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Using Gliffy Concept Map to make connections in the weblog.

I am proposing to use the concept map posted in ETEC 540 weblog at to connect much of our work.  I think many of the concepts connected in this map have been covered in some form in our commentaries … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy: Applying a Fluid Definition

In their chapter titled Digital Literacy, Dobson and Willinsky (2009) present and analyze the development of digital literacy in a chronological manner.  They begin with the use of the personal computer and word processors in the 1980s and end with … Continue reading

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The Great Nitrogen Cycle

In ETEC 565A, I developed a story to show the pathway of nitrogen through the nitrogen cycle.  I developed this in sliderocket.  I found sliderocket worked very well for this as I could upload video I had developed in Powerpoint … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy Concept Map – Using Gliffy

For my Rip.Mix.Feed activity, I decided to remix the Digital Literacy Wiki our class developed as a concept map in a Web 2.0 tool called Gliffy.  Here is the concept map in progress.  Although Gliffy allows collaboration, the lack of … Continue reading

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Learning Through Hypertext

In his article, As We May Think, Vannevar Bush (1945) responds to the (at that time) current state of information storage and retrieval stating, “The human mind does not work that way.  It operates by association.  With one item in … Continue reading

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Modern Science: Indebted to the Printing Press

The rise of modern empirical science took place in Europe beginning in the late sixteenth century (Huff, 2003, p. 326).  Copernicus’ view of a heliocentric universe, traditionally viewed as the main precursor to modern science, created a disruption of scholarly … Continue reading

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Memorization: A Shift from Oral to Literate Cultures

Memorization has long been a tool for retaining new knowledge.  Oral cultures of the past depended heavily on memorization to pass what was meaningful on to the next generation (Olick & Robbins, 1998).  Current learning theories such as cognitive information … Continue reading

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Technology: Good…and bad.

When thinking of why humans produce new technologies, the reason is to make some aspect of human life easier.  This may be done through selfish ambition, in which case the technology is corrupt right from the start.  But most technologies … Continue reading

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Text: The Technology of Communication

After reading the course materials on ‘text” and ‘technology’, I feel the two are inseparable as they relate to communication.  Text happens to be the technology of communication.  It is what humans use to share information; to communicate thoughts and … Continue reading

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Reciprocal influences between the printing press and science

Hi: I am Tim Roos from Chilliwack, BC, where I teach high school Science and Math to grades 10 through 12. I’ve been teaching for 14 years in the same school and fulfill various extra roles such as Moodle administrator … Continue reading

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