Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Quote of the Day

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.”
- Dan Ingvarson, Consultant to Editure.

Enough said. Next step. Get the Luddites out of the way.
You are what you eat. Sort of.

aka "What flavor is your personality?"

Dr. Alan Hirsch offers a "food horoscope" that can be read here. Now I understand why I like Snack crackers.

More wonderful trivia here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Techno Retro

Here's a little bit of historical artifact. More of a replica. Altair 8800: The forerunner of the PC revolution.


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Is this the shape of things to come?

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

Phrase of the day: Cognitive Dissonance

or WTF?! :) You would not want those kids to land on real rocks would you?
Thanks to Cory Doctorow for the link.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Old School/New School

Knowledge is power/knowledge is power

So what's the difference? Hoarding/Sharing. Guess what pays back a whole lot better? Read more here for the answer.

Ten ideas for Learning using Mobile Gadgets

Leonard Low identifies some interesting ideas which when combined might just be more powerful than the usual desktop-bound approach to learning:

  • Situational/proximal
  • Social/Collaborative
  • Just-In-Time
  • Lifelong/Informal
  • Contextualised/Adaptive
  • Convenient/Portable
  • Personalised/Individual
  • Connected
  • Ubiquitous

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.

21st Century Skills

Here's a list drawn up as part of a White Paper titled: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century by Henry Jenkins, Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologywith Katie Clinton, Ravi Purushotma, Alice J. Robinson, Margaret Weigel:

  1. Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving
  2. Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
  3. Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes
  4. Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
  5. Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details.
  6. Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities
  7. Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
  8. Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources
  9. Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities
  10. Networking (information) — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information
  11. Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.
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.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

There is no turning back (I think)

Lex (Alexa Joyce) is upping the ante on Social Software and Education with her blog on Futurelab's work.

I remember alluding to that intersection on July 4, 2006. Nice to know I'm in good company.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

My blog profile

Originally uploaded by joelogs.
How is your blogging behavior/pattern/habit like? This is a visual representation of my profile. It is based on Lilia Efimova's work at
Word of the day: Crowdsourcing

Elearningpost calls it a new model for innovation particularly in Science. wrote about the rise of crowdsourcing here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Imagine a future where teachers are the bad guys

"So what else is new? " You might ask.

Well that "school of thought" is being encouraged in a college in Santiago, Chile. Enter a computer game called 2065, where students battle evil and remorseless teachers. Read more here. Could be a fun way to remind ourselves to appreciate the value teaching.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Community Manager = Knowledge Champion

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

Just found an online Beer Wars Game.

Even has a chat functionality tossed in. Link is here.
Discovery of the day

I just learned (courtesy of a MySpace generation member) that you can actually configure your learning space to sport the "look and feel" of or Myspace. Go to "Account Settings" >> Change Theme. Then paste CSS snippets from a suitable profile generator.

Friday, November 17, 2006

What is a FOAF file?

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 implements it in profile-building. BTW, the technical spec side of FOAF files is here.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

"Customer review" review

Flock in the spotlight. Try Kathleen Gilroy's review of useful features of a Web 2.0 browser. Even talks about OPML.

One benefit of hyperlinks. You can avoid claims of plagiarism. Now as to claims of other forms of deceit (think: unethical search engine optimization), that's another story.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

How-to galore!

It evolved from to Really makes sense to pull in the wisdom of crowds and produce a whole new world of creative commons.
Quo vadis email

Sick of spam? (2003) Chat is king? (2004) Death of email? (2005) Are you ready for Social Software? (2006)

It is almost 2007. Where to, Email?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

viki, tiki, giki, whatever

... I'd like to see this used extensively in schools.

I call it more immersive use of concept maps.

"Image insert" button doesn't work but image is here.
Does social necessarily mean real ?

Here's another social network(ing)* site.

"The Experience Project is a genuine community of people sharing, growing, and connecting-- while keeping real-world identities private. Be your true self and make new friends who understand you." (italics supplied)

This I got to see.

* danah boyd proposes her definition here.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Higher Order Thinking Skills and Web 2.0

I am testing the validity of mapping Web 2.0 tools to Bloom's Taxonomy
of Educational Objectives.

