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Follow link to the source (Mark Brumley)

First week’s assignment is to explain and discuss what is happening technically when setting up my domain, webhost and blog.  I know that when I register a ‘unique’ text-based domain name it will, with help from some TCP/IP protocols, be changed into a number-based IP address to identify the website location on a nameserver supplied by a webhost.  If you host your own server you need a static IP address and some database knowledge, but luckily you can create a free blog on a web server that includes open source blogging software, i.e. WordPress or Blogger.  You can also pay a domain name registrar to get your own domain, which allow domain pointing to your web hosting space. 

I’m acting as webmaster for several company web pages, but within education and teaching I have always encouraged free services and software.  My blog on has some restriction on ‘Third-Party Applications’, but automatically handles spam and updates.  This mean I can focus on the content! 

During ds106 I’ve created a sub domain called, which gives me freedom to develop more advanced assignments.


This my video presentation of the second section in The Educator Prophet, issue#01. This is part of my Major Digital Project in EC&I Fall 2011
The content is focused on how features of communities are expressed in a learning network and how knowledge can be recognized as an emergent pattern in the network. Finally we will investigate how performance in a social network or domain of knowledge can be developed in education.

Month03 Insights:

  • Soft stuff, hard stuff, and invisible elephants (Jon Dron)
  • Slow learning (Clark Quinn)
  • Authentic learning (Jan Herrington)

Month03 Thoughts:


Month03 Questions:

This my video presentation of the first section in The Educator Prophet, issue#01. This is part of my Major Digital Project in EC&I Fall 2011
The content is focused on how Networked Learning is expressed as Digital Identity.

Major Digital Project (eci831)

I have participated as a non-credit student in ‘ECI831 Fall 2011’ and one outcome of this course is to develop a ‘Major Digital Project’ related to technology in teaching and learning. My idea was to demonstrate how teachers can create a digital representation of their experience and reflections with help from online tools.

Project Description:
I have made a Webzine called “The Educator Prophet” mainly with the tools Issuu and Pixlr.  The idea was a spin-off from the magic newspaper “The Daily Prophet” in J. K. Rowlings books ‘Harry Potter’.  Where there are talking and moving images that interact with the reader.  Another main thought was to use free ‘open learning’ tools that will be available over time.  Basically the work I’ve done is a collage with images and text, similar to a mind map.  The online picture editor allow you to grab sources from the web add comments and then I can, in the tool for publicizing, add links to sources or reference material.  The images can be re-used in presentations or lessons and the PDF-format can be downloaded or distributed with Slideshare.  For the more advanced user an online demonstration can be done in LiveStream and the recording can then be uploaded to YouTube.  During the session the participants can join the back-log with the use of a hash-tag on Twitter and when watching the recording anyone can add their comments.

Final Project Reflections:
I wanted to stimulate creativity and take away the focus from the technology, but in my case I was definitely stuck in time consuming technology. The shared Dropbox folder was good to create instant access to ideas and saved images. Then the voice-over was edited with Audacity and I’m going to make ‘clickable’ recordings in the Issuu presentation that was collected during the online seminars.  The second edition of “The Educator Prophet” will hopefully be easier to put together.  It will be reflections on George Siemens presentation “Sensemaking and Wayfinding in Complex Information Environments”, Stephen Downes “The Role of Educator in a Networked World”  and the Wrap-up of EC&I 831

Many people have experienced the spinning sensation after an amusement park ride or after spinning around for a period of time and then stopping quickly.  Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness where the person feel as if the room were spinning, which gets worse with head movement.  The person might have visual disturbances, weakness, difficulty speaking, a decreased level of consciousness, and difficulty walking.  Dizziness and vertigo are not diseases in themselves. They are symptoms which indicate that something is wrong and can have different causes. 


Four ‘Vestibular Nuclei’ (superior, lateral, medial, and inferior) provide us with the ability to maintain balance while standing or walking.  They are located in the brainstem, within an area in the lower rear part of the brain connected to the spinal cord.  During ‘Vestibular Neuronitis’ there is an inflammation of the vestibular nerve which carries sensory data from the inner ear about head movement.

In Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale “The Princess and the Pea”, a princess is unable to get a good night’s sleep because a pea has been placed under her 20 mattresses piled high.

Today there is no excuse to not choose an ergonomic mattress, designed to conform to the spine’s natural curves and to keep the spine in alignment when you lay down.  A normal mattress does not sufficiently adjust to your body and lead to bad blood circulation and numb arms.  Tests have shown that an ergonomic mattress will allow 25% more ‘deep sleep’ than a standard mattress.

My mattress is a bit outdated, but still in good condition and I decided to go for a top mattress that provide the orthopaedic and anatomic properties of new materials and technologies.  The main core consists of 8 cm of POLYFLEX foam with wavy surface, high density (30 kg/m3) and elasticity.  This model has an outer cover of the Belgian jacquard fabric DESLEE CLAMA, lined with anti allergic wadding of silicone, and quilted with SPUN BOND non-woven fabric.  The wave like geometry of the core ensures comfort, while helping the relaxation of the muscles and the blood circulation.  The structure of multitude of open cells of the mattress, allows it to “breathe” guaranteeing maximal air permeability and the air circulation prevents overheating.  The mattress can be reversed by season – a softer winter side envelops sleepers and a firmer summer side lets sleepers rest on top of the mattress covers for a cooler, more refreshing sleep.

Month02 Insights

  • Managing technology to transform teaching (Tony Bates)
  • OER for learning (Rory McGreal)
  • Triangulating, weaving and connecting our learning (Nancy White)
  • Rhizomatic Learning – Why do we teach? (Dave Cormier)
  • Learning in times of abundance (Erik Duval)

Month02 Thoughts:

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Month02 Questions:

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Swedish Mince Pie

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup whole grain flour
  • 125 g butter
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 400 g minced meat
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. tomato purée
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  •  3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup parmesan or other hard, grating cheese

Preheat oven to 220°C.  Mix the flour and room-temperature butter with your fingers, the whole grain flour adds nutrient value.  Add cold water 1 tbsp. at a time until mixture just begins to clump together then roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface.  Place onto a pie plate and prick the bottom of the crust with a fork.  Prepare the filling while the pastry dough chills for 15-30 minutes.

In a large frying pan, brown the mince and onion and keep breaking up as it cooks. Now add wine and stir in the tomato purée, oregano then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Turn down the heat and simmer until the mixture is thick and the liquid is absorbed.

Pre-bake the crust for 10 minutes after the edge has been covered with an aluminium foil liner.  Remove the aluminium foil and put the filling in the bottom.  Mix eggs and cream and milk in a bowl and beat until frothy. Add grated cheese and pour over the filling.  Reduce the oven temperature to 200°C and bake for 30-40 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool 15-20 minutes.

This is a ning site dedicated to the support of a Personal Learning Network for Educators.  The idea is to share useful links and promote events.


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