This is a slick, engaging, funny site. I haven't figure out how to use any of this on a learning/training site but its cool. I do wonder though if 23.95 is a good price for the "ghettoblaster"......
So I started running this poll a couple of weeks ago and after a grand total of 22 votes, I thought I'd share the results and see if I could gin up a few more votes as well.
Right now, the two eLearning Guild Conferences (the Annual Gathering and DevLearn) are leading all comers with Learning 200n coming in third. There were also two "others", one for E-Learn (AACE) and the other for the Game Developers Conference.
So in the spirit of the primary season...let's get out and vote people!!
So I have this buddy from my Booz Allen days named Doug March...very smart guy, great taste in music. Well Doug and his buddies (Gabe, Jason, Min and Dan) have created a couple of cool Twitter mashups that demonstrate (to vastly different ends) the power of aggregation.
Politweets: this neat little site pulls all the politically-focused posts from the public Twitter timeline...talk about a finger on the pulse of politics..this is live, massively aggregated micro-blogging.
Twittertale: Politics are interesting but this is funny...this pulls all the public twitter posts that have swear words in them...check out the Top 5 and see if your favorites are there.
What I'm wondering is if anybody has any institutional resources/standards/policies that they can share on appropriate content/length/etc for podcasts? Any "standard operating procedures" out there? I'll even take lists of favorite resources....
Yes, I am a book-loving geek. Even worse, I like bookstores better than I like libraries because I like to write in my books as I read and dog-ear pages and in general, rough them up a bit as I read them. I'm also usually working on two or three books at a time, not because I'm that smart but just because I usually have one staked out in a couple of different locations.
So I was just wondering, there must be other book lovers out there and I hope (especially on this blog) that there are people who are reading books about learning. My question then is "what are the books you are currently reading or that you think people should clearly read on the topic of learning?"
Now I got like 8 comments so far on my "this doesn't look good for MSFT" post, which was a bit surprising, so let's here it out there...what are the books that you have either read or have in your "To Be Read" pile on the topic of learning?
Instead of a man with no country, I'm a man with three computers and three operating systems. The 'no country' thing might be easier. I've got a workaday Dell Inspiron laptop as my base computer - nothing special here except that this one is the "approved" computer meaning this is the one that I can hook into my work network. I also have a shiny new Dell XPS M1710 laptop for evaluating apps that I can't install on my first computer because we can't have admin rights to those. Then I have a new MacBook that we use for yet another set of projects and evaluations. The first Dell runs XP, the second Dell runs Vista Home Premium and the I need to upgrade the MacBook to Leopard.
Neither of the Dells are particularly fast. The XPS is a big gun with the 17 inch screen and its pretty and all but I am about to put a bullet into the screen because of Vista. This is the worst piece of software engineering excrement ever to wander up onto the shore since I don't know what. What arrogant bloathead or series of tiered bloatheads decided that it was OK to design an OS that will choke a Core Duo machine if it doesn't have at least (as in minimum) two Gigs of RAM?!? I'm serious. I'd like to meet this dope. I can barely run Opera or Firefox with a few tabs open on an Intel Core Duo 2.16 MHz without the stupid thing hanging up.
So my first Dell has a 15 inch screen and runs XP. Its stable and does its job but offers nothing that any other generic PC wouldn't also bring to the table.
The MacBook then. I want a two-button mouse and a two-button touchpad and then I'd be pretty happy. The thing about the MacBook is that it runs so well, has Office for Mac on it so I think I can work in and create documents like Word and Powerpoint with less worries about compatibility than between XP and Vista! The MacBook also has the integrated camera, feels lighter, seems to use less power than the Inspiron and so on. So what's the point of Vista as an OS? Who cares anymore? I run all the MSFT stuff I need to on my Mac and if I really need to, I can use Parallels and/or Boot Camp.
Understand this...I have never owned a Mac before...don't own one now (the MacBook is for work remember?)...I've been a Windows user all my life except for a brief stint on a Mac in the early 90's. But now I just don't see the point. Anybody out there care to tell me why I need a Windows-based laptop?
I'm a big collector of these.....please feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section.....
The first stop MUST be the Learning Circuits Blog "Big Question"
The top Enterprise Web 2.0 stories of 2007 (Dion Hinchcliffe)
Highlight: Widgets, gadgets, and roaming desktops on the Web showed enterprises how portals should really work as well as be dis-intermediated.
12 predictions for Enterprise Web 2.0 in 2008 (Dion Hinchcliffe)
Highlight: Unstructured information from blogs and wikis will proliferate, driving demand for solutions to extract and consolidate business information.
The Top Inventions Of 2008
Highlight: "By the end of 2008 the Project Gutenberg Library will be as large -- or larger--than the average United States Public Library."
10 New Years Resolutions Every Geek Should Make
Highlight: "On the other hand, folks with the Apple laptops are always expressing their condolences and telling me how super-great Leopard is. They’re finally starting to wear me down. I want to be one of the shiny happy people now. The Hare Krishna act has finally worn me down. At some point next year, I suppose I’m going to need to drink the Apple Kool-Aid, and hope the increased productivity is worth the sack to my identity as a PC guy."
