I’m on a roll.
In addition to the previous post with all kinds of Open Source software, I was doing my daily read of Stephen Downes’ OLDaily. There was one entry that particularly caught my eye. It was a book that he ha written titled “Access :: Future – Practical Advice on How to Learn and What to Learn“.
It’s a PDF file suitable for immediate download which I’ve done. It comes as no surprise that Stephen has licensed it under a Creative Commons license – nice.
Check out the Table of Contents.
- The Purpose of Learning
- Things You Really Need To Learn
- The Mark of Wisdom
- Critical Thinking in the Classroom
- Necessary and Sufficient Conditions
- Not All…
- Educational Blogging
- Your Career
- Managing Your Blog Entry: 11 Better Tips
- Blogs in Education
- How To Write Articles Quickly and Expertly
- Principles for Evaluating Websites
- Applying Critical Reasoning
- How Do You Know?
- Having Reasons
- How Memory Works
- How The Net Works
- An Operating System For The Mind
- Personal Knowledge: Transmission or Induction?
- Virtues Education
- Free Learning and Control Learning
- The Science of Learning
- E-Learning 2.0
- To The School or Classroom 2.0 Advocates
- The Issues in Front of Us
- The Form of Informal
- Uniqueness and Conformity
- New Technology Supporting Informal Learning
- How I Would Organize A Conference
- What I Learned in High School
- My Personal Passion Trajectory
- My Academic Upbringing
- Social Media and Me
- Seven Habits of Highly Connected People
- The Reality of Virtual Learning
- Nine Rules for Good Technology
- What Not To Build
- Ten Futures
The book is a collection of Mr. Downes’ thinking and original writing over a period of time. It’s not a book that you should or will read from beginning to end. I’d suggest that you install it on your computer or reading device and read a chapter at a time and take time to see the relevance to you. It’s not necessary to even read it in order.
You need to download this book and read it. You need to share it with your colleagues. You need a book talk about this. From the entries, great conversations and learning should ensue.
Like many people, I want to have it all. While I’m working on moving most of what I do to the web, there are still times when nothing beats having the right software on your computer. Like many people of my ilk, I work interchangeably in Windows, Macintosh, and Ubuntu environments. If I had to purchase a piece of software for every task that I perform, I would be even poorer than I am now.
So, the web is a perfect solution for me. More often than not, when that fails, I’ll turn to Open Source software. You’ll find some incredibly talented programmers turning out some of the best software there and it’s ready for you to use. More often that not, they’ll have compiled their wares into an executable ready to run. At times, you may have to download the source and compile it yourself. Often what you get when you’re done is great software.
I had run into author Cynthia Harvey a while back and quite frankly, had forgotten until I stumbled onto the article 55 Open Source Apps Transforming Education. I read it from top to bottom, creating a to-download list as I was doing so. I was rubbing my hands in anticipation of this goldmine when I returned to the first page and saw that the article was over a year old. That’s not too bad in this day and age but I started to wonder if she’d updated it for this year.
It was actually pretty easy – there was a link to “More Articles” where I got a list of articles by Ms. Harvey. Jackpot!
Not only had she updated the education list, but she’s got a number of other articles.
What the heck. Why am I copying these individual pages — here’s a summary of articles she’s written.
If you’re searching for that elusive application, why not start with these articles and see what she has to offer?
Of particular interest to me was the list of Open Source Apps that Replace Popular Education Software. Educators in Ontario are generally pretty well off with software licensed by the Ministry of Education through the OESS process. The complete list can be searched on the OSAPAC website. But, there are times where there may be a gap in your suite of software or you might be looking for titles to recommend for student home use. This is the perfect place to start.
Quest to Learn is a school for digital kids. It is a community where students learn to see the world as composed of many different kinds of systems. It is a place to play, invent, grow, and explore.
Important updates about App Inventor
This is very sad news. Will open source make it better?
5 Important Things Tablets Can’t Do Yet| The Committed Sardine
Tablet computers have actually been on the market for some time. However, it wasn’t until the iPad came out that the tablet format really took off. With the marketing arm of Apple behind it, along with the raging success of the iPhone, the iPad was a shoe-in for a mass-market mobile computing device. Despite all of the fanfare, when we come back to reality, the tablet computer still has a long way to go before it can replace the laptop or netbook for most people and here are 5 reasons why.
Explain Everything – Explain Everything
An iPad application to explain anything and everything.
iPads for Education | Victoria, Australia
This website is for educators who want to learn about using iPads in education. Here you will find
information about the Victorian school iPads for Learning trial including specially selected apps,
classroom ideas and technical tips.
: I’m now using eType!
Dictionary and Translator as you type
Maybelle the Cockroach – home
Maybelle the Cockroach interactive wiki adventures
Katango – Personal Crowd Control
Automatically organize your Facebook friends.
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Ledface is a collective brain powered by a crowdsourcing technology that gives you access to the human collective intelligence. We are talking about a new kind of intelligence, emerging from a propitious environment where people can share human day-by-day cultural knowledge, the tacit know-how gathered by experience.
TwitC | Your Social Media Management Hub
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4 Essential Google Helper Apps For Website Owners
When you have a website of any kind, there are certain things you will need to do and know. Part of what is good to know is what tools are available. As you can imagine, Google has been working on some great new apps for helping you to do everything for free.
beta620 | Experimental Projects From The New York Times
At The New York Times, our software engineers, journalists, product managers and designers are constantly striving to create new and innovative ways to present news and information and interact with our readers
Charting a High-Tech ‘Get a Coffee, Give a Coffee’ Experiment – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic
Late last month, mobile app designer Jonathan Stark decided to try a little experiment. He took his Starbucks card, which had $8.47 on it, and created a simple way to share it. People could simply scan the barcode at any store and pay for their drink for free. Or they could add money to the card, so that others could drink for free. He called it “Get a coffee, give a coffee” and created a Twitter feed (@jonathanscard) that allowed you to track how much money was on the card. What you see above is a chart of its balance over the last several weeks.
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