I feel like I'm running a column at this point ("reporting from the front lines... I'm Nara Kasbergen"), but I think it's important for everyone to be aware of what's going on.
Last week was one of the worst weeks in a while in the feminism-in-tech debate. If you're active on Twitter, you probably saw some tweets about. Here are the most relevant/best reads about the situation:
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5391667 and https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5399065
Adobe is hosting a free webinar on using Adobe Connect 9 for virtual classrooms:
Virtual Tour of Adobe Connect 9 for Virtual Classrooms
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 1:00:00 PM EDT - 2:00:00 PM EDT
You will learn how Connect provides an interactive and engaging virtual classroom for delivering training.
You will also discover:
- Customizable virtual classroom layouts
- Instant access
- Breakout rooms...
I encountered this wonderful article called Jailbreaking the Degree by David Blake. Reflecting on my own past as a student and the brief experience in teaching, I cannot agree more with the article.
The article used an analogy between taking courses and downloading digital songs in iTune. Whereas purchases on digital albums have increased smoothly to 104,800,000, purchases on digital singles have rocketed to 1,306,200,000 since 2004. The author argues...
I just read on Inside Higher Ed about an experimental social learning component that Stanford is adding to one of their most popular iTunes U courses (iPad and iPhone Application Development).
They are using the platform Piazza, which Megha reviewed on the EdLab blog last summer...
As online learning becomes more normal, there is a growing need for research and training on effective online teaching. Last week, TIME magazine published a story about Jane Good, a full-time online K-12 science teacher in Colorado. She teaches 125 middle and high schoolers at the 21st Century Virtual Academy, part of JeffCo public schools. Good shares some thought-provoking reflections on the benefits and challenges of the virtual classroom.
There are man...
For all of you EdLab runners, here's a snazzy new infographic from REI on Running Style and Your Shoes:
Last night I was looking through the day's posts on Fark.com and noticed a link to a blog post about Facebook marketing. Because we've been talking a lot about marketing and promoting our products over the last few days, especially in our Tuesday meeting that I gave the post a read.
The post, Joseph Perla Was Wrong About Facebook Advertising, is a response to another
What is Web Worker ? < Wikipedia definition >
Why Web Workers ?
In case you missed it, Vialogues user Jenny Luca created an informative, concise, and accurate tutorial on how to use Vialogues that I posted... on Vialogues (so meta!).
Jenny is the Head of Information Services at Toorak College near Melbourne, Australia. In addition, she publishes a blog that chronicles her usage of new educational technologies. She is critical and thoughtful in her reviews and, given her experience within the edtech realm, readers can have confidence in her recommendations. We had the good fortune to be featured in a positive light
TechCrunch is kicking off a series on strategy and startups. This one is worth a read to think through why certain startups succeed vs. others and why incumbent companies struggle to keep up with disruptive technologies.
The author cites Clayton Christensen's Innovator's Dilemma as a good framework to understand.
Quoting from blog: "The innovator's dilemma discusses a situation in which there are established incumbents in a specif...