Tweets for 2009-03-18

  • Download digital book in Portuguese: To understand the net – my contribution is on Communities of Practice #
  • The book #paraentender can be found on 2 platforms: pdf file and site..printed version will come later with your contributions 🙂 #
  • #paraentender , coordinated by Juliano Spyer was written after Campus Party Brasil – took us a month to collate articles #
  • various authors following the launch of the book on Twitter – f2f bottle of champagne later on at Esquisito on Bela Cintra #
  • many authors of #paraentender following the launch of virtual book on Twitter-f2f bottle of champagne later on at Esquisito on Bela Cintra #
  • @jasper até que horas vai o exquisito – tenho gente para jantar em casa ! #
  • #paraentender article on CoPs was fun to write – hope people will contribute with questions and comments and we can expand on it. #
  • @jasper congrats on #paraentender < >initiative #
  • #paraentender <>= excellent example of what the net and networking means today #
  • virtual book To Understand the Net (Para Entender a Net) has just been launched #
  • #paraentender My article (in Portuguese) is on Communities of Practice (CoPs) #
  • #paraentender @jasper & all não vou poder comparecer no Exquisito para a comemoração 🙁 divirtam-se muito e quero ver fotos ! #

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Tweets for 2009-03-17

  • back from countryside where I’m renovating & improving home and garden…fun but lots of planning and details to take care of #

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Kids will be kids

Last January, my 5th blogging anniversary and the end of the sabbatical year went by without pomp or circumstance : 3 posts, sparse tweets, bookmarks and Flickr photos.  Although triggered or lead by digital events and networked conversations, most of the contacts were this time f2f- a noisier, tastier and more touchy-feely complement to the screen: Campus Party, informal meetings, drinks and barbecues.

Going back to school in February just confirmed once again that change just does not seem to happen in closed environments.  Same conversations in the teachers’ room, same unsolved problems from 25 years ago and endless meetings, during which there is more red tape than a decision to act.

School more than ever feels like prison with its tight unvarying schedule, routine and very little room for emergence, creativity and “organized chaos”. Focus is on discipline and control so students’ inventiveness and ingenuity are proven by subverting it. Teachers drone, kids get bored by looking at the nape of the same neck for hours and cannot sit still. With instructional technology alone, the difficulty in staying on task – they connect to social sites, message their friends, play games. Same problems as ages ago, just “enhanced” by educational technology. Kids will be kids.

In March, visits, new acquaintances, conversations, exchanging ideas and practices in different areas and levels: Lumiar school, Papagallis, The Hub, VivoEduca and some fun creative play online with Inkscape in a remix challenge.

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Tweets for 2009-03-12

  • @christoff @radley merci for saving our mixtwit tapes – most considerate and very appreciated 🙂 #
  • have just been on a shopping spree – wallet complaining but heart filled with joy – needed it badly 🙂 #

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Tweets for 2009-03-11

  • @lalgarra welcome back e te vejo a semana que vem no Seminário …muitas fichinhas para trocar 🙂 #

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Tweets for 2009-03-03

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Tweets for 2009-02-26

  • Pouring outside – had to switch on the light – looks like night has fallen #

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Tweets for 2009-02-22

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Blogs in the classroom

Inevitable, preventable or it does not really matter?

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2009 Horizon Report

The 2009 edition of the Horizon Report is being launched today at the ELI Conference in Orlando. The Horizon Report is a long-running  qualitative research project that seeks to identify and  describe emerging technologies likely to have a large  impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative  expression within learning-focused organizations. It is exciting to see the result and to have participated and contributed. Thanks Larry, Alan, Rachel for the invitation. I surely learnt a lot.

The report has been released under a Creative Commons license and can be  downloaded as a pdf file from the NMC website or the Horizon wiki, which also shows openly (no need to login) the methodology and various phases of the research process.

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