Monthly Archives: June 2007

Swings and Roundabouts in homework

I want to keep referencing any ‘local’ articles on homework. This one by Don Aitkin in the Auss Financial Review is a reflection of his own experiences. “education is full of intractable problems…too much [homework] and you will come to … Continue reading

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Blended learning

UK report on the experience of blended learning across 7 HE institutions, solidly researched. But I can’t help feeling its time we just call it all learning- esp when the authors identify 3 types of blended learning – but no … Continue reading

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Digital Knowledge ecology

Excuse grandiose title, but below are some thoughts shared with a colleague, Janet Burstall- as we try to depict the elements which might constitute an ecology of ‘digital’ knowledge. Components of a learning ecology Knowledge construction & transmition Actors/roles Systems … Continue reading

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Cult of the arrogant

Couldn’t help also adding a link to this running disussion from Britannica Blog by Michael Gorman defending ‘authoritative’ publishing. Stirred 31 responses so far to his post-(welcome to the wonders of Web2 Michael) -No wonder with lines like- “The flight … Continue reading

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On board with Dias, and all his ghosts

Once again my 10 yr old daughter is stuck with the inevitable ‘new age explorers’ assignment for Year 5. After two weeks of colouring, ‘researching’ and agonising over what the other kids are doing… I made the mistake of suggesting … Continue reading

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HT06,tagging paper, taxonomy, Flickr, academic article, toRead

Like the title, a unique article by some of the best on social tagging systems (picked up from Seb). Despite taggings increasing popularity, this is little researched area. The authors offer a taxonomy of tagging systems to help analysis and … Continue reading

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A country that has stopped thinking

Steve Burrells report in this weekends (June 16-17) Sydney Morning Herald will hopefully rally some public debate (whats it take?). Australia is currently riding on the back of the coal truck (once was sheep) to prosperity-but that betrays our failure … Continue reading

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Blogging (102)

Followed up from Jerry’s Blog, on the issues of blogging as he refers to Ian Delaneys (editor of NMK,) comments on blogging. Ian is a journo and also suffers from working in the business all day then wondering if he … Continue reading

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Web 2-authority Vs ‘collective authority’

At risk of adding more layers of comment (but hey thats knowledge creation )-worth citing Tony Karrer on Will Richardsons post – Web 2.0 as “Cultural and Intellectual Catastrophe” The basic issue of experts vs. collective intelligence . Tony states … Continue reading

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Net Geners

A timely article by Barbara Combes (Edith Cowan Uni) from her thesis on behavour of the Net Gen. Her analysis of research on the Net gen largely debunks the myth of an intuitive user who is capable of using electronic … Continue reading

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Virtual High Schools and Innovation in Public Education

Interesting report on accelerating innovation in the US school sector. 2007 June. Sponsored by Education Sector –(proclaiming itself as ”independent education think tank in Washington, devoted to developing innovative solutions to the nation’s most pressing educational problems”). The report covers … Continue reading

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Angst of ‘keeping up’

Over the years like many of my colleagues, there is an increasing guilt raging within us (but we never admit it) about ‘not being a ble to keep up’. Like most professionals we are caught in the knowledge swirl (did … Continue reading

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Net Gen & Digital natives

The assumptions underpinning the ‘Net Gen /Digital natives’ cohort need unpacking. I suspect they are more part of a ‘mobile’ gen than Net gen. In this article, Sarah Lohnes and Charles Kinzer argue for a more nuanced understanding of Net … Continue reading

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PLEs social dimension

“For social tools to succeed, they should also be personally useful. Maybe personal learning environment frameworks*, in turn, need to have rich social functionality to really take off?” Tony Hirst  June 1 posting on OUseful info. This sums up one of … Continue reading

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Tips on developing a Wiki Community

Much is writetn on developing blogs but the Wiki seems a little neglected lately, but Danny Horn’s piece adds a good insight- Small Wikis are different A wiki is a volunteer project The individual is important People don’t like anonymity- … Continue reading

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Student in the digital knowledge space

The following is an excerpt from a discussion paper I have written around PLEs, formal /informal learning. The diagram was inspired by Scott Wilson’s work.

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Changing literacies

Clarence Fisher’s work on what constitutes the new ‘digital literacies’. A lot has been written on this over the years but there seems to be renewed interest with the advent of blogs,wikis etc. Some useful comments in relation to ‘networked … Continue reading

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FaceBook Vs MySpace

Another nice parody [thanks George]

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Web 2.0 framework

Ross Dawson’s Web 2 framework looks excellent- a new insight from a business perspective. But asa George Siemens warns the complexity of web 2 betrays any reduction to a diagram. [When we are in chaotic or complex environments, the activity … Continue reading

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