Burks' Selections

A series of podcasts on the topics of learning technologies, higher education, and online learning. Note that the orange title of each posting is a hyperlink to the associated mp3 audio file.
Burks' Selections

Description

A series of podcasts on the topics of learning technologies, higher education, and online learning. Note that the orange title of each posting is a hyperlink to the associated mp3 audio file.

Link: burksselect.blogspot.com/

Categories

Education

Episodes

John Merrow on College Athletics

Mar 26, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from John Merrow, in which he spoke with Harry Edwards on the business of college athlethics. The original podcast was published on 23 March 2006 at:

http://johnmerrow.blogspot.com/2006/03/college-sports-john-merrow-podcast-25.html

Dr. Harry Edwards is a professor emeritus at the Univesity of California at Berkeley, and he serves as a consultant to Major League Baseball, the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco 49ers on issues of racial diversity within professional sports.

The show notes included:

"A March madness special. Sociologist Harry Edwards on the business of college athletics."

John Merrow has been an education reporter for over 30 years and correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He profiles significant issues in k-12 and higher education. His biosketch is at:

http://www.pbs.org/merrow/tv/young_scientists/YSJM_merrow_bio.pdf

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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John Merrow Bio

John Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974, when he created "Options in Education." That series earned more than two dozen broadcasting awards, including the George Polk Award in 1982. From 1985 to 1990 he was education correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, and in 1993 he created The Merrow Report for PBS, followed by the NPR series of the same name in 1997. In 2000 he returned to The NewsHour to provide occasional reports on education. Learning Matters, Inc., Merrow's production company, has been co-producing documentaries with the PBS series FRONTLINE since 2001. Merrow won a Peabody Award in 2001 for "School Sleuth: The Case of the Excellent School," which aired on PBS. Merrow earned a Bachelors Degree from Dartmouth College in 1964, a Masters Degree in American Studies from Indiana University in 1968, and a doctorate in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1973.

An Interview With Dr. Patricia Busk

Mar 24, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from Dr. Margaret Maag, of the University of San Francisco School of Nursing. The podcast is an interview with Prof. Patricia Busk, of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. It was originally published to the web on 9 March 2006 at:

http://margaretspod.blogspot.com/2006/03/interview-with-dr-patricia-busk.html

The show notes included:

"This morning I had the opportunity to go back to the School of Education at the University of San Francisco and meet with my former professor, Dr. Patricia Busk. As a graduate student I had the good fortune to take many courses with Dr. Busk, and it is an honor to interview her today. Listen to Dr. Busk share her views of the challenges facing higher education in the United States and what some of the solutions to the challenges might be during this century."

More about Dr. Maag at:

http://www.maagnursing.com/bio.php

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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Gardner Campbell on the Growth of Mobility

Mar 24, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from Jarret Cummings, of EDUCAUSE and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). In this podcast, he speaks with Prof. Gardner Campbell about mobile learning. Prof. Campbell teaches literature and film at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, where he's also Assistant VP for Teaching and Learning Technologies. He also is a prolific blogger - see:

http://www.gardnercampbell.net/blog1/

This podcast was posted to the web on 21 March 2006 at:

http://connect.educause.edu/blog/jcummings/gardner_campbell_on_the_growth_of_mobility/2170

In the shownotes, Mr. Cummings wrote:

"On March 29-30, ELI will host its 2006 Spring Focus Session, Mobility and Mobile Learning: The Next Phase of Anytime, Anywhere Learning, at the Inn and Conference Center - University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD (adjacent to College Park). In conjunction with the event, we are conducting a series of podcast interviews to get a better understanding of mobility and mobile learning issues. In this interview, Gardner Campbell joins me to discuss the rapid growth of mobility in American society and the related expansion in higher education's interest in mobile learning. "

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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The Wisdom of Crowds

Mar 23, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is (indirectly) from Laura Blankenship, who works at the Educational Technology Center at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia). Bryn Mawr College is a private college for women. She included a link to this podcast in her blog on 15 March 2006 at:

http://www.brynmawr.edu/etc/etcblog/2006/03/wisdom-of-crowds.html

This podcast features James Surowiecki's talk, "The Wisdom of Crowds", which was recorded at the recent SxSW 2006 conference.

