The Open Source School

Following the adventure of putting together an Open Source school: Albany Senior High School in Auckland, New Zealand. Covers pedagogy, learning, software, hardware, learning management systems, libraries and anything else I feel like talking about.

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A Teacher’s view of the benefits of blogging

There’s an excellent post over at Box of Tricks that doesn’t just go gooey-eyed at Web2.0 and openness but puts forward some sound educational benefits for blogging:

  1. Showcasing your pupils’ work – Th mere fact their work is going to be published, possibly to a worldwide audience, is a powerful motivating factor.

Facebook users do what exactly?

[via Rodney‘s tip off about]


A comment on Rodney’s blog – from Michael – made me think:

“those of us interested in growing on-line communities the message seems to be that setting up special interest groups is going to be less effective than developing a useful application”

If there are 3 types of communities – one of them the type that grows from shared activities, one from shared space and one from shared interest – then maybe Facebook is doing 1 and 2 and blogs are doing 3?…

Dealing with Internet Waste

If you assume that the internet, blogosphere et al are complex systems, what might their waste be? And how might we “recycle” it better?

One of the many things I’ve learnt from Steven Johnson’s Ghost Map, is that waste recycling is a hallmark of almost all complex systems.…

A 10 year old activist

At the school I’m working at, we’ve just started a blog. All in the best skunkworks taste, there’s only a few children working on it. It’s great to see them rolling up their sleeves and beginning to write some interesting stuff.…

Deloitte, risk aversion and “Just say no” to blogs

Anu points to Deloitte’s decision to say no to blogs last month. Briefly:

– Ryf Quail, Deloitte’s director of digital marketing and communications, made the proposal to blog. He describes himself as “an extreme outlier”.
– Chief Marketing Officer David Redhill suggested that their

“holding pattern should be risk-averse and watching how it develops”

– Because, essentially, they need to be discreet about their clients.…


Quick checklist:
– Are you a talker?
– Are you a phoner?
– Are you a letter-writer?
– Are you an emailer?
– Are you a blogger?

And if yes to any of the above is it a badge you wear with pride?

International Blog Day 2005

Spurred on by Euan, Rebecca and the general idea of International Blog Day [which is basically about putting some birds less of a feather on each of our radars], here are some selected reads very different from the mine from around teh world.…

Anjo, ontologies and weblogs

Anjo is cooking up a feast over at his blog 🙂 He’s looking at ways of deriving ontologies from weblogs, with some fascinating results so far.

Another add-on might be looking at how to kickstart ontologies from and similar social bookmark systems?…