21 septembre 2018

Social Software Reader

Social Software Reader
Nice list of useful readings on the topic of social software. Seb's faves from this list include Stowe Boyd: Are you ready for Social Software, GBN/Shirky: Social Software and the Next Big Phase of the Internet, Lee Bryant: Smarter, Simpler, Social, and the SocialSoftware page on Meatball Wiki. More...

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Florida Dorms Lock Out P2P Users

Florida Dorms Lock Out P2P Users
Stopping students from sharing files is a good thing, right? Consider this method: "Icarus then scans their computer, detects any worms, viruses or programs that act as a server, such as Kazaa. Students are then given instructions on how to disable offending programs." Essentially, the program prevents any file sharing, not merely the sharing of copyright files, and it does so by monitoring individual computers. More...

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Unintended Consequences: Five Years Under the DMCA

Unintended Consequences: Five Years Under the DMCA
Good overview of the impact of the digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), including links to and descriptions of dozens of cases ranging from the fights over garage door openera and tonor cartridges to the censorship of Slashdot and 2600 to the charges and lawsuits against individuals. More...

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In Search of Solutions for Scholarly Publishing

In Search of Solutions for Scholarly Publishing
Trandscript of the discussion with Cathy Davidson, author of the article Understanding the Economic Burden of Scholarly Publishing, covered here last week. Some fascinating (and puzzling) comments: "In the short run, once commercial publishers find they cannot price-gauge, I'm sure they will get out of the business." Um, no, that's not how it works. More...

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OUP supports Oxford University Library Services "Open Archives" Initiative

OUP supports Oxford University Library Services "Open Archives" Initiative
The Oxford University Press has more to lose than most by posting its articles for free online. Nonetheless, it has decided to post OUP articles by Oxford University professors for free online access. More...

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States Put The Brakes On Prepaid Tuition

States Put The Brakes On Prepaid Tuition Plans
You may recall my somewhat less than warm reception to pre-paid tuition plans several weeks ago. It turns out that I was not the only one to have misgivings and several states have now called a halt to the program before it turns into a nightmare. More...

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Benefactor withdraws $200 million for charters

Benefactor withdraws $200 million for charters
Why, one might ask, would there be "legislative bickering" over a proposal to spend $200 million building 15 charter schools? Well, let's look at this the other way: why didn't philanthropist Bob Thompson donate $200 million to the Detroit area school boards to spend where it was most needed? It's one thing to be generous; it's quite another to use your wealth to circumvent the normal process of having voters decide priorities and having experts identify solutions. More...

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The BBC - Educational Resources

The BBC - Educational Resources
In a natural follow-up to last week's look at the educational resources offered by Australia Broadcasting, Web Tools looks today at the British Broadcasting Corporation's generous array of offerings. The BBC has had to cross a number of hurdles en route to providing free online learning content, and these are documented here. More...

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Professor Warcraft

Professor Warcraft
Games are better educators than you think, argues the author, and the evidence for this is the deep knowledge gamers have of fictional worlds. "The fact that they generally teach us about fictional worlds or nonacademic issues is secondary to the fact that history, literature, geography, art, and pretty much anything else can be taught effectively in a game environment." The author contrasts current trends in e-learning - "affordable, disposable learning modules so easy and cheap to create that it's better to produce new courses than update old ones" - and suggests that games could adapt to this world. In the gaming community, the equivalent of a learning object is a 'mod' - a player-authored replacement for an original part of the game. More...

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Guidance on Teaching the Gifted and Talented

Guidance on Teaching the Gifted and Talented
When I was in grade 9 or 10, our teachers herded a group of us into a room and announced their intent to form what they called the Alpha Club for the school's gifted or advanced students. In retrospect, that wasn't the best name, and in any event, nothing ever followed the initial meeting. More...

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