Archivio per novembre, 2007

Quali tool usare?

Lo so, ci sono infinite liste di “migliori tool per…”. Nel settore education probabilmente la lista dei Top 100 tools for learning di Jane Hart è il migliore punto di partenza ma trovo molto interessante questa lista, a cura di Vicki Davis, perchè include commenti personali, esempi e suggerimenti d’uso su ogni tool presentato.

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Teachers Today

Ho già abbondantemente lodato il video di Welsch dedicato a “come essere studenti oggi”.

E’ uscita ora, sotto forma di “doppiaggio scritto”, la versione inversa, ovvero vista dalla parte dei professori. Amaramente divertente.

Ma che strano, anche in UK si lamentano dello stipendio… 🙂


Sono un pendolare, fedele (sigh) utente cliente di Trenitalia.

Sto contemplando perplesso due abbonamenti mensili Riomaggiore – Firenze (sì, Riomaggiore, non La Spezia, perché nonostante il paese delle Cinque Terre sia più lontano, l’abbonamento costa meno. Mai capito perché…). Sono identici, tranne che per un particolare.

Quello di ottobre costa €82,00, quello di novembre €92,20. Fa più 10% secco, preciso!

A fronte di cosa? Nuovi treni? Qualche corsa in più? Maggiore pulizia? Puntualità?

Mi accontenterei di una sola di queste migliorie, forse anche mezza.. Ma, nessuna di queste.

E’ aumentato e basta, del 10%, in un solo mese, di colpo.

A futura memoria.

OpenEd: week 10

I enjoyed this tenth week, dedicated to crossblogging. I’m convinced it was a great idea to insert some reflection between “productive” weeks. Furthermore, I was able to realize what means reading a bunch of posts and eventually comment all of them, each week! David, I further agree that it’s a Mission Impossible!! Maybe a lenght limit for posts may help, in the future editions… It could also be useful for students to improve their synthesis skills 🙂

For now, I have choosen to write a short resume of what I read around here on my blog, instead of directly commenting on the others’ blogs. Just now I’m reading about Elisa’s opposite choice. Even if I don’t agree with her consideration on possible discrimination (maybe this could be true for the instructor’s comment, but I don’t think it is a real problem for peers commenting) I too probably will comment each post, next week (just to change… :-))

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to produce a very coherent post, like Megan (BTW, Megan, excellent work!), so my post is more similar to a random collection of thoughts inspired by some colleagues’ posts. It’s more like a personal brainstorming than an organized resume.

I started my reading from Elisa’s post (what a coincidence!! :-)) in which I was struck by a phrase that reminded me the discussion about quality:

I understand the reason why foreign language books are so trivial and boring in their contents, they can’t publish for example even an extract of a song or a film or the photo of a famous actor with some useful information about him because of the copyright duties!

Wow! Is she saying we could have better textbooks if we lived in an more open-cultural world? It would be a good point because one of the strongest arguments for copyright reinforcement is exactly the opposite!!

The Karen’s post is a good summary of all the issues that relates with OER. She organizes them in four “realms”, according to Lessig’s Code … For me, it’ a pretty complete list. It could be a very synthesis for the entire course.

Stian covers an interesting point when he talks of APIs. It’s a technical issue but nowadays it’s very important: for example, this week Google OpenSocial started, proposing a set of common APIs for social networking interoperability, while OER repositories are still closed, “walled gardens”…

I was happy to see that Yu-Chun shares my reflections about granularity: the example of cooking book is very clear!

I would like to share the optimistic view of Andreas about mass participation as “vibrant business ecosystems” but I’m still skeptical…

I strongly agree with the (how to call it? appeal?) of Rob on the need of unity for the Open-Free movements and licenses. Why do we struggle with quibbles when the “enemy” has one, clear statement?

Finally, I appreciated the Alessandro’s effort to contextualize the discussion on the Italian situation, which I too well know. I think it’s important to refer to our own local, concrete, problems: Chenyong too refers to Chinese point of view.

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