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This week I've been preparing for the Games, Learning, Society 5 conference coming up in a few weeks -- which, embarrassingly, means going through all the flyers, papers, and postcards that I picked up last year.  So this week's reading is GLS + links.

Beyond the jump: academics, academic papers, and transmedia.

EdTechPost

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EdTechPost is not a pretty site, but neither is what he writes about: life in the trenches of educational technology, which he helpfully narrows down to "tools for learning, thinking, and collaborating". Scott Leslie knows his stuff, writes about it well, and links extensively. He's not just looking at media delivery, nor just at glorified word processors (though that could be interesting too), he examines the nitty-gritty details of how these tools work in educational settings while (seemingly) using the blog to step back and get some perspective on his daily work from the broad view of where the field is. It's a good example of why blogging is good for your career.

when educational technology is hypertext

The site is here on t.org for one clear reason. First, I think that he's on the technical, practical fringe of this site's interest in hypertext. EdTechPost focuses on course management systems, 'learning objects' and the challenges of 'learning object repositories'. As it does so, it examines the practical challenges of integrating hypermedia into daily life. Teaching English is more than delivering good books and handouts to students-- it's facilitating discussion, interpreting students' novice articulations of the material and connecting thoughts, and keeping the class focused among a hundred other things; so using hypermedia is more than just delivering rich media to the students, it has to facilitate work with the media, allow novice navigation and explorations, and get the technology out of the way. These are very much hypertextual challenges.

surftrail

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surftrail is Anders Fagerjord's personal blog, and it made a bit of a splash among weblogs in August of 2003 when Anders made each blog entry its own webpage rather than taking the standard approach of collecting many entries onto a single web page.

Most blogs allow the reader to read an entry only in the context (a page) of other entries, whether the context is a chronological archive, a category or subject grouping, or a search result.

When each entry (or thought/topic in an entry) has its own page, several things can happen:

  • style is more flexible - each entry can more easily have its own visual tone through framing and typography
  • more hypertext structures become possible - forks and cycles among your entries become more apparent
  • overlapping structures don't collide - so the chronological nature of a blog can more easily coexist with categories, idea hubs, and non-categorical trails
  • if you buy into the "golden age of hypertext" rhetoric, you get to write 'more like the hypertext novelists'. and if you don't buy into the nostalgia, you still get to take advantage of the features which made the novelists choose the medium in the first place.

This is different enough that folks have started to call such blogs Fagerjordian.

Note: this applies to the old textuality, published originally in Tinderbox, not Movable Type

Beyond the cut: a bit more about this blog

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