Learner-centric learning and people we don’t know

I’ve been researching virtual worlds for Education.au’s Immersive Learning Unit and had an aha moment this morning in between hitting the snooze button on my N95 that I wanted to commit to pixels before it faded away in the morning routine. The issue of risk management in virtual worlds as with so many other virtual spaces stems from the fact that there are people there we don’t know. Would closed-off virtual worlds created within a…

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No facts please – we’re the government!

Despite opposition from numerous quarters, despite facts presented, the Rudd government is going ahead with tests of an ISP-level filter. With an attitude of utter contempt for the Australian people, the government is not revealing any details that would aid the public in understanding why they feel it is necessary.¬† In fact, they are making a point of withholding information from the Australian public, point-blank refusing to answer questions and doing a 180 degree turn…

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Content filtering with NO Opt Out and government deciding what’s in

“I’m not exaggerating when I say that this model involves more technical interference in the internet infrastructure than what is attempted in Iran, one of the most repressive and regressive censorship regimes in the world.” Colin Jacobs, chair of the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, as quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2008. Nope, this isn’t a post about China or a dictatorship (at least, not an official one) that’s the…

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Invitation to educators using social media with students

In Australia, most schools operate on a white list system when it comes to the web sites they can access. Educators have to apply for sites to be unblocked for classroom use and some sites are banned with no hope of unblocking them. The practitioners I’ve talked to are feeling frustrated – they’d like to explore new ways of engaging their students, but having to continually request sites be unblocked or finding a site that…

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