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Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables » Room of Ben’s Own

November 2nd, 2009

From Room of Ben’s Own
Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables
Edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming in 2010

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The recent 100 year anniversary of the first publication of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables has inspired renewed interest in one of Canada’s most beloved fictional icons. The international appeal of the red-haired orphan has not diminished over the past century, and the cultural meanings of her story continue to grow and change. The original essays in Anne’s World offer fresh and timely approaches to issues of culture, identity, health, and globalization as they apply to Montgomery’s famous character and to today’s readers.

In conversation with each other and with the work of previous experts, the contributors to Anne’s World discuss topics as diverse as Anne in fashion, the global industry surrounding Anne, how the novel can be used as a tool to counteract depression, and the possibility that Anne suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Anne in translation and its adaptation for film and television are also considered. By establishing new ways to examine one of popular culture’s most beloved characters, the essays of Anne’s World demonstrate the timeless and ongoing appeal of L.M. Montgomery’s writing.

Contributors: Ranbir K. Banwait, Richard Cavell, Alison Matthews David, Irene Gammel, Carole Gerson, Helen Hoy, Huifeng Hu, Benjamin Lefebvre, Alexander MacLeod, Leslie McGrath, Mary Jeanette Moran, Jason Nolan, Andrew O’Malley, Margaret Steffler, Kimberly Wahl.

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Benjamin Lefebvre, LM Montgomery, Social Tech for Children

The Bath 1, 2 & 3

October 25th, 2009

The Bath 1 (with Mr Pants)
The Bath 2

The Bath 3

Mixed media (photo and digital painting) one on the iphone with Brushes and Photoshop PE apps.



September 27th, 2009

iNudge Rules. It reminds me of the great exploratorium of years ago that I was obsessed with. This is my little version of patterns. You click on the boxes in the right column to see the patterns, and in the lower left is the volume curve. If it is dark but the button below it is pressed, I’ve muted that channel. You can click on the button and that pattern will turn on.

This is great as it allows children to create riffs and share them, and other people can mod them as well… does just what it says… allows children to explore sounds and music patterns.

Music, Science Education, Social Tech for Children, Song Child

Back to school with RIAA-funded copyright curriculum – Ars Technica

September 19th, 2009

Back to school with RIAA-funded copyright curriculum – Ars Technica

School kids in America could certainly stand to learn about copyright in the classroom—it’s a fascinating topic that increasingly impacts the life of every “digital native” and intersects with law, history, art, and technology. But should they be exposed to industry-funded materials meant to teach kids:

That taking music without paying for it (“songlifting”) is illegal and unfair to others (RIAA)
Why illegally downloading music hurts more people than they think (ASCAP)
How the DVD-sniffing dogs, Lucky and Flo, help uncover film piracy (MPAA)
To use problem-solving approaches to investigate and understand film piracy (The Film Foundation)
The importance of using legal software as well as the meaning of copyright laws and why it’s essential to protect copyrighted works such as software (Business Software Alliance)
If this sounds more like “propaganda” than “education,” that’s probably because Big Content funds such educational initiatives to decrease what it variously refers to in these curricula as “songlifting,” “bootlegging,” and “piracy.”

Actually, I think this is great. The best thing the RIAA has done ever. By making every child aware of the corporate interference with their culture and cultural expression, they’re giving kids the best opportunity to think differently and fight for cultural expression that is outside of their purview.

Learning Technology, Music, Social Tech for Children

Web-monitoring software gathers data on kid chats

September 8th, 2009

Just what we all need. What happened to TALKING to your kids and SHARING online experiences?

In June, EchoMetrix unveiled a separate data-mining service called Pulse that taps into the data gathered by Sentry software to give businesses a glimpse of youth chatter online. While other services read publicly available teen chatter, Pulse also can read private chats. It gathers information from instant messages, blogs, social networking sites, forums and chat rooms. … Parents who don’t want the company to share their child’s information to businesses can check a box to opt out. But that option can be found only by visiting the company’s Web site, accessible through a control panel that appears after the program has been installed. It was not in the agreement contained in the Sentry Total Home Protection program The Associated Press downloaded and installed Friday.

No, we can just watch them from the office. I am totally supportive of technologies for vulnerable/special needs individuals, but not when we’re talking about invasive snooping. One more way to keep kids from growing up. Silly.

lj, Social Tech for Children, surveillance

Dolphin Digital Media is Invited to Participate At D.A.R.E International Training Conference

July 19th, 2009

Dolphin Digital Media is Invited to Participate At D.A.R.E International Training Conference

Dolphin Digital Media, Inc. (OTCBB:DPDM), a creator of secure social networking websites for children utilizing state-of the-art fingerprint identification technology, is pleased to announce its invitation to participate at the D.A.R.E. International Training Conference being held July 21-23, 2009 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida.

Employees of Dolphin Digital Media will highlight the company’s innovative fundraising plans for schools and charitable organizations as well as plans for establishing its family Internet solution — Dolphin Secure ( — in anticipation of its launch in the United States during Back-to-School 2009. Dolphin Secure gives parents tools to protect their children from online threats such as cyberbullying and unsolicited chat requests while they are using home computers.

“We’re excited to participate at the 2009 D.A.R.E. International Training Conference as we couldn’t think of a better venue to introduce ourselves to educators and law enforcement officials,” says Bill O’Dowd, Chairman and CEO of Dolphin Digital Media. “We’re looking forward to discussing exciting fundraising opportunities for both D.A.R.E and the various schools in which they serve, as well as ways in which Dolphin Secure can provide students with a safer online experience while using school computers,” he said.

