networks" |"sharp communication skills" | "pervasive personalization" |"native computer skills" | "visible professional (in)competence"
Need I say more?
Monday, December 11, 2006
Zoho Sheet vs.GoogleSpreadsheets vs. EditGrid vs. ...
Seems like the loser is ... uhm Excel?
into Tagalog ...
I am posting this in the hope that I could get some kind-hearted Pinoys to help in translating some files of Cucumis.org - a Social Network devoted to translating languages.
Just holler out so I can send parts of the files your way.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
So asks Nestor Torre here. He noticed for example that "Filipinos make up one of the most passive and accepting audiences in the world."
Here's my prescription. Go to YouTube and be creators instead of just being consumers.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
or how to move from the science to the art (of economics)
Now, when you hear/read the phrase "It's the economy, stupid!" doesn't that sound more like "Mind the gap!"?
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Incidentally, I think I am safe on item #5 "Have a Blog / Website / MySpace, or other online presence".
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Latest app I discovered is called Jaiku.
Its 'About Page' says:
Jaiku's main goal is to bring people closer together by enabling them to share their presence. For us, presence is about everyday things as they happen - what you're up to, how you're feeling, where you're going. We offer a way to connect with the people you care about by sharing presence updates with them on the Web and mobile.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
On Education 2.0
“The challenge isn’t whether to use these (Web 2.0) technologies or not (our children are already making that choice for themselves). The challenge before us is to capitalise on the ‘openness’ of these technologies to create local and international learning communities where our children learn from teachers and each other not just from text books.”
Enough said. Next step. Get the Luddites out of the way.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
wwwtools for education reports:
"A Terrible Decision (Graham Wegner / November 17, 2006) - South Australia’s Technology School Of the Future will be closed, to be replaced by videoconferencing and online courses."
Bad news for some people, perhaps good news for some others. I wonder how this plays out within the next few years.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
I counted only 9, so another one could be Decentralized (Think: James Surowiecki's Wisdom of Crowds). I'd like to describe that combination as leading towards a richer, more real and more relevant learning. For more on the article, have a listen here.
Note that implicit in the above skills set is metacognition or reflective learning which focuses on the learner's ability to monitor and regulate his/her learning. More of the paper here.
- Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving
- Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
- Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes
- Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
- Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details.
- Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities
- Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
- Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources
- Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities
- Networking (information) — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information
- Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
"So what else is new? " You might ask.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
While the essential technical skillsets of the 21st century revolve around Web 2.0 toolsets, it is likewise about attitudes and behaviors.
Patrick Lambe and Edgar Tan tells us more here.
Nory B. Jones et al. focus on the strategic top-down perspective here.
Note: both links download as MS doc files.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Friend-of-a-friend they call it. Wikipedia tells us what FOAF is (here and here), but a file? Then I found a FOAF file generator here. I am still validating its usefulness. I noticed that elggspaces.com implements it in profile-building. BTW, the technical spec side of FOAF files is here.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Here's another social network(ing)* site.
This I got to see.
* danah boyd proposes her definition here.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
I am testing the validity of mapping Web 2.0 tools to Bloom's Taxonomy
of Educational Objectives.
- Knowledge - rss/atom
- Understanding - blogs
- Application - wikis
- Analysis - (Google trends?)
- Synthesis - evolutionary mash-ups
- Evaluation - poll
- Innovation* - revolutionary mash-ups (blending elements from totally novel dimensional sources)
Not that it isn't already so. But mainly for my purposes.
Components of social software include the following (list is not exhaustive):
- web logs (blogs)
- feed aggregators (rss/atom)
- instant messaging
- embedded sounds (podcasts)
- embedded video (think YouTube)
Social software transforms knowledge management into a social process, in which the knowledge is a social construct. Traditional knowledge management tools treat knowledge simply as content to be managed. Treating the knowledge as a social construct will create more relevant knowledge that can be applied in daily work. Employees are free to share what they want and how they want. They are not forced into a rigid knowledge management process or hierarchy.More here. Funny but I've been raving about Social Software for one year yet I got around to talking about its components only now. I hope it's not a fad.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Did I say forget about bumper buttons? Perhaps not entirely. If you think of embedding RFIDs in them.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
aka Where teens will get their news
Another casualty in the wake of the MySpace generation.
Thus reports Inq7.net.
