Saturday, June 29, 2013

Towards a New Pedagogy ? / Verso una Nuova Pedagogia ?


A Digital Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology

[...] In 2011 160,000 students from 190 countries enrolled in an Artificial Intelligence course, CS221, taught by two eminent computer scientists from Stanford University and Google Corporation. 20,000 successfully completed the course. Two other similar courses were simultaneously offered on the subjects of Machine Learning (104,000 registered and 13,000 completed the course) and Introduction to Databases (92,000 registered, 7,000 completed). […] 
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wegener !

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Teaching from everywhere :-) [prof Stephen Downes (window) 'in Nellie Deutsch's online class']

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You are invited to join the the first Moodle MOOC of its kind hosted by WizIQ and organized by Dr. Nellie Deutsch. This class will focus on Learning & T

#NellieDeutsch #StephenDownes

About the Class

You are invited to join the the first Moodle MOOC of its kind hosted by WizIQ and organized by Dr. Nellie Deutsch. 

This class will focus on Learning & Teaching Online. 

Guest Speaker
Stephen Downes is our guest speaker. Stephen will speak about connectivism, online learning, and the MOOC. 

Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.

Downes is perhaps best known for his daily nesletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world. He has published numerous articles both online and in print, including The Future of Online Learning (1998), Learning Objects (2000), Resource Profiles (2003), and E-Learning 2.0 (2005). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years ( see his website). 

Connectivism, Online Learning, and the MOOC
Although MOOCs and Connectivism appear to be the result of recent innovation, neither has emerged from a vacuum. The three elements in the title of this talk, Connectivism, Online Learning, and the MOOC, relate to three core elements in a learning society: knowledge, learning and community. This talk will draw out aspects of each of these three elements and relate them specifically to the development and design of MOOCs today, and in particular to network-based MOOCs (or cMOOCs).

Pioneers of the MOOC
Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility by Sir John Daniel, a fellow at the Korea National Open University and Education Master at DeTao Masters Academy, China provides an excellent exploration of the MOOC. According to Sir John Daniel, "Cormier and Bryan Alexander coined the acronym to describe an open online course at the University of Manitoba designed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes" (See article).

Teaching with Moodle is a self-paced 4-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers and anyone interested in teaching online using Moodle, WizIQ, and other web technologies. The course will take place in the month of June 2013. The MOOC is in the spirt of open education and is completely free. 

Participants will become acquainted with Moodle as a course and learning management system. They will learn how Moodle can be used in fully online, blended learning, and the flipped class. The course will include both asynchronous (not dependent on time) and synchronous (time dependent) elements. The course is self-paced with ongoing discussions (facilitator and technical support available), live online classes (recordings), videos, and other relevant content. 

Unlike the traditional MOOCs that stress content and course delivery, Moodle MOOC will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. The MOOC and the live online classes will be moderated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and facilitated by Dr. Nancy Zingrone, Dr. Ramesh Sharma,and Judith Behrens (doctoral student). 

Participants will be able to ask questions in advance and throughout the course through the following google drive document. The live online classes will be recorded for future reference, so don't worry if you cannot attend or if you'd like to review the content.

Live Online Classes on WizIQ

There will be 5 live online classes. The live online synchronous classes will take place on WizIQ on Saturdays at 10 AM (EST). Pleasecheck your time zone (June 1) for the exact time. Recordings will be available.

Participants will engage with the facilitator, each other, and the content. For further information, please contact Dr. Nellie Deutsch.
Language of instruction: English
Keywords: moodlewiziq on moodlemooc


About Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning

Profile Summary
Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) is a network of educators that provides free and low-cost professional development courses on how to integrate web technologies into full and blended online learning (BOL) courses and workshops using Moodle and WizIQ.

The network provides courses on Moodle for Teachers, Moodle for Administrators, Sloodle for Moodle, Academic Writing, APA style, English Grammar, Learn English Online (LEO), Teaching Online, WizIQ Live Class, WebQuests, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), ESOL, Integrating Technology into the Classroom, Blogging, Teaching Online Business, Web 2.0 tools, Math, English and other subjects.

The staff at IT4ALL are volunteers, who are passionate about instruction and learning and making a difference in the world of online education. The network was founded by Dr. Nellie Deutsch in 2006. Dr. Nellie Deutsch (a Canadian instructional designer and curriculum development leader, who has been teaching English and integrating technology into her classes, and presenting, researching, writing, and providing consultation on Moodle for teachers. WebQuests, blended learning, and e-portfolios),

The team at Integrating Technology also organise online conferences such as the annual Connecting Online (CO09-CO13) and Online Moodlemoot (MMMVC11-13).

