George and I are attending the Teachers College Record Board Meeting this morning (Sunday, May 2, 2010). The festivities started with breakfast. There are about 18 board members at the ending.
Starting in Summer 2010, Brown University will adopt Google Apps for all faculty, students, and staff. Here is the rationale:
With the move to GoogleApps for the rest of Brown, we are positioning the Brown community to take advantage of the collaboration tools that comprise the GoogleApps suite of applications. Moving to GoogleApps for the rest of the Brown community is a win/win situation: we will move to a Gmail solution with a 7.4 GB per person quota (eliminating the current restriction of 200MB per person!), while also helping the university reduce expenditures.
I've been doing some research on e-commerce systems/ applications, and came across these lists from Simple Thoughts and Dream CSS. Does anyone have any experience with any of applications mentioned in the lists? Is there a compelling reason to use one of these systems as opposed to Authorize.net or Cashnet?
Dan Brown (aka Pogobat) is one of the more popular personalities on YouTube. Some of you may already be familiar with him from his Rubik's cube video which has been viewed over 14 million times (since June 2007). Well, he recently made news by dropping out of the University of Nebraska, where he was majoring in Political Science. In the video below, he explains why he dropped out of College ("my schooling was interfering with my education") and offers a critique of "institutional education."
Most people are probably familiar with Tony Hsieh's story. In 1996 he started a company called LinkExchange and sold it to Microsoft in 1998 for $265 million. What most people don't know is the real reason why he sold the company:
It was because the company culture just went completely downhill. When it was starting out, when it was just 5 or 10 of us, it was like your typical dot-com. We were all really excited, working around the clock, sleeping under our desks, had no idea what day of the week it was. But we didn’t know any better and didn’t pay attention to company culture.
By the time we got to 100 people, even though we hired people with the right skill sets and experiences, I just dreaded getting out of bed in the morning and was hitting that snooze button over and over again.
Today, Hsieh is the CEO of Zappos.com, and his experiences at LinkExchange convinced him that the No. 1 priority at Zappos should be work place culture. Central to this process was the establishment of 10 core values.
If you follow my posts on the blog, you know I have a real passion for numbers/statistics (e.g., Disruptive Research: Sexy Statisticians, Data Mining and the Obama Campaign, particularly as they relate to sports and education (e.g., The No-Stats All-Star, The Death of Moneyball. And if you have any doubts about the importance of statistics, check out this TED talk titled, "Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education" (3:02).
So I'm finally on the Google Wave (thanks to Palak and Adrienne for the invitations) but I'm still working to understand concepts like “wavelet,” “blips,” and "XMPP." If you find yourself in the same boat as me, check out this primer from Tech Radar; it helps to clarify the primary features of Wave.
In particular I found the following rationale of the application to be most insightful:
The theory is that email (which has been with us for over four decades, believe it or not) is beginning to look a little antiquated, especially when we could be using the features of Web 2.0 with 'waves'.
On that basis, Google plans to release this new system under an open source licence [sic], so that other developers and companies can create their own wave services, and eventually help everyone to replace their current email solutions.
I don't know the details of the open source license but I wonder if there is an opportunity for us to use the Wave to support the Social LMS project. I can see the potential of the Wave to replace certain applications in higher education like email, the course platform, and collaboration spaces.
Check out the graphic below. I think it provides a nice overview of personalized medicine.
I think the image also provides a useful model for how we might visually represent the EdLab approach to adaptive learning opportunities (for more details check out the Dec 2 Seminar Snapshot).
To learn more about the graphic above, read "The rise of personalized medicine."
Ching-fu and I are attending the Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR) Project Planning Meeting. So far we have discussed:
1) the purpose of the project
2) "objective" data sources the curriculum writers can draw from
3) economists' way of thinking
Some key concepts/terms:
- Economics is all about decision-making and trade-offs.
Some key people who have advised on the curriculum:
I decided to attend this session because of Joann's various blog postings on the post-LMS.
There are two things that I really enjoy about the presentation:
1) The presenter, Cindy Nahm, is using Prezi.
2) The presenter's assistant passes out chocolate to people in the audience who respond to her questions.
So far, the presenter is just explaining shortcomings of Student Information Systems and other institutional systems as they relate to supporting student learning, documenting curriculum, evaluating courses, etc.