29 novembre 2019

It's Not About Web 2.0 It's About Learning!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. It's Not About Web 2.0 It's About Learning!
More reaction to the whole Gary Stager thing. Jeff Utecht - one of Stager's targets - writes, "nothing has ever been accomplished by looking backwards. We need to focus on teaching teachers these new literacy skills so they can in turn teach students." Tom Hoffman, meanwhile, notices that most of the criticisms are coming from outside the United States. Dave Warlick implies that James farmer (and maybe some others) cross a line in his criticism. Dean Shareski has a nice take: "So when Stager asks, 'Why wouldn't we at least try to make schools better?' The answer - it's not a priority." Stager, meanwhile, replies on my website, "It is physically impossible to respond to every one of your concerns, but I'd be happy to try if I knew what they were." Well, I wrote them all out a couple of days ago and posted the link on his website. More...

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28 novembre 2019

Web 2.0 and Policy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Web 2.0 and Policy
The email advert reads as follows: "Many of you will have seen the JISC-funded report by Tom Franklin and Mark van Harmelen on Web2.0 services and their implications for sharing elearning content, especially the implications for universities and colleges. We've now drafted a JISC response to the recommendations in this report..." The report, boiled down as recommendations, consists of a string of statements saying "JISC should fund such-and-such". The response is invariably "JISC is already funding such-and-such" or "JISC is considering it". More...

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14 novembre 2019

Which World for 3D Webbing?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Which World for 3D Webbing?
I talked with someone from Sun about their own (Java based) 3D world servers. Meanwhile, this article also mentions Open Croquet and Multiverse. We are still a long way away from this being a useful technology but there's a lot of work being done in a lot of places. More...

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Web 2.0 and Your own Learning and Development

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Web 2.0 and Your own Learning and Development
Presentation by Stephen Downes, British Council, Online to London, UK, [Link]

How the Net Works

So this is what I look like when I am presenting by video conference using large sheets of paper so that participants won't have to stare at a black screen while the slides load. So here are the slides, even though they were never seen by the audience (maybe I'll photograph the paper slides). Kate Tyrwhitt, the artist, was also kind enough to record the audio after my recording system died - it's fuzzy but a whole lot better than nothing. There's video, I'm told, but it's not available yet. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web July 23, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ]. More...

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13 novembre 2019

A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything
Wiki pages used by Will Richardson to support his talk from yesterday here in Duluth. Link that got the biggest chuckle from me: this page detailing errors in a physics textbook. More...

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07 novembre 2019

Pedagogical Affordances of Syndication, Aggregation, and Mash-Up of Content On the Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Pedagogical Affordances of Syndication, Aggregation, and Mash-Up of Content On the Web
This article is a basic summary of Web 2.0 tools as they are applied in an online learning environment. Good overview from the perspective of two projects, the Dekita and Writingmatrix projects. They are "are similar in that they are two examples of what is possible when we are aware of and can exploit syndication, aggregation, and mashup of content in distributed learning environments over the Internet". More...

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Metaverse Roadmap: Pathways to the 3D Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Metaverse Roadmap: Pathways to the 3D Web
What happens when the 3D web begins to interact with our usual ways of interacting with the world and each other? This report describes in detail the possible scenarios, from augmented reality to mirror worlds, lifelogging, political change and the transparent society. Lots of detail, illustrations and examples. Very comprehensive. The 28 page report is available as a PDF. More...

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Common Pitfalls of Building Social Web Applications and How to Avoid Them

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Common Pitfalls of Building Social Web Applications and How to Avoid Them
Part One, Part Two. Good set of suggestions concerning the founding of social networks (which are interestingly almost the same as the set of suggestions that would apply to the founding of online communities). Baically, the advice amounts to: provide something of value to your members, attend to them personally, and keep focusing on the value to members. More...

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Vendor-Driven Misperceptions

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Vendor-Driven Misperceptions About Web 2.0 in Schools
"Educational technology staff are probably the greatest single enemy of Web 2.0 connectivity and collaborative tools in schools." So says The Education Bazaar, looking at the "misinformation" being spread about these technologies in publications such as Computerworld. Why such misinformation? Well, it could be the companies that profit by it - companies like IBM who want to sell proprietary versions of Web 2.0 technology ("the new Quickr 8, Lotus Connections and Info 2.0 products are part of IBM's new 'Web 2.0 Goes to Work' initiative) and need to scare organizations off the open source stuff available now. Or it could be the people quoted by these magazines, such as Vijay Sonty, not only "CIO for Broward County Public Schools in Sunrise, Fla." and "this year's Withrow Award for Educators" but is also "on the IBM Customer Advisory Panel" and who "says that Web 2.o tools are not ready for schools" - at least, not in comparison to the IBM tools. More...

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24 octobre 2019

Britannica Blog: Web 2.0

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Britannica Blog: Web 2.0 Forum
Nothing like a little deliberately seeded contrarians to drive up the hit counter to what would otherwise be an unremarkable site. Britannica has Andrew Keen and Michael Gorman telling us how stupid Wenb 2.0 is, and Clay Shirky offering the reply, with some others playing supporting roles. The whole point of the exercise, of course, is to reinforce the role of the authority through these high-profile postings. Yawn. We've seen it before. More...

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