I chimici (...?, ndr) inventano nuove droghe più velocemente di quanto si riesca a vietarle / "Chemists are inventing drugs faster than we can ban them" [ War on drugs / Science / theguardian / @drkassora ]

"I chimici (...?) inventano nuove droghe
più velocemente di quanto
si riesca a vietarle"

MT : Chemists are inventing drugs faster than we can ban them. by

Science / TheGuardian

Why the war on drugs has been made redundant

For every 'designer drug' the authorities ban, clandestine labs are churning out a new version. No wonder the law can't keep up…
Mephedrone (aka meow, bubbles) powder on black background with rolled up twenty pound note
Mephedrone (aka meow, bubbles), one of the new generation of 'designer drugs'. Photograph: Foodography / Alamy/Alamy
The term "designer drug" became popular with the acid house and ecstasy boom in the 1990s, but it was never really accurate. The main ingredient in ecstasy pills – MDMA – was first synthesised in 1912 and began its life as a recreational drug in 70s California, years before it became notorious on the rave scene. The drug was never created for the party crowd, but the "designer drug" label stuck as the perfect phrase both to glamorise and demonise the fashionable new high.
There have been some genuine attempts at designer drugs through the years – where people have attempted to create new recreational substances to evade drug laws – but most have been abject failures. In the most notorious example, chemistry student Barry Kidston tried to create a synthetic heroin-like high in 1976 and ended up creating MPTP, a substance so neurotoxic that it gave him Parkinson's disease days after he injected it. As a grim consolation, Kidston's only legacy was to create a drug that is still used today in lab experiments to try and understand this debilitating neurological disorder.
But something has changed on the street drug scene in recent years. For the first time, we can use the term "designer drug" with confidence because we are in the midst of an unnerving scientific revolution in the use and supply of mind-altering substances.
These drugs have hit the headlines under names such as Spice, K2, mephedrone and M-Cat, but there are hundreds more. They are sold euphemistically as "bath salts", "incense" or "research chemicals", and don't get regulated, at least not at first, because they are labelled as "not for human consumption". Unlike previous generations of legal highs that were about as recreational as a slap in the face, they actually work. They get you high.
The two most popular types are synthetic, cannabis-like drugs, sold as smokable plant material, and stimulants, similar to ecstasy and amphetamines. But what makes this a revolution, rather than simply a market innovation, is the scale and speed of drug development. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction reported 73 new substances last year, meaning new highs were hitting the market at a rate of more than one a week. This wave of new drugs only began five years ago and since then more than 200 previously unknown substances have been found in circulation.
This upsurge in new highs has some serious science behind it. It is worth noting that most traditional drugs of abuse – speed, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and so on – can be synthesised fairly easily. You need someone with a bit of knowledge and the right ingredients, not always easy to find, but you can complete the process in a back room, basement or jungle. Not so with the new generation of synthetic highs. While most university chemists would sneer at the suggestion that the synthesis was difficult, it still needs a professional laboratory, more so for the constant production of new substances.
It is this constant innovation that is driving the market and making it possible to evade the law. Take the synthetic cannabis drugs, for example. All include variations of the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC molecule, the main active ingredient in cannabis. Hundreds of these variations were created for research purposes and described, often only once or twice, in the pages of obscure scientific journals. They were mostly created in the lab as an exercise in exploring the limits of the cannabinoid molecules but were never used commercially and never tested on humans.
When the legal highs market exploded in 2008, drug researchers started to analyse what was being sold. They found inert plant material, sprayed with obscure substances that were barely known outside the small world of cannabis neurochemistry. It was like finding the new iPhone worked on antimatter.
When Germany identified the substances and banned them in early 2009, new cannabinoids, again never before seen outside the lab, had replaced them within weeks and this is what has been happening ever since. One gets banned and another novel substance takes its place almost immediately. Professional but clandestine labs are rifling the scientific literature for new psychoactive drugs and synthesising them as fast as the law changes. In one of the most interesting developments, a cannabinoid detected in 2012, named XLR-11, was not only new to the drug market but completely new to science. Several previously unknown substances have turned up since. The grey market labs are not only pushing new substances on to the drug market, they are actually innovating drug design. The human testers select themselves of course, unaware of what they're taking, sometimes leading to disastrous results. Information about the dangers of new substances is usually nonexistent.
The whole process has also been an unwitting experiment in drug policy. Despite the free availability of substances as pleasurable as already banned drugs, we have not seen a massive increase in problem users and drug mortality rates have been falling. Furthermore, even with the newly introduced "instant bans", drug laws are simply not able to keep up.
Currently, it is barely possible to detect new drugs at the rate they appear. It has long been clear that the drug war approach of criminalising possession rather than treating problem drug-users has been futile. The revolution in the recreational drug market is a stark reminder of this reality. The war on drugs has not been lost, it has been made obsolete.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Tornatore il Donatello 2013 !

