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October 22, 2009

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My Position on Connectivism
Diana, with a bit of trepidation, shares her view of connectivism: "The idea of connectivism as a new learning theory makes sense to me. I think connectivisim is a natural evolution and extension of other learning theories, because it addresses the emergence of new technology and the new opportunities for growth in knowledge with the increased connectedness the internet affords."
It can be a bit unnerving to post ideas online. When I (George) first started blogging, I found the experience to be a bit bittersweet. I was used to writing for a person - a teacher, a manager, or a colleague. Writing and sharing ideas online was quite uncomfortable. Over time, however, I found myself more at ease with the process...especially once I was able to let go of this desire to have things be perfect and accept the state of flux that comprises online interactions and content sharing. , , October 21, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Time Travel Through the Brain
Spectacular images of the brain: "Over the 100-year history of modern neuroscience, the way we think about the brain has evolved with the sophistication of the techniques available to study it. Improvements in microscope design and manufacture, together with the development of cell-staining techniques, afforded neuroscientists their first glimpse at the specialized cells that make up the nervous system. Microscopes with more magnifying power enabled them to probe nerve cells in greater detail, revealing distinct compartments. Newer techniques expose the connections between nerve cells, revealing the complex organization of the brain."
Moheb Costandi, , October 21, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Connectivism: A Theory of Personal Learning
I got this link from Stephen's other daily newsletter. It's a presentation he delivered last year. 90+ slides are included, covering Stephen's PLE, learning, networks and interaction, and a review of how CCK08 was designed. It serves as a good mid-course review for CCK09... Stephen Downes, , October 21, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


Here's what course members from around the world had to say. Want to join the conversation? Submit your feed. Then put this at the beginning of your post: CCK09

CCK09 Metaphors of Learning Networks
Here are some interesting discussion in the forum relating to Blogs and Forums as Communication and Learning Tools. May I start with some metaphors and analogies? My observation so far is that our “network(s)” do exhibit some of the phenomena of singles and flocks of birds or schools of fish, when it comes to CCK08 and this CCK09 [...] October 22, 2009

Your privacy? Get over it and embrace technologically externalized knowledge and learning. Or not really?
CCK09 – To continue with learning and education: I’ve been reading Technologically externalized knowledge and learning (TEKL) by George Siemens. He talks about the externalized generation: The last decade has provided individuals with the tools to continually externalize their thoughts and ideas. History is generally revealed to us through significant artifacts. We have books (artifact) that [...] October 22, 2009

The University of Texas enters full scale in Second Life – what will it learn us about silos and boundaries?
In today’s Metanomics show Dr. Leslie Jarmon, Faculty Development Specialist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, discussed the creation of a statewide extension of classes and education into Second Life. This is huge project:  the university system is made up of nine universities and six health centers. Furthermore, the campuses seem to [...] October 22, 2009

Upcoming Event: Metanomics about Virtual World Systems for Education
CCK09: I’ve been neglecting the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Course because of other projects. However, this week I’ll try to pick up this course again. I’m convinced education/learning is of tremendous importance and breaking down the walls between educators, business people and artistsis one of the strongest points of the Second Life communities. Today Metanomics [...] October 21, 2009

George's TEKL (was learnometer)
Anne-Marie prompted me to look at George Siemen's latest blog post on Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning which makes for fascinating reading. At least I assume that was the one she meant!

The big question is when is this concept tool going to be available? Maybe someone has already written the iPhone app already. October 21, 2009

The 'we' not the 'I'
Reading this Pharma Strategy blog which resonates with the ideas being discussed on #CCK09.

"That's what sharing and engaging is all about, sharing ideas and information willingly, leading from the front and setting a good example for others. New technologies and social media can be a wonderful tool for finding new people, new blogs, new ideas and plenty of spirited exchange. Fresh inspiration from others can set off a new creative spark and stimulate new content and more sharing, and so on ad infinitum." October 21, 2009

In Search of Lost Time - almost 2 weeks outside of CCK09
Reading Nicola´s post about her experience of the course just with her mobile inspired me to write about the experience of the course just without the time for it.

Special circumstances from work made me stay away from my computer, from my emails, and of course, from CCK09. I can´t remember ever been disconnected for so long before, not even checking my emails! I think that never happened before. Even when I gave birth to my child, after two or three days I checked my mails for sure.

To be disconnected was not so terrible ( I was stressed out with all the things that were going on at work) but what worried me was staying out of the course, how would I be able to get back in?

I asked for help. Emapey wrote me an email with a resume of what happened on those days I was away and that is helping me to stay on track. Using emapey´s selection over subjects gives me a general idea and makes me feel confident on going on the way I can.

