Resources on the Concept of
Ted Nelson in Dream Machines (p. DM 42), »As far as I can tell, these are the techniques used by bright people who want to learn something other than by taking courses in it. . . . «
»We teach students very little about the production of new knowledge, and many believe that important new ideas somehow descend upon us through inspiration. It is true that you may get euphoric when something suddenly is understood or created in your mind. I remember very, very clearly the exact moment, around two o’clock in the night at the desk in the bedroom at Nesodden, January 1967, when...«
This edition of EDGE is a special event focusing on an idea by (W. Daniel) Danny Hillis, currently Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Applied Minds, Inc., and best known for his innovative work in the design and implementation of the massively parallel supercomputer.
In 2000, Danny wrote the prescient paper "Aristotle", in which he proposed "The Knowledge Web", at a time when the technological possibilities did not equal the vision.
"With the knowledge web," he writes, "humanity's accumulated store of information will become more accessible, more manageable, and more useful. Anyone who wants to learn will be able to find the best and the most meaningful explanations of what they want to know. Anyone with something to teach will have a way to reach those who want to learn. Teachers will move beyond their present role as dispensers of information and become guides, mentors, facilitators, and authors. The knowledge web will make us all smarter. The knowledge web is an idea whose time has come."
"Aristotle" is available on EDGE along with "Reality Club" responses (to date) by Douglas Rushkoff, Marc D. Hauser, Stewart Brand, Jim O'Donnell, Jaron Lanier, Bruce Sterling, Roger Schank, George Dyson, Howard Gardner, Seymour Papert, Freeman Dyson, Esther Dyson, Kai Krause.
Worlds, not stories – dataviz as a macroscope to understand the world
according to Markus Denker, 27-Sep-2002
There is now a
German "squeakland-de" Mailinglist. The idea is to have a list for all people interested to use Squeak in German-speaking schools. The list was set up only some weeks ago, traffic is low and there are not yet many subscribers (maybe 5 teachers and 4 other squeakers). But it's a start.
(side-note: This list was set up because we (Markus Gaelli and Markus Denker) got asked to do a short article about Squeak for a
German book about "Free Software in Schools". The interesting thing is that this book is published by a german federal government agency and will be available at allmost no cost (EUR 1.50). The book isn't released yet, but it should get released later this year.)
We (some squeakers from Germany) have started to set up a non-profit, member-based local organisation to support Squeak use and development in Germany.
We are not yet officialy registerd, but we hope to have something going early next year.
More information (in German)
Open souce project based on the ideas of Raskin’s book The Humane Interface.