26. April 2007 · Comments Off on Make social bookmarking easy for your visitors · Categories: Script

I found a great little script you can see in action at the bottom of my page templates that makes it easy for visitors to add a blog post to their favourite social bookmarking site.

I found it at GrayWolf’s SEO Blog -  and it did the job with minimal massaging. I did notice that in Dreamweaver MX 2004 that Dreamweaver kept re-writing the quote marks that make the code work — so when you are adding your image paths and deleting sites, it’s best to do it in notepad or the newer version of Dreamweaver.

You do need to add it to the foot template – it does no good adding it to a post in the editing window as the text editor swaps quote marks around and the script can’t pass through the page URL to the bookmarking site.

Conferences, seminars and other events can be inspirational and almost rejuvenating at the time.  But a few days back in the “real” world can often cause the buzz to dissipate in the drone of mundane responsibilities.

While checking on the resources for the education.au seminar series via the tag eduausem2007, I came across an unrelated post by Beth Kanter (sorry, lost the thread and can’t seem to find the exact post) about a blog by Kathy Sierra (what a tangled web!) called “Why are we still going to conferences?”

I have to admit that I thought all the twittering, tweeting, live blogging and quick turn around podcasting made going to conferences rather passe.  Why spend time and money and $6 on a coffee when you could wait a week or so and get it all online?

Kathy makes two fantastic points in her post:  1) the face to face interaction is still important and enriches the connections you make online  and 2) the materials posted about conferences and events can and should (if the ideas are important enough) evolve into COPs so the discussions and buzz of an event can live on and really make a difference to people’s personal and professional lives. 

By the by — I’m new to this, so please let me how to create proper trackbacks to blog posts so I can share the link love to greatest effect…

23. April 2007 · Comments Off on Re-learning what encyclopedias are good for · Categories: eduausem2007, Events, Issues, Web sites

Jimmy Wales - founder of WikipediaToday education.au launched their first seminar series with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. I have to say I was blown away by the quiet sincerity, passion and sweetness of the man who spoke and patiently answered our questions today. I also learned that my concept of what an encylcopedia was — was wrong.

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22. April 2007 · Comments Off on Information management and belief structure · Categories: Issues

Yahoo! Smoking is a hobby

The importance of archiving seeming trivia like advertisements and entertainment materials and the perspective it can give you on how people were inculturated and why they hold the beliefs they do was driven home for me today as I researched the disease emphysema, which I just found out my dad has inflicted upon himself after years of smoking.

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20. April 2007 · Comments Off on Games as learning and violence as a learned attitude · Categories: Issues

The power of immersive experiences in 3-D Virtual Worlds and games has gotten a lot of press lately and the study of games as learning has also had a spotlight thrown on it.  

For me, more gruesome headlines like the mass killings at Virgina Tech have raised an older issue related to games: do they teach and/or fan the flames of violence?

I don’t know if the obviously disturbed young man who felt it his calling to inflict death on his fellow students was a gamer.  I do know that in conflict games players are rewarded for theft, murder and destruction with prestige and power. To get by people who stand in the way, games often require players to kill them. I’ve also read that in some games, sex is a reward for prowess.

Many people brushed off a connection between games and violence.  Violent people are drawn to violent games seemed to be the conclusion and it pretty much got dropped.  But as gamers get younger, games get more immersive and more comes out about them as a learning tool —

Do we need to think harder about the incidental learning that’s going in games?