Designing Media by Bill Moggridge

Submitted by Julia Martin on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 1:15pm.

A new book by Bill Moggridge discusses the connections and conflicts between old and new media through a series of interviews with participants in these various types of media.

Video of some of the interviews are available online through the Designing Media Website.

Via SwissMiss

Per Amazon:
Mainstream media, often known simply as MSM, have not yet disappeared in a digital takeover of the media landscape. But the long-dominant MSM—television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and books—have had to respond to emergent digital media. Newspapers have interactive Web sites; television broadcasts over the Internet; books are published in both electronic and print editions. In Designing Media, design guru Bill Moggridge examines connections and conflicts between old and new media, describing how the MSM have changed and how new patterns of media consumption are emerging. The book features interviews with thirty-seven significant figures in both traditional and new forms of mass communication; interviewees range from the publisher of the New York Times to the founder of Twitter.

Getting a Google Chrome OS laptop for testing?

Submitted by Zhou Zhou on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 12:47pm.

Google is now hosting a test drive for its new Chrome OS. In the Chrome OS, everything is online with the free 3G data support by Verizon. They are giving away free laptops with the Chrome OS to eligible users in business, education, non-profit, development, and also on an individual basis. Here is a link.

This is a promising concept as the Chrome OS reflects the current ubiquitous, participatory learning culture. I can foresee tablet devices with Chrome OS in the near future to make it even a greater tool for learning. I wonder if we are interested in applying to the test drive and getting a couple for testing and researching.

More reading about the launch of Chrome OS.

Advanced Placement Exam to End Penalizing Wrong Answers

Submitted by Duncan Asiedu on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 8:10am.

During a brief class discussion about the format of the Advanced Placement (AP) test, a student revealed the College Board was ending its long scoring policy of penalizing pupils for a wrong answer on the exam. This news came not only as a surprise to me and my fellow classmates but also to our instructor. It turns out the decision was announced during the summer months and as applicable to all upcoming tests, most of which will be in May 2011.

The former AP exam scoring method deducted a ¼ of a point for every question answered wrong, resulting in an altered final grade. For example, if a student answers 6/10 right, their score becomes 50% instead of 60%. As I was sitting there, I pondered how fortunate I was to be a part of the first class of students in the nation whom this scoring methodology would apply to. Natural intuition also made we wonder why the College Board decided to make amends to its scoring after nearly a half century of the old method.

Baltimore Public Schools: Then and Now

Submitted by George Nantwi on Tue, 12/07/2010 - 11:52pm.

A few summers ago, the directors of HBO’s documentary Douglass High: A Report Card on No Child Left Behind, Alan and Susan Raymond, screened their then new documentary right here at the EdLab. The documentary followed students and teachers at famed but yet troubled Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland. Alumni include former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and former Congressman Kweisi Mfume. As the title suggests, the documentary provides a vivid and first hand account of how the No Child Left Behind Act was affecting public schools in urban and poor inner city districts. Here is a live blog of the event.

A recent article in the Times notes the progress Baltimore’s public schools has been making since it appointed Andres Alonso as its schools chancellor. Uncompromising, and with his share of enemies, Alonso has drastically changed what was at a time one of the worse school systems in the country. I am interested in knowing how Douglass High is currently doing under Alonso and if the filmmakers will go back to update the audience on Douglass High. Below is a vlog of the screening they held at the EdLab.

Google Launches Online Bookstore

Submitted by Janet Pierce on Mon, 12/06/2010 - 1:04pm.

Heard on NPR this morning:

Google’s online retail store will allow you to access hundreds of thousands of ebooks that have been scanned and licensed, no matter where you are. Google eBooks stores your library in the digital cloud, and once you purchase a book, you just sign into your account and read on any Internet-connected device, such as a desktop computer, laptop, smart phone or e-reader.

Promoting A Healthier Lifestyle

Submitted by Sheick Wattara on Sun, 12/05/2010 - 8:03pm.

As we all should know, eating healthy and being active are keys to living a healthy lifestyle. It helps us fight against one of the biggest problems our nation is currently facing: obesity. Obesity is more common amongst youth, can reduce the life expectancy for an individual and can increase health problems. According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, nearly one in three young people are overweight or obese, which shows that more should be done to create a healthier generation. Such concerns calls for an increase in projects to help fight obesity to raise awareness amongst today’s youth.

