CCK09: Connectivism and Constructivism Magnetix This was written as a comment on April Hayman’s post comparing Legos and Magnetix as metaphors for constructivism and connectivism. One of her readers, Plain_Gillian, said she was struggling to verbalize the difference between the two learning theories. I think the table comparing learning theories to connectivism is a good way to start. If the idea of the difference between building knowledge with pieces and connecting ideas isn’t significant enough to really help you visualize it, think instead about how you would deal with a really, really complex overabundance of information. From a connectivist standpoint, the response to a huge amount of information isn’t to look at the individual pieces, but to look at the patterns. Does that help at all? If you’re having trouble verbalizing it, then go with some other medium makes sense. Image Credit: Magnetix by Guapolo
Slide guitar Slide guitar is most often played (assuming a right-handed player and guitar): With the guitar in the normal position, using a slide on one of the fingers of the left hand.With the guitar held horizontally, belly-up, using a metal bar called a "steel" ("slides" generally fit around a finger) held with the hand and wrist above the frets, fingers pointing away from the player's body; this is known as "lap steel guitar". This same technique is used to play Pedal steel guitar and the "Dobro" Resonator guitar used in Bluegrass music. History The technique of using a slide on a string has been traced to one-stringed African instruments similar to a "Diddley bow". Like Alan Wilson, Duane Allman played a key role in bringing slide guitar into rock music, through his work with The Allman Brothers Band, specifically on the 1971 live album At Fillmore East and with Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album. Equipment Technique Double slide guitar system
Half the Facts You Know Are Probably Wrong Dinosaurs were cold-blooded. Increased K-12 spending and lower pupil/teacher ratios boost public school student outcomes. Most of the DNA in the human genome is junk. Saccharin causes cancer and a high fiber diet prevents it. Stars cannot be bigger than 150 solar masses. In the past half-century, all of the foregoing facts have turned out to be wrong. Fact-making is speeding up, writes Arbesman, a senior scholar at the Kaufmann Foundation and an expert in scientometrics, the science of measuring and analyzing science. In 1947, the mathematician Derek J. de Solla Price was asked to store a complete set of The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society temporarily in his house. Price started to analyze all sorts of other kinds of scientific data, and concluded in 1960 that scientific knowledge had been growing steadily at a rate of 4.7 percent annually for the last three centuries. So is there anything we can do to keep up to date with the changing truth?
תיאורית ה- Connectivism: תיאורית הידע הדינאמי המקושר בין אנשים התיאוריה של קישוריות אנושית בחינוך מתוקשב שפותחה על ידי החוקר הקנדי George Siemens זוכה לאחרונה להתעניינות רבה והוא מוזמן לכנסים בינלאומיים באירופה ובאוסטרליה כדי לשאת את דבריו ולהציג את התפיסה של Connectivism. לאחרונה, נערך עם George Siemens ראיון מעניין באוסטרליה שם הוזמן לשאת דברים בכינוס הארצי ליישומי תקשוב בחינוך. Siemens הסביר כי הוא החל לגבש את תיאורית connectivism בעקבות תסכולו מהוראה בכיתת הלימוד וגם מחוסר הרלבנטיות של התיאוריות הפדגוגיות הקיימות לסביבה המתוקשבת הדינאמית המתפתחת כיום בבתי הספר. הלומדים כיום חשופים לכמויות עצומות של מידע (המידע מכפיל את עצמו כל 18 חודשים כיום) והתיאוריות הפדגוגיות הקיימות לא נותנות מענה לבעיה זו. המאמר המלא של תיאורית ה- Connectivism הבלוג של George Siemens המוקדש לתיאורית ה- Connectivism מבוא לתפיסת הידע המקושר, An Introduction to Connective Knowledge הראיון שנערך עם ג'ורג סימנס
WikkaWiki History In 2003, the development of Wakka Wiki came abruptly to an end, although a large community of users and contributors were still posting bugfixes, extensions, and new functions. First released in May 2004 by Jason Tourtelotte, WikkaWiki rapidly grew into a project aiming to remain faithful to Wakka's heritage of a lightweight engine with readable and accessible code. It was the first wiki engine to introduce mindmapping support allowing users to collaboratively edit mindmaps via wiki pages, a feature largely adopted by the majority of other wikis thereafter. Wikka vision The latest version 1.3.4 was released on 10 February 2013. Wikka features Among the distinctive features of this wiki engine: Support for different types of embedded elements: Documentation A dedicated server provides extensive documentation and tutorials, targeted at different categories of users, from the end user to the developer. See also References External links
Race, IQ, and Wealth At the end of April, Charles Kenny, a former World Bank economist specializing in international development, published a blistering attack in Foreign Policy entitled “Dumb and Dumber,” with the accusatory subtitle “Are development experts becoming racists?” Kenny charged that a growing number of development economists were turning towards genetic and other intrinsic human traits as a central explanation of national economic progress, often elevating these above the investment and regulatory issues that have long been the focus of international agencies. Although Kenny suggested that many of his targets had been circumspect in how they raised these highly controversial ideas, he singled out IQ and the Wealth of Nations, published in 2001 by Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen, as a particularly extreme and hateful example of this trend. Now this hypothesis might indeed be correct, but it is not necessarily warranted by the empirical data that Lynn and Vanhanen have gathered.
