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The $100 Laptop: Manna-vaporware

Update: Esta entrada está en Español en el blog de Caro Botero. Gracias! I find the MIT’s $100 Laptop project disturbing. For me there are too many open questions. I also found out that I am not only with my thoughts. Several other people are also rather critical with Mr Negroponte’s latest brainchild. Already last […]

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Content + methods + tools = learning pattern: the ToolBox is in production

This week we – our research group – were hosting a workshop with our partners from Estonia, Hungary and Norway(*. The developer workshop was organized to start a new software project. The software is called ToolBox. We have been working on it for some months already, but now it was time to get our hands […]

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No e-Learning Patents! No Software Patents!

Last week at the Open Source for Education in Europe an ad-hoc group called "No e-Learning Patents!" was formed to start campaigning against any possible new European-wide software patent directive that would cover the patentability of software including also the area of e-learning and computer & network supported learning applications. The group "No e-Learning Patents!" […]

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Baking cakes with the Pope of e-learning

In Europe we have our own richness of different cultures, different monopolies and many forms of corruption. We also have the rather powerful pan European government – the European Commission – that is both regulating and supporting citizens and their businesses. To make your business successful around the continent you better do some lobbying in […]

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Anticipating Round 2: European Software Patents – a potential hindrance of ICT in education

A call for action on a common preemptive statement against possible European-wide software patents Europe is going to witness its first ever European wide conference on Open Source for Education. Very exiting, a lot of delegates have signed up, and prepared papers and presentations on local actions and programmes. (http://www.openconference.net/index.php?cf=3) The conference has allocated some […]

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ImaNote 0.5 released

Some months ago I wrote about Made – tool – a software under development in my team. Today we released the tool (v 0.5), but with a new name: ImaNote. It is not primary a “learning tool” but it is a “social software” and there are many ways to use it in learning, too. I […]

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Non-accessible e-learning: lawsuit against an institution using WebCT

“A former Capella University student has filed a lawsuit against the online institution, claiming that it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by using technology that does not accommodate his learning disabilities.” (by The Chronicle of Higher Education via matkalla) The technology used in the Capella was WebCT. I think the student has a point […]

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CmapTools and scaffolding

I only lately heard about CmapTools. If you are not use to read concept maps you may find the textual description of the software more user friendly. CmapTools is a software toolkit design to facilitate manipulation of concept maps. It’s pretty brilliant set of software tools, although with some extra features it could be a […]

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Mobile phones for learning

Next week I will be in South Africa. This is already my third trip this year to there. This time I have great expectations for the trip. With partners from SA, Indian, Brazil, US and Finland we are planning a new project called MobiLed – Mobile phones in informal and formal learning in developing countries. […]

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Designing learning technology

A few days ago a wise friend and an ex colleague of mine handed me an article on activity-centered design by Donald Norman. It is something everyone who ever have designed (or is planning to) anything, from a door handle to online learning platform, should read it through. Norman writes: “The historical record contains numerous […]