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Sunday, August 29, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks (weekly)


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, August 27, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/27/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Space Weather Warnings Currently in Effect

There appears to have been concern emanating from the UK regarding impacts on communication satellites:
Check out this NOAA Alerts and Warnings Timeline, and think about putting on a foil suit!-)
Thanks to Bill G. for pointing out these interesting sites on the jalt-call mailing list.

Clay Shirky: How social media can make history | Video on TED.com

Clay Shirky: How social media can make history | Video on TED.com


"TED ideas worth spreading" mesh easily with Blogger. With a single click on the Blogger button below a video display on site, it generated a post with an enclosure link to the video on site (now removed) and the linked text that remains above the video here. Code for embedding the video in this post was just two additional clicks away (Share, then Copy).

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/25/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/24/2010

  • English
    Communication
    Assessment
    Profile

    tags: assessments communication English languages speaking

  • Calls for prospectuses

    tags: education educational technology peer reviews publications publishing scholarly

  • PLN: The paradigm shift in teacher and learner autonomy

    tags: autonomy braz2010vance education educational technology learning paradigms paradigm shift teacher development teaching technology

    • Etienne Wenger (2007) asked Cristina Costa when she knew she was in a community of practice and she said, when she noticed her practice had changed. And this is the correct answer.  When your practice changes, you know you have truly learned. The next step as a teacher is to model what you did for your students so that some will follow in your footsteps.



      So how can you do it?  Your change in practice probably won't be from this one encounter, unless I can convince you or nudge you, if you were heading that way already, into taking the next step in your journey.  The goal is to move from being just a consumer of networked content, which you in essence hoard, to a creator of content, which you share with the network that shares with you.

    • language teachers need to look beyond what it appears on the surface is happening between them and the learner and consider the bigger picture, such as ways in which technology fosters connections with communities and networks that humanize rather than isolate to strengthen individuals as an integral part of modern society and how that society acculturates, or learns together.
    • I encourage colleagues to think SMALL because in my view the computer is no longer the salient aspect of technology. The salient aspect is the use to which technology is put, and the salient use is to re-wire and expand how we are able to learn by enabling us to nurture and participate in always-on PLNs, or Personal Learning Networks.
    • In order for teachers to grasp the fundamentals of applying technology to transformative learning outcomes, practice with peers is necessary, where teachers themselves become mentors for one another while sharing with one another their discoveries and experiences with their own learning.


    • Teachers who drive their own professional development through participation in PLNs constantly express and assess each other's needs, and promote professional development on an as-needed basis, from where it is only a short leap to applying it to students.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/21/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mac – PC Commonalities: Conflict Minerals

This video, "I'm a Mac ... and I've Got a Dirty Secret," appears on the ENOUGHproject channnel (2010.06.25). It caught my eye in a Google Reader feed today. It has garnered almost 600,000 views to date (2010.08.20). It's worth one more, yours!

Posts from pab's ning t'ing

Today's the last day I can say:

[I'm a member of pab's ning t'ing]

Free access to such Ning networking sites is phasing out as I type. As a matter of fact, I wonder how long the badge (gadget) that I've embedded above will last.

I've grabbed a couple of posts from My Blog on that site as keepsakes:

a microcosm in a nanosecond 

Tweaking RSS Feeds on Main Page


In order to show enough, but not too much, of the posts coming in through RSS feeds on the Main page, I have tweaked the settings on the various feeds:

1. Blogger blog feeds: Titles only - five per blog

The first couple of Blogger feeds, if not all of them, were coming through in full - with embedded videos and all the rest of the media dragging down page loading insufferably. So I trimmed them back to titles only. Then I increased the number of recent posts showing from three to five to show more a bit more content, and make it slightly easier to distinguish one blog feed from the next.

2. Edublogs and Vox blog feeds: Extended views - three per blog

Since RSS feeds from both of these types of blogs seem to limit themselves to several lines of text, I went ahead with the extended view option for all of them. However, I limited each feed display to the three most recent post, so as not to make it necessarily to scroll virtually endlessly to read down through the entire list of posts.

Arranging RSS Feeds on Main Page: Like Herding Cats?

Arranging RSS feeds in the Main page today has taken much more time here in Ning than it does on any page in Pageflakes. That is mainly because when you go to Manage - Features in Ning, you cannot see any content in the modular elements, or edit the titles on them to make them readily identifiable. Moreover, you cannot rearrange the elements directly in Ning page view like you can in Pageflakes.
The Main Page of pab's ning t'ing now contains nine RSS feeds, three from each of three educators in the Weblogging in Kumamoto (WinK) community. I've organized those nine feeds alphabetically: first by authors' family names (unlisted), then by blog titles. I reckon the list will stay in that order for a while, at least.
[retrieved 2010.08.20]

New Ning Membership Badge

Thursday, August 19, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/19/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/18/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/07/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, August 06, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/06/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/04/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/03/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 08/01/2010


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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