Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Collective Artistry and Social Technologies:

Enabling Cultural Development through the Participatory Web

(preview of presentation at De La Salle Manila, on February 28, 2008, 3:00 pm)

This is just a Filler, to make way for post no. 888

Monday, February 25, 2008

Digg Meets Del.icio.us

The intersection happens at edutagger.com. Imagine getting "brownie points" for sharing relevant links. Click on the image below to find out more.

Now how do you monetize brownie points?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

"7 Steps for a Flat Classroom"

Vicki Davis suggests: "Step 1: Get Connected ... "

The logical progression is up to you.

I like the elements that tend to promote Personal Learning Environments, Show-and Tell and portfolios.
Got Speech?

Check this out:
"CuePrompter.com - The Online Teleprompter
Free teleprompter/autocue service
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Thanks to Nik Peachey.

Some possible uses come to mind:
  • Basic Reading Classes
  • Political Speeches
  • Valedictory Addresses
  • Karaoke Sessions, anyone?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Quote of the Day

"If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime." - Jack Kerouac
Search Engine Optimization Exercise

This assumes the user is a blogger.
  1. Post a blog entry ideally with just one outgoing link (i.e. to the site being optimized for Google search engine.
  2. Use the word or phrase being promoted as keyword/s (also known as "anchor text"), i.e. that the target searcher is expected to type in the search box
For example:

Post a blog with a link to www.slb.ph and the words "tama na" as text anchor.

Click on "tama na" then on this text to to see what I mean.
While the world sleeps

... in a stupor induced by fixation with politics, Richard Ingham reports that the next plague is likeliest to emerge from poor tropical countries

There's still hope though. Thus, "priority should be to set up monitoring networks in developing countries that would identify a threat from the outset and circumscribe it, rather than let it spread like wildfire around the globe thanks to jet travel and trade. " More here.

Pardon my bias towards Social Media but yes it's doable.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Finding the Sweet Spot

I could have participated in the insightful discussions on Shared Governance and University Leadership forum last Saturday, but the paternal duty of preparing for a Family Day in my son's school prevented me from being in two places at the same time.

Good thing there is a report by the De La Salle Philippines Media Bureau:
"A German educator discussed principles on Shared Governance and University Leadership to Lasallian educators in a forum held last 16 February at the DLSP Multipurpose Hall, 20th Floor Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC Hall.

Prof. Michael Fremerey, director of Institute for Socio-cultural Affairs Studies at Kassel University in Germany, emphasized that “shared governance” means the active participation of stakeholders in a university through their collaboration on projects and activities. But he clarified that administrators must identify stakeholders who will play a role in a certain project. For instance, students and faculty may participate in revising or designing a curriculum.

Fremerey, who is also expert in organizational development, said that a university must be transparent in terms of providing access on basic information to the stakeholders.

In terms of accountability, he emphasized that a university should focus on quality and relevance of education, which he considered as areas of challenges that educational institutions face today. “We have to admit that these challenges have not been born and created in the university itself. The call for more quality and more relevant (education) has come from public, economy, and political systems,” he said.

Even if there is a shared governance, leadership still plays a big role in educational management, Fremerey said. He emphasized that “leaders (the educators themselves) have to respond to expectations of the community, if they want to be accepted as leaders.”

Moreover, Fremerey said that an educator should underscore the dynamic balancing of polarities: between change and stability, system and individuals, as well as self-organization (creativity) and intervention (caring)."
On a side note, at least I got a chance to talk to Dr. Fremerey during the ride from the airport to the Legend Hotel in Mandaluyong (one of the value hotels in the Philippines) on the night before the forum.

Speaking of shared governance in Education, perhaps this is something that Social Software can help enable?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

No download necessary

Just edit away. See the pattern generator in action below.

I rarely make political statements

... because they seem to leave a bad aftertaste.

Anyway, I just thought I'd quote the following:

"Lazy citizens who do not expect much of themselves are the "playgrounds" for corrupt government officials ... " (click the link to see the original context)

Sauce for the goose?

Monday, February 18, 2008

This is curiously compelling

Can I call that People Power 2.0 ?

Friday, February 15, 2008

"Did you know 2.0?"

I wouldn't be surprised if tech savvy parents take matters into their hands (Read: home schooling).

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Was thinking of getting an iPod

Then I learned about the Eee PC. Guess what? I ditched the idea of an mp3 player with a hard drive.

Read more about the Eee PC. (pronounced “E P C”)

Thanks Ken and Gerard.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Perhaps it's just me but...

I don't think the IT Department is going to like this.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Chinese Demographics from a Chinese Perspective

For those vaguely aware how large China is, David Feng blogging from Beijing offers some figures.

First off, orders of magnitude jump from 630,000 to 210 million Netizens between 1997 and 2007.

That's like 200,000 more Netizens a day. And 2/3 of that are into Web 2.0 More here.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Customer Never Sleeps

CRM Magazine gives the lowdown on Web 2.0 and Digital Clients in their online February article (with accompanying sidebar) "Always On".