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From: dzinn (dzinn_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Feb 07 2003 - 17:56:55 PST

Hi all,

I'm not 100% sure this newsletter is relevant to artsed, but it might
be. I'll let you decide. I find the newsletter interesting.

Deb of Colorado

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Subject: OLDaily
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 17:35:12 -0400 (AST)

OLDaily February 7, 2003

by Stephen Downes


Introduction to XFML

No this isn't some sort of oddball football league set up
by wrestlers. It's an interesting variant on XML that
recognizes that there are many ways to describe and
categorize objects. As the author writes, XFML "provides a
simple format to share classification and indexing data. It
also provides two ways to build connections between topics,
information that lets you write clever tools to automate
the sharing of indexing efforts. It's based on the
principles of faceted classification, addressing many of
the scaling issues with simple hierarchies." By Peter Van
Dijck, XML.Com, January 22, 2003


Evaluating Media Characteristics: Using Multimedia to
Achieve Learning Outcomes

Nice short article describing a process and set of rubrics
for evaluating the appropriateness of different media for
different educational outcomes. "The following are the
steps involved in selecting media type to achieve learning
  - Determine the outcome. What will the student be
required to do/demonstrate/produce at the conclusion of the
  - Rate the outcome according to Bloom's Taxonomy (or
similar taxonomy detailing levels of understanding)
  - Determine media characteristics (see below)
  - Select media based on availability, expense, time,
expertise, and general considerations" By George Siemens,
elearnspace, February 7, 2003


Chipping Away at Competition

I'll just post this and let readers draw their own
conclusions: "in my office, for example, have a crappy
little digital copier that automatically shuts down when it
decides its toner cartridge is empty -- whether it's empty
or not. We can't refill it. We can't buy an aftermarket
toner. Hell, we can't even shake it and get a few more
copies out of it. Our toner cartridge has an encrypted chip
in it, so we no longer actually run out of toner, we run
out of chip. The machine will work only if we put in a new,
"genuine" replacement toner that likewise has an encrypted
chip. And guess what -- the 'genuine' replacements cost
about twice as much as similar toner cartridges for
unchipped products." In all fairness, here's <a
class="Troll">a reply</a>. By Robert L. Ellis, PoliTechBot,
January 31, 2003


Intro to an Open Standards Architecture

This is a detailed and complex read, but one that rewards
the intrepid as it contains a vision for a much more
robust, useful, and <i>interesting</i> world wide web.
There are some bits that need refining - why would we place
all the content reviews in a shared database, for example,
when they could be as easily distributed as content. There
are some more quibbles, which will really need a more
thorough investigation before I can comment. But the vision
is right. The vision is right. By Marc Canter, Marc's
Voice, January, 2003


Looking to Profit From Patent

Today's patent shakedown is from a company called Tect
central, which claims to own the patent to conducting
testing over the internet. But there's a twist: instead of
sending the hired help to your place of business to demand
monet, Test Central is looking to sell its, um, invention
to some other company (who will then send <i>their</i>
hired help to <strike>break your windows</strike> demand
money). By Jeff Stacklin, Craintech, February 3, 2003


German Patent Office Mediator Wants Copyright Levy on PCs

If Germany goes ahead with this plan to impose a copyright
tax on computers, I have only one question: how do I get my
share of the royalties for all the content I've made
available over the internet? Oh, that's right: I don't. You
have to sell your rights to a publisher to make any money
through this sort of arrangement. What a scam. By Unknown,
Out-Law.Com, February 5, 2003


Bug Bytes

Ah, this is what the internet is all about. This library
contains about 40 clips of insect sounds. What grade 3
student could resist? Certainly not me. By Richard Mankin,
USDA, January, 2003


Landmark for Schools

>From the website: "This web site is dedicated to the idea
that Information will be the raw material that drives the
21st century, and that today's students should be learning
to build with information." A rich resource base; as one
commentator said today on wwwedu, it "is by far the best
website to provide resources for classroom teachers of all
ilks. Nothing, including Kathy Sproke or MarcoPolo, comes
close to it." By David Warlick, The Landmark Project,


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