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The Blog Flips to New Zealand (October 29, 2004 09:20 AM)
As some of locals will be saying, "Kia Ora".... This blog is about to be flipped. In about 10 hours I am on my way to Auckland, New Zealand for 3 weeks of invited workshops primarily at my hosts at UNITEC with other visits scheduled to Auckland University of Technology... «more»
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Web Pioneers on the Ballot? (October 29, 2004 06:08 AM)
Wow, how do some of the key pioneers of the web have time to fun for elected positions in Arizona? Among the piles of colorful signs crowding every street corner, I have seen some familiar names pop out on the ballot for November 2... Is Eric Meyer, who's books and... «more»
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Cog (No Dog) Railway (October 27, 2004 11:48 PM)
flickr foto Cog (No Dog) Railwayavailable on my flickr This technology pulled us up 25% grades to the top of Pikes Peak, Colorado aboard the Cog Railway. Yes, the camera has safely returned to Arizona, all 130 photos in tact. Whew! Not much time to process them with 2... «more»
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Conference Hangover: Low Information Density in Conference Presentations (October 27, 2004 12:14 AM)
Actually, my vacation time in Colorado did wonders to revive my spirits after 4 days at the EDUCAUSE 2004 conference. I've grumbled before about the sour irony that the dominant mode of communication in our field of instructional technology (or pretty much all other conference gatherings) is the very unwired,... «more»
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Back in Action (the photos are 404 for now) (October 26, 2004 09:13 PM)
Just returned home from 5 days of being a sightseeing fool up and down the Rocky Mountains following last week's EDUCAUSE conference in Denver. I've got a big of pile photos to flickr up, but it will be delayed following a harrowing experience having accidently leaving my digital camera at... «more»
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Blog Brownout (October 23, 2004 06:13 AM)
This blog will go into a period of non-activity the next few days as I work on a project requiring me to pretend to be a tourist in the Rocky Mountains. There will not be anything else posted on "project mini vacation"... «more»
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Sometimes You Spend So Much Time and Effort Thinking of a Cute or Clever Title for A Blog Post That You Completely Forget What You Were Going to Write About (October 21, 2004 06:23 PM)
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EDUCAUSE 2004: "Learning Space Design" (October 21, 2004 05:13 PM)
This session will explore learning space design principles as a way to enhance and transform teaching and learning with technology. The principles acknowledge changes in our understanding of student cognition and faculty roles in the learning process. Well-configured Learning spaces make it possible for faculty and students to engage in... «more»
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EDUCAUSE: "Sakai, A Collaboration Between The University of Michigan, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford, OKI, and the uPortal Consortium" (October 21, 2004 11:32 AM)
Sakai is delivering an integrated open-source framework comprising an enterprise portal, a course management system, and a tool portability profile as a standard for writing future tools that can extend this core set of educational applications. Learn what Sakai has achieved and its direction for the future. My comments:... «more»
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Disclaimer (October 21, 2004 09:45 AM)
Eeek. It is coming to my attention via email, comments, trackbacks, server logs, that more people than My mom are reading this blog (actually she doesn't know about it). Beyond scaring the ____ out of me, I felt it appropriate to say that my writing here is almost exclusively for... «more»
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EDUCAUSE Croquet Project (October 21, 2004 09:41 AM)
This poster session demo was probably the coolest thing I have seen here at the EDUCAUSE 2004 conference. It is so cool I do not think I can describe it, See the Croquet Project WHAT IF... ...we were to create a new operating system and user interface knowing what we... «more»
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EDUCAUSE: "Surveying the Digital Landscape" (October 21, 2004 09:33 AM)
(more back blogging from yesterday's sessions at EDUCAUSE 2004): This presentation will provide a brief overview of various Evolving Technologies Committee white paper topics: the "consumerization" of information technology; strategies and best practices for addressing the growing concerns of spam, worms, and viruses; and the convergence of libraries and digital... «more»
