Teens vastly prefer YouTube and Netflix to TV, don't mind ads, report finds

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Teens vastly prefer YouTube and Netflix to TV, don't mind ads, report finds
Saba Hamedy, Mashable, 2016/04/01

I always take it with a grain of salt when a report says people don't mind ads. People always mind ads. More...

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What’s the Difference Between a VPN and a Proxy?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What’s the Difference Between a VPN and a Proxy?
Jason Fitzpatrick, How-to-Geek, 2016/03/31
Useful and clearly explained description of how VPNs and proxies differ, and what they're best used for. With a proxy, you simply route your internet traffic through another server; there is no encryption, but it hides where your original request is coming from. More...

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Hyper Island Toolbox

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Hyper Island Toolbox
Hyper Island, 2016/03/30

I'm always on the lookoput for collections of things that would be useful (if unexpected) things to import into a personal learning environment. This, I think, qualifies. How would these work? I'm not sure. More...

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Instagram changes cause growing backlash among posters

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Instagram changes cause growing backlash among posters
BBC News, 2016/03/30

There's an interesting lesson to be found in the backlash to changes being implemented by Instagram. The photo sharing site has traditionally employed a reverse-chronological listing of recent photos. More...

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Here are Google, Amazon and Facebook’s Secrets to Hiring the Best

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Here are Google, Amazon and Facebook’s Secrets to Hiring the Best People
Sarah Cooper, The Cooper Review, 2016/03/29

If this article is accurate (and there's no real reason to think it isn't) then it speaks against the idea of career preparation based simply on competencies. More...

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What is 'Digital Wellbeing'?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What is 'Digital Wellbeing'?
Helen Beetham, HelenB's e-learning blog, 2016/03/28
"My work on the experiences of digital students had already led me to question what it means to thrive in a learning environment that is saturated with digital technologies," writes Helen Beetham. And I think the exploration of digital well-being is a good idea. But as is so often the case with educational researchers (maybe social science in general) the primary output is a hierarchy and a taxonomy. More...

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Classic 1939 book on graphs in its entirety

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Classic 1939 book on graphs in its entirety
Nathan Yau, Flowing Data, 2016/03/28
Flowing Data writes, "Willard Cope Brinton is credited as one of the pioneers of information visualization, and I just found out his 1939 book Graphic Presentation is available in its entirety at the Internet Archive. You can download it in various formats. The book was an update to his previous book from 25 years prior, Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts. It’s also at the Archive." More...

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How Pearson plans to force student participation and hurt creativity

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How Pearson plans to force student participation and hurt creativity
Stephen Krashen, SKrashen, 2016/03/28

I do the New York Times crossword on a regular basis. Just as in the Poincare example described by Stephen Krashen in this article, I've found that if I'm stuck on a clue, or on a section, if I turn away from it for a bit - sometimes just a few moments - and come back later, the answer is right there. More...

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Types And Tokens

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Types And Tokens
Stephen Downes, Mar 27, 2016.

Naming things, counting things, generalizing over things - these are really useful tools we have created for ourselves in language and in thought to make the world easier to navigate. More...

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