Month: January 2008

Horizon Report – 2008

The annual Horizon Report (pdf) has been published. They’ve produced a rather nice “Megatrends” diagram – looking at the main predictions from all the earlier reports (2004 – 2008).ng I’ve skim read the current report – I think that the idea of “Social Operating Systems” will be worth watching; it seems to me to be…

Blogging – a post modern diary or just kitsch

I really ought to be getting on with my marking, but I’ve just been skim reading this post by Jenny Hughes on Graham Attwell’s blog, , and Which, of course is in total opposition to the cultural myth called ‘education and learningÂ’. How many parents (and the Daily Telegraph and Chris Woodward) be-moan the fact…

2020? Your vision

Pew Internet have launched their third Future of the Internet Survey. Unlike most Pew Reports, it’s open to anyone (who has computer access), rather than other Pew surveys which generally cover Americans (with phones). Some interesting scenarios, and what I like is that it’s possible to comment on all the answers that you give (allow…

Guardian Interview: Tara Brabazon

The Education Guardian has an interview with Tara Brabazon. While I think that she has some good ideas, such as giving her first year students a list of 200 or so extracts of papers, to use as references for their essays (I do hope, however, that either they’re available online or in sufficient quantities that…

The Economist Debate: SNSs

apophenia makes some interesting points re. the current Economist debate about SNSs in Education. She comments: SNSs do not make youth engage educationally; they allow educationally-motivated youth with a structure to engage educationally. and goes on to discuss youths that see each other regularly. I’d agree with her on that point, it’s very hard to…

Exploiting The Potential Of Blogs and Social Networks Workshop 2007

UKOLN . This was held in November; there are several useful presentations; though, as always, the slides aren’t really a replacement for being there. There was a good range though, from using an institutional VLE, through to using much more informal methods of blogging. (I didn’t attend)…

OLPC Education Project Should Take an Opportunity to Learn

Wayan Vota makes some comments on a Wall Street Journal article about the OLPC. He comments, as I’ve said before, that it’s not just the hardware. It’s the software that’s worth looking at (See Alexandre van de Sande’s post about the interface; a very clear explanation – emphasising the community aspects of learning) We aren’t…

With friends like these …

Tom Hodgkinson gives a fairly scathing view of Facebook. While I can see where he’s coming from, and I agree, privacy policies are infrequently read; I’m sure that I’m not the only person who puts the minimum of information in & who doesn’t think that having 3 bazillion friends is necessary (though I’ve recently read…

Social Networking through the ages.

Social Networking. Stephen Fry (or perhaps his agent) has been keeping a blog with all of his “Dork Talk” articles from the Guardian. This week, he was looking at social networking; he commented: MySpace is already as seriously uncool (and as hideously girlie, pink and spangly) as My Little Pony; Interestingly, at Poke 1.0, the…