“EverNote Corporation’s mission is to give users the ability to instantly create, organize and find any notes or content – and to make this information accessible at any time, in any place.
Built on a new metaphor for note management, our flagship product, EverNote 1.1, provides a single place where users can easily record, categorize and instantly find any type of content, including Web clips, images, emails, text and handwritten notes.”
This had got categories. ie you can tag files . . .
EditPadLite The free version.
There is a professional version: “EditPad Pro is a powerful and versatile text editor or word processor. Designed to make text editing as convenient as possible, using EditPad Pro to edit text files will save you a lot of time and frustration”
I’m trying this at the moment, and may buy it. It has bookmarks, lots of text windows and a spell checker.
Another post for the food blog maybe, or is it poor service?
Here we are in the middle of nowhere (half way between Wanaka and Arrowtown), autumn has come and it’s time for comfort food. All I wanted was a pie (expecting a place like this would sell Pepper Steak or something). But no, all they had was muffins.
Another Womans Weekly type test. I found this on Derek’s Blog first. How much does your blog own of you?
My weblog owns 31.25 % of me.
Does your weblog own you?
I’m quite clear about this: I am primarily interested in community, blogs are secondary. I was suprised though: Derek was much much higher
But, it does not ask the real and important questions . . .
There was a Comunities of Practice workshop on Friday folowing the CPE conference with Etienne Wenger.
He shared a neat new diagram developed with Nancy White and John Smith, addressing the tensions inherent in community life (for example the individual vs the group), and how different technologies can assist in managing the tension. It is a work in progress, but it has got great potential to open windows and shed some light – as well as helping define the appropriate portfolios of e-tools for a given group.
More from Learning Ecology, Communities, and Networks: Extending the classroom (eLearnspace) What is needed?
What is needed? We need to bring elements into the learning experience that allow for extension beyond classrooms…and integration with “real life”
We need to be able to “tap into” a means of staying current within our fields. Courses can’t serve this function when information is rapidly expanding.
We need to create a knowledge construct that is adaptive, self-sufficient, and permanent (at least until the learner not longer needs it).
In order for learning institutions to be relevant in an era of life-long learning, they must move past the concept of start/stop learning. Learning is fluid. It impacts other areas of work and life. It’s ongoing.
Courses are start/stop. As stated previously, a course is an artificial construct, erected at the start of the term, that assumes to provide learners with the information and knowledge they need…and is torn down twelve weeks later. A learner who has a knowledge need six months later doesn’t have access to the environment where he/she initially learned. After four years, the entire environment (i.e. the program) that awarded the degree is gone (inaccessible by the learner). A learner certainly still has the ability to contact Instructors after the program is finished, but the richness of the learning environment has largely faded. In this situation, not only the knowledge specific construct (course), but the entire ecology (program) is gone.
A better, more permanent, option is required.
I note that this is the same question that many of the papers at CPE addressed, the question of contexts for lifelong learning. Also: the picture presented in this quote of learning in time limited course structures is exactly what some people want. They want to be told exactly what to learn.
These, I nearly had forgotten about. Glen revamped IT712 into a webquest format in 2003 and it has proved a big hit.
WebQuests (Bernie Dodge’s website)
“This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web. By pointing to excellent examples and collecting materials developed to communicate the idea, all of us experimenting with WebQuests will be able to learn from each other.”
A bunch of web quests. The home link does not work.
Blue Web’n (New address as of April 14th 2006)
Still being very interested in this topic. The chance to present at a conference where there is some understanding of CoP’s was too good an opportunity to miss. CPE 2006. Continuing Professional Education Conference. There were really three threads: recertification requirements, keeping up with developments in a profession and adult education.
I totally omitted the slide show on community. Put in some more slides on blogs. But it was still too much, and we spent most time discussing the role of blogs as a new medium. Dialogue on blogs continued at most breaks over the next two days.
Phillpa is off to Rome with a choir later in the year. As a result, I’ve been taking some extra interest in Italian Food. There is Jamie Oliver’s Italian tour on a Monday TV3. I think the key is pasta, tomato and olives – and then the right seasonings.
Noel cooked for us recently. While he used a jar of store bought sauce, he certainly spiced it up a little: sliced olives, corgettes, onions and salami. The result tasted as good as it looked.
The original long black. I liked this ad:
The Applied e-Teaching and Support qual that was developed at the College last year aspires to build a community approach to the learning process. We ran a pilot last year, with some success, althought we certainly learned a lot.
Here are a few blogs that have posted on this issue.
Mathemagenic Blog (Lilia Efimova)
Her references are to George Siemen’s comments in elearnspace on an “Ecology of learning“.
Lilia’s view is often not positive:
Why communities are not good? Communities are nightmares for novices: lack of clear roles or structures, overflow of information, discussions that you join in a middle, strange language…
Why courses are good? Good course instructors take into account learners needs and level of being (choosing to be) self-directed and provide guidance that makes our path through learning exciting and efficient. Courses provide context that makes us more ‘disciplined’ then we would be by ourselves: pushing to learn things we would never consider important, doing assignments to articulate silent ideas or connect loose ends, initiating brainstormings that should lead to some tangible results and not only random thoughts. Link