Hands down the most impressive museum and art collection I have ever seen. Enjoyed every step I took through that place!
Friday, February 24, 2012
I agree. In my 10 years experience inside institutions of education, teachers lack of empathy, bordering on outright hostility toward students, is the probably the biggest source of failure in formal education settings.
The USA has past legislation that mandates all publicly funded research ($60 billion worth) be made accessible within 6 months of formal publication.
Thumbs up for Brewster's distributed P2P with Server file sharing idea.
All media files have a unique hashcode that a browser looks up when directed to fetch that file. The browser seeks that file both from the server as well as P2P, bringing it down faster, and adding download records to the original published location.
As always, Australia is conspicuously absent from the education with Wikipedia project space. That's not to say Australians are not engaging (although that is partly true), there is for example University of Canberra work going into Wikiversity. It seems the Wikimedia Foundation is has a litle blind spot when it comes to Australia, and work going on outside the Wikipedia project.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
These past few months, I've been designing a jacket, working with Julio Valdes in Sydney to develop a pattern, and get a prototype made up, ready for on-demand making. Here's photos of prototype 001. Its made of black oilskin, lined with ventile, and then kangaroo leather on the hood brim and cuffs. There are a few things not shown, such as the RiRi and splash resistant zippers I plan to use, as well as the flaps with press studs to shield the main body zipper.
Once I get the design, pattern and materials right, I plan to sell the jacket, made to order, in a variety of materials, from all Kanga leather, to recycled canvas. Although this particular version is pretty heavy weight, it is designed for outdoor activity like skiing. For those who are more worried about weight than they are about durability, there will be a light weight version made from single layer ventile.
I'm working on pants, bib and brace over alls, shirts, feather down jackets and wool mid layer jackets. The designs will be open source and simplified to support DIY makers. The materials are natural, and the cuts for active wear. I hope to start marketing the first jacket by the end of the year, after I've finished fully testing the designs and materials in the field, through an Australian winter scrub.
Back in 2001 I was shown a paper on a Microsoft funded research project that found that people's reading comprehension was reduced by as much as 70% when reading from a screen. Admittedly screen resolutions have improved slightly since then, and more people today would be used to reading text on a screen, but I'd dearly live to find that research finding, to counter the obvious bias in publications linked above.
Nice mobile display for the html5 version of the book. Haven't started reading yet, but the process for the writing alone is note worthy. Similar to how a few of us wrote Future of Learning in a Networked World - available as a not for profit print book or free pdf at Lulu.com looking fwd to reading Learning, Freedom and the Web.
Friday, February 17, 2012
While I wish UBC had of joined the Wikiversity project and built social capital and influence there, their decision to be their own 'control freaks' is giving them the space to innovate. They're making their developments available to other MediaWiki developers. I really hope Wikiversity will notice their embed code feature.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Paper predicting a significant temperature decline from Solar Cycle 24.
The story of a teacher of English as a second language in Mexico, using the Spanish and English Wikipedias for advanced language practice, and cultural awareness.
Very good, concise, quick and easy to follow
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Stan asks a cheeky question about the legitimacy and even value-of-contribution fron PhD formed thinking and practice. Most in academia will probably dismiss Stan as anti-intellectual, showing their ignorance in doing so, because Stan is anything but.
I certainly agree, the title of PhD is ultimately meaningless, because anyone or any job that relies on that title clearly isn't capable of demonstrating much else.
Bill offers more valuable notes on a plan to test various software and hardware resources in schools, to assist indigenous language learning in Central Australia. Tests include a language dictionary for Open Office, sound recording, and the XO computers (which I have doubts about after my experiences using early models in Tuvalu).
Friday, February 10, 2012
Peter Rawsthorne is developing a how-to produce for mobile, on Wikiversity. The first stream is a nice and simple approach to working HTML5 for mobile. This is a very nice addition to Wikiversity, nice and simple approach too.
Steve Downs is finding it for me more these days. A more useful summary of an inaccessible article about online deliberation systems, with comment on what works and what doesn't. Along side the pie chart of disruptions to education it should be clear that the real value and challenge for educational developers, is the successful creation of a deliberative community of practice that is useful to people at the level of knowledge that they are at.
I rarely find infographics very useful, but this one I do. It breaks formal education practice up into a pie chart, then orders them from dark to light based on what is most easily disrupted or replaced by current technologies and perspectives. I find this layout good in simplifying an overly complicated system, and helpful for prioritising educational development projects in the formal setting.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Really interesting flow chart, starting at a troublsome point however, "are you living your dream Yes / No?"
None-the-less helpful quick reference for forming and actioning ideas. Love the "make art" end point for the question "do people get your idea - no?"
If its 1970s, I'm interested it seems.
This is a book review/summary of Jean-François Lyotard’s 1979 book The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
How do we define ‘knowledge’ in a postindustrial society equipped with new media, instantaneous communication technologies and universal access to information? Who controls its transmission? How can scientific knowledge be legitimated?
Good notes and great quotes from Michael Wesch's perspectives on new media.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
As always, Bill Kerr offers very useful notes on Noel Pearson and what is being talked about and done for education in Australian indigenous communities.
The Melbourne Free University keeps rolling out the intetesting seminars. I wish they'd post the recordings on the same chanels I would pick it up, ie the RSS feed. Their posters are just lovely though, and if I can find a way into Melbourne I'd like to try and associate with them, and see if I can extend their seminars into study guides on Wikiversity or Something.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Teemu Leinonen gives a nice summary of the Wikimedia approach to open educational resources and reference materials.
Stephen points to an interesting idea, to bring the speed dating format into the conference, even the online conference. I'm thinking it might go well as an activity prior to the agenda building at an unconference.