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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Potpourri from NY Times Science Times

Mar 22, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is something a little different - the weekly

science podcast from the NY Times. This podcast was posted to the web on 21 March

2006 at:

http://www.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/nyt/podcasts/scienceupdate.xml



The show notes state:

"David Corcoran, a science editor, explores the topics addressed in this week's

Science Times. This week: Genetic diseases in the Middle East, schizophrenia and

barn swallows."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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Leadership Development: The Future

Mar 20, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a recent podcast from Elliott Masie, of the Masie Center (http://www.masie.com/). Elliott is the organizer of the Learning 2006 conference, which will be held in Orlando on 5-8 November 2006. This podcast was posted to the web at:

http://www.learning2006.com/university

The show notes state:

"This is an 11 minute Audio, PodCast and Text Transcript of an interview with John Alexender, the president of the Center for Creative Leadership. John addresses changes in the how leaders are being developed in organizations."

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John Alexander

The transcript of this podcast is at:

http://www.masie.com/l6/podcasts/l6_u_podcast-01.pdf

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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About Elliott Masie:

http://www.learning2006.com/who-is-elliott-masie/

Potpourri from Go Digital

Mar 20, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a recent podcast from the "Go Digital" show on the BBC. Host Gareth Mitchell presents a real potpourri of topics. This podcast was posted to the web on 14 March 2006 at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/1478157.stm

The show notes state:

"The new ideas and gadgets from the Cebit technology fair and how Jamaica is updating TV education with mobile phones. And why Go Digital is to be renamed Digital Planet."

"Welcome to Go Digital, the weekly BBC World Service programme that looks at how technology is changing our lives. Each week we explore the world of digital technology in all its forms. Almost every country on the planet has the internet and the mobile phone. The world is truly switched on to the digital age. But what does it all mean, what benefits can such technology provide, and who's in control? Tune in to Go Digital to hear the answers. Each week we will be speaking to leading figures in the computer industry. We tap into the BBC's network of reporters around the world to bring us the technology stories making the news where you are, changing the world around you."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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About Gareth Mitchell:

"Gareth Mitchell is the never-ageing face of Go Digital. Starting out as a broadcast engineer, he traded climbing TV transmitter masts for science and technology journalism about 10 years ago. His favourite gadgets include his digital radio, digital camera and ancient Psion personal organiser."

Susan Smith Nash on E-Learning in 2016

Mar 19, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's thought piece is a podcast from Susan Smith Nash - the self-proclaimed "E-Learning Queen". Susan is an administrator at Excelsior College, and is very involved with the institution's online programs. She is a prolific blogger and podcaster - see her website at:

http://www.beyondutopia.net/

The original poscast "E-Learning in 2016: Unschooling, Deschooling, and Unlearning?" was published on 6 March 2006 at:

http://elearnqueen.blogspot.com/2006/03/e-learning-in-2016-unschooling.html

In the shownotes, Susan wrote:

"In this post, I respond to Tama's E-Learning Blog and the query, What will E-Learning Look Like in 2016? I think it will be completely different in terms of delivery, and there will be more rigidly defined camps with respect to instructional design & ideal structure of course content. I believe that utopian experiments and the "unschooling" movement will take off in a big way.

For those of you who are interested, Tama's E-Learning Blog is located here: http://tama.edublogs.org. Tama is Tama Leaver, who is working at the University of Western Australia, where he is involved in research in the future (as well as the past and present) of teaching and learning."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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http://elearnqueen.blogspot.com/

The E-Learning Queen explores all manner of online and distributed training and education, from instructional design to the construction and implementation of entire e-learning solutions. She finds real-world e-learning issues and applications particularly intriguing; in higher education, military, K-12, and corporate and humanitarian / not-for-profit realms.

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What Google Knows About Its Users

Mar 17, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the Future Tense show, which is produced by American Public Media. In this podcast, Jon Gordon speaks with Lauren Gelman, Associate Director of the Stanford University Center for Internet and Society, about what Google actually knows about its users. This podcast was posted to the web on 14 March 2006 at:

http://www.publicradio.org/columns/futuretense/

The show notes included:

"Google and the Bush administration were set to square off in court today over the government's request for data on Americans who use the Google search engine. The hearing marks the first time the Justice Department and Google have sparred in court since the government subpoenaed the company last summer in an effort to obtain a long list of search requests and Web site addresses. Google has refused to cooperate, maintaining that the government's demand threatens its users' privacy as well as its own closely guarded trade secrets."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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APM's Future Tense Podcast

Future Tense is a daily program that chronicles the social impact of computers, the Internet, and technology in general. Future Tense is produced by American Public Media.

