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How Does It Feel to Be 107, Grandma?

My grandmother was born today, in 1907. Or sometime around this date. One of her stories is that she never had a birth certificate. Born into a large family, and with her Mom passing away when grandma was a child, there was no official birth record. Show More Summary

2014 Kiwi Tour: Up North to Northtec

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Each day so far this week has required a one hour earlier wakeup time. I shall protest (politely) this trend (just kidding, Richard!). Today back to 5:30 because of the 2 hour drive from Auckland to Northtec in Whangarei (that’s “Wh” as in “F”). Show More Summary

2014 Kiwi Tour: Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog (From almost a week ago, hoping to catch up on the blog back log blogging) After the end of the Tuesday sessions of the Shar-E-Fest conference in Hamilton, Richard...Show More Summary

Smile, You Are on a PirateBox!

As a photographer and lover of old devices, I do not think I could have found a better container for my new PirateBox. I found this old Brownie Camera at Granny’s Antiques in Payson; I was looking for a small interesting container for this small router and power supply (it was almost in a wooden card holder or a rusted recipe box). Show More Summary

Digitizing Spinning Shellac

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Among the memorabilia I brought back from my Mom’s house was my on set of teen age purchased vinyl LPs, but also about eighteen 78s that I had always remembered sitting on the shelves in our basement. Show More Summary

Beginning to process the LA Reclaim Your Domain Hackathon

Parts of the 1981 documentary The Decline of Western Civilization were filmed at “The Church”, a 1920?s-era Baptist church in Hermosa Beach that eventually came to be a rehearsal/living space ($16 a month) for Black Flag. It was a bit of a trip, on my first visit to Los Angeles, to be sitting at an […]

Picture This

Today I had the opportunity to open the Arizona K12 Center’s Ninth Camp Plug and Play in Tucson. About I year ago, I sort of “crashed” their mobile learning conference here– I came down to visit colleagues Dean Shareski and Wes Fryer. Show More Summary

Privacy in a Big Data Post-Privacy World

It’s always a pleasure to participate in a workshop hosted by BC’s Educational Technology Users Group. This year’s event did not disappoint, and I had the pleasure of attending provocative and thoughtful sessions on maker culture, open educational practice, portfolios, and OER. I’m always struck by how carefully facilitators and speakers prepare their sessions, and […]

Common Core's Emphasis on Computers May Be Undermining Thinking and Learning

NYT What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades By MARIA KONNIKOVA JUNE 2, 2014 Photo Credit Michael Mabry Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story RECENT COMMENTS Rvincent1 8 minutes ago I teach in higher...Show More Summary

Library Of Congress Searches For Missing Jefferson Books

Staffers at the Library of Congress have been looking for 250 books that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. He gave these books and several thousand more to start the library more than 200 years ago. http://www.npr.org/2014/05/29/316891473/library-of-congress-searches-for-missing-jefferson-b... MP3...Show More Summary

On the Road With Mariana Funes Talking About DS106

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Before reading this, I suggest reviewing Mariana’s newly shared “The psychology of open: On wrestling your inner MOOC”. It was written for a presentation she is doing...Show More Summary

CNIE was a hoot and a howl

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by Sylvia Currie I’ve been scrambling this week to gather my forces coming out of a rather busy month, and in advance of a trip to NYC next week. So this will not even attempt to recap the experience of hosting CNIE here at TRU last […]

Riding The [Frozen] Wave in Gimli

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Before there was a dwarf from Middle Earth (or least before he was penned to Lord of the Rings), Gimli, or “New Iceland” has been there by Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. Show More Summary

Free to Forget

Europe's highest court recently ruled that EU citizens have the right to be forgotten—by Google's search engines. Bob talks with Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, about the impact of this decision on freedom of information and internet privacy. Download MP3 Individual page for story.

Maricopa OER Practitioners: James Sousa

As part of my fellowship for the OER Research Hub at the Open University I am sharing these excerpts from conversations about OER use/creation recorded in April 2014 with faculty at the Maricopa Community Colleges. James Sousa, a mathematics...Show More Summary

Beall's List

Some academic journals have embraced a “gold open access model” of publishing, wherein the scholars whose work appears in the journal pay for the privilege. Bob speaks with Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian at the University of Colorado...Show More Summary

Bad Campaign Memoirs

It used to be that politicians' lives were recounted after their careers, by professional biographers. Today, writing a memoir has become de rigueur for political aspirants looking to garner votes. Manoush speaks with Politico's Casey Cep, who says these books amount to little more than press releases that consistently fall flat. MP3 here

Enquire Within Upon Everything: True Stories of the Wondrous Web

Yesterday I had fun with a keynote presentation for the eLearning Consortium of Colorado 2014 Conference. This was the 25th annual conference for this rather impressive, under-the-radar collaborative organization, that has been networking and sharing for 25 years. Show More Summary

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