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Read this article in the Times about Yahoo's book digitization effort. What's interesting is that they are working with University libraries and corporations (e.g., HP, Adobe) to digitize books in the public domain (these books don't require copyright permission). Does anyone know how many books in the Gottesman Libraries are in the public domain (according to the article, nearly 15% of all libraries collections are out of copyright)? I...
Take a look at Facebook, a site for networking among college and high school students.
Tom Friedman is on C-Span2 (at the National Book Festival, Washington DC) doing a book talk on "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century." I haven't read the book yet but his talk raises some interesting questions about the era we are living in (e.g., industrial, post industrial, information, globalization built around nations/corporations, globalization built around individuals). I am not sure when it will be aired again, but it might be helpful if someone could record it the next time it came on.
Our recent discussion of alternative approaches to developing and sharing knowledge are well illustrated in an article from the Stanford Magazine entitled Sound Advice in which two different music advice systems are described. One system relies on user generated information; the other relies on a team of experts.
Hui Soo and I have been having some conversations about how Edlab might approach the task of creating a new school for a new era. This prompts the question of what exactly we mean by the concept of school in light of our focus on learning and the extension of quality learning opportunities. So, let me start with a minimal definition of school as "an environment optimized for learning." There may well be more elements to a full definition of school, and I invite others to add to this definition. In approaching the construction of a full definition, it seems important to distinguish between ...
Check out this article in Yahoo Finance about Digital Backpacks. There are obviously lots of implications for education as people are able to think of additional features to load into the Digital Backpack. Currently, the product includes: 1) Merriam-Webster's (TM) Pocket Dictionary, 2) a choice of one SparkNotes(TM) Study Guide, 3) classic literature, 4) a free 30-day trial of Microsoft® Student Graphing Calculator, 5) specialized Web content such as HOMEWORK HUB from Scholastic.com, and 6) Web pages and learning modules created by...
Thought this might be of interest:RSS4LIB.
I found the iCohere web site while trying to track down a new approach to experiential learning being used by ASAE (American Society of Association Executives). ASAE is an iCohere case study. A friend just returned from ASAE's annual conference in Nashville and was blown away by the new format that combines high-speed and high-tech to promote "emotional learning." He says the effect a lot of the time is like literally walking into a lifesize music video. The Opryland Hotel is also an example of "Wow" customer service. During the online check-out, my frien...
I encourage evryone to take a close look at the attached PowerPoint. It is an overview of Tomoye Simplify 4.0, a "Communities of Practice" software package. Please note that this software is not unlike what we have been imagining when we speak of "Social Scholar" -- at least it is close to what I have been imagining when I speak of "Social Scholar". As we have said in the past, the archinging project will need to be integrated with other products like "Social Scholar" and "Pathways". I would encourage everyone to think broadly a...
This article from the BBC discusses a student design project for a cardboard university room desk and chair system that doubles as storage system. If one of our goals is to create new educational opportunities by lowering the cost of education, we need the equivalent of this for entire schools and systems.