I was reading Michael Wesch
online over the weekend. He’s the professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University who drew so much
attention for his video, "Web
2.0…The Machine is Us/ing Us", which had millions of views in several versions on many sites.
Things have been quiet this month on the blog and at our main site.
It’s not just the holidays. You can add in some computer problems and those pesky day jobs that pay the bills. But, there will be new poems posted at the end of the month and a new prompt for the new year. Keep the ink from freezing.
I started using Eduspaces when it was called Elgg. It was about the same time that Tim and I were starting out with
Moodle (late 2005) and starting Serendipity35. It was self-described as the “world’s largest social networking site
dedicated to education and educational technology. With forums moderated by the leading experts in this field, this
service exists to promote the use of cutting edge technologies within education.”
This past weekend,
Eduspaces users received this mail:
Back in October (at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference), Blackboard Inc. launched their K-20 Connection. It’s an
initiative, like others that I’ve written about here, to get K-12 schools and higher education institutions to connect
They plan to invest about one million dollars in “strategic and tactical imperatives that
enhance K-20 collaborative opportunities in the US and around the world.”
"It is critical that
secondary and post secondary education leaders work…
I’ve been attending virtual meetings of the MAGPI K20 User Group for the past year. This
tri-state group meets every other month virtually by videoconferencing through the Internet2 Commons. I continue to be amazed at the things
schools are doing, and frustrated by how little we are doing with it at NJIT and SPHS.
The purpose of this
user group is to bring together connected organizations across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to encourage a
cross-fertilization of ideas,…
Most of you have heard about MIT’s OpenCourseware project. OCW is the free publication of materials used at MIT
from over 1800
courses made available to the public.
Now, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is making freely available to
high school students and their teachers a collection of material in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The material is available on a new part of the original site at http://ocw.mit.edu/highschooland features video and…
the attention on virtual environments right now goes to Second Life, but there are other virtual worlds - for example, Croquet, There, ActiveWorlds. I haven’t been all that involved in virtual worlds in education, though I try to keep
up with projects being done there.
I have been filing away some stories about K-20 collaborations the past few weeks and this week I’m planning to use
I received two links in an email from a friend who attended the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference. He wanted to let me know that he attended a
session with over 100 higher education CIOs and e-Learning folks who were discussing a “continuum of education
from kindergarten through college,” also known as K-20 and (he says) the “education pipeline.”
Cool image - and it’s all over the Net and in emails, but now I read that-
"…it’s physically impossible for the moon to appear so much larger than the sun when they are seen together with the naked eye. Why? Because, given their relative distances from the earth, the moon and the sun subtend the same angle in the sky, which is a fancy astrophysical way of saying that from our earthly vantage point they should always appear to be of equal size.”
Always worth checking in at Snopes.com when things seem a bit suspicious
they have traced its likely origin to a German artist named Inga Nielsen, who apparently created it using Terragen, a program for generating background scenery for games, etc.
"You don’t have that spinner rack of comic books sitting in the local (supermarket) any
more," Marvel Publishing president Dan Buckley recently said. "We don’t have our product intersecting kids in
their lifestyle space as much as we used to."
Ain’t that the truth. English teachers may be
complaining that kids don’t read the novels they assign, but their students are not even reading comic books.
"Kids’ lifestyle space" is that wonderful and irksome Internet, and it’s hurting that…
“This instrument can teach, it can
illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to
those ends. Otherwise it is merely wire and lights in a box….” - Edward R Murrow
talking about television, but perhaps you or your students see applications to other technologies.