Cell phones, PDAs, iPods, iPaQs, blah, blah blah. How many times have any of us with gadget fetishes been asked "which one should I get?" Up until now, I alwasy answered back with "well, what do you want it to do?" That's still a valid question but now I have at least one class of devices that I can say "You need one of these" without asking any other questions.
The ubiquitous USB drive...but not just any USB drive..the U3 USB drive. The difference? U3 is a company which pushes a technical standard for USB drives that allows software to run from your USB drive as if it were a hard drive. In short this means that I can take my U3 drive up to any computer in an airport or hotel business office, plug it in and have access to many of my favorite apps, bookmarks, passwords, etc....and then when I'm done, unplug the drive and walk away, leaving no traces on the machine. I am currently playing with the Memorex drive and am fairly impressed. Needless to say, I am wondering when we will see the first learning apps on these devices....
"Online educ@tion, the emerging e-wave" (Deccan Herald)
"Classrooms without walls and remote teachers. Anytime students and paper-less exams. That is what is in store for education in 2006 as e-learning comes to India in a big way. Open up the doors — to as many people who care to gain access to it, at whatever moments in their lives, however frequently they choose to knock upon this or that learning door — e-learning."
I thought this was interesting since we hear so much about e-learning (among other things) being outsourced to India - it is a little different to see it described as a potentially huge market.
So this is how the sidebars of my blog (Typelists in Typepad-speak) have been feeling of late. Well I've decided to use some of the Web 2.0 tools I've been posting about to do something about that. The first thing I'm doing is taking all of the "Link" lists that have been accumulating on the side (something akin to blog barnacles) and move them to pages within del.icio.us. This is actually pretty cool, now instead of just seeing the link that I have included you'll be able to click and see all the other people who have also been posting that link. Bang. Instant community.
So all that crazy link goodness will still be available, you'll just click on the heading you're interested in and off you go. I think I'll probably actually add more links that I normally do since I wwon't have to worry about the impact of the number of links on the look of the page. Don't worry then as you see lists of links disappearing..just click on the del.icio.us link I leave behind and you'll find all the current links and more! You can also access my main del.icio.us page here (it actually contains ALL the links). And here is the first new page - appropriately its the Web 2.0 Artifacts page....
I forgot a couple of other cool things about switching this stuff to del.icio.us...you'll be able to use 'search' if you can't easily track a link down AND if you just want to, you'll be able to subscribe to an RSS feed of that page so that you'll know the instant its updated!! I know you're just on the edge of your chairs waiting for that next link....
So Elgg. Again, am I the last to know? This has got to be one of the slickest implementations of an open source "Personal Learning Landscape"- as good a name as anything else I've seen. I have just started playing around with this, er...I mean conducting a full-scale investigation, but already I like the useability and richness of its feature set - which includes a blog, a file management system, a calendar, a "network" functionality (FOAF stuff that I just haven't played with yet) and a built-in aggregator.
Here is the site that I am currenty exploring with. If you click on the "Personal Blog" on the right will take you to that section and I really like the idea that the file management section automatically generates an RSS feed so that you can track when new files have been added.
(another story lifted from Harold)
The man who gave us the genesis of the Web as we know it today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee,.....is going to try this "blogging thing". This could be cool but I suspect from his first post, what will be really cool will be the comments that are posted. Kind of like being able to read everybody's letters to Santa.
Here is one sentiment that I suspect will be repeated
"Thank You for the WWW. Without it I wouldn't live."
Its's true. I copy a lot of stuff - by that I mean - I see other people doing cool things and I try them out to see what I can learn. So, I found something via Harold Jarche the other day and am now trying it out. Its called BlogFlux and I am still in the proces of exploration (one thing I have learned from working at the Masie Center is that I have to be better at digging deeper into the functionalities and possibilities of things versus being a master skimmer). One of the pieces of BlogFlux that looks intriquing though, is its capability to create "MapStats".
This first picture is of a poll I created on the Neomyz site. Took all of 1/2 minute and most of that was thinking up a question......
This next picture is of a Widget on my desktop which can be configured to pull the results from any ongoing Neomyz polls that you are running. So in about 3 minutes I have set up a way to collect data
via the poll and loop the results of that data collection back to my desktop. Its the linkages. This stuff is going to spread not like wildfire but like mold (but in a good way). What I mean is that if you look at this post, and read the articles cited there you can begin to understand that like mold, by the time you see this stuff pop up, it means that much work has already been done behind the scenes. Web/Learning 2.0 isn't something that we have to create an infrastructure for - its there. Its just something that we have to have the vision for.