Note: The expression “Anywhere Anytime learning” has already been used by a number of organizations, not the least is Microsoft’s Laptop Program for schools. As a result the phrase 7×24 learning is being used instead.

JUST IN TIME
The current educational model is vested in the remnants of the industrial revolution. The reality of the current century relies on Communications Technology and a fundamental shift in time management to provide services ‘on-demand’. Public Education must attempt to meet a similar level of service or languish. The Japanese just-in–time production model (KANBAN) was one of the early examples of this shift. Some educational writers have dubbed just-in-time education as KANBRAIN. Both models rely on well-engineered systems – usually centrally managed – that allow resources to be made available as and where needed to solve a problem or complete a task

WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO SOLVE?
The expectation is that you can do your banking, shop for a house, and communicate globally at anytime day or night – weekday or weekend. This leads to different work lives and students are adapting similar strategies. If a family wants to go on vacation in June instead of July there should be systems that allow their children to complete their work ahead of time. Currently absences from school don’t adequately allow for the completion of work missed. A student that is involved in athletics or other activities that create large absences have to put their education ‘on hold’ or rely on some form of distance learning. Students that can’t perform well in school get pushed to the fringe of the school community and, unless there is a demonstrated disability, must lobby for extra help or purchase that service outside the school system.

All of these problems relate to the time and space limitations of the conventional school model. The application of common technology tools and adaptation of current school models

  1. If it ain’t broke – Concentrate schools on what they do well, socialization, face to face instruction, and custodial care.
  2. ‘Outside the box’ – develop tools and systems that leverage students time outside school to support learning
  3. Build out – use the content and interaction of the bricks-and-mortar environment to build the capacity for better distributed and distance learning.
  4. One-stop – provide centralized systems and services that allow the basic infrastructure for flexibility and choice.
  5. Create Capacity in the System – build the appropriate enabling components centrally that are equally available regardless of location or delivery model.

PUSH, PULL and DRAG
Collaborative learning tools that promote multiple paths to student achievement required compelling reasons for students, teachers and parents participate. These tools must have compelling content and resources (PULL). In the confusion of most information systems we cannot simple rely on users tripping over useful information. There must be a mechanism to PUSH information (email, cell phone) to participants based on known areas of interest. Finally, where PUSH and PULL fail we must have a system to DRAG participants to the new model of teaching and learning. This includes Informational blackmail, by providing vital information, Staff HR services, Student Grades, and Parental Communication only through a limited number of methods, participants must participate or risk being left out of vital information.


References

  • Department for Education and Skills (2005) Harnessing Technology: Transforming Learning and Children’s Services
  • National Association of State Boards of Education (2001) Any Time, Any Place, Any Path, Any Pace: Taking the Lead on e-Learning policy.

  • Hundreds of episodes of BBC programmes will be made available on a file-sharing network for the first time, the corporation has announced.
    The move follows a deal between the commercial arm of the organisation, BBC Worldwide, and technology firm Azureus.

    The agreement means that users of Azureus’ Zudeo software in the US can download titles such as Little Britain.

    Until now, most BBC programmes found on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks have been illegal copies.

    Beth Clearfield, vice president of program management and digital media at BBC Worldwide, said that the agreement was part of a drive to reach the largest audience possible.

    "We are very excited to partner with Azureus and make our content available through this revolutionary distribution model," she said.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6194929.stm

    I was clearing out my gmail and got a kind note from Wikipedia from JoshuaZ and I was compelled to write something to explain why I would be declining his invitation to return to the debate.

    I was a huge fan an promoter of Wikipedia and now I hate it with a vengence so its time to leave.
    The last straw was the recent
    deletion debate for a small school called Finger Lakes and the associated Deletion Review. The hatred and blame heaped by editors and adminstrators alike was more than I could take. More and more my time was caught up in AfDs and reading Admin discussions or some Request for Arbration.

    I am a teacher and mentor to alot of other teachers and I really can no longer recommend Wikipedia as a place teachers should bring student to get caught in a buzz saw of ”’guidelines”’ and debates. So I need to spend my time elsewhere.

