Educators today are talking a lot about the need to equip students with 21st century skills. In a democratic society, reasoned discourse should be one of them, if citizens are to participate in shaping the future of the society they live in. A culture that supports discourse is certainly needed, but so is each individual’s development of the skills and values that reasoned discourse requires
(via Reasoned Discourse as a Vital 21st-Century Skill – Scientific American Blog Network)
This is equivalent to what Piaget says about concrete and abstract knowledge, and how disequilibration is one way to foster the transistion
It’s a free service that puts a magic folder on your computer desktop. Anything you put into it magically appears in an identical folder on all your other computers. That simple concept offers a wealth of possibilities. You can work on a project at the office, then go home and pick right up from where you left off. Those same files are in the same Dropbox folder — without ever having to send them, carry them or transfer them.
From the Google Art Project. Image by dalbera via Flickr
Google Art Project has enabled museums to put high res images and video on line, that complement the actual art objects themselves, rather than try to replace them. This is a long read, but interesting from the perspective of a curator, about whether Google is in it for the long haul, whether a museum could do this on its own. She points out why this kind of museum will not replace the brick and mortar museum. As a journalist, I’m interested in the idea of curation.
ifttt.com is a new app that takes other apps, and let’s a non-programmer make useful mashups. It works simply enough. You choose a “trigger” which can be an kind of Internet unit – person, place, event, etc. Then you refine it, with hashtags and other filters,and then you choose an action that the trigger sets off,
…choose an action that you want a trigger to launch using a second channel. If your trigger is someone tagging you in a picture on Facebook, your action might be to have that picture automatically added to your local Dropbox folder.