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.


Here’s a fun project undertaken by Andrew and myself under good banner Incsub…..

The plan is to create a WordPress MU information blog – where you can catch up on the latest plugins, themes, SEO stuff, ‘how to”s and more.

A bit like a for WordPress MU.

Here’s some more info about the launch (or, well, relaunch :) – we’d love to hear your thoughts on the project… and ideas / recommendations / suggestions!

And, just in case you can’t wait to get there, here’s the feed :D

Keyboard woes

At the risk of turning this into JF’s tech issues blog I’m utterly stuck on this one and, in desperation, hand myself over to you – dear reader – for assistance for I is seriously stuck with the oddest keyboard issue you ever did come across.

Basically *something* has gotten into my keyboard operation that is playing havoc with my typing by not allowing me, in the middle of certain words, to enter double letters if I type them quickly. Or, more generally, just removing letters that have been typed in particularly quick succession, in certain contexts.

For example, green, comes out ‘gren’.

The reason, I have deduced, is that my tapping speed for the ‘e’ (and also for the ‘p’ in tapping) is much quicker than for othe letters (same happens for ‘letters’, becoming ‘leters’) – but here’s the odd thing, it’s only inside a word – I can just hit, for example, e at speed ‘eeeeeeeeeeee’ and then type ‘green’ and it works just fine… for a few times but then goes back to the same old behavior… for example: ‘green green gren  etc.’

It just ‘happened’ this week… very bizzare.

And it feels like something trying to make my life easier, perhaps by removing ‘bounce’ but OMG… I can tell you it isn’t.

Windows Vista Home Premium, A new Vaio CR laptop and this happens across all applications from firefox to editplus to safari.

Have used avast and Spybot-SD to clean absolutely everything (so it’s nothing malicious) have also checked keyboard accessibility settings in Vista and all keyboard settings in the Vaio control center.

Have googled my arse off on keyboard sensitivity, debouncing, double letters, typing speed and more and followed the weakest possibilities with no joy :(

I tried a system restore back to when this wasn’t a problem I’ve been so desperate, but that did no good at all.

And I can’t determine anything that might have caused it – and boy, have I had a lot of practice at testing to see what causes bugs.

So, after literally 4 days of trying to fix this on my own… I’m stuck as a stuck thing, and throw myself unto your helpful hands… pretty (or should I say prety) please!!!

Update 1: As far as I know it’s nothing to do with Texter – as it continues when it’s disabled… but it certainly feels like something that might be related to that.

Update 2: Thanks to Dave and Oscar but I’m afraid it doesn’t seem to be to do with “Filter Keys’ or any other Accessibility (or ‘ease’ for vista) feature :(

Update 3: Unbelievable – I just got home (have been away) and I do believe that it’s the Telstra 3G (Next G) wireless internet client that has been doing it!!!

I can’t find anything on the whirlpool forums but switching it of and going back to the home wireless connection has fixed everything… how annoying! Have to figure out a fix before my next trip anywhere!

Gmail errors today

Anyone else experiencing horrific gmail errors today – 502s, 100s, 728s and more… all day.

Makes me realise how much I rely on it! Possibly a touch *too* much (although surely their imperative to fix it up and keep it qworking great is greater than my imperative to go and try to recreate a gmail experience somewhere else… if that’s even possible!)

A combination of that and Optus cable internet being absolutely terribe (as usual) has been bugging the heck out of me today… roll on tomorrow, new telstra connection and iinet!

Google Calendar in gmail… or even notifier?

My one grumble with Firefox 3 is that I’ve lost my GCAL notifier that used to sit so sweetly next to my gmail one.

So I was kinda excited upon finding a few neat greasemonkey hacks to get round that… all of which were out of date, however, with the exception of Gmail Add Ons.

Which, while current, just isn’t working with FF3 :( At least as far as I can tell… and I’ve already spent a good 60 minutes trying to save myself time in future so I think it’s time to give up.

Anyone else have gcal working in their gmail sidebar (or even, sob, in a notifier)- by fair means or foul, in Firefox 3?


I’m an absolute loser, I can hardly get through a single email without writing ‘the’ as ‘teh’.

I reckon if you add it up, over a month or so I probably spend hours correcting myself after the fact.

So… I did a bit of searching and came up with this brilliant application called Texter.

It instantly (if so set) changes every typo back to its correct form, across all applications. Windows only though at the moment :)