    I believe this issue of ”’notability”’ will eventually rip Wikipedia apart. As much as people articluate issues of quality and verifiability I can’t help but feel that notability standard is being built as a weapon. It is stated as the single (and only reason) to delete content regardless of the validity of the content. I offer as examples the following quote from recent debates:

  • Elementary schools are not inherently notable
  • An article can be well-written and verifiable and yet be about something utterly unnoteworthy.
  • Size and verifiability are not at issue. Notability os (is?).
    Notability is a subjective media driven, popularity contest. Heavily weighted toward American popular content.

    If the DRV debate isn’t enough evidence, the recent coverage of Wikipedia in some of the content I follow is more examples of the farce that we are becoming. During the Edtech talk podcast they discussed the Deletion of Stephen Downes article who is a fairly respected member of the Educational Technology community and a fellow of the National Research Council but apparently was consider un-notable by some. The specific comment what what are they worried about – running out of paper? followed by laughter.

    The recent issue of Rob Levin making my friend Kaliya’s Blog which also questioned the notability standard. The deletion debate on Rob’s article which apparently was of a significant level of discussion that even Jimbo Wales weighed in with the comment that even he didn’t understand the debate.

    My goal in creating articles was to create content that would draw editors. The barriers to entry are large and intimidating. I was stunned recently to find their was no article on Punch Dickins a flying hero of mine. I created a stub that I wasn’t overly happy with but User:Bzuk to the rescue with more content. This is what advances the dialog. Was my first article bad enough to get AfDed – probably. Is a small school notable – probably not, but that is not its job. If editors of articles are forced to spend time seeing if someone famous at lunch somewhere to prove a city park deserves an article we are chasing the wrong kind of information.

    As with all things, I believe the imperative in AfD should be at first do no harm, regardless of all the rules is the content creating real demonstrable harm. If not – live and let live.

  • Well after a couple of good years the phenomenon that is wikipedia is starting to show some cracks.
    In the early part of the Industrial Age there was the emergence of the ‘robber baron’ who used their influence and power to control the development of their world. It is becoming apparent that similar things can happen in the information world. Recent controversies with Digg and other Web 2.0 sites and how they are driven by a small group are examples of this.

    Wikipedia is another ‘Web 2.0’ kind of thing which relies on a community of users to make it work and police the site. I first heard of this during a EdtechTalk Podcast where the lack of content in the area of eLearning and the attempt to delete an entry on Stephen Downes. This was ridiculed on the podcast for being a little silly given that Wikipedia shouldn’t have the arbitrary limit of paper encyclopedias.

    In Stephen’s case the standard of ‘notability’ was quoted as the rule for what should stay and what should go. Recently Kaliya noted a similar issue – “You know I just don’t get wikipedia. People who contribute to the world in real ways have a difficult time getting recognized.”

    In looking through the background on this I was even more shocked to see some of the comment of some of the the Wikipedia administrators on these cases. In one section an administrator was (under his own admission) holding a grudge against a user until he forced an apology. If these are the people wielding power within Wikipedia, its time to leave.

    I previously used Vizaweb as an ISP but there service was brought down last Friday and still hasn’t recovered. I’ve tried to post over the last couple of days to their forums but haven’t been able to, this is what I think I know for the interest of other users.
    I looked at things on Sunday night and it is my belief that there was a change in the registration to vizaweb.com on the 8th that pointed the DNS entries for all XX.vizaweb.com to and DNS other than that of Vizaweb (from whois record).
    Specifically:
    ns1.whatsyourdomain.com
    ns2.whatsyourdomain.com

    When I tried to resolve against Vizaweb’s DNS directly everything appeared to work. So by changing the DNS entries in your network settings from your ISP to unix1.vizaweb.com (69.93.28.162) or unix2.vizaweb.com (69.93.32.162) you should be able to get into cpanel, retrieve your email and other things. I appears that email was still getting delivered and all my content and sql databases were intacted.

    This appears to be a case of a domain hijacking (change of a domain registration not authorized by the owner) although an ‘authorized’ person could have done this as well. It does not appear to be a ‘hacking’ job or have anything directly to do with the ftp email sent out earlier.