Last Thursday, December 2, 2010, I was one of several youth panelists at a youth summit, sponsored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Scholastic Choice, the Clinton Foundation and Fox5 News, on fighting obesity and living a healthy lifestyle, specifically in an urban environment. There were around 50 people, mainly youth, from all across the city in the audience. I was representing South Bronx United Soccer Club and spoke along other panelists from all over the nation such as Rubi DePerez-Howard, Miss Teen Prince George County, Maryland and Myles Spence of Paul Pierce’s FitClub 34 from Boston, Massachusetts. Guest speakers also present at the Youth Forum were Bob Hugel, editor of the Scholastics Choice Magazine, Dr. Sapna Parikh, Fox 5’s medial correspondent, Mike McKenzie, NFL free agent and Super Bowl XLIV Champ, and Reed Alexander, best known for his role on the famous Nickelodeon TV Show “iCarly.” Dr. Parikh summed up the even best on Fox 5's Good Day Show on Friday, “it was like a town hall meeting, but it was for teenagers and run by teenagers.”

Cathie Black Waived to Serve as NYC Schools Chancellor

Submitted by Jamal Bagigah on Sat, 12/04/2010 - 10:58pm.

New York's State Education Commissioner, David Steiner, agreed last Monday to let Cathie Black serve as the next New York City Schools Chancellor. Black, an executive of Hearst Magazines, was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in November to replace outgoing chancellor Joel Klein, but her appointment came with much public criticism due to the fact that she had no previous education background.

With no educational background, Black's appointment required the approval of the state commissioner. Steiner agreed with Bloomberg's decision to appoint Black despite an advisory panel's recommendation for the waiver to be denied. Steiner granted the waiver after days of negotiations in which Mayor Bloomberg agreed to create a new position of chief academic officer to serve under Black. The position was giving to Shael Polakow-Suransky, the current deputy chancellor for performance and accountability. He was also a teacher and assistant principal at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem.

Qatar 2022

Submitted by George Nantwi on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 11:39pm.

FIFA just awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, marking the first time soccer’s showpiece event will be held in the Middle East. As I expected, there has been a large outcry from many who are questioning why FIFA is hosting a World Cup in a very volatile region. There are also concerns about the scorching Middle East heat, Qatar’s lack of soccer pedigree, at domestic or international level, its size (close to that of Connecticut) and others claiming Qatar paid a lot of money to win the bid. FIFA, like any other international governing body, is very much a political institution and its rules, customs and makeup resembles that of a democratic government. I personally don’t see where the outcry nor agree with the arguments from those expressing outrage at Qatar 2022.

FIFA made it clear nearly a decade ago that it will start hosting World Cups in under developed regions (mainly Asia and Africa). Of the previous 17 World Cups leading up to Korea/Japan 2002, seven were held on this side of the Atlantic, and the remaining ten in Western Europe. Clearly, a big part of the soccer community was not receiving its share of FIFA tournaments. Korea/Japan 2002 was the start of what FIFA hoped will be a change in focus and by awarding Qatar the tourney in 2022, it has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding the game to forgotten soccer lands. The 2018 World Cup was handed to Russia and that will be the first time the tournament will be held in Eastern Europe.

socio-technical implications of software development

Submitted by Ankit Ranka on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 12:10pm.

I am at a lecture at the Computer Science department at Columbia Universiy by professor Giuseppe (Peppo) Valetto from Drexel University.

Trends in Ed 12.02.2010: Earn an MBA Through Facebook

Submitted by George Nantwi on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 10:39am.

The London School of Business and Finance is launching what it promotes as the “the world’s first internationally recognized M.B.A. to be delivered through a Facebook application.” The school’s global MBA program is now an app on Facebook and allows users to access courses in corporate finance, marketing, and others. Since its inception last month, the app already has 30,000 active users and the school expects 500,000 prospective students to enroll in what it is dubbing the free “MBA test drive” within the coming year. The test drive will allow users to watch lectures, engage in online study sessions and even take interactive exams, all for free. The school only charges fees for actual exams.

The London School of Business was founded in 2003 with students taking mainly accounting courses. The school currently has over 15,000 students at locations all over the UK and one in Toronto and offers programs in marketing, finance and business law in addition to accounting. The school also provides professional development courses to global clients such as Deloitte, KPMG, and MTN. The move to Facebook was driven mainly by its students as most used it as their primary source of communication. Prior to the Facebook app, the school’s sole online presence was the InterActive learning platform, based on Moodle’s open-source software. The courses on Facebook are divided into three 15-minute video lectures and users have to give access to their name, profile picture, Facebook ID and list of friends. Each course is divided into 10 modules and each module has a video lecture, documents, a Facebook discussion and case study materials.

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