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Clayton Christensen - Capturing the Upside

Mar 16, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is from the good folks at IT Conversations. In this podcast, Clayton Christensen (of Harvard Business School) speaks about building innovation-driven growth businesses. This podcast was originally published on 17 March 2004 at:

http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail135.html



The shownotes for this podcast include:

"Every company needs to grow, and innovation is the ticket to sustainable and profitable growth. What decisions can managers take to increase their probability of successfully building innovation-driven growth businesses? Many are convinced that it is impossible to predict with confidence whether an innovation will succeed, so they feel they need to place a number of bets with the hope that some will be winners. Others believe that the best way to create new growth businesses is to meticulously search for detailed quantitative data to identify opportunities and develop a rigorous plan to attack those opportunities. But many times conclusive data is only available after the game has already been won. Professor Clayton M. Christensen of the Harvard Business School has another way. He suggests using theory. A theory is a statement of what causes what and why. Whether managers know it or not, they are voracious consumers of theory. Every action a manager takes, every plan a manager makes is based on some belief of cause and effect."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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Preparing for the Avian Flu Pandemic

Mar 15, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is from the good folks at Science Friday. In this podcast, host Ira Flatow speaks with public health expert Michael Osterholm about how to prepare for an avian flu pandemic. This podcast was originally published on 14 October 2005 at:

http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/2005/Oct/hour1_101405.html

The shownotes for this podcast include:

"The avian flu now spreading though Southeast Asia, Russia and parts of Europe has the hallmarks of a pandemic in the making. What should we do to prepare for the possibility of a widespread outbreak? Ira Flatow talks with public health expert Michael Osterholm about the flu. He says private companies need to do more to prepare for the possibility of quarantines and a disruption in the global economy."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/misc/faq/flatow.html

Veteran National Public Radio (NPR) science correspondent and award winning radio and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the anchor of Talk Of The Nation: Science Friday. He hosts the show each Friday, bringing NPR listeners a lively, informative discussion on science and technology.

Mixing his passion for science with a tendency toward being "a bit of a ham," Flatow describes himself as "an educated layman with a tremendous desire to communicate his enthusiasm for science and discovery."

Hospitals Struggle After Hurricane Katrina

Mar 14, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the PBS News Hour, entitled "New Orleans Health Fair". On-air correspondent Susan Dentzer reported this segment, which was posted to the web on 27 February 2006 at:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rss/media/

The show notes for this podcast included:

"Six months after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and left many hospitals, including the city's Charity Hospital inoperable, health officials continue treating patients in temporary tents set up in the Convention Center."

The News Hour website has a transcript of this podcast:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june06/nolahealth_2-27.html

I realize that this podcast isn't about "learning" per se, but I have been following post-Katrina New Orleans very closely, given my involvement with the SloanSemester.org project. And there certainly are some lessons about our society to be learned here.

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Burks

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http://www.pbs.org/newshour/ww/dentzer.html

Susan Dentzer is an on-air correspondent with The NewsHour, where she leads a unit dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of health care, health policy and Social Security. The unit, begun in 1998, is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Good stuff from Go Digital

Mar 13, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a recent podcast from the "Go Digital" show on the BBC. Host Gareth Mitchell presents a real potpourri of topics. This podcast was posted to the web on 20 February 2006 at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/1478157.stm

The show notes state:

"We look the issue of internet censorship in China, the malicious code designed to attack Apple Macs and an energy-saving, pedal-powered Nintendo."

"Welcome to Go Digital, the weekly BBC World Service programme that looks at how technology is changing our lives. Each week we explore the world of digital technology in all its forms. Almost every country on the planet has the internet and the mobile phone. The world is truly switched on to the digital age. But what does it all mean, what benefits can such technology provide, and who's in control? Tune in to Go Digital to hear the answers. Each week we will be speaking to leading figures in the computer industry. We tap into the BBC's network of reporters around the world to bring us the technology stories making the news where you are, changing the world around you."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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About Gareth Mitchell:

"Gareth Mitchell is the never-ageing face of Go Digital. Starting out as a broadcast engineer, he traded climbing TV transmitter masts for science and technology journalism about 10 years ago. His favourite gadgets include his digital radio, digital camera and ancient Psion personal organiser."

