Posted by bryanzug - 2006/11/26
Via Harold Jarche this AM comes a link to a free pdf book called “Cappuccino U” (.pdf) by Jerome Martin and published by Spotted Cow Press.
It’s kind of a chronicle of diving into / developing “a new, personally-driven approach to learning”. From the Intro —
Martin goes on to relate how he dove into a Faulkner class via Oprah’s Book Club —
This e-book is about a new style of learning in which innovative people have combined new information technology with traditional ways of learning to develop a new, personally-driven approach to learning. It happens predominantly in “the third place,” a location that is neither home nor office. The third place is usually a coffee house, one which is designed to serve this particular audience.
People gather in their favourite third places to work, relax, visit and learn. They work independently and in groups. Some of them use computers which may or may not be linked to the web. Some are taking courses online; others are writing books like this one.
This is Cappuccino U.
I soon learned that Oprah has not only a book club but a classroom as well. By joining her book club (at no cost to me) I found that I had access to lectures about Faulkner and the books. I and thousands of other students were told that the lectures would be available over the summer. We were asked to read the books in the order I listed them and were informed by e-mail when a new lecture was available on the web.He then does a nice summary on how education is no longer “acquired through vaccination” — that’s a nice phrase —
Some people feel that they have an education because when they were 22 they received a Bachelor’s degree, or they received a PhD when they were 28 (or, more likely these days, 38).Overall, it’s a nice short summary of where things are headed — both for our traditional teaching institutions and for career training.
However, education is not acquired through vaccination or some sort of
anointment. We learn daily – or we have the opportunity to do so. Continuing education, be it formal or informal, is essential to our growth as individuals.
If our formal education has been successful we will have been vaccinated with a curiousity virus and will continue to look for new knowledge, not just because it is useful to us but because we have an insatiable desire to learn and become better at what we do.
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/11/14
From that session, Ben Livingston’s amazing ‘Blade of Grass Beatbox’ is at —
The full discovery slam is here —
Stay tuned for other sessions I’ll be uploading my raw video for — they are —
- Alex Barnett’s Singularity discussion
<li><a href="http://blog.stewtopia.com/2006/11/13/mindcamp-30/">Randy Stewart's</a> Fun Web Session</li> <li>The PhraseTrain session (forgot to get the session leaders name on that one -- if anyone has it, please shoot it to me).</li> <li>
Intros — these will be up sometime next week — had to shoot those to tape and they will require a bit more turnaround time.
Will let you all know when these are ready.
Some caveats — full sessions are raw footage, so you may have to forward a minute or so at the beginning — also was playing around with shooting straight to disk in a web ready format for super quick turnaround on these sessions, so the video is a little bit too compressed for my taste — will be switching codecs/formats a little next time around.
Also — catching discussion audio is hard because nobody likes to use a mic — but things seem audible for the most part in the discussion sessions I shot — please let me know what you think once they are posted.
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/11/09
There’s a post over on Lifehacker about using Mojito to annotate online video (ala YouTube). They’ve put together a cool example of adding callouts to the Sony colored ball commercial.
Am seeing this as an easy way to add titling and callouts to videos — in a way that can be collaborative, fast, and non-destructive.
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/11/08
Tama points out a couple of reports this morning on technology and learning that focus less on the tools and more on how they enable folks to engage in participatory cultures.
From Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century by Henry Jenkins and the MacArthur Foundation —
That is why we focus in this paper on the concept of participatory cultures rather than on interactive technologies. Interactivity is a property of the technology, while participation is a property of culture. Participatory culture is emerging as the culture absorbs and responds to the explosion of new media technologies that make it possible for average consumers to archive, annotate, appropriate, and recirculate media content in powerful new ways. A focus on expanding access to new technologies carries us only so far if we do not also foster the skills and cultural knowledge necessary to deploy those tools toward our own ends.
That seems like a really compelling way to describe all this eLearning 2.0 stuff to me.
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/11/08
I am using Firefox 2.0 and it has red squiggly spellcheck that automatically runs on any text field. Who knew that something so mundane could be so satisfying?
As Scott says, it shoulda been there years ago, but better late than never, eh?
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/11/07
I am just getting up to speed on the full feature set of this release, but it looks like they’ve got some nice variable output options for ipod and flash video — definitely steps in the right direction — being able to repurpose your screencasts to multiple environments is becoming a standard requirement these days — Camtasia’s pan-and-zoom feature is
indefensible indespensible on that front.