Monthly Archives: January 2012

Higher Ed Venture Cap, Crowdsourcing essay grading

A Step Forward? Bertelsmann & Others Back $100 Million Venture Fund For Innovative Education


Advancing the Open Front

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Distraction is our friend

Interesting thoughts — civic engagement taught in composition/rhetoric via blog posts

Distraction is our friend

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Edu-tweets, #edchat

Pithy paths to collaboration using twitter

Chatters determine the topic to be discussed each week by voting in an online poll. They mark their tweets with the hashtag #edchat, making it easy for anyone to search for the conversation, read in and contribute.

And beyond twitter — storify

Just as Storify was created by going beyond Twitter, it encourages users to go beyond journalism, pulling from a diversity of sources, rather than using a single medium, such as a blog post, print story or a video. And, Herman says, this is just the beginning


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1% Education Solution, platform and pipes cost more than you think

Gizmodo : You can’t afford Apple’s Education Revolution

while iBooks are very affordable textbooks, the iPad makes for one insanely expensive backpack

What all this adds up to is a education revolution for the landed gentry. Or even worse, schools that can’t afford it chasing a wave that’s years away from cresting. Millions of dollars spent on a supplementary learning tool. A distant horizon mistaken for the here and now.

WP : AT&T increases data plans for tablets, smartphones

If you think iPads will give k12 students at chance at interactive, remote learning — look at the cost

With the largest $50 tablet plan, you can watch about three and a half hours of YouTube videos in a month.

And, the cost will continue rise —

“Customers are using more data than ever before,” said David Christopher, AT&T’s chief marketing officer in a news release. “Our new plans are driven by this increasing demand in a highly competitive environment.”

And, if AT&T has its way with state law, it will be near impossible for local governments to create wifi environments to lower that cost.  For example, look at what the Wisconsin legislation does to the university system’s internetwork (WiscNet and PeachNet are very similar).

The legislation would also prohibit UW System campuses from supporting WiscNet, a cooperative that brings high-speed Internet to most schools and libraries across the state. Campus leaders say they fear the change could cripple the network. […] But Republican lawmakers say the university should not be in the business of providing telecommunications services.


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Ten Books to Read about Internet

From John Naughton’s top 10 books about the internet

So, in the end, I asked myself the question: what would you really need to know in order to understand the significance of the internet?  The answer is that you need to understand a smallish number of Big Ideas.  But how many? Then I remembered a famous paper published by the psychologist George Miller which argued that on average people can hold seven discrete ideas (plus or minus two) in short-term memory.  This led to the idea of a book with nine chapters – the nine things you really need to know about the net. If you’re interested, it’s a good idea to read the following 10 books as well.”

Interesting — add these to the reading list…

  1. The Internet Galaxy by Manuel Castells
  2. The Wealth of Networks by Yochai Benkler
  3. The Future of the Internet, and How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain
  4. Transmission by Hari Kunzru
  5. Reamde by Neal Stephenson
  6. You are not a gadget by Jaron Lanier
  7. by Cass Sunstein
  8. The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov
  9. Darwin Among the Machines: the evolution of global intelligence by George Dyson
  10. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig

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BYOT, Apples and books

A North Canton Ohio High School encourages students “Bring their own devices

The plan, according to the U.S. Department of Education website, “calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement.”

Fayette County Schools (Ga) experiment letting kids use smartphones to study

Comments from readers include:

There are schools that hopefully will share their success and failure at using the ‘new’ technology.

If my student’s cell phone is lost or stolen, is the BOE going to replace it?


  • 10:38 am “They’re extremely heavy. Students will just quit bringing them to class.”
  • 10:38 am “With US history, they print a book and it’s outdated as soon as it comes out.”

Apple unveiled today iBooks 2, a “new textbook experience” for the iPad and the company’s attempt to bury traditional schoolbooks.

 Isaacson noted that Jobs had “set his sights on textbooks,” seeing the $8 billion a year business as something that was “ripe for destruction.”

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Creating relevant learning opportunities – Market tips to consider

The trouble with business books is that they don’t update in real time.

David Rowan writes in on Ten Key trends in Digital Tech.  Topics spur interesting thoughts regarding the need to redesign post-secondary, and perhaps secondary, education.


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