Top 10 educational stories of 2007 - connectivism!
Highlight: "I can choose. And I have to choose. I can’t be everywhere. Every educator is having to decide where they will stake ground. To twitter or not to twitter."
Web achievements 101: Things to do before you die
Highlight: "Get publicly slammed by Dave Winer. If you don't know who Dave Winer is, he probably doesn't know who you are either. Winer, who helped create the Web standards for podcasting, blogging and RSS is well known for writing or saying snarky things ranging from people to products."
"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—; I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
The world can be a murky place but sometimes you get two examples side-by-side and their contrast makes a set of differences crystal clear. A post on Danah Boyd's blog Zephoria, pointed out the fact that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning from MIT Press was now up an online.
Part of that series is a book entitled "The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning" edited by the wonderful Katie Salen. The is an edited work and the essays are all by well-known, highly respected authors/researchers/designers. You can order the paper back for $16US or the hard back for $32US....or...(wait for it)...you can download the whole thing for FREE!!
Later I was perusing my feeds and I noticed that the journal of Dialectical Anthropology had two recent articles in it that I thought would be worth checking out: Creative Social Research: Rethinking Theories and Methods and the Calling of an Ontological Epistemology of Participation and Virtual Speakers, Virtual Audiences: Agency, Audience and Constraint in an Online Chat Community. The punchline that you may have already guessed? Yeah...access to the articles costs...$30US for EACH!! Let me see....a whole book for free or two articles for $60US? Hmmm.....that's tough. Remember that old bit about "If a tree falls and no one is there, does it make a sound?" How about "If you write an article and only the people who review it for publication read it, does it make any difference?"
Honestly, we know that the recording industry and the movie industry (as they specifically relate to the digital world) are evil, close-minded dinosaurs that are stuck in Donner Pass mentality of attempting to eat their own customers as they quickly twirl into irrelevance but come on....shouldn't we expect a bit more from academia?
Back in 1999, Robert Darnton, professor emeritus of history at Princeton and past president of the American Historical Association, wrote a piece for the New York Review of Books entitled "The New Age of the Book." Darnton is also a proponent of e-publishing especially as it relates to acedmia; in that article he asserted that "the best case to be made for e-books concerns scholarly publishing, not in all fields, but in large stretches of the humanities and social sciences where conventional monographs—that is, learned treatises on particular subjects—have become prohibitively expensive to produce. The difficulty is so severe, in fact, that it is transforming the academic landscape." That transformation is not in a positive either in case you were wondering.
Darnton goes on to say;
"Commercial publishers have raised the price of periodicals, especially in the natural sciences, to such a height that they have created havoc in the budgets of research libraries. In order to maintain their collections of periodicals, libraries have cut back drastically in the purchases of monographs. Faced with the decline in orders from libraries, university presses have virtually ceased publishing in the fields for which there is the least demand. And scholars in those fields no longer have an adequate outlet for their research. The crisis concerns the workings of the marketplace, not the value of the scholarship; and it is greatest among those with the greatest need to overcome it—the next generation of academics whose careers depend upon their ability to break into print."
So in an age when we have the Public Library of Science Journals and the Directory of Open Access Journals, and when we have academic journals working with publishers who are pricing their product out of the reach of almost everyone and not to mention the Creative Commons; why then do academics still work with these dinosaur publishers and limit the accessibility of their work to all but a handful? Wake up people! You own the content. Publishing has never been easier. You can still maintain all the rigor of peer-review but take back the content from these people who seek nothing but to profit from your own work.
Take the other path....please
Holy Defining Moments Batman!! Someone call NIST! Someone call Will Thalheimer!! Tell them that Google has now defined a 'knol' as a "unit of knowledge." Quick...someone write me a Web 4.0 dashboard widget that will instantaneously measure the KNOL output of all divisions in my organization. Can I start writing RFPs that require contractors to produce a course that will generate a certain number of KNOLs?
Actually it sounds like Google is starting up some author-focused/centric competitor to Wikipedia. This is the goal statement:
"The key idea behind the knol project is to highlight authors. Books have authors' names right on the cover, news articles have bylines, scientific articles always have authors -- but somehow the web evolved without a strong standard to keep authors names highlighted. We believe that knowing who wrote what will significantly help users make better use of web content. At the heart, a knol is just a web page; we use the word "knol" as the name of the project and as an instance of an article interchangeably. It is well-organized, nicely presented, and has a distinct look and feel, but it is still just a web page. Google will provide easy-to-use tools for writing, editing, and so on, and it will provide free hosting of the content. Writers only need to write; we'll do the rest."
Hmmm...sounds like an awful lot of trust there. Google does go on to say:
"We do not want to build a walled garden of content; we want to disseminate it as widely as possible. Google will not ask for any exclusivity on any of this content and will make that content available to any other search engine."
.....but still, right? Am I splitting hairs or is ther some significantly different about making a personal decision to trust a company like Google with my email and trusting that same commercial enterprise with what could grow to be a fairly significant sum of knowledge (millions of of KNOLs)? Or, should I just be happy that for whatever reasons, some company is willing to step up and take on this sort of project?