A Connectivist Yankee in King Ning's Court


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A rollicking tale of open source adventures presented December 7 at the TIES 2010 Education Technology conference in Minneapolis, MN.

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A Connectivist Yankee in King Ning's Court

  1. 1.
  2. 2. PROLOGUE<br />
  3. 3. Professional Development Minnesota pdminnesota.org<br /><ul><li>Professional development wants to be free.
  4. 4. Focus on Minnesota teachers
  5. 5. Wordpress Multi-User + Buddypress</li></ul>The Backstory<br />
  6. 6. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court<br /><ul><li>Twain satirizing romantic notions of chivalry
  7. 7. Technology vs. magic SMACKDOWN
  8. 8. Time travel! Solar eclipses! Battles!
  9. 9. Need a refresher?</li></ul>The OtherBackstory<br />
  10. 10. CONNECTIVIST<br />
  11. 11. Connectivism<br />“At its heart, connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.” ~Stephen Downes<br />
  12. 12. YANKEE<br />
  13. 13.
  14. 14. KING NING’S COURT<br />
  15. 15. http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2010/08/last-day-of-free-ning-networks-what.html<br />
  16. 16. <ul><li>12:03pm: Ning announces end to free networks.
  17. 17. 12:16pm: Earth trembles, panic ensues, riots, etc.
  18. 18. 2:37pm: Alec Couros to the rescue!</li></ul>April 15, 2010: The Day the Networks Died<br />
  19. 19. <ul><li>3:40pm: Sylvia Currie publishes video of real-time edits to “Alternatives to Ning” Google Doc.
  20. 20. 3:42pm: Ning network creators move from denial to anger. Later stages of grief will include bargaining, depression, and acceptance. </li></ul>April 15, 2010: The Day the Networks Died<br />
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  22. 22. What responsibility do network organizers and creators have for ensuring that they are choosing to build sustainable spaces? Why is that some third-party’s responsibility?Shouldn’t folks who are totally reliant on Ning, and angry with them, be upset with themselves, if at least a little?<br />~Bud Hunt, April 16, 2010<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/deano/60196814/<br />
  23. 23. Hosted<br />Software<br />
  24. 24. Freemium vs. F/OSS<br />Easy; packaged.<br />Portability: who owns the data?<br />Ads or fees.<br />Customizable? Sorta.<br />DIY; gotta learn it.<br />No question: you own the data. <br />Pay for hosting.<br />Mucho customizable.<br />Hosted/freemium<br />F/OSS<br />
  25. 25. http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardmscott/2180833265/<br />
  27. 27. http://www.flickr.com/photos/never_surrender/839508117/<br />
  28. 28. <ul><li>Familiar with Wordpress dashboard
  29. 29. 150+ users
  30. 30. Willing to learn (and pay to learn)</li></ul>Tirarmea la pileta<br />
  31. 31. pdminnesota.org<br />
  32. 32. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thesheriff/2244505263/<br />
  33. 33. Spambots!<br />Sploggers!<br />Comment spam!<br />Zombie attack!<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamentedejko/4683472692/<br />
  34. 34. <ul><li>~75 splogs/day
  35. 35. Akismet
  36. 36. Safe Signup
  37. 37. WPMU Super CAPTCHA
  38. 38. reCAPTCHA</li></li></ul><li>Mr. Bloggy and Friends Speak Out<br />his is not a spam, i’m just posting about a weight loss program!<br />Ah…I’m a employee, it’s my job. I just do what I want to do like you. In my opinion, every person has his survival to make money ways, my job is send post, i like the job, the post most articles are written by the professionals, maybe in the past, i post some spam post, but irealised it and changed. Blogs opens to people are just let people write. Hope you give me the chance. God bless you.<br />This blog is not SPAM!!!! It is my blog where I store the press releases I writer for my clients.<br /> Please enable!! or I will have to sue you for lose of earning and data.<br />http://wpmu.org/angry-sploggers-sound-off/<br />
  39. 39. "The whole purpose of Web 2.0 is user-generated content," [founding developer of Wordpress Matt] Mullenweg says. "To make that happen, you want the system as easy and transparent as possible. But that just lets the spammers in. So you put in hurdles for them to jump over. They jump over them, so you put in more hurdles. And at the end of the day, you have a system that's not nearly as easy and open and transparent.“<br />Wired<br />
  40. 40. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/83093271/<br />
  41. 41. <ul><li>150,000 hours of human effort daily
  42. 42. Compare original text to scanned OCR
  43. 43. Uncertain words used in CAPTCHA challenges
  44. 44. 99.5% transcription accuracy</li></ul>Relax & reCAPTCHA<br />
  45. 45. WPMU & Buddypress support<br />WPMU Dev<br />WPMU.org<br />Buddypress.org<br />Buddypress plugins<br />Buddypress Dev<br />WPMU<br />Buddypress<br />Examples<br /><ul><li>CUNY Commons
  46. 46. UMW Blogs
  47. 47. WPMU Ed</li></li></ul><li>Final thoughts<br />Roadmap<br />Time travel<br />Twain, technology, & Yankee<br />ingenuity<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/fatboyke/2918399820/<br />
  48. 48. Scott Schwister<br />email: sschwister@gmail.com<br />twitter: @sschwister<br />blog: higheredison.wordpress.com<br />website: pdminnesota.org<br />Thanks<br />
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