The new theme is written as HTML5. The validation spec is something of a moving target, but we've made every effort to hit the provisional requirements. Our primary reason for selecting HTML5 was not, as it sometimes is, the video and audio capabilities of the language but rather its semantic features. With it we've been able to more easily let the markup function as a data organization tool rather than as a method for specifying style and interactivity. This paradigm has positive implications for accessibility, syndication, and ease of coding further down the line.
There's been a lot of talk this week about Malcolm Gladwell's contrarian piece on the ineffectiveness of the internet as a meaningful tool for activists looking to bring about social and political change. There are endless reasons why his argument is weakly supported, patently false, regressive, and over-all indicative of Gladwellian thinking, but I was presented with a simpler counter point just the other day. This is Google employees' contribution to the It Gets B...
When I got on the subway the other day I noticed the front page of Wired read "The Web is Dead", a bold statement. A number of websites spent some time today taking apart this claim, including Boing Boing which points out that not only is the web far from dead, it has been and still is growing at an increasing rate. They also rightly point out that bandwidth is a poor measure of "use" especial when you are comparing video and so on.
I just watched Frontline's program on for-profit higher education and have to recommend it to all of you. It seems timely given the Teacher U seminar last week, and much of the recent news surrounding the graduate education of teachers. I'd call it a must watch.
The New York Times is reporting that the New York State Board of Regents is about to allow non-academic organizations like Teach for America to grant masters degrees. The idea is to boost practical teaching education in the face of failures to do so by graduate programs at traditional universities.
Arthur Levine, a former Teachers College president, says "Education schools are on the verge of losing their franchise.” I'm interested to see what the impact will be on the EdLab and similar groups.
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The New York times reported yesterday on a survey of magazines with online content conducted by the Columbia Journalism Review. Their main focus seems to be on editorial standards, but this segment stuck out to me (emphasis is mine):
More than half the magazines put their entire print editions online free. Four percent put all or almost all print content behind a paywall, and 10 percent put some of it behind a paywall. The rest post only some of their print output online...
A friend recently twittered a link to this post by Dave Winer. The title is "What's Going on in NY," and I think the prediction (observation?) he's making is relevant or should be relevant to the work going on at the EdLab.
All my career there's been a tension between technology and media. Very early in my career I saw they'd meet, and I made a good choice to put myself firmly in the technology world, because that's where the growth was. I don't think that's wh...
I posted a fix for RavanH's XML Sitemap Feed plugin that allows it to function behind symlinks and thus be deployed via Capistrano. The change is minor, and the modified code is
I mentioned one of these in the seminar on failure, but there's another related list that I think is super useful for the kind of work that goes on in the lab. "Anti-pattern" typically refers to an ineffective software design solution that is in common use, but it has implications for project management as well.
List of anti-patterns.
List of cognitive biases.
They're decent check lists to go through at the end of any projec...