11 octobre 2019

Blog Opens On the Learner of the Future

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blog Opens On the Learner of the Future
Interesting use of a blog. "This year's AoC NILTA national debate focuses on the learner of the future. A debate blog is available online, which discusses the evolving needs of our current and future learners." Can't say much good about the design, though - is the sidebar on the home page just broken. More...

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10 octobre 2019

The Blogosphere As an Artifact of Distributed Cognition

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Blogosphere As an Artifact of Distributed Cognition
Over on the other blog today I have posted a longish item called What I am Working On. It's another attempt to explain things like learning networks and distributed cognition (if I try enough times I'll eventually get it, right?). The sorts of things discussed in this article constitute the sorts of things I think about on a day-to-day basis - and while the author is showing how brains are different from computers, there is a flipside, which is, how computers could be the same as brains, but aren't, yet. Lots of room for invention. Like this, for example: "The brain uses content-addressable memory." What does that mean? The author says, "The end result is that your brain has a kind of 'built-in Google.'" Well, yeah. But: "memories are composed of linked sensory fragments -- odors, sights, sounds, and even body positions". More...

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09 octobre 2019

Blogs, Wikis and Knowledge

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blogs, Wikis and Knowledge
Some back and forth on whether blogs and wikis can contribute to conversations, scaffold educational experiences, and the like. I will have more to say on this in "'Contribute to knowledge building from personal space' is a bit like saying that someone is 'contributing to the world peace from their own territory'. With missiles?" More...

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Why the Semantic Web Will Fail

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why the Semantic Web Will Fail
So I was just getting ready for bed last night when a thought came to me. So I popped into Blogger and spent ten minutes writing the post. Maybe I should have given it a different title - but sheesh, someone has to say it. Here is the central idea: "The Semantic Web will never work because it depends on businesses working together, on them cooperating." Readers might not like the examples that were top-of-mind last night (or my peeved state about Yahoo killing my Flickr account) but readers of this newsletter have over the last seven years seen an unending list of examples. Well, today I've been getting comments all day and - incredibly - I have, for the first time in my life, been Slashdotted. Go figure. Stephen Downes, Half an Hour March 21, 2007 [Link]. More...

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Brandon Hall Researchers Blogging - Implications?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Brandon Hall Researchers Blogging - Implications?
Tony Karrer picks up on four newish blogs from Brandon Hall researchers. Does this mean a migration from the Brandon Hall network, he asks. Can paid researchers be bloggers? "Is this going to only be teaser content?" Will they be "full participants" in the edu-blogging world? I think the Brandon Hall bloggers will just... blog. Commercial research reports are very different from blog posts, even if the information is ultimately the same. More...

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08 octobre 2019

Neuroscience Blogs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Neuroscience Blogs
This is much too much for me to read but the discussions in these blogs ought to inform educators, covering as they do everything from mirror neurons to autism to change blindness. Maybe someone will offer a daily compendium, a lot like my site? Ah. More...

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07 octobre 2019

Are Blogs a 'Parasitic' Medium?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Are Blogs a 'Parasitic' Medium?
"Could the blogosphere survive without the reporting provided by newspapers and TV networks?" Journalists are fond of saying that blogs depend on them for news. What I observe is that newspapers are parasitic on science, research, education and technology (to name a few). Look at the stories in OLDaily, or in the blogs covered here, and you will see real people struggling with real issues. The journalists just watch and wait while other people to say things, invent things, or do things - then they move in, create their own self-appointed 'experts', and act like they own the story. What has in fact happened is that other people are now doing to journalists what journalists have always done to other people. We are taking back the stories we create in the first place. More...

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02 octobre 2019

Blogs Vs. Discussion Groups

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blogs Vs. Discussion Groups
I am extensively involved in both blogs and discussion groups (though the latter are notoriously hard to link to). So for me it has never been a question of deciding which one is better. But there does seem to be some factionalism. More...

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Boycott Bloglines Image Wall!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Boycott Bloglines Image Wall!
Bloglines has created a new service that creates an 'image wall' out of harvested RSS feeds. Miguel Guhlin has created a bit of a stir in the edublogosphere by calling on educators to boycott it because "entering the Image Wall (and who reads those disclaimers anymore?), I was looking at pregnant women, a couple in a passionate embrace, and. More...

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27 septembre 2019

Four Platforms You Can Use To Make A Blog For Kids

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Four Platforms You Can Use To Make A Blog For Kids
Patricia Fioriello, Kids Learn to Blog, 2014/10/22
Just for the record: blogging still exists. It's still good for kids. Educational blogging is still relevant. "Blogs offer a powerful means of socializing and they are also lots of fun. Even though it’s hard to let your kids loose on the Internet with little supervision, it is healthy in some ways. Careful preparation will enable you help your kids launch their first blogging ventures". More...

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