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EDUCAUSE: "At the End of the Day We Will Have Given it All Away: The Convergence of Open-Source CMS and Open Courseware" (October 20, 2004 03:46 PM)
Free content for community colleges (well and everybody else)! Free! Developing content based on model of MIT Open CourseWare success, but for community college level courses. Foothill-De Anza approached by Hewlett Foundation to lead effort for more general education level courses, community college level curriculum. Based on success with FHDA... «more»
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EDUCAUSE: "Electronic Portfolios in Higher Education: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?" (October 20, 2004 02:17 PM)
From the folks at the University of Denver Portfolio Community: The University of Denver Portfolio Community is a comprehensive electronic portfolio system that supports individual, course, and community portfolios and curriculum assessment. This session will discuss the DUPC's development and lessons learned during its implementation and compare it to other... «more»
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EDUCAUSE: "Universal Design and the Web: Strategies and Techniques" (October 20, 2004 01:01 PM)
A solid session by Terry Thompson with University of Washington's National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education on the concept if Universal Design for web content. (excuse the post-blogging-- the wireless in the session room is not there or off the map). The materials and the resources on the... «more»
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Rip. Mix. Feed. Objects? EDUCAUSE 2004 Seminar (October 20, 2004 12:07 AM)
Today, Brian Lamb and I pulled of another rollercoaster wild ride presentation, one that more or less emerged and arose from the primordial soup of our minds 2 weeks ago, The long scrolling title for today's pre-conference Seminar was "Decentralization of Learning Resources: Syndicating Learning Objects Using RSS, Trackback, and Related... «more»
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Mile High (October 19, 2004 07:15 AM)
So this is Denver... It is not secret, but the Denver airport is an entire city unto itself. You get off a plane, get on a train, hop on a boat, cross a mountain... and then wait 40 minutes, praying, for your luggage. Then, you find out the airport is... «more»
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Denver Bound (October 18, 2004 04:09 PM)
In a few clicks, I'm off to the airport for Denver heading there for the EDUCAUSE 2004 Conference Extravaganza. With good wireless connectivity, I hope to blog what I can. Tomorrow Brian and I will be rounding up some objects in our pre-conference seminar, "Decentralization of Learning Resources: Syndicating Learning... «more»
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Why Is Hiding the RSS? Let it Out! (October 18, 2004 12:32 PM)
Under the powerful Google umbrella, is a huge player in the blog-verse offering totally free, hosted blogs, and they are now even looking less cheesy than a few years back. But for being the heavy weight, they are keeping RSS Feeds a hidden gem only known to those that... «more»
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Slapping the Wiki Around (October 17, 2004 09:50 PM)
Over at Kairosnews, blacklily8 has some strong words about the new found obsession with wikis: Wikis are one of those internet phenomena that are confusing, intruiging, powerful, and often misunderstood. Many users and even some programmers of wiki software have missed the point completely, and from what I've observed in... «more»
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Toogle Retro Back to ASCII Art? Or Not? (October 17, 2004 06:35 PM)
Toogle takes a twist and strong copy of Google's Image search except rather than return images scraped from web pages, it returns a visual representation of the search words made entirely out of text. it harkens back to the old monochrome terminal days of ASCII art. But this is way... «more»
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Email as the Most Used And Worst Method of "Knowledge Management" (October 16, 2004 04:02 PM)
Email is the communication norm. It is no more special than the phone. But it is the worst way to manage information over time or the "KM" buzzword (which by the way I have never understood--- "mamaging knowledge", it sounds like managing "wisdom" or quantifying ethics or s snipe hunt).... «more»
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Stoopid Web Design Confounded By Stoopider Customer Service (October 16, 2004 03:27 PM)
As a single developer, I have programmed and designed a number of web transaction systems, and not one of them was limited to use on platform or web browsers (well to be honest, our 1998 Hero's Journey site has some JavaScript quirks that prevent full use on some browsers, then... «more»
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PowerPointLess: Eric Meyer's Full-On CSS Slide Show (October 15, 2004 01:19 PM)
