Bryan Alexander, NITLE

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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No internet at an eLearning conference???? Having to type this locally to upload later – that is so 2002. Seeing me rant/type about this a fellow attendee leans over to share a passcode. Thanks !

Before he can even start his computer BSOD’s. However, he humorously works through it.

  • Web2.0 everyone hates the term, but still uses it.
  • Linkedin – one of the most unsexy, most highly used services.
  • Wiki is not a new tech, everyone knows it. What is surprising is the huge curve that we have seen – great example from ibm.
  • Tag Clouds – ” for the first time in human history, normal people care about metadata” :)
  • Digital storytelling: Don’t tell people that you are going to teach them text, tell them that you are going to teach a new way to tell a story. Shows some great image mashups.
  • Feedbacks loops.
  • Forced to skip through a bunch of slides. Wait. That. Looked. Cool

Web 3.0?

  • Web 3D via Second Life or Google Earth. Sexy but unexciting (to me).
  • Semantic Web – intelligent meta data. Unsexy, but awesome! (at least to me).
  • Mobile web. (nuff said).


  • Easier to talk about porn or murder in academia.
  • Call it “simulation” to make people feel for people in education.
  • Average gamer is in their 30’s.
  • Laptops are now made for games – not just outlook.
  • There is a Kafka game (that is surreal and frustrating)?
  • Gaming takes/creates literacy of a type.
  • Simulation games are goog for comparison/criticizing actual events. Reminds me of this on BoingBoing where parents ask their child to honor the Geneva Conventions while playing Call of Duty.

One Response to “Bryan Alexander, NITLE”

  1. Bryan Alexander Says:

    Thank you for the presentation blogging, Gabriel!

    Did you get to try ClearForest Gnosis yet, o semantic Web fan?

    Which slides did you find “Looked. Cool” – the ones about teaching with Web 2.0?

    Off to blog that Call of Duty story – thanks, and crediting away.

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