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The Moon, Jupiter, and Venus converge online too


Posted on 30th November 2008 by Judy Breck in Emerging Online Knowledge

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Next week the night sky will display a striking convergence of the Moon, Jupiter, and Venus, as shown in the image above from, where we are told:

After Dec. 1, like two celestial ships passing in the night, the planets will slowly separate, but there will still be one more eye-catching sight to see. For on that very same evening, those who gaze toward the south-southwest sky for up to about two hours after sunset arise will be treated to a spectacular sight as Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon cluster closely together. The trio will form a wide isosceles triangle, with Venus at the vertex. is a service that includes both its own website constellations of excellent information about the cosmos at — and many related science online services — plus supplying the news media with reports to enrich their pages. This evening, as I write this post the most popular story on Yahoo! News is by Skywatching Columnist Joe Rao: Spectacular Sky Scene Monday Evening.

We see here a trio of 21st century online learning forces converging:

  1. the interactive delivery of the story through Yahoo! News and
  2. the open archiving online of the story for later study
  3. the benefit to all who visit the report of the expertise of Joe Rao, an instructor and guest lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium.

Learn node paleogeography experiment at Squidoo


Posted on 25th November 2008 by Judy Breck in Blogs, Wikis and Swarms and Open Content

This post has been removed because the Squidoo links have been confused at Squidoo.

If you are looking for related links try:

GoldenSwamp Earth Sciences and Paleogeographic Atlas and University of California Museum of Paleontology

Carnival of the Mobilists #151


Posted on 24th November 2008 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists


Carnival #151 is a midway of this week’s best blogging about mobile — sparkling with visions into the future — written by experts with deep experience, keen vision, and some really interesting ideas about what lies ahead.

Howard Rheingold recounts on his popular SmartMobs blog the University of random twittering that he is experiencing on twitter, with “increasing frequency and accuracy.”

Also in the education area, my post this week from GoldenSwamp is about the future I see where: With a mobile in a pocket no child will be left behind in the golden age of global learning that is dawning.

Bringing her audience to full attention at a Future of Mobile conference, Helen Keegan of Musings of a Mobile Marketer said, as she does in this post, that there is no future to mobile, providing then 6 reasons why that will be true if we carry on the way we are going.

Vision Mobile has a post in the Carnival this week by Vanessa Measom about The 100 million club: the bigger picture of mobile software. Reading this post will sketch for you large dimensions against real facts for the mobile future.

Also in the mobile marketing venue, Mobile Point of View by Paul Ruppert gives us some insight into what is happening and what is ahead in: Coca Cola & Mobile Marketing: Reach & Refreshment.

Over on the allAbout iPhone blog, James Burland writes about Push notification as an App Store solution?, giving you a blogger’s expert look at an aspect of Apple’s future.

Analyzing The iPhone and Android Platforms as Validators, at C. Enrique Ortiz | Mobile Things, CEO provides lists of how both platforms are leading into the future.

We welcome Jose Colucci at m | strat, a blog of mobile strategy notes — with a post appropriate to the present economy: Lowering Your Carrier Fees.

Tam Hanna at TamaS60 – the S60 Blog, in a post with lots of images — FOMA / Raku-Raku phones -quick hands-on preview — concludes: “In the end, I don’t think that the upcoming demise of the FOMA phones will make anyone shed a single tear.”

Ram Krishnan at Mobile Broadband Blog gives us a knowledgeable essay on How Does 900MHz Spectrum Re-farming Impact the Femtocell Business Case?

At Open Gardens, Ajit Jaokar looks to the cloud emerging as huge for the future in a post titled: The EU cloud: Integrating the paradigms of cloud computing and sensor based interaction(Internet of things).

The final post of Carnival #151’s gaze into the future of mobile is by Chetan Sharma from his blog AORTA: Always On Real-Time Access. The post, Recap of “Tomorrow’s Wireless Future”, is Chetan’s report of the ideas that came from a panel he recently chaired on Oulu, Finland where 7 of the world’s most knowledgeable wireless experts participated. Chetan gets my nod as winner of Best Post of the Week.