I think I got here via scanning RSS from Roland Tanglao - one of the Gods of Explaining CSS to Mere Mortals, Eric Meyer has rolled out a nifty way to assemble a presentation without any touching and software from Redmond. S5 is a fully web standards compliant XHMTL slide... «more»
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Ocotillo Spotlight on Media Services (October 15, 2004 07:49 AM)
Another arm of our Ocotillo is the Spotlight on Instructional Technology where we try and highlight once a month an interesting use of technology at each of our colleges. We ask a rep from each college's technology group to provide text and photos for a story, but sometimes it just... «more»
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October Online Learning Group Catchup (October 15, 2004 07:26 AM)
Our Ocotillo Online Learning Group meetings have really taken off nicely this year. This group, now its fifth year, began as a "Blackboard Users Group" but we have broadened it to include demos and exchanges for people using any sort of online technology. I recall in the old days a... «more»
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Syllabus Magazine Drops Faculty Audience for Presidents/CIOs (October 14, 2004 08:29 PM)
I've been reading Syllabus magazine for quite some time, not always agreeing with everything in print, but I found good stories on instructional technology, case studies, review of technology that faculty use. But all that has been flushed. Syllabus has morphed to "Campus Technology" ...the complete resource for leaders in... «more»
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Beached (October 13, 2004 09:47 PM)
flickr foto Beachedavailable on my flickr Waiting for the tide to rise at 6000 feet above sea level. At the end of the valley in the little town of Strawberry, AZ, this boat is ready for a ride... The wait might be a few hundred million years.. This was... «more»
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The Boys Are in Town (October 13, 2004 04:57 PM)
Well the boys are in town... John and George are on their way to Tempe (no this is not a Dead Beatles reunion, it is the other John and George). After their shindig at ASU, I am counting on meeting up for some drinks at the Billet Bar in downtown... «more»
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Time Furl-ed (October 12, 2004 07:18 AM)
Will wrote today about his mild wonderment on his time spent roaming blogs, furl-ing and webnoting interesting web sites: So I had about 90 minutes of true blogging flow this morning, reading the latest in my Bloglines aggregator, clicking on links, Furling interesting posts, and stealing paragraphs here and there... «more»
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flickr object (October 11, 2004 07:10 AM)
flickr foto Volcano Types Diagramavailable on my flickr Volcanos are often classified by plotting their degree of "explosiveness" (y axis) and height of the erpution column (x axis).... the largest and most dangerous eruptions have high values of both. Roll over each type for examples. Note- this example is... «more»
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Metadata: "Point. Shoot. Kiss It Good-Bye" (October 9, 2004 09:57 AM)
In his October 2004 Wired article "Point. Shoot. Kiss It Good-Bye", David Weinberger paints us the problem that comes with the joy of digital photography: As our hard drives fill up with thousands then tens and hundreds of thousands of digital snapshots, we're all going to face the same basic... «more»
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McLuhan On a Dime (October 9, 2004 09:14 AM)
Today I picked up a copy of Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. I found it in a thrift store in the small town of Pine, Arizona. It set me back 10 cents. For another dime I got a book from the mid 1970s full of funny predictions... «more»
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Internet Scout Spots Our FlipSite (October 8, 2004 05:54 PM)
Their vision is far and reaching at the Internet Scout- I've been getting their reviews of web sites for at least 5 years. I just got a notice that they recently featured a blurb on one of our sites, the Interactive FlipSite-- this made me laugh since I think we... «more»
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A Message From a Wiki Spammer (October 7, 2004 09:38 AM)
Sigh. It is no wonder no work is going on this morning. Our Asian wikis spammers returned, this time not only spamming our pages, but creating their own... and this time leaving a veiled threat of a message: Please do not delete. I send this message only one time, in... «more»
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Another in A series of Lows for Spammers: PhotoBlogSpam (October 7, 2004 07:38 AM)
