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Open/free/libre pedagogy and the right to play (leikkiä)

Ulla-Maaria Mutanen wrote a piece about design as play. The article is published in English in the Finnish Design Yearbook 2006. There are seven themes in the book: imagine, ease, flow, respect, play, dare and share. The terms would make a nice tag cloud. Ulla-Maaria’s article is about “play”. In Finnish language there are two […]

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OLPC – Please, some cultural respect!

In an earlier post I was claiming that the designers of the MIT’s 100$ laptop do not understand the context in and for what they are designing their tool. They seem to ignore all cultural and social factors and considerations. Now the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) website is available in fourteen languages. Among those […]

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Linux installation standardisation: yes please, do something about it!

After some two years of being a full-time Linux desktop user, I think I can eligibly say this: “Please, do something about the installation of software on Linux, and soon!” You already lost me! Now at the upcoming annual Desktop Linux Summit (San Diego, US), the Free Standards Group plans to bring up the Linux […]

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LeMill – for authoring and sharing learning resources

LeMill is the software we have been working on for some months in my research group. LeMill is a web community for authoring and sharing learning resources. LeMill (Learning Mill) is the new name for the software I have wrote about in here with the name Toolbox. At first I wrote how LeMill (that time […]

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MobilED video mock-ups and some open source stuff

I have been reporting to the Flosse Posse about the MobilED initiative I am working on right now in South Africa for couple of weeks. It’s been a busy week. We got the first service up and running and are starting testing with it in a school next Wednesday. The prototype MobilED service is a […]

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Wikipedia for the rest of us: audio encyclopaedia with your mobile phone

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia has stated the vision of the Wikipedia to be: ”Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.” According to the International Telecommunication Union in 2004 the Internet penetration on the planet […]

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Prototype of the CALIBRATE Toolbox

CALIBRATE Toolbox is – or will be – a collaborative environment for authoring and sharing learning content. In January 31st we published the first prototype of the CALIBRATE Toolbox we have been working on since last October. The development of Toolbox takes place on our semi-open development site. You will find from the site a […]

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Let’s let them hear what we think about software patents

– a public consultation round on patents in EC – As expected, the Commission is most likely trying to sneak in the issue of software patents into the Community Patent. A general discussion has now been opened about the Community Patent and the future EC patent policy in general, nothing mentioned about software patents, though. […]

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(Learning) nodes are here – still and again

Node – A unit of information. Also known as a frame (KMS), card (Hypercard, Notecards). Used with this special meaning in hypertext circles. (W3.org 1992) David Wiley post a few days ago a very nice post with the title “RIP-ping on Learning Objects”. Arcy Norman was fast commenting David’s post and wrote that learning object […]

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Thriftiness is a virtue – in learning and education, as well

I started to write this post as a comment to Leigh Blackall’s post “learning should be free, its an education that can cost”. Then it started to expand. However read Leigh’s nice post first. This will then make more sense. Difference between library and university/college/school is still hardly understood among the people in the e-learning […]