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Less is more

The “travelling e-learning circus” of New Zealand is on its way. Everybody, except me is shooting pictures and recording video and audio clips like crazy. I am a kind of free rider in here – also when it comes to the producing media. I do not even have a camera with me, either audio recorder. […]

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Different forms of collaboration in learning

Some months ago a friend, smau, made a very valuable comment to an earlier post in this blog (look the comments). He wrote a short list of different forms of collaboration. Since then I already used the list in one study report, even that I was not sure how should I make references to a […]

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Ars Electronica 2006 – some edu-tech. stuff around, too

Ars Electronica festival – an event of electronic and media art – starts tomorrow in Linz, Austria. Most of the events takes place during the coming weekend. Ars Electronica is, first at all, an arty event with a lot of exhibitions with (silly) “plug and play” art: robotics, flashy lights, and things like that, but […]

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LeMill 0.6 Released: Remixing learning materials

I am happy to report that version 0.6 of LeMill – a web community and engine for finding, authoring and sharing open/free/libre learning resources – has been released. LeMill is Open Source and Free Software. What is there for you? If you feel comfortable to install server software and host websites you may download LeMill […]

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Is the 100$ laptop “pedagogically suspect”?

I must report this, because in two earlier posts I have criticized the One Laptop Per Child / 100$ school laptop project. It now looks that the Indian Ministry of Education has said a clear “thanks, but no thanks” for the 100$ laptop. The Indian National Newspaper The Hindu reports that the Education Secretary Sudeep […]

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Demonstration of Learning Object Templates

In the Calibrate project, where we are developing LeMill – a system for collaborative authoring of open learning resources – we wrote a paper presenting our design of three online learning object templates. The Demonstration of LO template prototypes -document is in our LeMill development sever. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions. […]

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Memories from the time when the “read and write” and the “pull” web was still young

I just noticed that my blogging activity is pretty seasonal. In July Finland is closed. Almost everybody disappears to their summerhouses and saunas by the lakes. I work during the summer, but as there are no students and very little staff around I seem to have more time to write these small thoughts. Christmas is […]

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Digital Literacy Campaigns in Europe

I am not into conference blogging. I am just not fast enough thinker and writer to make much sense with small notes from conference presentations and discussions. I am now in the EU ELearning conference and trying to contribute something, as here is a conference blog aggregator and I think it is a great idea. […]

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Call for Papers: workshop on ICT tools in collaborative learning

There are not too many conferences or workshops that are focusing on design and development of tools for teaching and learning. There are even less encounters where the focus is on design of tools for collaborative learning. It seems to be that in the ecosystem of educational technology the role of teachers, educators, researcher of […]

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UNESCO Young Digital Creators – Educator’s Kit

We just got from printing house two packages of books and CD-ROMs on which we have been working on for a several months. I hope UNESCO headquarters also already received their 20 boxes. A well-designed physical object feels very good in your hands. We also have an online version of the Kit – a full […]