Month: April 2013

No Teachers

We’re pretty amazing creatures… Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves | MIT Technology Review: “Earlier this year, OLPC workers dropped off closed boxes containing the tablets, taped shut, with no instruction. ‘I thought the kids would play with the boxes. Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, found the on-off switch … powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within two …

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Origami iPad

I love the Incase Origami case/stand… Review: The Origami Workstation for iPad — Shawn Blanc: “Well, why not just use the iPad’s smart cover, and carry around the keyboard by itself? I’m glad you asked. For one the Workstation allows me to use the iPad with keyboard on my lap (for times I’m sitting in a conference room or an airport terminal). Secondly, the Workstation offers a sturdier support for the iPad than the Smart …

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Google Now and All

One of the best posts that Jason has made in a long while… Google’s Fiber Takeover Plan Expands: Will Kill Cable & Carriers   – LAUNCH –: “Google is going to kill AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and the cable companies. Kids don’t talk on the phone and they don’t have a ton of money. If they can be reasonably sure they’ll have a wifi network, then they are simply not going to sign up for …

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Google Kills Its Affiliate Network

In yet another round of Google Spring Cleaning surprises, GAN hits the chopping block (to the surprise of many in the affiliate marketing world including myself): An update on Google Affiliate Network | Google Affiliate Network: “Our goal with Google Affiliate Network has been to help advertisers and publishers improve their performance across the affiliate ecosystem. Cost-per-action (CPA) marketing has rapidly evolved in the last few years, and we’ve invested significantly in CPA tools like …

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NASA’s Education Budget Cuts

Half a penny of every federal dollar goes to NASA… NASA 2014 Budget: More for Asteroids, Less for Planets and Education – BadAstronomy: Continuing the bad news, education takes a big hit, going from $137 million to $94 million, a 33 percent cut. Shame on us.

What if Kurt Cobain Hadn’t Committed Suicide?

One of those questions I ponder frequently (having been a tween of the early 90’s and having frequently used his music as benchmarks in my life): Nirvana – The In Utero Concert 1993 – Full Length Film Mrs Loosemore has taught me that it’s good to have a list of things not understandable.

CourseSmart and Dumbing Down Teaching

I had to wince to make it through this article and visibly groaned when I read this: Teacher Knows if You’ve Done the E-Reading – NYTimes: “CourseSmart is owned by Pearson, McGraw-Hill and other major publishers, which see an opportunity to cement their dominance in digital textbooks by offering administrators and faculty a constant stream of data about how students are doing. In the old days, teachers knew if students understood the course from the …

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Transat Font

I like… 23 Beautiful Fonts Released Last Month: “A geometric sans serif typeface, with caps inspired by Art Deco signage found inside the ‘Gare Maritime’ ocean liner terminals in both Le Havre and Cherbourg, France, in the early 1930s.”

Trying to Fix What Is Not Broken

Sad and true across the landscape of education (public and private)… “Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’” – Washington Post: “My profession is being demeaned by a pervasive atmosphere of distrust, dictating that teachers cannot be permitted to develop and administer their own quizzes and tests (now titled as generic “assessments”) or grade their own students’ examinations. The development of plans, choice of lessons and the materials to be employed are increasingly …

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Links and the Persistance of Memories

Doc Searls riffing off of Dave Winer’s post about the history of podcasts here… Doc Searls Weblog · Why durable links matter: “We can find these historic details because links have at least a provisional permanence to them. They are, literally, paths to locations. Thanks to those, we can document the history we make, and learn from it as well.” As usual, Searls says some incredibly important things (and gives some great links such as Anil Dash’s …

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