Newsletter spam

If you don’t allow people to simply unsubscribe from opt-out newsletters without having to log in, then that’s spam.

I’m looking at you Yelp and spreadshirt! Don’t be surprised when you start getting filtered by gmail etc.

Grrrr :(

Update: Spreadshirt are currently fixing their newsletter system up so they’re cool… plus an email from one of their staff and their CEO, nice work guys!

SEOmoz Pro

I just signed up for a 6 month SEOMoz Pro license basically because they rock the house.

I’ve been reading the blog for, probably, 4 months or so now and when you;re giving this kinda stuff away for free, what you get when you pay has got to be unreal :)

Anyway, am looking forward to playing with their tools, lots, over the next few weeks and getting stuck into some serious forum action.

And, just cost it makes me happy, here’s their Trifecta rundown of Edublogs as a domain (click on it for all the glorious detail):

An education is…

I agree with D’Arcy entirely when he says:

I don’t know what the future of education is, or will be, but I do know that it’s not “web 2.0?

But I’m sorry ol’ boy, but you’re being as naive as the people who claim it is web 2.0 when you suggest that its in fact it’s:

storytelling…  valuing and respecting the work of all participants (students, teachers, and others)… working together to teach our children, and ourselves… extending the activity outside of some industrialized classroom and into the community

Because, like it or not, the conceptual model of education that 98% of us (myself included) subscribe to and happily plod along with in the developed world is about learning stuff to achieve an aim – whether that’s to please your parents, to not struggle in elementary school, become a whole and rounded person, to go to a good uni, get a good job or have some nice letters around your name. And heaps more other stuff besides.

And how we get there reflects the society that we live in – you don’t get community without ‘community’, respect without ‘respect’, storytelling without ‘storytelling’, a non-industrialized classroom in a completely industrialized context.

So, what can we, as educators (or, ahem, sometime educators, turned business people ;) do to achieve our lofty, but entirely desirable, pedagogical aims in a classroom, online or mixed up context?

We sure as hell can’t change what’s around us alongside what drives pretty much everything, change the ‘World’ if you will.

But we can change the way in which we experience the World in that classroom context, by the way we teach, the outlook we take, the tools we use and the environment in which we work.

And hang it all, when you’re in an online context, that means you get to choose between transmissive and constructive tools an environments – and let’s not worry too much about the future, ‘cos that impacts what we live with today… more than most people realise.