News: Killing Peer Review When a cadre of international scientific research powerhouses announced last month that they were teaming up to create a top-shelf, peer-reviewed free journal in the medical and life sciences fields, some called it a "triumph of open access" — proof that the tide was turning in favor of a once-radical movement aimed at cutting through the traditional oligarchies and turning scholarly publishing on its head. But to Joe Pickrell, a doctoral student in biology at the University of Chicago, the idea was not groundbreaking enough. It will not do merely to lower the barriers to viewing scholarly articles, he thought; academe must lower the barriers to reviewing them. As one might expect from an advocate of modern publishing, Pickrell took to the blogosphere. Pickrell went on to describe, in general detail, the features this journal-killing app would require. Reader comments started flowing in. Still, skeptics wanted to know: In such a wild west of scholarly publishing, who would check facts?
Transitoriedad Anitya es una de las tres características de la existencia, una doctrina esencial del budismo. El término expresa la idea budista de que toda existencia condicionada, sin excepción, está sujeta al cambio; la palabra significa literalmente "transitoriedad", "cambio" o "no permanencia". En otros idiomas se escribe de las siguientes maneras: sánscrito अनित्य, anitya; pāli: अनिच्चा anicca; tibetano: མི་རྟག་པ་ mi rtag pa; chino: 無常 wúcháng; japonés: 無常 mujō; tailandés: อนิจจัง anitchang. De acuerdo con esta doctrina, la vida humana manifiesta este flujo en el ciclo de nacimiento y renacimiento, envejecimiento y muerte (samsara), y en toda experiencia de pérdida. Puesto que todas las cosas son transitorias, aferrarse a ellas es un empeño vano que conduce al sufrimiento (dukkha). La única realidad no sujeta a la transitoriedad es el nirvana, que no conoce el cambio, la decadencia ni la muerte. Citas[editar] "Los cinco agregados, monjes, son anicca, transitorios." Enlaces externos[editar]
Books: None of the Above Correction appended. One Saturday in November of 1984, James Flynn, a social scientist at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, received a large package in the mail. It was from a colleague in Utrecht, and it contained the results of I.Q. tests given to two generations of Dutch eighteen-year-olds. When Flynn looked through the data, he found something puzzling. The Dutch eighteen-year-olds from the nineteen-eighties scored better than those who took the same tests in the nineteen-fifties—and not just slightly better, much better. Curious, Flynn sent out some letters. Flynn has been writing about the implications of his findings—now known as the Flynn effect—for almost twenty-five years. For almost as long as there have been I.Q. tests, there have been I.Q. fundamentalists. This is what James Watson, the co-discoverer of DNA, meant when he told an English newspaper recently that he was “inherently gloomy” about the prospects for Africa. This is a critical distinction.
JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Introduction The proliferation of learning/course management systems (L/CMS) over the past decade has occurred in multiple sectors: K-12, higher education, government and the business workplace. Distributed learning systems originated within a Fordist framework (uniform, mass produced and delivered) and transitioned to a neo-Fordist model in the late 20th century with more customization and innovation (Edwards, 1995). System design and delivery mechanisms have been historically unique across sectors, targeting a specific audience. However, the needs of the learners and the learning intentions of the organization are similar across sectors, but there has been little market overlaps among L/CMS, although this appears to be changing. Therefore in the lifetime of a learner, there is an implicit expectation that a new system will be learned and used to support educational and then workplace learning. The “correspondence model” relies on print-based resources. Figure 1. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Laetoli Laetoli is a site in Tanzania, dated to the Plio-Pleistocene and famous for its hominin footprints, preserved in volcanic ash (Site G). The site of the Laetoli footprints is located 45 km south of Olduvai gorge. The location was excavated by archaeologist Mary Leakey in 1978. “The Laetoli Footprints” received significant recognition by the public, providing convincing evidence of bipedalism in Pliocene hominids based on analysis of the impressions. Dated to 3.6 million years ago they were also the oldest known evidence of bipedalism at the time they were found, although now older evidence has been found such as the Ardipithecus ramidus fossils. Background History of research Cast of the Laetoli footprints, on display in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Laetoli was first recognized by western science in 1935 through a man named Sanimu, who convinced archeologist Louis Leakey to investigate the area. Occupational history Discoveries 
Arens: GER 389K.1: Fundamentals of Scholarship Description: This course is designed for beginning graduate students, to introduce the various branches of literary, linguistic, and cultural studies today, in the context of the national literatures and for comparative literature. The first section of the course focuses on today's professions of teaching and research in languages and literature; it introduces literary, linguistic, and cultural studies as professions and as areas of scholarship. Intertwined with this introduction of the major subject areas will be systematic work on bibliographic and reference sources, professional organizations, journals, and conferences. The goal of this introduction is to aid students in developing efficient research strategies and to familiarize them with basic reference tools; students will work on evolving their own lists of professional tools as they go along. The second section of the course is an introduction institutions of higher education, and how they function and will affect your career.