Upcoming Wikis In Education Skypecast

Steve Hargadon will be interviewing Victoria Davis (Westwood Schools) and Adam Frey (Wikispaces) regarding the use of wikis in education.

“Vicky is the technology teacher at Westwood
School in Georgia and a pioneer in the use of wikis in education (see
http://westwood.wikispaces.com), and Adam is the co-founder of the
wiki hosting company Wikispaces (www.wikispaces.com).

“The interview will be broadcast live by “Skypecast,” meaning that you can listen to the interview by using Skype and also participate in the Q & A session at the end.

Here is the Skypecast link.

Also, be sure to check out previous interviews at edtechlive.com.

More On Learning Management Systems (LMS) Patents

In case you missed the big story from July, “Blackboard, a US-based LMS company that recently merged with Canadian-based WebCT to become the largest company in the market, took the academic community by surprise late last month when it announced that it had been granted a broad patent in the United States covering 44 claims related to learning management systems.”

Michael Geist has recently written an article covering the controversy, and he points to a site I had not seen before. “The No Education Patents wiki (noedupatents.org) is of particular interest since it provides a plain-language explanation of all 44 claims contained in the Blackboard patent and it invites the community to submit specific examples of prior art. The wiki is revealing as it illustrates how beneath the complexity of the language used in patents, many of the claims relate to simple functionality such as online chat rooms and exam submissions.”

Additionally, what I really like about the wiki is that it features a section covering “The History of Virtual Learning Environments“. This is a good resource for a refresher, or of course, one to contribute to if you are able to see any gaps in the history.

YouTube For All Ages

This (via Digg) is a neat story re: a 79 year old British man who has become a YouTube/Internet phenomenon.

Check out the story from Yahoo!

Here’s his first video, and his profile. His other videos can be found at his profile.

With my own dad at 76 years of age, I find this very relevant and I am becoming increasingly interested as to how social networking software and services can effect our elderly demographic.

p.s. Sorry for the hiatus, but I’ve been gone to Greece for most of the summer. I should be back in full blogging form fairly soon. Watch for updates as another academic year commences.