Friday, September 28, 2007
Remind me to look up "Manny Pukyaw".
[via Janette Toral]
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Elisabetta Cigonini posted a copy of the paper "Social software for knowledge construction and management in formal online learning" co-written with Maria Chiara Pettenati, Jose Mangione, and Elizabeth Guerin for the Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education. More here.
I like the part about PKM Skills (CREATE, ORGANIZE, SHARE) which seem to echo the 2D2C of Social Software.
Full pdf file is here.
Monday, September 24, 2007
for $400 apiece in the US and Canada in November.
Brian Bergstein reports that by opening sales at http://www.xogiving.com, "Give One, Get One" will delight computing aficionados, because the XO is unlike any other laptop. More here.
Seems like sometimes one needs to be really creative in marketing socially relevant projects.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
... it's the people.
rellis wrote what initially looked like a tongue-in-cheek account of a work-in-progress open professional staff development program around Social Software in the Classroom. More here.
Overall, it made me realize that blended learning could be the sweet spot.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
... from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group of MIT Media Lab, "makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web."
Written by Michael Feldstein in 2006 but still fresh in the light of Facebook's growing popularity.
I like this part (very interesting yet just as challenging):
"We need that Box-’O-Stuff, where they save their first assignment drafts and where it becomes natural and automagic to keep all subsequent drafts. Then we need easy hooks so they can suck that content out of their boxes and post it on whatever MySpace-like application (whether integral to the LMS or a third-party service) suits their specific portfolio purposes. The main focus then becomes on teaching them what to put in the portfolio and why, rather than on how to build the widgets." More here.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
4 Pillars of Education+ 2D2C = 21st Century Lifelong Learning
Below are excerpts from "Learning: The Treasure Within. UNESCO report on Education for the 21st Century" loosely plotted on Discover, Disclose, Connect, Co-create.
- Learning to live together (Co-create) "which involves developing an understanding for fellow people, for their history, traditions and spiritual values. This pillar enables people to develop a new awareness which - based on an understanding of our growing interdependence and a joint analysis of future risks and challenges - leads people into carrying out joint projects and solving insurmountable conflicts in an intelligent and peaceful way."
- Learning how to acquire knowledge. (Discover) "Against a background in which technological changes are coming thick and fast and in which new economic and social patterns are forming, the main focus is on making sure that general education is as wide as possible and that people can go on to deepen their knowledge in selected subjects. Indeed, this kind of general education is the key to a life-long process of learning. It whets people's appetite to learn over a lifetime - while at the same time providing the foundations to do so."
- Learning how to act. (Connect) "This pillar is not just about doing a job but, in general terms, about acquiring the skills to cope with different and often unforeseen situations and about learning how to work in a team. Indeed, it is these characteristics that current educational methods tend to neglect. In many cases it is easer for pupils and students to learn these competencies if they are given the opportunity to try out and develop their skills. It's about enabling people to get work experience and community work while they are still in education. Indeed, a great deal of importance should be attached to all methods that mix education with experience."
- Learning for life. (Disclose) "This was the issue at the heart of the Edgar-Faure report called how we learn to live, which was part of the UNESCO report on the objectives and future of our education programs, published in 1972 by UNESCO. The recommendations of this report are still relevant today. Indeed, in the 21st century everyone will be required to demonstrate independence, judgment and more personal responsibility if common objectives are to be reached. Our report also underlines another requirement, namely that none of the talents lying dormant like hidden treasures in every individual should be allowed to go unused. These talents, to name but a few, include: memory, logical thought, imagination, physical ability, an aesthetic sense, the ability to communicate and the natural charisma of a group leader. In actual fact these abilities only serve in underlining the importance of more self-knowledge."
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Mark Frauenfelder finds "Art blog of juvenile criminals spending life in prison"
Here's an excerpt from an inmate's blog:
Could be useful to those "responsible" for Cris Mendez' death.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
"DnaTube is a scientific research site providing video based studies, lecturers and seminars. By using DnaTube.com, you can:
1. Quickly upload your experiment videos or seminars you join. And share your videos and help other people in science community"
... among other things.
Heres an example:
[via Paolo Massa]
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thus reports Lawrence Casiraya of Inquirer.net.
Here are some excerpts:
"IBM is contributing significant technology that will help make OpenOffice more accessible to those with disabilities," the statement said.
"In addition to actively contributing to and participating in the community, IBM will also include versions of OpenOffice in its products in the future."
Should be good for an ultimate move towards Webtop or Webware.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Perhaps people who were once confused and twice cautious will now listen."Some current Epsilen users describe Epsilen as an academic 'MySpace' and 'FaceBook', connecting peers to share knowledge and exchange objects."
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Ian Williams reports that:
"The majority of senior managers at European organisations are failing to invest in web 2.0 technologies owing to a lack of understanding of the business benefits, new research claims."
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Ross Dawson discusses the role of specialist SNS to professionals (or Communities of Practice) and draws up a list from physicians to women-only executives here.
Indeed, Friendster, Myspace, Bebo et al. have set the categories. Now it's time for niche SNS.
[via Matt Moore]
- A smaller effort aimed at engaging 21st century learners takes place somewhere in Asia. You may wish to follow the quadratic equation session with gifted students at the Philippine High School for the Arts.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
What kind of an IT user are you?
"If you want to know how you fit in on the typology of ICT and internet users, an online quiz should give you the answer."Follow the Pew Internet link here. (Warning: a little bit culture-bound)
I took the test and was routinely classified as an omnivore. So what is your ICT user profile?
Saturday, September 01, 2007
"Weblogs (& wikis) have been around for long enough for us to move beyond the experimentation stage and to come up with strategies on using them to make a real business impact."