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Re: [school-discuss] [Fwd: Which way to go?]

I just wanted to let everyone that is working on the EduML project that I 
have a domain name that you can use freely, I will basically donate it to 
you for use if you would like


 On Sun, 17 Feb 2002, Bruno Vernier wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 17, 2002 at 08:06:42AM -0600, Joshua Walton wrote:
> > 1. a repository for open source applications useful to education
> there are some; see http://www.seul.org/edu/links.html for a serious list of
> such repositories
> > 2. open content learning objects available to the general public
> in a sense, a search engine like "google" can loosely be considered an open
> repository of learning objects... and boy do I make use of that in my
> courses... but the usage is usually limited to making external links (and
> essentially sending students away from the school's web environment ...
> hoping they return eventually.  The only integration aside from links is 
> in the form of cut and paste which is unsatisfactory because it is hard to
> verify intellectual property permissions and because the pasted material
> becomes static (and few things stay static these days)
> Some of us here are considering what format such an open repository should
> take so that we can more than make links and/or cut and paste.  I think
> there is a concensus for using an XML format.  We are now about to vote (in
> a participatory democratic style) on which existing XML format to base our
> work on.  see http://knowplace.ca/schoolforge for a working discussion; and
> exercise 5 for the list of proposed XML schemas to choose from.
> A repository could be central like "google" (who can afford to do that?) or
> decentralized like "napster" ... in either case, all learning objects should
> be in the same XML schema.  The commercial world has just begun to do some
> work in this direction using the IMS schemas or some slight variant of that.
> There are no W3C approved XML for education schemas as of now ... although
> we know they tend to approve schemas that are most widely accepted "by the
> industry".  In our "industry", I suspect that would be IMS, but others have
> said it felt more like SIF (in the USA anyways)
> > 3. a community of like minded individuals (which i seem to have found at 
> > least in part !)
> indeed :-)
> > For the projects that I work on now I am trying to stick to making them 
> > open source / content. Since accepting my position in a K-12 school 
> > district I have seen that an open nature to projects has an unexpected 
> > benefit which is to foster teacher and parent communication in positive 
> > ways. With open content parents are allowed more access to what their 
> > children are learning. Parents have learned of specific projects and 
> > contributed materials, time, and criticism. Also, past students who are 
> > learning web technologies in college come back (virtually) to assist in 
> > open projects / content.
> That is a very interesting and uplifting anecdote!  Thanks.
> > I am very pleased to have found this group and I read each posting 
> > eagerly.
> I am energized by your enthusiasm :-)
> Bruno