GoldenSwamp believes a global golden age is dawning because of the emerging connectivity of humankind and of what we know. The connectivity began with the internet and is becoming universal through mobiles. What you are doing in building the mobile future is constructive, important, and wonderful. Sparklers all around !!

Next week the Carnival of the Mobilists moves on to all about See you there!

Judy Breck, Keeper of the Tents

Hammering the SEO about Oranges and Sardines: Amy Sillman

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Posted on 20th November 2008 by Judy Breck in Findability and SEO

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UPDATE: Note that the comment to this post by Keri Morgret corrects me on the importance of keywords, and explains both how the museum content attracts search engines and how a redirect the museum could do would be helpful. My thanks to Keri!

With apologies to the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, for picking on your gorgeous new Web site, here is a constructive suggestion: do some SEO (search engine optimization). As The Wired Campus reports the Hammer Museum has raised the bar for museum offerings:

On Monday, though, the museum surpassed itself — and every other museum I can think of, either on a campus or off — by unveiling a new Web site that all but vibrates with podcasts, videorecordings of presentations, blog posts, slide shows, and more. Many museums offer images of works in their collections or in special exhibitions, along with calendar listings, directions, and hours, but usually that’s about it. At the Hammer site, so much is available online that even those of us several time zones away have plenty to enjoy and learn from.

Yet the new Web site misses significant SEO opportunities that would bring the virtual public in as visitors. As the images from the exhibition Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting illustrate, there are no keywords in the html for the individual pages. (To see this, enlarge the above image by clicking it.) This means someone looking for “Oranges and Sardines” will not be directed to the exhibit by search engine spiders who would have found the exhibit and given it juice at their search engine homes.

The urls of the pages are only identified by numbers. How is a spider to know that Hammer is exhibiting the gorgeous painting by Amy Sillman, U.S. of Alice the Goon, 2008? Those spiders are more likely to find the Sillman painting at Hammer from the post you are reading because I have put her name in my title, and thus this post’s url. Since the  individual pages are in Flash, so they cannot be given urls, at least the Oranges and Sardines exhibit could have its name instead of “142″ in its url. To see the Sillman painting, click on the sixth thumbnail under the painting on the Hammer exhibit page.

Certainly the fact that the text of Hammer’s beautiful Web site contains painters’ names and names of paintings is bringing traffic to the Web site. There is, though, potential for much more by SEOing the inside pages that have individual exhibits and works of art. We will open vast and wonderful educational and cultural resources to the global online audience by optimizing them for search engines. I can’t resist saying that too many fabulous educational resources are stuck inside of unopened cans, like sardines.

With a mobile in a pocket, no child will be left behind


Posted on 19th November 2008 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists, Connective Expression, Emerging Online Knowledge, Golden Age of Learning, Mobile & Ubiquitous, Mobile Learning and Networks

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Lots of planks and platforms in current politics offer plans and policies, but none of them seem to have any new suggestions for education. But think of this — something not only new, but revolutionary:

The recent USA Presidential election and the impending dominance of Democrats has stirred up talk about socialism perhaps growing in America, as it has in many countries. Oddly, when we think about American socialism the most entrenched form of it is seldom mentioned: public education.

In a bit of a flight of futurism, I have a prediction that the mobile devices that will soon deliver the internet individually to kids worldwide will crumble public education by mid century. Although I believe it has been mostly subjective, the education establishment has pushed back against the internet and mobiles with a deep instinct to protect the socialization of education. What if that instinct is contrary to what works for learning? I think it is.

From the dawn of human time, children learned individually, apprenticing with family work and then tribal chores. Not until knowledge got imbedded in media (scrolls and then books) and those media got scarce, did the notion of gathering the kids where the books were take over education. Early on the gathering was mostly at religious venues. For the past century or so government supported institutions have been where kids have been sent by law to learn; this practice is socialism.

Mobile delivery of the internet puts the media in the individual’s control and makes knowledge no longer scarce. The justification for socialized education is gone. Why shouldn’t kids apprentice at home and then in workplaces — while sourcing their basic knowledge from the mobile in their pockets. Why shouldn’t teachers become private professionals, to whom students come as paying clients? Underwriting such tutorial expenses for individual kids would be a lot less “socialized” than the present system.

