- Instruction eLearning 2.0 and Quality : eLearning Technology – Tony Karrer resonds to comments regarding the "quality" of content being shared using Web 2.o tools (wikis, blogs) for learning. He's spot on in his response. I deal with the same resistance to change. The final accounting is "does performance improve?
- Even Poor Kids Are Social Network Savvy: Scientific American Podcast – Closing the "digital divide"? Study from the University of Minnesota says these days even the least privileged kids have profiles on MySpace and Facebook. And they’re on the internet all the time.
- Our Brains on Marketing: Scans Show Why We Like New Things: Scientific American – "We know not to judge a book by its cover—but new research shows that may be exactly what we do. Scientists have discovered that novel objects perk up the reward system of our brains"
- The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete – Chris Anderson postulates: "The new availability of huge amounts of data, along with the statistical tools to crunch these numbers, offers a whole new way of understanding the world." A transformational theory…
- It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know: Work in the Information Age – Ethnographic research on personal social networks in the workplace, arguing that traditional institutional resources are being replaced by resources that workers mine from their own networks.
- SocialLearn: Bridging the Gap Between Web 2.0 and Higher Education at e-Literate – Martin Weller ponders: "when learners have been accustomed to very facilitative, … and adaptive tools both for learning and socialising, why will they accept standardised, unintuitive, clumsy and out of date tools in formal education?