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No PLEs, but informal learning in Real World communities

Pauliina Seppälä just published a great presentation telling the story of the Refugee Hospitality Club in Punavuori, Helsinki. It’s a nice example of using digital social networking service (basically Facebook) to organize people to change their own living environment, the Real World, to be a bit more human, pleasant and civic. Check the presentation: %CODE1% […]

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A real educational revolution: System thinking + long-term thinking = universal basic education

Picture from the Wikimedia Commons Several ideas that have been fashionable — in both, in academic and in (open) online educational technology circles — for couple of years, are now entering to the technology and business magazines and this way finally to the political discussion forums. These are, for instance, do it yourself university, open […]

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An offer: interested in taking over Mobile audio wiki project?

From the MobilED blog: The MobilED – mobile audio wiki – project was a research project we started in 2006. The most active years were 2006-2007, when we built a working prototype and conducted testing in two schools in South Africa. In 2008 we did some more testing of the service in Finland, with the […]

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LeMill community has reached 10 000 members

Announcement from the LeMill blog (also in the LeMill blog in Finnish): We are happy to announce that LeMill community has reached 10 000 members today. Most of them are primary and secondary school teachers who are looking for a simple solution to create and share web-based learning resources. LeMill allows them to create various […]

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ITE 2010 (ITK 2010) conference

Interactive Technology in Education (ITE) –conference is the largest conference in Finland related to information and communication technology in educational use. In Finland the conference is known as ITK. The ITK conference takes place on 21st – 23rd of April 2010 at Hotel Aulanko, Hämeenlinna, Finland. Actually calling ITK a conference is a bit misleading. […]

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Simple ICT devices with simple Linux to be used in schools

If you ask me this is something that should have happen in 2004, the year we found the association for free, libre and open source software in education (FLOSSE). It didn’t happen in 2004. In a few coming years we have a much better chances for this to happen. What I would like to see […]

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Finland and education export: IKEA of schools?

The Finnish Ministry of Education just released an education export strategy document with the title “From Interest to Demand and Products” (see also the News Paper articles: Tuition fees suggested for some types of higher education and Education – latest Finnish export product). The main message of the strategy document seems to be, that: In […]

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EduFeedr – to handle your open online courses (or to build your PLE, if you prefer that term)

Hans Poldoja have initiated really interesting and important project, called EduFeedr. Hans aim is to solve the problems of using standard RSS readers in Open Education, more precisely in open online courses. He’s problem statement is: Standard RSS readers lack the features for following and supporting learning activities which cross the borders of different Web […]

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iPad – "non-distractive technology" for schools

I assume everybody have already read about the Apple’s iPad launch. What kind of devices it is, to be used in schools? I have been Mac user for more than 15 years. I am not a “fan” but very satisfied customer – even relatively big customer. I do not like the close ecosystem approach of […]

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Should Wikimedia grow? Yes, because of its value for education

The Wikimedia Foundation just announced successful fundraiser. In two months over 230 000 people donated money for the Foundation, resulting $US 8 million. This is a great result. With a simple math, the average giving was something like 30-40 dollars. I find it amazing, that almost a quarter million people are committed to the mission […]