Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.

Apple Newton

I have a Apple Newton, batteries, keyboard and several other attachements. I think this was ahead of it’s time. The Internet was still
unavailable to many.

Apple Newton video from 1993. – the first pda.

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“Stand By Me”

Playing for change.

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How texting and GoogleMaps helped Kenyans survive crisis

More TED, Erik Hersman shows how a little application for cell phones combined texting and Google Maps for reporting information. This is a mashup.

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Re-wiring the brain

I find studying the brain very interesting. Maybe it came from my background in psychology and wanting to know why people do things. But the last few years our research into the brain has made giant steps. From one of my favorite places, TED, Exploring the re-wring of the brain by Michael Merzenich

We all have this ability. Habits our when our brain get stuck in old patterns. We all can change our lives.

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Answer blog responses by email

Wordpress now allows you to respond by email to anyone whom has responded to your postings.

This is a great way to keep the conversation going.

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Microsoft Europe: Internet Usage Will Overtake Traditional TV In 2010

ReadWriteWeb has posted an article of internet usage in Europe. Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands rank higher, in fact, most of their populations are learning something on the internet. In the US, broadband is only 70%.

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Did President Obama violate copyright laws?

A couple of weeks ago, President Obama give the Queen of England and ipod that had music on it. Did he violate any copyright law?

In this article by Fred von Lohmann iPods, First Sale, President Obama, and the Queen of England copyright issues are discussed. Copyright laws are not clear, we all may be in violation.


Participatory Culture

Henry Jenkins writings has influenced my class in both content and even the recent name change. He has writen a new article on his <a href=”“>blog, entitled Critical Information Studies For a Participatory Culture (Part One)

“A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices. A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another. Participatory culture shifts the focus of literacy from one of individual expression to community involvement.”

In this class we mostly talk about education, but if you read this article it Web 2.0 also relates to businesses and our own lives. We have all changed from consumers to producers.

Jenkins, H (2009). Critical Information Studies For a Participatory Culture (Part One). Retrieved April 9, 2009 from

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How big is Facebook?

Marshall Kirkpatrick writes about the size of Facebook. What can we do if we all organized together, and used our numbers to change the world?

At 200 million users, Facebook is:

  • Twice as big as the largest number of people who have ever watched a Superbowl game
  • Twice as big as YouTube
  • Twice as big as Skype
  • Bigger than the number of people who own gaming consoles in their homes (190m)
  • Bigger than the population of all but 4 countries in the world. (Just passed Brazil, next in line is Indonesia and then the US.)
  • Twice as big as eBay.
  • Four times as big as the number of people in the US who run on treadmills.
  • It’s twice as big as the number of malnourished people in India. Another way to look at that is to imagine that half of the people on Facebook were malnourished and living in one place.
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Web 3.0??????

This weekend is the Web 2.0 conference. Web 2.0 has been constantly evolving and people are looking at what is next. Tim O’Reilly open up the conference and talked about technologies he sees that may indicate where were are going in the future. A review of the talk is at ReadWriteWeb.

“Now the web is starting to use all of its senses together to do do something with the information it has access too.”

Interesting, one of the 5 points was speech for gGoogle on the iPhone.

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