31 janvier 2020

BestoftheWeb: My Most Useful Tools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. BestoftheWeb: My Most Useful Tools
If you were introducing someone to the world of the web and blogging, you wouldn't go far wrong following this post. I wouldn't call them 'folks' though - this is no great criticism, just a peccadillo, that it just sounds weird to me when people write 'folks' when they mean 'people'. More...

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How Creativity Is Strangled By The Law

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How Creativity Is Strangled By The Law
Lawrence Lessign keeps saying he's going to focus on other things, but he keeps being pulled back to his favorite theme. That's OK, though. Because his favorite theme doesn't simply stifle creativity - it is personal expression itself that is stifled by the law (which may be why it's so hard to find any opposition to the law on the part of government and business). More...

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Vid Snacks: A Place to Learn Video

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Vid Snacks: A Place to Learn Video
Tim Holt writes, "I hope that this site will be used to help students and teachers begin to view video content creation in much the same way that we look at writing now." I think it's a good idea. But I hope he'll link to it from his blog from time to time, instead of making me and everyone else add another feed to the aggregator. More...

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Results of First Comprehensive Study of Maine's Pioneering Ed-Tech Initiative Show Promise

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Results of First Comprehensive Study of Maine's Pioneering Ed-Tech Initiative Show Promise
The link to eSchool News will probably vanish into uselessness as that magazine clings to an obsolete publishing model by preventing readers from seeing its content, but Helge Scherlund (who has really been performing a service with her links to timely and credible content recently) has been good enough to summarize and link to the actual study. In a nutshell: the research suggests that children in the 1-to-1 laptop program are showing improvements in their reading abilities. More...

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Learning Objects

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning Objects
In case you had forgotten about the whole concept. Some good examples of learning objects here (though I'm not sure they would qualify as 'the smallest possible unit of instruction'). I enjoyed the Writers Toolkit object. More...

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Can I Hear You Now?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Can I Hear You Now?
There are two ways to view communications skills in the network. This is one way: "From the stand point of the communicator, it means that they must produce messages that compete for attention. Therefore, it is no longer enough to simply be able to write a coherent paragraph. We must be able to express ourselves compellingly, so that our information will compete for the attention of our audiences." It is a depiction of the network, red in tooth and claw, as individual nodes compete with each other for more and more connections. Then there is the other way, where the node processes information and communicates, not with reference to the competition, but rather, with reference to its own nature, striving to be the best of whatever type of node it is and letting the connection chips fall where they may. This sort of node uses connections, not as some sort of weapon, but in a spirit of cooperation, linking and sharing as an exchange of mutual value.
If you think the internet is about competition, then you have really missed the meaning of the message. The initiatives that succeed online - including this newsletter - are those that have focused on development (including excellent software), communication and sharing. More...

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Claroline Open Source LMS Wins UNESCO Award

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Claroline Open Source LMS Wins UNESCO Award
Honestly, I had never heard of Claroline before this, an open source PHP-based learning management system. But I'm with Mark Aberdour when he ponders, "We're not sure where Moodle was in all this, used by many thousands of institutions in 195 countries and localised into 74 languages, maybe no-one nominated them." I really think that the people in these international bodies should get out more. More...

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Communities of Practice

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Communities of Practice
This issue of eLearning Papers focuses on communities of practice. "This edition of eLearning Papers focuses on four distinct CoPs that have been fuelled by the use of electronic community building tools. In the last fifteen years, these tools have moved from online bulletin boards to wikis, audio and video podcasts, virtual meeting spaces, teleconferencing, and any combination of these and others." The articles look at things like eTwinning, success factors. More...

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LeMill

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LeMill
I've been meaning to find a hook to hang this link on for a while now, but it hasn't happened, so I'll just send you straight to LeMill without a whole lot of context. "LeMill is a web community for finding, authoring and sharing learning resources. First at all, you can find learning resources. You can use the resources you find in your own teaching or learning. You can also add your own learning content to LeMill". More...

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How the Internet On Cable Became the Internet As Cable

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How the Internet On Cable Became the Internet As Cable
With the launch of YouTube in Canada, featuring the CBC (television) and CFL (football), and the launch of the USC Channel, it is worth pausing for a moment to reflect on the way "internet service providers, and cultural groups steadily move toward the delivery of content online that bears a striking resemblance to the conventional cable model." What characterizes the cable model is not only channels and bundles, but also barriers and borders. "The new Daily Show site," for example, "is off-limits for Canadians since the U.S.-based Comedy Central recently took the unprecedented step of redirecting Canadian visitors to the CTV-owned Comedy Network site". More...

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