Diigo group and Pearltree for CCK11

A couple of small things:  I’ve created an open public Diigo group for Connectivism and Connected Knowledge 2011 which you can use to share useful bookmarks (http://groups.diigo.com/group/cck_2011) and a team Pearltree (http://pear.ly/JgB5). I won’t have much time to contribute to CCK11, but I’m hoping that my network will help me by curating the must see resources that I might not have time to do for myself.

As Karen Stephenson (cited in Siemens 2005) says:

“Experience has long been considered the best teacher of knowledge. Since we cannot experience everything, other people’s experiences, and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. ‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people (undated).”

References

  1. Siemens, G. “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age“, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, January 2005.
  2. Stephenson K (Internal Communication, no. 36) What Knowledge Tears Apart, Networks Make Whole. Retrieved January 19, 2010 from http://www.netform.com/html/icf.pdf.

Digital Story Telling: Assignment 1

As part of the first week’s assignment we’ve been asked to set up our own webhost and domain. I’ve registered a new domain cpjobling.me with Godaddy.com and a signed up for the minimum hosting package from cast iron coding (CIC). I’m waiting for my confirmations to come through, then I’ll be setting up my name servers using the instructions provided here and WordPress blog using the instructions given here. Everything went fine and now I have a new Word Press blog which may one-day replace this one: blog.cpjobling.me.

I could (and have) done this manually on my own server, but the experience of using a hosting service and domain registration provides some good experience.

Ning Reunited

I’ve just joined the Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group (ELESIG) which is based around a Ning site (elesig.ning.com).  After Chris Hall and David Williams launched a Gwella group, I’ve noticed an increase in activity and the community that is developing looks to be quite exciting.

Was I wrong to reject Ning when they removed free access?

Should we have stuck with Ning for SALT and the Learning Lab?

For One Week Only: King James Bible

2011 apparently marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. To mark the occasion, the BBC made a bit of a splash last week with a sequence of three forty-five minute documentaries fronted by James Naughtie on the commissioning, translation and legacy of the bible. These were followed by 7 hours of readings from the King James Bible made by the great and the good of the acting professions and introduced by well-known luminaries of literature and history.

For five days more, the whole lot is available from the special BBC King James Bible site and on the iPlayer. You can also download the readings (in twenty minute chunks) as a Podcast episodes which you can download to keep forever.

I’m not religious, but this is nonetheless a great listen for lovers of English and History and the podcasts are a great resource.

Apparently there’ll also be a series of documentaries on BBC 4 soon.