Saturday, December 29, 2007

Toying with Nomao

Just thought I'd plot this landmark here.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A goldmine of teaching/learning apps

... compiled by Larry Ferlazzo.

[via Michael Arrington]

Have an abundant New Year world!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Simple wish for Christmas

Peace and goodwill, in spite of ... perhaps because of ...

[A take away from Steve Kayser's wish in 2006]

Happy Christmas World!

Friday, December 21, 2007

"Steal my content, please!"

[via ericskiff]

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

"IBM Launches Tool to Help Businesses Visualize Social Networks"

From what reads like a press release via
"IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the availability of IBM Atlas for Lotus Connections, a corporate social networking visualization and analysis tool. IBM Atlas for Lotus Connections is designed to help organizations maximize their investment in social software by answering questions such as who the key experts are on a given topic, how they are connected, and whom a user's contacts know that they do not."
The main toolset elements are listed below:

"The Net component of Atlas provides a visual indication of the important hubs among topic experts and informal groups that have developed while working on similar projects."

" Reach, the social software dashboard feature in Atlas, helps users navigate the up to six degrees of separation that divide them from a colleague." "The Find component of Atlas builds upon core Lotus Connections expertise capabilities by taking searches beyond the corporate directory to include results based on social data such as reporting structures, blogs and communities."

Sounds like Friend of a Friend, tagging, folksonomies, etc from counterpart components in some popular Social Network Sites.
David Byrne explores new business models for music

... and the choices are broader now.

More via Cory Doctorow here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Zeitgeist: The Movie by Peter Joseph

damien describes it thus:

"(It) simultaneously validates and rubbishes the claims of Andrew Keen: that the web is in the hands of idiots who are systematically destroying 'the truth'."

At once simple and complex. It's War and Peace, rolled into one? Your suggestions are welcome.

Warning: It's a 2-hour movie.

BTW you might need to listen to the this
song while/after watching the movie.

"Hey Dude - where’s my (community) Data?"

Pontydysgu (Bridge to Learning) provokes this intriguing question: "So who controls the personal data of netizens of social network sites?"

Some more intriguing points, especially in the educational context here.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

"Odyssey to create online community for Filipino music"

"Philippine music and video retailer Odyssey will soon "soft launch" an online music portal and social network for a community of Filipino music fans". Thus reports Erwin Oliva. (The landing page says 21 December).

Almost instinctively, I registered for an account which offered 2 choices, Listener or Artist. (shades of MySpace?) For some reason, I chose Artist.

Image below shows My Profile page.

Now the title above contains the operative words "to create", which makes me wonder: Does the "if you build it, they will come" mantra still hold true?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Social Media Strategy

Josh Bernoff and Charlene Li of share a simple prescription for deploying Social Technologies.

The image below summarizes the key elements of what they call the POST method.

More details here.
Now animation work can be done online

Try AniBOOM Shapeshifters.

Here's one by Ryan Norloch:

[via Mike Abundo]

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Here Comes Another Bubble

To the tune of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire".

[via Chris Johnson]

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"... Something has to be done now ... "

... about the poor showing of students in international exams. Sorry but that looks so culture bound. Read more here.

So who are really being left behind?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Practical Connectivism

according to George Siemens

Am I spamming myself? I don't know about you but I think I'm in good company.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

"How social networks are courting marketers"

Pete Snyder makes a strong case on why and how marketers need to rethink the way products/brands are viewed by consumers/users.

Here's a quote from the article:
"Demographics have always been an imperfect method to match the right message to the right user, but we have relied on them so long that we overlook the fact that many basic ad strategies were designed to compensate for their inefficiency. Flights, disruptive media and frequency all make up for the fact that a lot of money is talking to the wrong people."
The implication seems to point to the "unpopularity" of push (n) vs. pull (2n + n2) marketing. The table (from Dion Hinchcliffe) below could perhaps help clarify the options:

KM 0.0 : Coming full Circle

David Pollard puts it in richer context. At the core, it seems to be more about trust than about knowledge. More here.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Bug Art

by Steven R. Kutcher
I'm thinking of using White Ants for a similar (Pest Art) project.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Have open courseware, will learn at own pace

Let's start with robotics.

[Image via]

"Description:This course provides an overview of robot mechanisms, dynamics, and intelligent controls. Topics include planar and spatial kinematics, and motion planning; mechanism design for manipulators and mobile robots, multi-rigid-body dynamics, 3D graphic simulation; control design, actuators, and sensors; wireless networking, task modeling, human-machine interface, and embedded software. Features descriptions and videos of the two main student projects: building a robot capable of searching for land mines, and building a robot capable of rescuing trapped or injured people after a natural disaster." More here.

Monday, December 03, 2007

3 "centuries" of Learning Models

Learning Models of 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries

19th Century

20th Century

21st Century

Teaching style



P2P collaboration


Books, blackboard


Community-generated content


One-room schoolhouse






Self-directed exploration, teamwork




Lifelong learning skills




Personal devices


“Book learning”

Memorized facts and information

Adaptation, growth

Source: P. Clint Rogers; Stephen W. Liddle; Peter Chan; Aaron Doxey and Brady Isom.
Web 2.0 Learning platform: Harnessing collective intelligence.
Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, Volume 8, Number 3, 2007
[URL] via [carsten ullrich]

Perhaps this set of blog posts could amplify the points above.

So where are we really now?
Quote of the Day

"Remember....most of the jobs we are preparing our students for don't even exist yet." (BrenniesBytes, August, 2006)

More here.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Does anyone need an "upgraded" professional presence?

That seems to be the starting point of the discussion on how Web 2.0 can enhance professional credibility. More of the linkedin-sponsored Q&A forum here.