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An exploration of teaching & learning with technology.

Last Build Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2007 02:50:10 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2007 Cyprien Lomas

Micropresence applications

Sun, 08 Apr 2007 19:54:44 GMT

Like many, I have been playing with Twitter to update every last mundane detail of my life and post it for the world to see. Twitter seems to be the current leader but I use Facebook for microupdates (and other things). Two other applications include Jaiku and Plazes. Jaiku seems to be able to 'sense' my current mood based on the settings of my 'smartphone' (e61). Plazes goes one further and detects where I am based on my IP address and shares it with the world in an RSS feed. When I was younger (a lot younger) I spent some time wondering how interesting an archive of my life (or any life) would be. Fueled by Warhol visions, I decided that the result was probably not worth the effort. :) Things feel different now. Plazes seems to be the perfect 'low cost' application to start to share TMI. Mix with iTunes usage stats and throw in Twitter tweets and then you know more about my habits than I do. Auto generated metadata has a certain allure. I will continue to play - in the interim, cringe when you see what I am up to. And we can all hope we figure out good ways to filter :)

Tina Piper Creative Commons Brown Bag

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 19:08:45 GMT

Tina Piper, the co-Director of Creative Commons Canada, gave an overview of the history of copyright and the value of Creative Commons yesterday. Organized by Duncan McHugh, the session was part of the ongoing Land and Food Systems Learning Centre Brown Bag Lunch series. We were grateful to have Tina start the discussion on the confusing issue of copyright. In addition to giving a good overview of copyright principles in general, her coverage of the Canadian nuances of copyright was particularly welcome. Her talk engaged the audience and elicited the types questions that have no clear cut answers. :) It seems clear that this type of discussion needs to take place on campus more often. thanks Tina!

Chris Johnson kicked off the 2007 Brown Bag Lunch Series

Thu, 11 Jan 2007 23:43:53 GMT

(image) We were honoured to have Chris Johnson give our first LFS Brown Bag lunch series talk this year. Chris gave a talk entitled "The 21st Century Learner in Your Classroom". His talk revealed traits of the 'average' 21st Century Learner. The emphasis was on K-12 students but our enthusiastic audience found many transferable points. Of note were his accounts of the student who types using the old hunt and peck - but with his thumbs. Also interesting was the student who texts at 160 'wrdz' per minute. Chris spoke about those moments in our jobs where we push ourselves to do new things and compared them to a baby's first steps. "A tentative first step... the realization that we are still standing... a more ambitious second step... a tumble accompanied by an 'uh-oh' and then back up again for more!" The audience loved Chris' presentation! Stay tuned for the web archive. Thanks Chris!

this blog may seem neglected...

Wed, 03 Jan 2007 23:35:40 GMT

Actually I have been hanging out in a couple of other spaces... (image) If you need to find me, this should be enough information. (image) Please say hi! :)

PathFinder and Avatar

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 18:58:28 GMT

John Lester (aka Pathfinder Linden) is doing the lunchtime keynote at the NMC Regional conference at Trinity University.

John is holding up his Second Life likeness cast in epoxy through the miracle of a 3-D Printer (the 2004 Horizon Report listed 3-D printing as one of the 6 technologies most likely to impact higher education).

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