David di Donatello

'La migliore offerta' di Giuseppe Tornatore
'Diaz' di Daniele Vicari
'Viva la liberta'' di Roberto Ando'
'Educazione siberiana' di Gabriele Salvatores
'Io e te' di Bernardo Bertolucci
'Reality' di Matteo Garrone

La cerimonia di premiazione, presentata da Lillo e Greg, e' stata trasmessa in diretta in prima serata da Rai 1. Quest'anno 27 film hanno ottenuto le candidature da parte dell'Accademia del Cinema Italiano - Premio David di Donatello presieduta da Gian Luigi Rondi fra quelli usciti dal 26 marzo 2012 al 26 aprile 2013.
Il David di Donatello per il miglior attore protagonista va a Valerio Mastandrea per il film "Gli equilibristi".
David per la migliore attrice protagonista e' Margherita Buy per il film "Viaggio sola".
Ecco gli altri David di Donatello dell'edizione 2013: migliore attrice non protagonista Maya Sansa per "Bella addormentata" di Bellocchio; miglior attore non protagonista Valerio Mastandrea ('Viva la liberta''); miglior regista esordiente Leonardo Di Costanzo per 'Intervallo". E ancora: migliore sceneggiatura a Roberto Ando' e Angelo Pasquini per il film "Viva la liberta'",miglior produttore Domenico Procacci per il film "Diaz", miglior direttore della fotografiaMarco Onorato per il film "Reality", miglior musicista Ennio Morricone per il film "La migliore offerta", miglior canzone originale "Tutti i santi giorni", Maurizio Sabatini e Raffaella Giovannetti per il film "La migliore offerta", miglior costumista Maurizio Millenotti per il film "La migliore offerta", miglior truccatore Dalia Colli per il film "Reality", miglior acconciatore Daniela Tartari per il film "Reality", miglior montatore Benni Atria per il film "Diaz", miglior fonico di presa diretta Remo Ugolinelli e Alessandro Palmerini per il film "Diaz", migliori effetti speciali"Storyteller" - Mario Zanot per il film "Diaz".
Il premio per il miglior film dell'Unione europea "Amour" di Michael Haneke, miglior film straniero "Django Unchained" di Quentin Tarantino). Il David Giovani, assegnato da 6000 studenti delle scuole superiori di tutta Italia, va a "La migliore offerta" di Giuseppe Tornatore.

YearEnglish titleOriginal titleDirector
2010The Man Who Will ComeL'uomo che verràGiorgio Diritti
Baarìa - La porta del ventoBaarìaGiuseppe Tornatore
Loose CannonsMine vagantiFerzan Özpetek
The First Beautiful ThingLa prima cosa bellaPaolo Virzì
VincereVincereMarco Bellocchio
2011We BelievedNoi credevamoMario Martone
Our LifeLa nostra vitaDaniele Luchetti
Basilicata Coast to CoastBasilicata coast to coastRocco Papaleo
Welcome to the SouthBenvenuti al sudLuca Minieri
A Quiet LifeUna vita tranquillaClaudio Cupellini
2012Caesar Must DieCesare deve morirePaolo and Vittorio Taviani
This Must Be the PlaceThis Must Be the PlacePaolo Sorrentino
TerrafermaTerrafermaEmanuele Crialese
Piazza Fontana: The Italian ConspiracyRomanzo di una strageMarco Tullio Giordana
We Have a PopeHabemus PapamNanni Moretti
2013The Best OfferLa migliore offertaGiuseppe Tornatore
Diaz – Don't Clean Up This BloodDiaz – Don't Clean Up This BloodDaniele Vicari
Siberian EducationEducazione SiberianaGabriele Salvatores
Me and YouIo e teBernardo Bertolucci
Viva la libertàViva la libertàRoberto Andò

Riserva Naturale INTEGRALE (definizione !) / 'Nature' reserves in the US

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A nature reserve is a protected natural area in which human activities and operations of any kind are not permitted and performed in any manner, except for scientific research. For example, if a tree falls, it is left where it is. Similarly, and even more so, no activities and no use of resources are allowed.


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