Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Burke's Day the Universe Changed has been posted as a streaming and downloadable podcast (though NOT by JB, as the page indicates). http://clickcaster.com/daytheuniversechanged
This series has been hard to find in the past.

A number of people have volunteered lately to work on the open source version of K-Web, and we are continuing to work on the TheBrain version as well. Java programmers and systems administrators in particular are needed.

JB has created a new list of objects, so content writers are needed too!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

We're making progress on TheBrain version of K-Web but could use more programming help. Email me if you'd like to help pmmckerc@ucsc.edu

A major hurdle that teachers need to cope with in using K-Web is the restrictions put on them, not to mention the pressure, of high-stakes testing. Here's a funny song about this not-terribly-amusing problem: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6705929

In true K-web spirit, it's by Tom Chapin, brother of Harry, a fine artist and great humanitarian. Their grandfather was Kenneth Burke, genius autodidact philosopher who reinvented the field of rhetoric in the last century (and my personal hero). Burke wrote for The Dial, founded by Margaret Fuller (chum of Emerson and Thoreau), whose descendent was Buckminster Fuller, another persoanl hero.