    Waiting for the CitiWide Wifi service in Victoria.
    A couple of recent posts at http://www.victoriavoices.org/2006/08/city-wide-wifi-nearly-here-bcng-portals/ and http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=32182200-18ea-4d00-82fe-a95649cb89b5
    lead me on a little survey of the Jame Bay area for the new service. Ogden Point and Dallas Road are completely outside of any current signal, as is the ‘heart’ of James Bay at Menzies and Simcoe. The only luck was when I had a direct line of sight to the top of the Harbour Towers Hotel. Then I could get a signal registering as far as Simcoe and Montreal but not enough to connect.

    The only connection I got was at Superior and Menzies in the parking lot opposite the Legislature but there was no DHCP so while I was connected to the radio, I wasn’t connected to the internet. Again in direct sight of the antennas on the roof of the hotel. The signal was also detectable on Belleville and Pendray, and at Shoal Point (Moka House) but again not enough to connect.

    The SSID was either citiwide-30-2 se or citiwide-30-1 sw. There was also a brief presence of CitiWide-BH. The signal was stronger to the south of the Harbour towers. The signal was about 35 on iStumbler at Superior and Menzies (~400m horizontal and SE from the tower) but only 15 at Belleville and Pendray (~100m away and NW).

    The CitiWide brand appears to be the trade name the service is going by, with a website at http://www.citiwidebroadband.com/.

    You really think that one basic rule of the world would be I don’t stomp on your stuff and you don’ t stomp on mine.
    I’ve had some recent experience with Wikepdia that has caused me to question its future. I work on several education-related articles that apparently draw the ire of other editors. There is a push to establish the ‘rules’ for articles. I kind of thought, they get their Xbox and Anime articles and I can have my schools. But that it not so much the way it is. You could retaliate and question hundreds of other articles but that wouldn’t be any more legitimate than what they are doing.

    The arguements over what should be included also made the recent Ed Tech talk podcast. Where articles on Stephen Downes and other educational issues have also been questioned.

    From another direction I also read the contribution of W.P. Kinsella to the Vancouver Province who suggests the military should get rid of the Snowbirds. The baseball movie was nice but W.P. just sounds like an old crank
    “I was delighted to read recently that, because of airport expansion, the lifespan of the Abbotsford Air Show may be limited. The show ties up traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway for a whole weekend. The exploits are highly dangerous when performed over populated areas.”
    I like the airshows, I’m a pilot and I think they really get people excited about something that I have loved all my life. I guess the RCMP horsey thing and all those bug buildings with the stuff in Ottawa will also be on the chopping block soon too.

    I don’ t think I’m asking for much, everyone else can have the things they like – just don’t stomp on my stuff. The rule should be LIVE AND LET LIVE

    And ‘one more thing’ – W.P. Kinsella is an idiot

    Quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail:

    “The Canadian people were so refreshing, so supportive of me. I had sixof the greatest years of my life up there with those guys. I will neverregret making that decision. So thank you, all of you people north ofthe border.”
    “Thank you Canada”
    – Warren Moon, Football great on his induction into the American Football Hall of Fame. – for course Canada beat them to the punch, he is already in the CFL Hall of Fame

    Apparently there have been a bunch of new laws written in the past week or so, the laws of war, the law of humanity, and the law of proportionality. The last one must be somewhere between the law of gravity and ohm’s law.
    My latest WTF momenent is provided by the Toronto Star. Just to prove that old media can be more ill-informed than bloggers. While introducing these ‘obvious facts’

    "we now accept, in spite of the rationale provided at the time, that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor did not justify the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed and maimed thousands of civilians"
    – Apparently they should have bombed Osaka bay and called it even, or allowed the Japanese to scuttle a couple dozen ships as an act of contrition.

    "When the French footballer Zinedine Zidane delivered his now infamous head-butt in the World Cup final, the question on everybody’s mind was, "what could have provoked such a response?" FIFA’s investigation and rulings attempted to address just that question."
    – lack of control isn’t enough, apparently bad acts were the fault of the victim, try that ‘law’ in pedophile cases

    "If a child at school steals another child’s lunch, the victimized child can either try to get his lunch back with or without the principal’s assistance, …." at what point does comparing a century old conflict to a fight at recess, signal the fact you may have gone off the reality bandwagon.

    Complete Reference http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1153864209358&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795