Raffy Mananghaya knocked up parts that included a mini-motherboard with 256 megabytes of memory integrated with a Via C3 800 megahertz processor and a memory adaptor and a plastic briefcase.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
When I go around schools to promote blogging and social software, I usually pose this challenge to educators: Are you ready for the Friendster Generation? Michael Hotrum seems to share my view when he foresees a tsunami in education. Now Stephen Dale asks local governments (in the UK?): "Are you ready for Social Software?"
... at elggspaces.com
Monday, November 06, 2006
From command-and control to champion-and-channel. Wow! I sure hope we really are getting there. Or is it a pipe dream?
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Sunday, November 05, 2006
Scientific American reports that:
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southampton in England announced on November 2, 2006 that they would jointly start a new branch of science: the science of the Web.
About time. Watch the initiative evolve here.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
The "Coming of Age: An Introduction to the NEW World Wide Web" (1st edition) booklet just got a glowing review from Roger Davies.
Sounds like "making small shifts that make a big difference".
Disclosure: I did one chapter in the 2nd edition which should be available by January 10, 2007
To see what I mean, let's read it from Andrew McLester (via boingboing.net):
I recently came out of the studio having recorded 4 original songs that were entirely written by me and a friend. I created a new page (www.myspace.com/tinystar) to showcase our work and after downloading our songs one of the main pieces (Festival Of The Seagoat) I recieved a "copyright infringement" notice next to the song on the edit page and consequently all the songs on my page are frozen. Frustrating to say the least! I've emailed support numerous times with no response....I cannot fathom how Gracenote technology can at all be accurate, as evidenced by this caper, and in the meantime I'm stuck with a frozen page and a piece of software telling me that my hardfought creative output is not mine after all! Thanks for reading and in advance for any help!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
This just in (28).
Google acquires jotspot, a wiki tool for an undisclosed amount. Read news release here.
Now with wordprocessing (Writely), spreadsheets, video (YouTube) and other features and functionalities pulled into one central learning environment, we can perhaps do away with brick and mortar schools (Well, almost). Just add students.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
No point comparing now because of a DMCA request. More here.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I have just been "stoked" with vox.com. Everything in this piece of Social Software seems to be more push-buttony than anything I've ever tried before. You can even ask friends to blog for you via their email. Try sending email to email@example.com to see what I mean. Talk about user-empowerment. Time to ask granny to pitch in for me. See my first few blogs there http://joelogs.vox.com/. While you are at it, why not create an account.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Perhaps we should have something like this in poor regions of the Philippines.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Lee LeFever gives us the lowdown between BB, Forums, etc. and Friendster, Myspace, etc.
The differences play out on the following factors:
- Use of the Member Profile
- Identity without Collaboration
- Explicit Relationships with Forums and People
- New Forum/Group Creation
- Network Centric Navigation
Monday, October 23, 2006
Tell me which side of 3Rs works best for you.
Thanks to Karl Richter.
Karl Richter puts it more shockingly: Email is for the elderly
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
... well, almost.
Joey Allarilla admits "The world is changing. Evolve or die."
Friday, October 13, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
It is called inklingmarkets.com. Go to this site. More of similar sites here.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
... I'd like to believe in inadvertent sticky confluence of minds.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Suw Charman documents, in beta mode (Read: draftish, perhaps because of this), Danah Boyd's talk at the BlogTalk Reloaded Conference.
One major point I managed to glean follows:
The language of techies differs radically from those of users.
Techies | Users
beta: testing | not profitable yet
great software: user-friendly | can I add you as a friend?
context: what context? | do I know you?
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Monday, October 02, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
... so here it is. Now I'll let you in on a secret. This "art form" could actually be useful as an initial diagnostic tool for evaluating the structure of clients' websites. Of course you need not include this art form in the diagnostic report. Tell me what you think.
Friday, September 29, 2006
... aka Baby boomers amongst us, here are the skill sets that are second nature to digital natives (Generations X & Y, et seq.):
- using search engines
- inserting links
- inserting images
- creating trackbacks (blog about another blog)
- using aggregators (Read: RSS)
- using italics, bold face, etc.
- differentiating media types (avi, mov, 3gp, mp4)
- unzipping files
Suw Charman observes in a larger context:
"We have a glimpse of how this works, but when the MySpace generation comes into business, they will expect this, and they will know better how it works, and how to sidestep the red tape that can get in the way of getting things done."