Click and Double-Click: Video on the Web

Mar 12, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is from the Educational Technology Center at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia). Bryn Mawr College is a private college for women. This podcast was originally published on 24 February 2006 at:

http://www.brynmawr.edu/etc/etcblog/2006/02/click-and-double-click-video-on-web.html

In this podcast, Click (Laura Blankenship) and Double-Click (Mike Zarro), of the Educational Technology Center at Bryn Mawr College, discuss video on the web, including Google Video and YouTube.

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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San Francisco Moves Closer to Free Wi-Fi

Mar 11, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the Future Tense show, which is produced by American Public Media. In this podcast, Jon Gordon interviews several experts about a proposal to build a free city-wide wireless network in San Francisco. This podcast was posted to the web on 24 February 2006 at:

http://www.publicradio.org/columns/futuretense/

The show notes included:

"Internet powerhouses Google and Earthlink have partnered to build a free citywide wireless network in San Francisco. Theirs is one of six proposals to build an all-encompassing wi-fi network in the city. Many other cities, from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, are moving toward municipal wi-fi. But all eyes are on San Francisco. Under the proposal from Google and EarthLink, Google would provide free access at speeds of about 300 kilobits per second -- on the slow end of broadband. Earthlink would offer higher speeds for a monthly fee."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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APM's Future Tense Podcast

Future Tense is a daily program that chronicles the social impact of computers, the Internet, and technology in general. Future Tense is produced by American Public Media.

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In a Global Village, Where is the 'Public Square'?

Mar 10, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the WGBH Lectures series. In this podcast, David Liroff, VP and Chief Technology Officer at WGBH, discusses digital media and the intersection of public media and the blogosphere. This podcast was recorded on 13 January 2006 at American University in Washington, DC, and was published online at:

http://forum.wgbh.org/wgbh/forum.php?lecture_id=1827

The show notes included:

"David Liroff launches the Public Media Roundtable Speakers Series at American University's Center for Social Media. The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes strategies to use media as creative tools for public knowledge and action. It focuses on social documentaries for civil society and democracy, and on the public media environment that supports them. The Center is part of the School of Communication at American University."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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David Liroff joined Boston's WGBH in 1979, and during his tenure with the station has had senior management responsibility for broadcasting, local program production, creative services, membership, major gifts and capital campaign fundraising for WGBH-TV2 and WGBX-TV44/Boston, and for national 'how-to' program production. In his present position, to which he was appointed in October, 1995, he is responsible for production services, engineering, information technology, telecommunications, digital asset management, the WGBH Media Archives and Preservation Center, and audience research, and he has senior management responsibility for overseeing WGBH's transition to digital production and broadcasting.

Dr. John: 'We're Gonna Be Back' in New Orleans

Mar 9, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the NPR "Story of the Day". In this podcast, Mac Rebennack reflects on the cultural changes in post-Katrina New Orleans. I'm posting this to my "Burks' Selections" series because of my interest in the future of New Orleans - given what we did last fall with the SloanSemester.org project. This podcast was posted to the web on 3 March 2006 at:

http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=1090

The show notes included:

"One of New Orleans' best-known native sons, the piano professor Mac Rebennack, a.k.a. Dr. John, was back in town for Mardi Gras this week. In a tour of devastated neighborhoods, he expresses fear that the city's unique grassroots culture has been uprooted."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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NPR: Story of the Day Podcast

Funny, moving, exceptional, or just offbeat -- the NPR story people will be talking about tomorrow. The best of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other award-winning NPR programs.

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The World of Online Dating

Mar 8, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the Future Tense show, which is produced by American Public Media. In this podcast, Jon Gordon interviews Amanda Lenhart about online dating - which was the subject of the latest report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project (see more below). This podcast was posted to the web on 6 March 2006 at:

http://www.publicradio.org/columns/futuretense/

The show notes included:

"Almost one in three American adults say they know someone who has used a dating website, according to a new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Thirty million Americans say they know someone who has been in a long-term relationship or got married after first meeting up online."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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APM's Future Tense Podcast

Future Tense is a daily program that chronicles the social impact of computers, the Internet, and technology in general. Future Tense is produced by American Public Media.