  1. Knowledge - rss/atom
  2. Understanding - blogs
  3. Application - wikis
  4. Analysis - (Google trends?)
  5. Synthesis - evolutionary mash-ups
  6. Evaluation - poll
  7. Innovation* - revolutionary mash-ups (blending elements from totally novel dimensional sources)
* The last one is my idea. Would appreciate comments.
For the record

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)
  • wikis
  • feed aggregators (rss/atom)
  • calendars
  • chat
  • forums
  • instant messaging
  • shoutboxes
  • embedded sounds (podcasts)
  • embedded video (think YouTube)
And according to Timothy Fisher:
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

Just a bit of comparison between and

Ning is pretty straightforward, template-driven, perfect for connecting; elggspaces is more complex (multilayer spaces, a lot of rss across spaces, file uploads, FOAF) yet more useful for purposive collaboration.
Forget about bumper stickers and buttons

More people (actually kids) are now into snippets (those code sets that contain "embed" and programmed on screens of their social networking sites' opening pages for a more personal flavor. Bambi Francisco shows us how Sony Pictures via Grouper is leveraging this personalization channel to (IMHO) lure the younger set back into the world of old media. More here.

Did I say forget about bumper buttons? Perhaps not entirely. If you think of embedding RFIDs in them.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Death of the newsboy

aka Where teens will get their news

In a section on User Generated Content, Bambi Francisco wrote that upwards of 75% of teens get their news from the Web, citing a study by Pew Internet and American Life. So she bets that "anyone under 10 years old will be receiving a lot of their news from News Corp's MySpace or Facebook, or some unlikely place, by the time they start caring about the news (italics mine)". She argues her point here.

Now looking back (more like a month ago), I kind of got that strange feeling here in Manila when one morning my 13 year-old son (who has a myspace account and counts as his friends Demetri Martin of "I've got 9000 friends" fame) asked me why we still got dailies tossed into the yard by the neighborhood newsboy. Then I said, well yes, we still needed to read the latest advertisments". Then again, I thought, perhaps we only needed the latest print ads on Saturdays. Bad for the newsboy.

Another casualty in the wake of the MySpace generation.
Pinoy* develops $100 PC

Thus reports

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.

More here. I'd like to see this as an item in

* may also be defined according to the lyrics of an original pilipino music.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Have they (users) come of age yet?

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?"

I'd like to agree: How can they embrace Social Software to "Champion and Channel" when government is inherently about "Command and Control"? This resonates with sounds of an earlier post.
Set up your own social networking site

... at

This is not free (e.g. First tier: up to 200 users £50 / month) but should be worth considering if you want a social web application (read: friendster, myspace, etc.) that can keep creepy characters off your children.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Word of the Day: Wirearchy

From  command-and control to champion-and-channel. Wow! I sure hope we really are getting there.  Or is it a pipe  dream?

More below.

Wirearchy :: What Is Wirearchy ? Open Source Updating, Please

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Blogged with Flock

How do you visualize your online network?

Use vizster. Developed by Jeffrey  Heer and danah boyd at UC Berkeley, it is based on prefuse - a Java-based toolkit for building interactive information visualization applications.

vizster | visualizing online social networks

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Now they are talking and doing something about it.

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.

Perhaps its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee fears that the Web might descend into chaos, what with fakesters, phishers, etc. More here.

About time. Watch the initiative evolve here.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Indeed, Internet Explorer 7 is Social Software

In effect, that is. Point well taken. So why not use Flock instead.
How to show approval the Web 2.0 way.

Do it with an animated gif. Follow this link to see what I mean.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

I didn't realize Daylight Saving Time was over.

Don't know if this connected but I thought, I'd share this. How do you teach idioms to a non-native speaker of English? Use fotos. More here.
Is this ubercool or not?

IMHO that is creativity using elements from two worlds apart, viz., smiley and rings. I also call the source of that foto, a directory of wonderful pictures. A tad better than, I should say.

ICT Across the Curriculum notes

The "Coming of Age: An Introduction to the NEW World Wide Web" (1st edition) booklet just got a glowing review from Roger Davies.

Excerpt: "The ‘Your tasks’ opener invokes you to investigate the resources, pass them on and, fundamentally, ‘try them out in your classrooms – no need for wholesale revolution, just small-scale experimentation will be fine!’ "

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
MySpace + Gracenote = Copyright Protection


To see what I mean, let's read it from Andrew McLester (via

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 ( 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.