Archive for August, 2008

Cell phone streaming/ recording

August 9, 2008

Following the advice in the manifesto I wrote a couple weeks ago, Theron has been exploring Diigo (thanks to Micheal Wesch for the pointer) as a bookmark tool. I think it is the one to adopt within our unit.

Exploring in Diigo I found the site’s blog with an item reporting an
Interview by Scoble with Diigo founder. The service Scoble used is called Qik which provides the streaming, capturing tool. It looks like they have an application to use Qik from the iPhone.

The reason for this note is to observe Scoble implementing ideas in the manifesto (pushing the live video to the Internet). In this piece Scoble talks about the audience chatting back to the camera — the audience is smarter than the person doing the interview. Another variant of the “We smarter than me” idea.

The other reason for the post is to record the choice Theron and I are proposing, that Diigo be one of the tools of the WSU CTLT community, and one of the tools of the Planetary CTLT.

PS. So I explored Qik, got it on my phone and made my first recording. Elapsed time 10+ min. Also learned that once you have a jail broken phone you can get more apps by adding sources (Qik has you do this).

Do the Full Monte

August 5, 2008

Theron pointed me to David Parry (Univ Texas-Dallas) posting about offering his course online to folks outside the university. Its a graduate class called Networked Knowledge

He says about his proposal:

What I hadn’t anticipated was interest in taking this class from people in my twitter network, mostly grad. students at other universities where a course like this is not offered. So, then I started thinking, why not give the class away for free to those who want it?

It made me think of David Wiley’s venture into the same territory. Some of the assumptions is Wiley’s class about the relationship of traditional teacher and student led the course into some difficulties with the “volunteer” students in week X.

Parry’s post suggests

Grad students who are currently enrolled at another university though could arrange with their home institution to take a directed reading on this material, with a professor at their university signing off on it, perhaps by writing a seminar paper which that professor would evaluate.

Which would require those students to write an extra seminar paper. Seems like busywork for a credential, I’d much prefer to see the course designed starting from ideas in Downes’ Open Source Assessment . I wonder what assessment Parry could set for this course and how he could facilitate the diverse group working toward accomplishing that assessment, how they might provide feedback and guidance to one another, how they might bring in other expertise and perspectives — in short, how they could act more like 2.0 Learners. (this last post was written thinking about elementary ed, but see latter paragraphs for application to higher ed.)

My question would be, in a course on Networked Knowledge, taught to a diverse online group, why not do the Full Monte — strip this course down to an open assessment that the community can engage in.

Kiko Denzer on my Blogroll

August 5, 2008

I think its worth making some notes about why I add people to my blog roll.

In this case its Kiko Denzer, author of Building a Mud Oven and other books. I used his book to create my oven, and have been pondering the lessons that it is teaching me about the difference between how I live and how the oven wants me to live.

Its also worth noting that the Google Blog search for “mud oven” produces some very interesting results. In fact, I just re-ran the search to make this post and Google had already added my previous post “Oven Luck” to its results — in about 3 minutes. Further worth noting is there is now RSS of Blog searches, this has important implications for my previous strategy pieces on being a Web 2.0 organization.

Oven Luck

August 5, 2008

This is the next in my series of oven-related reflections. I’m coming to understand how different a mud oven is from a microwave oven. The latter heats just the item you want. Usually this is a small item, its heated quickly (seconds or minutes) and the oven is cold afterward. Kiko Denzer writes about super-insulated ovens, I’m learning to bank coals to one side behind a wall of pre-heated fire brick. Each strategy keeps the oven warm longer.

Last weekend we came into a bounty of salmon, a result of the Palouse Prairie School celebration . We had friends coming over, a former miller, and I decided to make bread. And a casserole with the salmon, and why not a fruit crumble. Things got further out of hand when I decided to smoke some of the salmon (I mean, I’m around, doing chores, tending fires, why not run the smoker at the same time?) My smoking does not get the meat very warm, so I’ve usually finished in the oven on low. Then my wife remembered one of our guest’s food allergies and decided to make a second fruit crumble.

So, oven is 550F by 4PM, bread goes in. Bread out in 20 min, spuds, casserole and first crumble in at 5:40. Trade for second crumble while we eat. After cleaning kitchen, fish into 250F oven till bedtime. Oven still 250F an hour later when fish comes out and still 150F the next morning. Kiko has posted a nice summary reflection on his firing experiences, importantly, he describes the value of drying his wood in the last heat of the oven

In the traditional potluck, guests cook at their house and bring finished dish to the party. What about bringing raw food and baking it? Guests could bring more food than would be eaten and take home leftovers. Some items could be baked during/after dinner and taken home whole. If we understood what to do in a 200+ oven overnight, the host could put something (roast?) in at bedtime.