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August 8, 2010
Eric Stoller and his discussants make a compelling case for using Delicious. I'm no longer a Delicious person, and was wondering why the service has lost its utility in my digital life. Some possibilities why I no longer use Delicious:
August 5, 2010
What do we learn from Google's decision to kill the Wave?
August 4, 2010
"In four years at a fairly tech-savvy university, I never did anything with video mashups (or video in general) for class. What am I missing out on? What does video do that can't be done in other mediums?" (IHE 7/27/10 in a comment to Copyright Ruling + Online Video Platforms = Active Learning) Max followed up his comment with an e-mail:
August 3, 2010
In William Rosen's masterful new book, The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention, the most powerful idea is not the invention of the steam engine. Rather, the title refers to the development of the concept that ideas can be property, and that through the availability of patent law and capital, individuals tinkerers can become industrial scale innovators.
August 2, 2010
The NYTimes may not be convinced that our academic leaders should serve on multiple corporate boards, but I'm a big believer in participating in the academic-industrial complex.
August 1, 2010
Have you checked out Scitable, a free online teaching/learning portal combining peer reviewed articles and teaching materials with social networking features? Scitable has an interesting funding model, relying on an NPR approach of underwriting as opposed to advertising or subscriptions to pay for the service. Scitable's mission is to spread science literacy, and increase the number of people who choose science as a career, by making high quality science learning resources available online through a robust and flexible platform.
July 29, 2010
"If we give up on having library collections (digital or otherwise) and outsource access to and preservation of knowledge to corporations, we will have neither access nor preservation."--Barbara Fister
July 28, 2010
Great discussion around Scott McLemee's concerns around the power of Amazon and a superb list of the top 10 things to keep in mind about the future of the academic library, as shared by Tracy Mitrano. Can we combine these two threads to come up with one (potentially very bad) idea? I'll give it a shot.
July 27, 2010
Thanks to Tracy Mitrano for her synthesis and analysis of the new Copyright Office ruling that will allow us to legally crack DVDs owned by our institution's for fair use protected teaching activities. This is a welcome (and unusual) piece of good news, an important legal building block towards bringing some sanity to the efforts to incorporate video into teaching and learning.
July 26, 2010
The 7/22 article in the NYTimes, "Windows Upgrade Helps Microsoft to a Record Quarter," got me thinking about enterprise vs. consumer platforms in our world of learning tech. Microsoft is making tons of money on enterprise licenses, but its stock price remains flat because their consumer brand continues to erode. In a world of iPads and iPhones, apparently consumer sales are where Wall Street sees future growth potential.