01 juillet 2016

Can a Classroom Be a Family? Race, Space, and the Labour of Care in Urban Teaching

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Can a Classroom Be a Family? Race, Space, and the Labour of Care in Urban Teaching
Kathleen Gallagher, Canadian Journal of Education, 2016/07/01
"Does the idea of 'family' as a pedagogical compass get a classroom more efficiently from one idea to another, or safely through the sometimes turbulent seawaters and challenging relationships of an urban classroom?" asks  Kathleen Gallagher. "I arrive ultimately at a qualified yes," she writes. More...

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Business Leaders Have Abandoned the Middle Class

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Business Leaders Have Abandoned the Middle Class
Umair Haque, Harvard Business Review, 2016/07/01

It's so nice to see Umair Haque emerge from the shadows, so to speak. And isn't this true of education. More...

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Awesome AWS

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Awesome AWS
Donne Martin, GitHub, 2016/06/20

If you don't write software this will be almost completely useless to you, but you might want to browse anyways just to see the impressive list of languages and services supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS) software development kits (SDKs). More...

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Does EdTech have an ethos? And why should I care?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Does EdTech have an ethos? And why should I care?
Jim Groom, Maha Bali, AMICAL Consortium, 2016/06/20

Presentation by Jim Groom and Maha Bali; this link is to the supporting blog post. They depart from the premise that “it’s not about the technology,” or “it’s not about the tool!” As they write, "While it sounds good as a slogan, it is actually a pretty ridiculous statement in this day and age. More...

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Canada’s New Plan on Open Government 2016-2018

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Canada’s New Plan on Open Government 2016-2018
Government of Canada, 2016/06/20

The area of most interest to me is in regard to open access of scientific data and publications. This is addressed in Commitment 14, and recommends that we:

  • Increase engagement with Canadians on federal S&T activities, including, as appropriate:
    • Enhanced communication of scientific participation opportunities in support of federal S&T activities; and
    • Targeted consultations on best practices for increasing the impact of federal S&T activities.
  • Develop and implement an open access policy for scientific research funded through grants and contributions.
  • Work toward the development of policies on digital data management for research funded through the Granting Councils. More...

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The DAO: An Analysis of the Fallout

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The DAO: An Analysis of the Fallout
Michael del Castillo, Coindesk, 2016/06/20
Not long ago I linked to and described the DAO, a bockchain-based corporation employing a system called Ethereum to create 'smart contracts' to crowd-source startup funding. This week the system was hacked barely weeks after being launched, with millions of 'ethers' worth $US 50 million drained from its accounts. Today a second attack drained even more money. More...

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Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational texts

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational texts
Nigel Hunt, CBC, 2016/06/20

We may finally have reached the tipping point with respect to open access educational content (it's not the sort of thing I can put on my resumé but I derive tremendous satisfaction from this). "A few years ago, Emond Publishing sold more than $1 million worth of books to high schools annually. More...

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DOAJ. Now with added PLoS

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. DOAJ. Now with added PLoS
Press Release, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), 2016/06/17

One of the really important aspects of open access publishing is making the articles easy to find, read and cite. After all, the whole point of academic publishing is that the articles actually be read. More...

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A Handy Guide on How to Download Old Coursera Courses Before They Disappear

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Handy Guide on How to Download Old Coursera Courses Before They Disappear
Dan Colman, Open Culture, 2016/06/17
You wouldn't think this would be necessary, but then would wouldn't think we'd see a lot of the things we've seen in this field. More...

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Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion
Jay Greene, Anne Steele, Wall Street Journal, 2016/06/13

Last week, I got an email telling me to change my password because the LinkedIn database had been hacked. Today, Microsoft is buying the company. No, I'm not saying the events are linked. More...

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