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More about the latest report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project:

http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/177/report_display.asp

Online Dating: Americans who are seeking romance use the internet to help them in their search, but there is still widespread public concern about the safety of online dating.

There is now relatively broad public contact with the online dating world. Some 31% of American adults say they know someone who has used a dating website and 15% of American adults – about 30 million people – say they know someone who has been in a long-term relationship or married someone he or she met online.

Yet, dating websites are just one of many online avenues that can facilitate a romantic connection. Three out of four internet users who are single and looking for a romantic partner have done at least one dating-related activity online—ranging from using dating websites, to searching for information about prospective dates, to flirting via email and instant messaging, to browsing for information about the local singles scene.

Some 11% of all internet users and 37% of those who are single and looking say they have gone to dating websites. A majority of them say they have had positive experiences and believe their use of such sites helps them to find a better match. A notable number of these online daters have found firsthand that lasting romance can be forged online; 17% of them say they have entered long-term relationships or married someone they met through the services.

At the same time, while online dating is becoming more commonplace, there are still concerns in the wider public about the dangers of posting personal information on dating sites and about the honesty of those who pursue online dating.

The complete report is available at:

http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Online_Dating.pdf

Potpourri from Go Digital

Mar 7, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a recent podcast from the "Go Digital" show on the BBC. Host Gareth Mitchell presents a real potpourri of topics. This podcast was posted to the web on 27 February 2006 at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/1478157.stm

The show notes state:

"We look at blogging in Iran, the dispute over Blackberry and online charity donations."

"Welcome to Go Digital, the weekly BBC World Service programme that looks at how technology is changing our lives. Each week we explore the world of digital technology in all its forms. Almost every country on the planet has the internet and the mobile phone. The world is truly switched on to the digital age. But what does it all mean, what benefits can such technology provide, and who's in control? Tune in to Go Digital to hear the answers. Each week we will be speaking to leading figures in the computer industry. We tap into the BBC's network of reporters around the world to bring us the technology stories making the news where you are, changing the world around you."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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About Gareth Mitchell:

"Gareth Mitchell is the never-ageing face of Go Digital. Starting out as a broadcast engineer, he traded climbing TV transmitter masts for science and technology journalism about 10 years ago. His favourite gadgets include his digital radio, digital camera and ancient Psion personal organiser."

Learning 2.0 and Del.icio.us

Mar 6, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the Otter Group. In this podcast, Kathleen Gilroy, Founder and CEO of the Otter Group, discusses how to use the social bookmarking service, Del.icio.us, for learning. This podcast was posted to the web on 19 February 2006 at:

http://learning2.0.ottergroup.com/



Note that this podcast is in *.mov format - I tested it with my demo blog, and it should work just fine with podcatching software, such as iTunes.

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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Welcome to The Otter Group's Learning 2.0 Tip of the Week podcast. Kathleen Gilroy, Founder and CEO and Glen Mohr, President of The Otter Group, offer weekly insights on learning in the world of Web 2.0.

Susan Smith Nash on Electronic Research Notebooks

Mar 5, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's thought piece is a podcast from Susan Smith Nash - the self-proclaimed "E-Learning Queen". Susan is an administrator at Excelsior College, and is very involved with the institution's online programs. She is a prolific blogger and podcaster - see her website at:

http://www.beyondutopia.net/

The original poscast "Annotated Bibligraphies and Electronic Research Notebooks for Improved Research Papers" was published on 26 February 2006 at:

http://elearnqueen.blogspot.com/2006/02/annotated-bibligraphies-and-electronic.html

In the shownotes, Susan wrote:

"One of the most valuable assignments for an online course is the electronic research notebook. It can be used in any course, but is particularly useful in writing courses that prepare individuals for academic research and scholarly discourse production (essays, papers, capstones, essay tests, and a thesis). The electronic research notebook is, in essence, an annotated bibliography. The students can build and store an electronic notebook on a notebook computer, but this refers to something else. The electronic research notebook is the place where one records the results of research, and summarizes the important aspects of papers, books, and articles one has found as they relate to your research project.

