||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
4:45:01 PM Google It!.
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
4:24:50 PM Google It!.
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]
10:41:28 AM Google It!.
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
10:28:32 AM Google It!.
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]
9:25:38 AM Google It!.
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]
9:09:05 AM Google It!.
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