And this is the lesson: I´m late, but I can join again if I want to. I have many things to read, but if I hurry up I can be able to be ready to follow discussion at the forum soon. The bottom line is: at the end of the course, even people wont be discussing on the forum after the course is finished, the discussion will still be there, the course will still be online, I will still be able to "make my own course" (as Emapey says, my personal and wonderfull guide for CCK09). The readings, links, recordings, blogs, tags will still be there for me. CCK09 is a tailormade course, and I´m my own tailor. October 21, 2009


(These should be fresh. Still working on improving the Twitter display.) #cck09 Not "Instruction 2.0" or "Teaching 2.0" the very point of eLearning 2.0 is that it's learner driven.

To learn, we have to be active by accessing, remaking, remixing, repurposing, and rewriting learning resources #cck09

university of texas entering full-scale in second life - what do we learn about silos and boundaries there? #CCK09

musings about privacy and Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning #CCK09

The have/have not #GoogleWave situation is a case study in tech deprivation Where is the line? The standard to be "invited"? #CCK09 #eci831

The have/have not #GoogleWave situation is a case study in tech deprivation Where is the line? The standard to be "invited"? #CCK09 #eci831

@yesnaco_4 My real name is Eduardo Peirano as in CCK09 forum

laptops need mesh to facilitate connected learning - #cck09 #olpc #openacademia #yam

@edwebb thank you I will look at grazr when next near a pc - much appreciated :))) #cck09

just shared my unread feeds list hope public (can't tell from mobile) tried adding #cck09 as @edwebb suggested

Is connectivism a Bayesian belief network? hmmm #cck09

The Power of a gd Story #eci831 #CCK09 #KnowledgeManagement

RT @arieliondotcom The Power of a Good Story #eci831 #CCK09 #KnowledgeManagement

RT: @arieliondotcom: The Power of a gd Story #eci831 #CCK09 #KnowledgeManagement

.@mbogle All I've seen & heard by & about you thru #CCK08 & #CCK09 (& #eci831 I think) show U R a 1st class educator. Wht R yr options?

Did not work on #cck09 and weblogs. GWave asks lots of my time and energy. Sony's e-book Library will not work, uploaded several times again

Re: Hi from Ghana - West Africa: by Eduardo Peirano.   Hi Kabuki, welcome to the CCK09 online course. I am..

In search of lost time without #CCK09

@NicolaAvery Very nice post from @luzpearson CCK09

@yesnaco_4 Hi Kiki!! How are you today?? Now I can try to help you sort the CCK09 course. It is easy to find me in Twitter. I work online!!

Very little time for #CCK09 recently. :-(

RT @BernajeanPorter:3D Interactive PLN models @ShaheraZade's Gardens in SL - more on display later this month #cck09

Read the research paper "Ideals and reality of participating in a MOOC". Thx @authors, I finally understand my own feelings now #cck09

Let's say, I just found an answer on what works for me and what doesn't in this #cck09 course. Feeling releived.

good to have a decent connection. now to try and get caught up on what i missed last week. starting with #CCK09

does anyone on #cck09 know a way of sharing on google reader ?

@NicolaAvery sharing how? To a specifc group, or to the whole world (public feed)? You can share anything to a public feed in Reader #cck09

@edwebb @dblancquaert thank you I wondered if you could somehow mark it as a public share with #cck09 haven't found mobile diigo, delicious

I might want to use personal brain to create my #cck09 concept map assignment. Don't really like cmap (

RT @csantos: RT @maresta: listen @josiefraser's CCK09 recording (available at, with @csantos @lfpedro. nice :)

A wise advice: Design learning, then seek tools @gsiemens #cck09 #autoaprenentatge_mec

RT @mariaperif RT @csantos RT @maresta: listening to @josiefraser's CCK09 recording with @csantos @lfpedro

Got a Bible verse you don't understand? Tweet or DM it to me & I'll research it & blog a sermon on it. #CCK09 #eci831 #ConnectedChurch

SAPO project, a ShaPLE:. A third way between LMS and PLE? #cck09 #autoaprenentatge_mec

CCK09 Educational Leadership « Suifaijohnmak's Weblog

My new post for CCK09 week 5. Strategies to help me become a more active participant.

Awesome! I can listen to the #CCK09 PLN talks on my long journeys back and forth from work

@siavogel not much presence in the #cck09 moodle either

#cck09 should have a text-free week - no words except maybe audio

Late update on #cck09... listening to an interesting perspective from @davecormier

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