We may still need to socialize lunch programs and day care, but learning can once again be individualized. With a mobile in a pocket, no child will be left behind.

Tina Fey unbundled Saturday Night Live


Posted on 16th November 2008 by Judy Breck in Findability and Networks

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An example from a hit TV show, Saturday Night Live, shows the powerful reality of unbundling by the internet. A report in the Washington Post this morning called TV Breaks Out of the Box includes this fact:

When Tina Fey debuted her impression of Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live” last month, more people watched the comedy sketch online at or than during the show’s broadcast.

The fact that viewers can select a node to watch from the bundled hairball of an entire television episode is a fundamental structural change that is massively reconfiguring the TV industry — and essentially all other analog content that has migrated online. E-commerce is way ahead of this game, letting you zip in a click or two to exactly the camera or pair of sneakers you want. Education has barely begun to think about unbundling its subject matter, usually expecting you to dig through tightly bound course, standards, or curricula pdfs to find a topic nugget you want to learn.

Two kinds of open educational resources (OER)


Posted on 15th November 2008 by Judy Breck in Connective Expression and Open Content

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The advent of the cloud has fundamentally changed the meaning of “open” content. Open used to mean opening doors to your content so that visitors could come in and use it. Open now means placing your content “out there” in the cloud where it is integrated into the global whole.

An example of the first kind of open content is when a university places a course, for example a syllabus and lectures on French history, on to university webpages — letting anyone online visit those pages to study its course materials.

An example of placing content into the cloud is for the French history professor to write a post on her blog with a new nugget of knowledge from her research into Napoleon — and then to publish that post. By publishing the post she releases it as a node into the open cloud where it can network with all the other Napoleon nodes out there.

For OER to be open in the cloud, it must be unbundled with its cognitive content linkable at the node level. I would bet my beret that the opening into the cloud, like the Napoleonic nodes example and their connected patterns, is the Waterloo of education assets held closely to the chest by academic institutions.

Image: The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, Jacques-Louis David, National Gallery.

Carnival of the Mobilists #149


Posted on 10th November 2008 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Hosted by Mark Hooft at Ubiquitous Thoughts, Carnival #149 is a Quiet Fall Festival that showcases high quality writing this week from mobilist bloggers. This week’s post is included, on the increasing certainty that the future smartphone arena for learning is the internet. Thanks, Mark!

The future smartphone arena for learning is the internet


Posted on 6th November 2008 by Judy Breck in Connective Expression and Networks

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The knowledge of academic subjects like mathematics, science, history, and literature is self-organizing when it is open online. As we have put knowledge openly online over the past decade, it has organized itself into its cognitive relationships within the web’s network structure because the knowledge itself is a network. Looking at the image with this post, we can imagine it as a network of the subject of mathematics, with basic number laws clustered in the center, geometry and algebra forming adjacent clusters (with their interconnections), calculus, trigonometry and the other math topics grouped toward the edges and interconnected to complete the patterns.

The two ways today’s smartphones offer mathematics to learn are:

  • 1) apps, like the one suggested in the red circle — isolated from related online math materials and confined to the smartphone into which it has been downloaded
  • 2) the entire open mathematically network on the web. At this point the apps are usually slicker, but the presentation from the web on mobile phones improves steadily.

The image with this post is a scan from Analysis of Biological Networks (Junker and Schreiber, 2008). It depicts, as the caption explains, an example of a biological network, and is based on the data set from DIP for interaction of human proteins. The authors introduce their chapter on “Networks in Biology” by explaining that biology looks at systems at levels from molecular, to cells, to tissues, to organs, to organisms to phylogenetic relationships — and that:

At all these levels of detail, relationships between the elements are of great interest. These relationships can be described as networks, in which the elements are the vertices (nodes, points) and the relationships are the edges (arcs, lines …). (p. 3)

Individual apps downloaded into a student’s smartphone can have tutorial value. Nothing wrong with that. However, the increasingly fast and compelling mobile access to the internet is where cognitive relationships and context will form the arena of future learning. The apps can come through the internet too, but only the internet will provide the relationships that underly knowledge.