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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Powerpoint is the enemy?

NYTimes has an article about Powerpoint with an image that has been making its rounds online. I take the opposite view of the central concern expressed in the article: the problem with PowerPoint is that it reduces complexity to bullet points (as General McMaster mentions). The image getting bad press is actually far more useful [...]

Thinking out loud about Connectivism

David Wiley is, as usual, busy stirring up a complex conversation on his site, Iterating Toward Openness. In this post, Thinking out loud about connectivism, he states: I would be absolutely delighted to see this kind [in reference to Anderson and Schooler] of empirical work done to shore up the nascent theoretical framework called connectivism. [...]

Teaching and Learning in Social and Technological Networks

I’ve posted the slides from my presentation to TCC Online on Teaching and Learning in Social and Technological Networks. TCC just ran their 15th online conference. Wow. 15 years. Impressive. Congrats to TCC!

Journalists and social media

Journalism serves as a test ground for education. What has happened in journalism will also happen in education: breakdown of a single controlled narrative, increased role of amateurs, challenges to the existing business model, etc. (btw – I’ve referenced the link between journalism and news over the last 7 or 8 years. I decided to [...]

Internet of things

We’re connecting more objects to the internet: cars, phones, home security systems. What about clothes? Or our skin (at least as an interface)? Or how about all of life as an interconnected game (as is disturbingly communicated in the last 10 minutes of this presentation)? Regardless of the long term impact, the internet of things [...]

Networks of Networks

Connectedness and integration makes networks powerful. And susceptible to large-scale failure. Individuals travelling to/from/within Europe are acutely aware of this due to the Icelandic volcano eruption. When one aspect of an interconnected network begins to fail, cascading phenomenon can impact the integrity of other networks. Network of Networks puts it this way: When networks are [...]

Future(s) of Education

Today is the kickoff day for the TEKRI and EdITLib sponsored open online course on Future(s) in Education. Week 1 readings and resources are available here. If you’re interested in receiving our (almost) daily newsletter, you can register here.

TEDxNYed Videos

TEDxNYED videos have now been posted. My presentation on “collapsing to connections” is available here. Comments?

New copyright fees for students

Rory McGreal highlights a disconcerting development in copyright access for Canadian students: Titled the Access Copyright Post-Secondary Educational Institution Tariff, this levy of $45 per student, if accepted by the board, would cover all manner of copying by students and teachers, whether digital or print, video or audio, online or offline, coursepacks or class handouts, [...]

Ning cancels “free”

Big news today from Ning: no more free networks (and 40% staff layoffs). Hosted services are great – as long as you can pull your data out (a significant value to Google’s data liberation project). Many educators use Ning for creating social networks. But, for Ning, ad revenue has not been able to meet their [...]