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Thursday, May 12, 2005

BBC Launches APIs [Slashdot:] this is a serious contender for online libraries/repositories that provides a model for much needed transparency in news that becomes history -- BL

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Behaviour book wins £10,000 prize. The British science writer Philip Ball wins the prestigious 2005 Aventis Prize for popular science books. [BBC News | Science/Nature | UK Edition]
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Anticipating Autopoiesis: Personal Construct Psychology and Self-Organizing Systems. Seb Fiedler hits on a nice article that draws out some implications of the psychological theory of constructivism, a theory which holds, essentially, that our understanding of the world is a creative act. "There is no event which could be called 'stark reality' because there is no event which we cannot reconstrue alternately." What's important is how we undertake this process (c.f. my remarks on similarity, below). We are self-organizing systems "a closed network of productions of components that through their interactions constitute the network of productions that produce them." Why is this important? Well, as Fiedler remarks, it has direct implications on the practice of teaching: "There is no linear causality that can dictate changes in another's system. Mistakenly believing that there is such causality often leads to teacher/instructor/facilitator hostility toward the student/learner/participant". Moreover, it is worth noting that the Praxis listed at the bottom of the example mirrors almost exactly the principles of educational gaming described by people like James Paul Gee. Of course - it doesn't have to be a game - that's just one way to do it. My own view is that these principles should be instantiated in real world applications - which leads us to an underlying theory of workflow learning. By Vincent Kenny, Self-Organisation in Psychotherapy, in 1989 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
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Using Email Networks as P2P Spam Filters [Slashdot:]
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An experimental test of flashbulb memory. The Stroop effect is a well-documented phenomenon that shows how easily we can be distracted from a simple task. In the classic Stroop experiment, we are shown a word, such as GREEN, and asked to indicate the color it is printed in. When the meaning of the word itself conflicts with the word's color, the [...] [Cognitive Daily]
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45GB Triple-Layer HD DVDs [Slashdot:]
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Don Park: Conference-jacking. [Scripting News]
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mLearnopedia: Your Mobile Learning Resource. eLearnopedia introduces us to mLearningopedia, a comprehensive resource on mobile learning. On the one hand I am an unabashed enthusiast for wireless connectivity and networking. On the other hand, I'm not sure about learning on a two-inch screen. But there's no doubt that mobile learning has caught the latest run of the fad train. There may be something there - but it seems to me that the hype has arrived before the grassroots applications, which suggests to me that something's amiss. Caution. Oh, but do visit this resource, which is quite good. By Judy Brown, May 11, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily] Pocket SCORM -BL

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Podiobooks - Serialized audio books in podcast form [Edubloggers Links Feed]
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Paul Graham: Hiring is Obsolete [Slashdot:] "With both employers and investors, the balance of power is slowly shifting towards the young."
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The Cellphone That Does Everything Imaginable, at Least Sort Of. Samsung's new phone for Sprint can take two-megapixel photos, scan in business cards, record 90-minute videos, play TV shows and even transcribe dictated speech. But how well? By By DAVID POGUE. [NYT > Technology]
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Software Agents to Assist in Distance Learning Environments - Sheung-On Choy, Sin-Chun Ng, and Yiu-Chung Tsang, Educause Quarterly. The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) is a distance education university with about 22,500 students. In fulfilling its mission, the university has adopted various Web-based and electronic means to support distance learning. For instance, OUHK uses a Web [Online Learning Update]
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Key Advantage of Open Source is Not Cost Savings [Slashdot:]
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A Robot for the Home, Brains Not Included. Robotics has always been an esoteric and expensive pursuit, with few avenues for the home dabbler to create a robot that can venture around the house or out into the world. The White Box Robotics Model 914 PC-BOT, however, aims to change that. By By JOHN BIGGS. [NYT > Technology]
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Online Trainers Keep Their Distance. For Americans seeking to get fit on their own time, online personal training is increasingly popular. By By ELIZABETH WEIL. [NYT > Technology]
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Bots Kick Grass in RoboCup Soccer. Programmers turn Sony Aibos and other machines into fierce competitors on the field. The ultimate goal of the international competition: a robot team that can tackle humans by 2050. [Wired News]
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Using Wikis to Empower Student Learning. Steve Greenlaw is bashing the hell out of wikis as a teaching tool. Looks very cool -- gotta blog this... [Edubloggers Links Feed]
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Publish or Be Damned (BBC - Radio 4). Scientific publishing is undergoing a revolution. Scientists and policy makers, fed up with valuable research being locked away in expensive subscription only journals, are mounting a challenge to the publishers. They are launching their own competing journals and giving away the results for free. But not everyone is happy. In Publish or be Damned, Richard Black examines this dramatic change from both sides of the debate and assesses its likely consequences for science. [Edubloggers Links Feed]
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Splice It Yourself. Who needs a geneticist? These days you can build your own DNA lab in the garage. By Rob Carlson from Wired magazine. [Wired News]
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Dutch Academics Declare Research Free-For-All [Slashdot:]
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