Everywhere you look on the internet the spammers are crapping and leaving their fetid roach turds. Last Spring, I did a presentation at the online TCC04 Conference on PhotoBlogging "Publish and Build Communities Around Digital Images". In that session I described how one can post photos to such sites, and... «more»
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Chipping Away at the openMLX (October 6, 2004 10:38 PM)
I actually managed to grab a few hourts the last few days to focus on the openMLX, the supposed open source version of our Maricopa Learning eXchange. We have a "de-Maricopized" version running (this does not have the latest changes), but I am doing the new developments on another copy... «more»
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3 Bookmark Tools in One (October 6, 2004 07:56 AM)
Based on the descriptions elsewhere, in addition to the web bookmark service Furl I am starting to also use the social bookmarking site - the latter for its rip-mix use of free form ":tags" to collect bookmarks made bu other (sidebar, I enjoy "furling" sites but do you... «more»
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Revving Up the eP (October 4, 2004 10:01 PM)
Finally, we are starting to see some signs of activity on our Maricopa ePortfolio site. Originally developed at and for faculty and students at one our colleges, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, the developer has graciously shared it on a server in our office that is open to everyone at our 9... «more»
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Holy Meta Data! Flickr Strikes Again (October 4, 2004 09:53 PM)
Wow, a side benefit to the iPhoto to flickr plugin is that it grabs the metadata iPhoto stores for the images, as I noticed images such as the giant Fred Flinstone I had uploaded this was had been (correctly) identifies as having been taken with an Olympus 4040 digital camera.... «more»
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Is Flickr Flickering? (October 3, 2004 08:22 PM)
Gerry caught me on iChat tonight and let me know he was having trouble reaching Flickr-- he's right! What's happening? And it looks like they are based in Vancouver... Did Mount St. Helens blow a big cork and blast it north? I hope not! Maybe flickr is just flickering.... «more»
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Interview by iChat (October 3, 2004 08:13 PM)
My editor was pressuring me. I had stalled on my next technology article for the Fall 2004 issue of our publication, the mcli Forum. I had waited too long to do interviews with some faculty (there are some coo, things some folks are doing with teaching GPS... maybe in the... «more»
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Spam's Quiet on the Western Front (October 3, 2004 07:43 PM)
I hope this is the last on MLX spam for a while. I'd rather be writing code for adding features to it than trying to fortify the moat. And I guess my finger pointing at domain registrars was off base as pointed out by some comments earlier today. Somebody out... «more»
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Spam: The International Game of Intrigue and Mystery (October 3, 2004 08:11 AM)
Our hourly comment spam assaults on the Maricopa Learning eXchange ceased around 10:00pm local time yesterday. My best guest is that the spammers mommy finnaly told him/her it was time to shut fof the computer, brush their teeth, and off to bed. Likely, after a bowl or two of Cocoa... «more»
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Surrealistic Walgreens (October 2, 2004 02:08 PM)
I had a surrealistic moment in Walgreens. I was there to pick up a (legal) p;erscription. Walkign out, I noticed that the soothing background music was actually the pseudo 1960s Pictures of Matchstick Men by Status Quo which I always took as a trippy psychedelic song. No Muzak or cheap... «more»
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MLX Spam Direct Route to Trash (October 2, 2004 08:25 AM)
Yes, I have been a bit obsessed lately with the roaches who have been spamming our Maricopa Learning eXchange. This is not all I have been doing this week, but it grinds away. I have a latest fix which will be secretive since I believe the spammer is a reader... «more»
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And Speaking of Ripping and Mixing.. How Are the Objects Churning at Blogdigger? (October 2, 2004 07:33 AM)
I seem to keep forgetting to take a look at the nifty Blogdigger service- a site that allows you to drop in a pile of RSS feeds, and have it return to you a single RSS that represents a combination of all the content. And there is more every time... «more»
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Blogging Blips on the Radar (October 1, 2004 07:59 PM)
I'd say it is nothing new these days to highlight or discover a new use of weblogs... No wait a minute, it still is interesting to see what pops up on the blog-o-verse. I've been at it since April 2003 and have helped a few groups and individuals in our... «more»
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