D.A.R.E., the leading drug-resistance education program in the United States, will be introducing their new D.A.R.E. Middle School/Junior High curriculum titled “Keepin’ it REAL.” “Keepin’ it REAL” is a multi-cultural substance abuse and life skills curriculum developed by Arizona State University and The Pennsylvania State University with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Have a look at DDM’s work. It is very interesting. They fingerprint children and then children must use biometric scanners in order to access web sites. This is a way of keeping children safe from internet predators, based on the assumption that you can’t fake a biometric scanner (which has already been done by people getting past airport security fingerprinting in Japan).

Imagine yourself having grown up using your fingerprint as proof of who you are, and giving it to every corporation that asks for it. What kind of person would you grow up into? Probably just a person who thinks that biometric scanning and the use of personal information by corporations is just the way things are. Let’s turn it around… you have grown up in this world. You grew up in a world where various forms of institutions control your birth, education, work, leisure and death. Can you think of a single activity in your life that is not mediated by a corporation or institution? :)


Facebook sez, “Don’t mind us, we’re just whoring out your photos”

July 17th, 2009

Facebook sez, “Don’t mind us, we’re just whoring out your photos”. So, they can use YOUR photos, even the photos of your friends and children in advertisements, and yes, you gave them permission. Read the article to see how to turn it off though… Opt out, of course.

I would not be using facebook except that it is my job to know about social media. It is a really slimy operation.

Consumerism, Evil, Social Tech for Children

Security Fix – PCs Used in Korean DDoS Attacks May Self Destruct

July 10th, 2009

PCs Used in Korean DDoS Attacks May Self Destruct

There are signs that the concerted cyber attacks targeting U.S. and Korean government and commercial Web sites this past week are beginning to wane. Yet, even if the assaults were to be completely blocked tomorrow, the attackers could still have one last, inglorious weapon in their arsenal: New evidence suggests that the malicious code responsible for spreading this attack includes instructions to overwrite the infected PC’s hard drive.

According to Joe Stewart, director of malware research at SecureWorks, the malware that powers this attack — a version of the Mydoom worm — is designed to download a payload from a set of Web servers. Included in that payload is a Trojan horse program that overwrites the data on the hard drive with a message that reads “memory of the independence day,” followed by as many “u” characters as it takes to write over every sector of every physical drive attached to the compromised system.

Such an order would spell certain disaster for many tens of thousands of Microsoft Windows PCs. Several experts I spoke with yesterday and today estimated that between 60,000 and 100,000 systems may be infected with this potentially suicidal malware.

Evil, surveillance

Google Image Search Implements CC License Filtering – Creative Commons

July 9th, 2009

Google Image Search Implements CC License Filtering – Creative Commons
Today, Google officially launched the ability to filter search results using Creative Commons licenses inside their Image Search tool. It is now easy to restrict your Image Search results to find images which have been tagged with our licenses, so that you can find content from across the web that you can share, use, and even modify. Searches are also capable of returning content under other licenses, such as the GNU Free Documentation License, or images that are in the public domain.

To filter by CC search, go to Google’s advanced Image Search page and select the options you’d like in the “Usage rights” section. Your results will be restricted to images marked with CC licenses or other compatibly licensed photos.

CLD415, CLD419, Joi Ito, Social Tech for Children, surveillance

What If? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom | OPSBA

June 13th, 2009

What If? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom | OPSBA
On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association OPSBA released a Discussion Paper entitled: What If? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom. As school trustees we want to engage the province in a meaningful focused discussion about classrooms of the 21st century. We want to be part of developing a provincial vision and strategies that will make all our classrooms connected and relevant.

“Today’s students are leaders in the use of technology and we know they want their learning experiences in school to reflect this,” said Colleen Schenk, president of OPSBA. “Students want to take the technology they use in their daily lives and integrate it with how they learn. They want their learning clearly connected to the world beyond the school.”

The Discussion Paper asks the question: “How can schools continue to be connected and relevant in the world of the 21st century?” It explores the relationship between the use of technology and the scope for increasing the quality of teaching and learning.

Innovative use of technology is proliferating in our schools but it is not matching keeping pace with the integration of multi-media in the lives of our students and it is not offering a clear and preferred alternative to the flexibility of virtual schools. In a very real sense this challenge is not about machines and devices; it is about what learning should look like. For young people today learning occurs in a wider space and time. How do we in the school system facilitate learning in this wider sense?

Many students feel, however, that when they come into school they have to “power down” to fit into an environment that offers fewer options for learning than are available in the life they live outside of the school. This can erode students’ perceptions of the relevance of education as they experience it in many schools today. At the same time, students need the guidance and leadership of their teachers in judging the authenticity and worth of the information so readily available to them.

Teachers in many schools are using technology to support different learning styles and engage all learners, offering developmentally appropriate learning experiences through a variety of media. What is missing is a comprehensive set of guidelines for all teachers that describe how they would use technology to: promote innovative thinking and collaborative work; incorporate rich digital resources into student learning; employ varied assessment methods that can in turn improve learning; model ethical practices in the digital age and strengthen their own professional development.

At a time when the economy is shrinking, when there is again great pressure on the education dollar, it is more critical than ever to be strategic about allocating resources in ways that will make the greatest impact. OPSBA is asking all those who are concerned with education in the 21st century, and who are interested in how schools engage with students to prepare them for success in a highly connected world, to join the discussion.

CLD419, Learning Technology

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