September 16, 2006
September 10, 2006
Wikisapces has a mission:
September 7, 2006
July 28, 2006
Interesting Wikipedia feature: Cite This Article. From anywhere inside wikipedia click on ‘Cite This Article’ to get the full citation in 9 different formats, MLA, APA, and Bibtex included!
No less interesting is the discussion on Digg about the viability of citing Wikipedia.
June 8, 2006
I wrote a short piece on PLEs that was inspired by the CETIS Personal Learning Environments Meeting held in Manchester this week.
Both Phillip and I attended. And guess what? We could actually sit outside without getting wet.
The piece appears in Seb Schmoller's Fortnightly Mailing, which is a great resource for anyone interested in e-learning and related topics.
In the mean time I've been building up a collection of PLE-related resources over on the wiki.
June 4, 2006
The Economist recently ran a survey on emerging media. Among other things, claiming that blogs and wikis are changing journalism from a sermon to a discussion.
A recent article on China and the Internet (subscribers only) claims that the government, with its 30,000 power internet police, can't keep up with blogger's challenges.
June 1, 2006
I found this an interesting essay on the problems of 'collective intelligence':
In the real world it is easy to not direct films. I have attempted to retire from directing films in the alternative universe that is the Wikipedia a number of times, but somebody always overrules me. Every time my Wikipedia entry is corrected, within a day I'm turned into a film director again.
DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism [5.30.06]
By Jaron Lanier
An Edge Original Essay
May 31, 2006
Walter Bender (OLPC) and David Cavallo (MIT Media Lab) recently visited the LKL to update us on the progress of the OLPC (one laptop per child, aka $100 laptop) project. One of the recent developments they mentioned is the inclussion of a Wiki on each machine. This would primarily be used as an ebook reader, but they see it going much further.
May 26, 2006
I just built my first Wiki by myself… feels good. It was a good exercise to do as it has really helped me to better understand the purpose of a Wiki as a site for knowledge collaboration. It wasn’t until I had to grasp the overall structure of the site, and to design instructions for others on how to use it that I really began to understand how the Wiki works. I’m still working on it and still learning, but getting there.
I’m feeling more confident about Wiki use and about the potential use I could make of it in a school setting (Lyndsay’s case study on wiki use in schools helped a lot there – thanks Lyndsay).
I also like the shape the LKL Wiki is taking on… I think we’re making good progress. It’s good to see that most of us have now contributed something, and said a little about ourselves and our interests in the project and the HowTo and WhatIs pages are giving it more of a ‘knowledge-building’ feel, I think.
When I began building the PBWiki for Mirandanet, I was struck by some questions that came to me as I began to generate a skeleton structure:
As I built the Wiki and wrestled with these ideas, and thought about the purpose of the Wiki and who would use it and what they would want to get from it – it finally dawned on me what the Wiki is and why it is different, more structured, than (say) something like this blog or a web page… it’s the collaborative nature of the thing… the whole point of the Wiki is that it’s not just shared (like a blog) – it’s (as Lyndsay suggested somewhere, I think)… a quasi-independent entity… it’s a thing-in-itself with a reason for being… it’s purpose of knowledge building… generates a space that is neither individual, nor collective but an amalgam of both… and separated from both… it becomes like a ‘cultural’ collective space, if you like… still fuzzy, that notion, but I’ll keep on thinking.
It’s like (for me) the blog is a discussion space, a meeting place… where we all keep our individual identities (and separated -as opposed to separate because in a way they interlink, through comments and temporal hierarchical positioning – narratives) whereas the Wiki is, not so much a ‘thinking’ space as a place of ‘established’ narratives – of community generated concepts (as in Mika’s piece). There’s a collaborative ‘will’ in the construction of knowledge in that space… towards a shared goal – the codification of an evolving structure into an emergent set of communal values (or ontology). Hmm, interesting, I seem to have come full circle tonight.