What is the purpose? Keeping an electronic notebook in which one builds an annotated bibliography is an excellent way to take notes on research and keep the citations in their proper format. Moreover, going through this procedure allows one to read your articles in a focused manner. It allows an individual the chance to organize one's thoughts and make connections between the topic and what others have had to say."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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http://elearnqueen.blogspot.com/

The E-Learning Queen explores all manner of online and distributed training and education, from instructional design to the construction and implementation of entire e-learning solutions. She finds real-world e-learning issues and applications particularly intriguing; in higher education, military, K-12, and corporate and humanitarian / not-for-profit realms.

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NCQ Talk on "The Instructional Message"

Mar 5, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast about online teaching from NCQ Talk. This podcast was posted to the web on 31 January 2006 at:

http://www.ncqtalk.com/?p=29

The show notes for this podcast included:

"The ways to deliver content if you teach online? What tools and how do they represent your pedagogy? Susan welcomes all listeners and explains this is part and parcel of a course she’s teaching - Technology Tools for Educators. The focus of the unit is how to deliver content (Teaching and Learning Technologies). What are they, what good are they, how do they link to pedagogy? After some bad puns, the group offers their ideas."

The NCQ Talk podcasts are hosted by Kris Smith (the Nerd), Dan Balzer (the Canadian), and Susan Manning (from the Quaker State) - it is clear from listening to their podcasts that they have great chemistry between themselves - and they are very knowledgeable about Internet technologies and online learning. Their biographical sketches are linked from the NCQ Talk website. NCQ Talk is sponsored by Palegroove Studios in partnership with the Learning Times Network.

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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Podcast from Mrs. Mills' Second Grade Class

Mar 3, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast that was produced by second-graders in Mrs. Mill's class at Murfee Elementary School in Lubbock, TX. I think it is amazing to see what these "digital natives" are able to accomplish! If they are podcasting in second grade, what will they expect when they go to college ten years later?

The podcast was originally published on 16 February 2006, as the seventh in a series for this class. In the original posting, they wrote:

"This podcast features the 2nd graders in their evening program about the Civil War. Students have been studying the Civil War in social studies as part of their Core Knowledge curriculum."

See:
http://millsmurfee.blogspot.com/2006/02/mills-murfee-podcast7-civil-war.html

Thanks to Wesley Fryer for helping with this podcast. Wesley is the Director of Instructional Support Services and Webmaster for the College of Education at Texas Tech University, and he has been assisting Mrs. Mills' students with the technical aspects of producing these podcasts.

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Burks

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John Merrow on Gifted Education

Mar 3, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from John Merrow, in which he spoke with Penny Choice on gifted education. The original podcast was published on 23 February 2006 at:

http://johnmerrow.blogspot.com/2006/02/gifted-education-john-merrow-podcast.html

More about Penny Choice on the web at:

http://iagcgifted.org/professionaldevelopment/GEI_Lake_Cty_06.htm

The show notes included:

"Gifted education specialist Penny Choice deflates the myths about cream always rising to the top."

John Merrow has been an education reporter for over 30 years and correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He profiles significant issues in k-12 and higher education. His biosketch is at:

http://www.pbs.org/merrow/tv/young_scientists/YSJM_merrow_bio.pdf

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,

Burks

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John Merrow Bio

John Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974, when he created "Options in Education." That series earned more than two dozen broadcasting awards, including the George Polk Award in 1982. From 1985 to 1990 he was education correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, and in 1993 he created The Merrow Report for PBS, followed by the NPR series of the same name in 1997. In 2000 he returned to The NewsHour to provide occasional reports on education. Learning Matters, Inc., Merrow's production company, has been co-producing documentaries with the PBS series FRONTLINE since 2001. Merrow won a Peabody Award in 2001 for "School Sleuth: The Case of the Excellent School," which aired on PBS. Merrow earned a Bachelors Degree from Dartmouth College in 1964, a Masters Degree in American Studies from Indiana University in 1968, and a doctorate in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1973.

OMG: IM Slang Is Invading Everyday English

Mar 1, 2006

Description:

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from NPR - about the use of IM slang in everyday spoken English. It was posted to the web on 18 February 2006 at:

http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=1090

The show notes for this podcast included the following:

"If you "instant message," you may know the acronym LOL (Laughing Out Loud). But how about BRB, TTYL or ROFL? Take note: you're increasingly likely to encounter IM-speak in the verbal world."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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Burks

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