Category Archives: Emergence

I can’t believe I haven’t heard this question before

Comparing and contrasting how much more effectively CNN harnesses the efforts of citizen journalists than educators do, Alan Levine asks: “Is there an equivalent of Citizen Teaching?” Just how novel that question seems is almost shocking to me. Along those … Continue reading

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“Who knows, perhaps this could become a party game.”

I’ve been letting a lot of noteworthy stuff slide this week, but this post on gaming by Bryan Alexander is too juicy to pass up. He’s roused to indignation by a dismissive essay by Christine Rosen in the New Atlantis, … Continue reading

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A wee bit more on ‘the new digital divide’…

A quick follow-up to yesterday’s meandering post… Jeff McClurken commented that it’s a bit too easy to posit all students as comfortable with social software, when an apparent majority of them are not embracing these technologies. My experience with students … Continue reading

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The Conversation

A throwaway line in one of yesterday’s posts (“There’s an unmistakable energy out in the community right now, and I feel sorry for the people in our field who have yet to jack into it”), prompted a couple of comments … Continue reading

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Consider the day’s events: The Register posts an interview with a link spammer, regaling us with tales of the big money to be made pushing PPC (pills, porn, casinos), the many technical advantages spammers enjoy, and their near-limitless prospects for … Continue reading

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[Textologies] – High-tech highbrow stalking

Oh my, this is sooooo groovy. ‘Following “The Man of the Crowd”‘ is a 24-hour walk in which two participants, linked by text messaging, drift separately through the city in an alternating pattern according to the movements of strangers. Based … Continue reading

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Cool Tools for Back to School

The new issue of EDUCAUSE Review presents a set of features on some of the groovy tools and applications that are seeping into higher education: “blogs, wikis, swarms and games.” Stephen Downes does a great overview on educational weblogging, one … Continue reading

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The social software juggernaut — coming soon to a PC near you…

I’m going to file this under “no comment”… Bottom-up collaboration is about exposing information and letting others decide what they want. This eliminates one of the biggest barriers to information flow: The fear that something you send out will not … Continue reading

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Why phones are replacing cars…

A rather bold assertion from The Economist. In a social sense, mobile phones are replacing cars: Phones are now the dominant technology with which young people, and urban youth in particular, now define themselves. What sort of phone you carry … Continue reading

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Oh My! News by Million Camera Phones

An interesting short piece from Ohmynews on the sociology of personal technology: When Japanese national team scored a goal, the soccer stadium in Japan was instantly filled with thousands of flash lights bursting out of ubiquitous Nikons and Canons. Korean … Continue reading

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