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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Those crazy kids and their media

Kaiser Family Foundation has a new report available on youth and technology. Overall, it’s not a surprising report – basically, if they’re awake, they’re online. Media consumption increased in almost every domain – web, TV, music, games, etc. Print was down. Two parts of the report were interesting – though mainly for lack of useful [...]

Internet Freedom

Take a few minutes (ok, maybe about 30). Read this transcript of Hillary Clinton’s presentation on internet freedom. Leave the politics out of it. It is, I think, an important speech that has the prospect of serving as a touch point for advancing the freedom online discussion – delivered by a senior government official who [...]

Age of External Knowledge

I’ve stated (many) times that the most significant impact of the internet is the externalization (capturing and recording…and then making available for future analysis) of all aspects of our lives. How much do we need to commit to memory when we can search Google? What does it mean to “know” something today? To have it [...]

New York Times to charge for content?

Publishers (such as Rupert Murdoch and now New York Times) are once again experimenting with paid content models. I personally don’t care. I’m sure some people will pay. I would likely subscribe to an exceptionally informative newspaper or magazine online. Publishers face a challenge in the amount of free content that is readily available. I [...]

Learning: Extracting Order from Chaos

Chaos theory can provide a useful model for learning: a limited range of inputs can provide a significant variety of outputs. Because the output range is so diverse, it’s easy to assume that the process itself must be astonishingly complex. It’s not. Systems that are complex and even chaotic function according to a few simple [...]

Facebook Connect

Facebook is building its strategy on this simple concept: wherever I go, there I am. The scattered, fragmented identity that many people have online (a profile on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, blogs, Flickr, YouTube, etc.) is a real challenge to manage. Just this past week, I discovered my Educause profile was still listing University of Manitoba [...]

Horizon Report – 2010

The 2010 edition of the Horizon Report is now available. I won’t comment on the content of the report – I’m sure others will critique/approve the specific trends addressed. Instead, I want to discuss the process of putting the report together. I received an invite from NMC earlier this year to participate on the Advisory [...]

Hybrid Education

Many aspects of education, training, and development need to be questioned. What has technology (and the internet) made obsolete? How important is space? What can we do at a distance? What does a live lecture add that a good quality recording doesn’t? How can we thin classroom walls and bring in external experts? Or connect [...]


Privacy is difficult. Our purchases, searches, and actions are recorded to varying degrees. Facebook and networking sites are pushing the boundaries of what we have in the past viewed as privacy. I think a historical view of privacy is a bit of an illusion (Stephen Downes has talked about this in the past from his [...]


National Geographic is one of the few publications that I think I would miss if it was only available online. Not sure why. Most magazines can be read in bits and pieces, flipping through until I discover something of relevance. With National Geographic, I find almost every article interesting. And the photography isn’t too shabby. [...]