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EdTechWeekly: Links for September 9, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here are the links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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OpenEd Week 1: Right to Education a Human Right?

Note: The following reflection is based on the readings and discussions being conducted during Week 1 of the Introduction to OpenEd course.

In your opinion, is the "right to education" a basic human right? Why or why not? In your opinion, is open *access* to free, high-quality educational opportunity sufficient, or is it necessary to *mandate* education through a certain age or level?

OpenEd: My Feed

As noted in an earlier post , I will be using this blog to host my reflections in my OpenEd class. For those in the class who only want to get a feed of the OpenEd content, here is the RSS feed for my OpenEd tag only. I have also attached an OPML file of all valid blog feeds from the class roster on the wiki (as of 08/30/07). Feel free to download and amend as desired. Thanks!

On-cursed: Bad first day back to school!

Bad first day back to school for On-cursed ...


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New Semester: Mine!

Today is back to school Monday for me (and for many here in the US). Just wanted to point to an Introduction to Open Education course I am taking from Dr. David Wiley at Utah State University. As a participant in the course, I will be posting regularly on this blog to reflect upon the various open content, open education, and content licensing topics we will be discussing in the course. Looking forward to starting the conversation!

Mammogram: Mine (and Yours, too)

To all the 40+ edtech chicks out there, go get your ANNUAL mammogram. I got my annual screen today and want to remind my edtech sisters to make that appointment. It isn't my favorite experience, but a heck of a lot better than the head in the sand altenative! Squish, squish and you're outta there ;)

8 Things: 5 + 3 More

I was tagged by Christy Tucker to share in the latest "random facts" meme ... now up to 8. Since I shared 5 back in December, I thought I would add 3 more now:

From December:

Anniversary: Hubby's

Roll 136 - 1

Portfolio: Mine

Round 1 of ? of my online portfolio - a svelte and sparkly version of this blog - that is a requirement and capstone project at Indiana University - see JenniferMaddrell.com

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EdTechWeekly: Links for July 29, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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Box: Share files on website

Looking for an easy way to share files via a website widget? Check out box.net. Here is an example of a widget to embed on your site that took about 12.5 seconds to prepare in 3 easy steps (browse for file, register, upload):


Get your own Box.net widget and share anywhere!

Voicethread: More Presentation Goodness!

OK ... stop what you are doing and try out voicethread. As many edubloggers have noted this week, this is a very cool web based photo sharing and presentation application. Upload your photos (from your desktop or directly from Flickr), add titles, typed comments, screen annotations and audio narrations. Then, share your masterpiece via a blog /website embed like the one below or via links to the hosted site. It takes applications like slideshare to a whole new level. See for yourself below:

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SlideFlickr: Another Flickr Embed Generator

Cool! SlideFlickr is another flickr embed tool like flickrslidr that I tested earlier in the week. Slideflickr could not be easier! By adding a couple of quick cut and paste URL links to add your desired Flicrk set (or Flickr tags) and music URL, you are on your way - no log in required! The automatically generated slideshow code can then be quickly and easily embedded into your blog or web page. Thanks for the heads up from Alan Levine. Here is a quick demo:

EdTechWeekly: Links for July 15, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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Embed Slideshow: flickrslidr

Thanks to some afternoon twitter chatter, I "discovered" flickrslidr.com which provides code to embed the classic flickr slideshow set on your website or blog. Cool!


Created with Paul's flickrSLiDR.

EdTechWeekly: Links for July 1, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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EdTechWeekly: Links for June 17, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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Pageflakes: LMS? PLE?

As I've noted previously, pageflakes.net is an awesome example of a widget based start page (widget and feed aggregator on steroids) that has tons of options in an educational setting. Today (thanks to a post by Jane Hart), I just realized that pageflakes also has a tailored start page for students and teachers under a "students" tab. I also stumbled on the edutechwiki pageflakes page that outlines how-to suggestions for using pageflakes in education (for class management or as a PLE). So simple, yet so powerful. Cool!

p.s. The edutechwiki, created by the edtech research and teaching unit at the University of Geneva, has some really interesting edtech and instructional design content - worth a close look and more commentary in a future post!

Goodstuff: someecards.com

tee hee ... go to someecards.com for this and more ...

