Now that was a podcast. Took a while to kick in, the first 40-50 minutes included alot of babbling by yours truly with some pretty cool backchannel action, and then the inestimable Barbara Sawhill came in and started taking names. Harold joined in along with Art Gelwicks Jeff Flynn and I and we debated the place of the LMS, the PLE in terms of privacy, the real and whether the whole damn this is just a waste of time.
I gotta say, this debate is really working its way in my mind. Just put â€˜die lmsâ€™ into google and see what happens. Leigh has started one of those meme viruses i heard about at the pop tech conference. And with good reason i think. Iâ€™m not yet sure that i agree with him, iâ€™ve yet to either get a direct answer to my objections (my fault, as George Siemens said, i more implied (think he meant babbled) rather than expressly stated them) or managed to get my mind around the implications of the the exit of the LMS. Letâ€™s do a little imaginingâ€¦
Leigh Blackall kills the LMS
in other newsâ€¦ PLE on its deathbed
The LMS was found dead this morning, slain by a series of determined attacks by a group of blog wearing thugs lead by Leigh Blackallâ€¦ The classroom has been left without any place to put their grades, to forum, to wiki, to read and hand in their assignments. Teachers everywhere are throwing caution to the wind, and spreading out over the internet. An assignment popped up in the footer of cnn.com, linuxquestions.org was swamped with 6 year olds looking for a pen pal and fark.com has started itâ€™s own internet ethics course based on a discussion of the follies of others.â€œReally!â€, was all Josie Fraser was able to harrumph when she found 50957 comments in her last edtechuk post all from 14 year olds claiming to have an â€˜educational blogâ€™ and therfore demanding their chance to vote for themselves in the edublog awards.
â€œChaos is on the march,â€ an anonymous Blackall was reported to have blogged, â€œand not the silly anarchic chaos either, the real kind, the kind that my quantum mechanics prof used to talk about.â€ Leighâ€™s blog is currently down, of course, as the influx of 35 million new members have done the blogger service in for the forseeable future.
(unfortunately, i must runâ€¦ more news tomorrowâ€¦ any alternative interpretations?)