Author Archives: NetMan

This is the end (and a new beginning)…

After four years of operation a circle has come to an end… The notion of a hybrid society is not as close to my thinking, as it was before…

A new circle begins at Learningecologies.net, builting on the work of hybridsociety.wordpress.com.

By Fubar Obfusco [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Janus: the god of the transitions. A head looking back at the past and another one looking at the forthcoming. Placed usually in bridges and doors. By Fubar Obfusco [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Lifeworld – Lebenswelt

A very nice  Wikipedia article for Lebenswelt:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifeworld


virtual classroom

http://www.khanacademy.org/

 

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Missing library.nu: obscurantism of the modern era

http://ekendraonline.com/edu/library-nu-closure-3293.html

Library.nu, aka ebooksclub.org, aka gigapedia.com finally shut down. I learnt about library.nu about 2 years before and I knew from the first time it would close sooner or later. I was impressed of continuing its service. I heard various explanations like “its server is located at Sweden so it is protected by copyright laws.

I think copyright laws, initially aiming at protecting individuals and their rights, now turned to protect profits of large firms while inhibiting knowledge dissemination. Authors must be paid for their work but some companies are getting enormous profits while other people cannot afford the price. I don’t see any reason for a pdf version of a book to be sold more than 1-2 dollars.

I think library.nu is an innovative idea in books dissemination, both in terms of functioning and user interface. Now a vast number of people around the world know from direct experience how knowledge dissemination should have been and this fact cannot be revoked.  I hope our Society to reach a point where such a site will be legal, with book prices of 1 dollar or less. An 1 dollar library… Till then let’s enjoy the obscurantism of the modern era.


Plagiarism Checkers

http://copyscape.com/

http://www.doccop.com/index.html?nc=0.18362667

http://www.plagiarismdetect.com/

http://www.reprintwriters.com/copyright-checker/check.php

http://info.icopyright.com/

http://www.attributor.com/

http://www.plagium.com/index.cfm?mode=text

http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stopping-internet-plagiarism/1-how-to-find-plagiarism/

blogpost:

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/top-online-plagiarism-checkers-protect-your-content/7931/


A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html

http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/

By Drawing: Leyla Dilmen (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Drawing by: Leyla Dilmen (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons


WikiDashboard

WikiDashboard is a graphical tool that allow searching Wikipedia articles showing a graphical distribution of edits and editors preceding each article.. Quite useful because this distribution can help you to decide about the validity of an article..

http://wikidashboard.appspot.com

http://wikidashboard.appspot.com/static/about.html

http://asc-parc.blogspot.com/search/label/wikipedia