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Browser: Safari for Windows

In case you were under a rock today ... Apple introduced Safari for Windows. Do I need to try a new browser? Nope. Did I? Yep. Thoughts? Eh. Hard to image switching from Firefox, but I'll keep playing with it. I *heart* FF. [Update: oops! some bugs in the apple!]

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SightSpeed: MultiParty Video Conferencing

Check it out at SightSpeed.com

Personal Instructional Theory

 Link to paper on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/5160776/R626-Jennifer-Maddrell-Reflection-Paper-Final

Personal Instructional Theory

In laying out my personal instructional theory, I set for myself the following goal which Reigeluth (1999) presents in Chapter 1 as the objective for every instructional design theory:

To offer methods of instruction for given situations based upon the desired instructional outcomes and conditions.

As it is impossible to define every learning situation, I present my instructional framework in the context of out two possible situations with very different outcomes and conditions. I term the first a “Learn This” scenario on one end of the spectrum and an “Explore This” scenario on the opposite end. By framing my theory within these two examples with vastly different desired outcomes and conditions, I am able to demonstrate the application of my chosen instructional methods across situations.

Games: Facilitated Online

Here is a recap of a Framegame (by Thiagi) that I conducted toward the end of last semester. The book provides great insights into facilitating an educational game ... I amended the core approaches to work within an online setting.

Audience: The audience for the session included a group of educators who meet
online Thursday nights to discuss and share ideas about various topics in the
field of education during an informal peer learning session. On the night of
the Framegame, 7 participants played in the game and a few others lurked in the
virtual "corner". While many of the weekly attendees are k-12 teachers, some
are educational technology specialists in college or corporate settings. Nearly
all of the participants are using Internet based technologies to support
learning activities. A growing concern is how to foster appropriate participant
interactions within the online learning environment.

Status Skills: Making Instructional Design Cool

I have been a subscriber to springwise.com and trendwatching.com for a couple of years now and have been following the "Status Skills" trend. An update today about cheese related status skills caught this cheesehead's eye (once a cheesehead, always a cheesehead). In a nutshell, providing your clients and customers with "status skills" to become experts at using your goods and services helps to fuel our consumer society. The idea is that consumers get a rush out of showing off their skills while you gain an army of loyal consumers who (in turn) breed a "status" image for your product. Skill mastery is at the heart of this trend (hence, the instructional design tie-in). Note that benefiting from this trend is not limited to just big companies. Think about the entrepreneurial guides who are popping up in Second Life to help teach newbies the ropes ... or even those who prepare and deliver live interactive webcasts about the latest news and resources in the worlds of education and technology. Just one more out of millions of examples of how learning and instruction is far from limited to the walls of class or training rooms.
 

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Making Connections: MindMeister Trial

The Making Connections crew rocks!!! Just see what we played with during the show tonight ... http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/show/1080090

 

Sharing or Stealing: You be the judge

Aggregating and sharing content is a wonderful benefit of the web2.0 (whatever that means) era. However, the feed aggregation and sharing protocols used by the Human Capital Institute appear to cross a not so fine line between sharing and stealing. As Harold Jarche writes in his blog today, the Human Capital Institute includes his blog in their website's blog roll. When visitors click on his name in the blog roll, they are given this message:

"Free HCI Membership - You are attempting to access an HCI resource that is reserved for Members. If you are already a member, please enter your email address and password below to login. If you aren't a member yet please press the Become A Member button below to start the quick and easy process of becoming a member. You will be brought back to your desired destination when the process is complete."

EdTechWeekly: Links for June 10, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!
EdTechWeekly del.icio.us links

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Sarah: Happy Birthday!!!

Call: jaxtr

Use the free services offered by jaxtr to link your phone (mobile or land land phone) while keeping your phone number private. Jaxtr offers text, calls and voice mail services. Give it a try!

EdTechWeekly: Links for June 3, 2007 Web Cast

Join us at EdTechWeekly on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on the EdTechTalk.com channel of the WorldBridges network. Here is the list of links we will be discussing during this week's live webcast. Feel free to add your suggestions by adding a del.icio.us tag of "for:edtechtalk" to your favorite links. See you Sunday night!

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