We wish you a merry WordPress

It’s after Thanksgiving and time for all of us of American distraction to write our annual Christmas letters.  The art of balancing between bragging and whining and pitching a missive at people you a)only talk to once per year AND b) those you keep up with regularly is a dying art. After deciding that this Christmas we were going to limit our spending and try to reduce our impact on the planet, I thought of…

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My 2008 Edublog Award nominations

There are so many people who have contributed to my learning this year — in person and online. My nominations for the 2008 Edublog awards are: Best individual blog http://ogrady.globalteacher.org.au/ Lauren O’Grady is an intelligent, passionate young professional whose personality shines through in her online work.  She inspires me to be myself online. Best resource sharing blog http://www.downes.ca/ OL Daily is an indispensable tool for me to keep up with what’s going on in the…

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Google kills Lively

Google’s foray into 3 D chat – Google Lively – is going to be shut down at the end of this year http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/lively-no-more.html Is Google the McDonald’s of the internet in that if they pull out of a neighbourhood it is time to sell up?  I don’t think so. For me, Lively has never had the ingredients that would have made me feel a connection.  It was contrived, I didn’t have enough control over my…

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Pumpkin pie: an unusual post

Okay, here I’ve been having vibrant discussions around what blogs are – conversations on reasonably consistent topic areas is my take on it – and I’m about to deviate madly.  But there is a tenuous edutech connection… I’m an American-born, soon to be Australian and next week it’s Thanksgiving.  For me, it’s on a par with Christmas yet in Australia it’s just another Thursday, just another weekend.  I’m asking my workmates out to lunch on…

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Second Life sessions for EDayz08

The countdown is on to South Australia’s EDayz and I’ve been working up the in-world sessions for the people coming to my Second Life sessions. On Wednesday night, we’re going to do a nuts and bolts session on the basics — how to walk, talk, teleport and interact with objects. That’s taking place at the learning loft I’ve built on my Plot 13 sim. To get there: Keep your web browser open to this post.…

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