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visual recording on the iPad, illustrated

This week I’ll be giving a talk at IFVP 2010 on visual recording with the iPad. While I was preparing my notes, I discovered how easy it is to make Quicktime movies of your notes with the Brushes app, so I made a little movie. Then I got carried away narrating it and adding in […]

Urgent EVOKE: Season one comes to a close

Some day I will again write a short blog post, but this is not that day. May 12 marked the official end of Urgent EVOKE Season One, and the last day to join EVOKE until Season Two opens next year. 10 weeks into the journey, I have a few reflections on the experience. What’s Urgent […]

Urgent EVOKE: Agent Ninmah is Born

This week, I became an agent in a global network of social innovators. Urgent EVOKE: A Crash Course in Saving the World opened on March 3, 2010. It’s a game, a learning experience, a training simulation, and a journey all in one. It was designed and is directed by Jane McGonigal for the World Bank […]

thoughts on the changing role of the teacher

There’s a different way to teach, one that involves mentoring and guiding and not lecturing, a way that’s both harder and easier than the ways it’s often done now. This is a concept that has been recurring in my research over the past few years, getting a little clearer each time but still not quite […]

remembering Point Lobos

At the NMC Summer Conference this year, Larry Johnson, Alan Levine and I tried something different: we actually attended a preconference session. Crazy, I know! It was a photography workshop led by Bill Frakes (Sports Illustrated) and Don Henderson (Apple), with Bill Hanson (Apple). The session was planned and organized by Larry and the three […]

Teachers, multimedia, and Skywalker Ranch

Big Rock Ranch’s really big rock I spent the morning at Big Rock Ranch, which was once and may still be part of Skywalker Ranch (yes THAT Skywalker Ranch) and which is where GLEF makes its home. Marin County teachers and multimedia enthusiasts gathered to talk about multimedia in Marin’s schools. The event was sponsored […]

enough with the walled garden already

I am appalled by the news that a student at Ryerson University in Canada faces expulsion for organizing an online study group (linktribution to Bryan Alexander, here and here; see also the Toronto Star and CityNews for additional coverage). The premise seems to be that students used a Facebook group to post answers to homework […]

party like it’s 1993

Raise your hand if you remember the web in 1993-94. Did you know anybody with a web page? If you did, was it bug-ugly? Based on a flat text file? Full of large irrelevant photos? Rings a bell, doesn’t it. The web had been around for a while by then, but it wasn’t in popular […]

dangers vs. pitfalls

I’m in a session on digitizing newspapers at the Digital Library Federation’s Spring Forum, in which one of the presenters (Tom O’Brien of Global Business Development) has just defined the difference between dangers and pitfalls very neatly. He showed a photograph he had taken of the city of Pompeii with Vesuvius in the background. The […]

okay, but I’m not calling it third life

This post started out as a comment to Bryan Alexander’s post, “Towards Third Life,” but it got way long so it’s here instead. I recommend reading his post, and the comments there, before you read this one. Holy cow, what a great conversation. I’ll just leap right in the middle, shall I? As Mike points […]