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Social Capital, Social Value, Social Money. Now you have a wonderful way to recover the "pecuniary" equivalent of those unreturned books, magazines and umbrellas that your "friends" borrowed ages ago. Try Billmonk.com to see what I mean.
As an aside, a theoretical framework could perhaps be found here and here.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Technology moves so fast that while traditional firms (Read: Enterprise 1.0) and academic institutions (Read: Schools 1.0) may be actively pushing for open source, not a few are still blissfully clueless about the next wave of open source. Mash-ups and Web-based productivity tools are the order of the day. I am talking about Web 2.0 which could be a compelling argument for shifting the desktop to the webtop. For a discussion on the technical merits of a wholesale shift to the webtop, read Ebrahim Ezzy's article Webified Desktop Apps vs Browser-based Apps.
But as K.C. Jones of TechWeb Technology News reports:
"Web 2.0 is about people and Enterprise 2.0 will be less about less [sic] top-down structure and more about structure developed freely through lower-level interactions, said Harvard Business School Associate Professor Andrew McAfee and Socialtext CEO Ross Mayfield.
'The technology is not different,' Mayfield said. 'There are enough people, with a critical mass, using the Net long enough that we're beginning to see advanced social behavior.'
Mayfield said businesses should be asking themselves whether their Intranets are made of people. He added that the Web works well and businesses should be trying to replicate it behind their firewalls."
"They explained that executives often fear turning over control to employees but giving employees control can actually increase their adoption of new software, cut down on corporate spam, shorten meeting times and increase the speed at which information is disseminated through a company."
Now how soon can we see the school of the future (Read: Schools 2.0)? Sauce for the goose ...
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Friday, September 22, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
How about that for the evolution of economy? Freakonomics? World is Flat? Tipping Point? And the list goes on and on.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
- respect for local traditions and cultures without imposing a globalization based merely on economic criteria
- respect for the human person as the main protagonist in the process of development
- avoiding excessive concentration of power at higher levels and allowing institutions such as the family, local communities and ethnic groups sufficient autonomy [to play their primary roles and] carry out their functions
"Discernment is needed in order to avoid accepting a vision of globalization that sees itself as part of a postmodern process in which liberty is given an absolute value and a place for tradition and religion is denied."Key here is how to strike a negotiated balance. (items in italics, mine)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Butch Abad wrote a compelling piece on how the education system could/should/would be improved. Drawing on prescriptions from Howard Gardner and Adam Kahane, Abad seems to suggest that collaboration is key. No one can argue with that. Thing is, people need to be more upfront with their agendas in order for collaboration to happen. Deal or no deal?
More of the article:
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Web 2.0 needs to lose the social software thing, pleaseThus spake Gareth Knight:
"Following up from the d.Construct post yesterday, I wanted to talk about the apparent obsession with social software at the moment, and to ask for comments on why you think it's so. Seriously, there are so many other things that can be done!"
I posted something along this line at Pinoyblog2.com about 82 days ago.
Friday, September 15, 2006
>> Waste Trading Market: The Philippine Business for
>> the Environment, the Ayala Foundation/ Ayala Group,
>> DENR and the Makati and Muntinlupa city govts invite
>> you to....THE WASTE TRADING MARKETS! The WASTE
>> MARKETS aim to make recycling convenient, safe and
>> accessible, especially for those who frequent
>> commercial shopping areas. They also aim to show
>> that Filipinos CAN make recycling a habit. Please
>> help spread the word. For more information, contact
>> Nancy Pilien at the Phil. Business for the
>> Environment, 6352650.
>> ...... Every first Friday of the month: GoldCrest
>> Car Park, Ayala Center (along Arnaiz Ave)
>> ...... Every third Friday of the month: Alabang Town
>> center, Alabang - Zapote Road .
>> WHAT THE WASTE MARKETS OFFER!
>> Trade scrap paper for new (office/ mimeo) paper!
>> Trade used ink cartridges for new!
>> Sell your electronic waste (e.g. junk computers)
>> and old / broken appliances
>> Sell your used lead acid batteries - don't let them
>> leach in your garage!
>> Redeem any of the following for cash: PET plastic
>> containers and other
>> plastics, aluminum / tin cans, scrap glass
>> Drop off points also provided for junk cellphones/
>> cellphone batteries/styrofoam.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
A collaboration between MIT and the University of Nairobi, Kenya, it is designed as
"a project-based course that will allow students to learn enough of the basics of mobile phone programming to design and launch their own mobile phone application."