Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
December 13, 2010 - 4:15am
Acquiring Blackboard would make strategic sense for Google, Microsoft or Cisco. Price matters, and Blackboard is expensive at a market capitalization of $1.46 billion. But if the acquisition makes good strategic sense, the price over the long-run (a few hundred million here, a few hundred million there) makes little difference.
December 9, 2010 - 8:30pm
The most important shift brought about by the Web has been to move more of us from being consumers to producers. The fact that you are reading this blog now, and maybe will comment on the post - or tweet or blog yourself, is testament to this fact. Distressingly, the practice of higher ed has largely lagged this transition - too little of our student's time is spent producing for the world (writing, making videos, posting and sharing) - and too much time is still spent consuming words from the mouths of our professors.
December 8, 2010 - 9:45pm
The thing about the Chrome laptop is that it will eventually (soon) be very cheap. The Chrome laptop is not a replacement for your MacBook Pro or your Windows 7 laptop. The Chrome laptop is a leapfrog tool, perfect for the people of the emerging world who are currently on mobile phones (having skipped landlines), and will soon be in the market for an affordable computer.
December 7, 2010 - 8:30pm
I think you should read What Technology Wants and decide for yourself if Kelly is saying anything new or interesting.
December 6, 2010 - 9:15pm
Requirements:The ability to easily create and share voice-over presentations.Does not require any download or installation of an application (i.e. works through the browser).Rationale:Students are increasingly also employees. They utilize company or institutional laptops to complete their online course work, and these laptops are often "locked-down" to the installation of new programs. Question:
December 5, 2010 - 9:30pm
Six billion for Groupon from Google would have been a stupid number. A stupid deal. Google got lucky that Groupon is so greedy. The fact that Google was willing to pay so much money for Groupon is seriously concerning. I have hopes that Google will use its stock wealth to do smart things. I have hopes that Google will avoid an eBay like purchase of Skype - but maybe I'm wrong.
December 2, 2010 - 8:47pm
I'm writing this post under the intoxicating influence of Kevin Kelly's "What Technology Wants". Blame Kelly for any hyperbole.(Are you also ridiculously influenced by whatever book you are currently reading? Why is it that books exert such gravity, so much more than visual media?)
December 1, 2010 - 9:30pm
Last week I had the pleasure to spend time with Fred Siff, Professor and CIO Emeritus University of Cincinnati, at a Richard N. Katz & Associates sponsored event. Fred led a discussion in which he asked, "Would you build a new 600 seat classroom today?"This was a great discussion starter, and I'm interested in what your answer would be.
November 30, 2010 - 10:00pm
I'm unsatisfied with the options for virtual book clubbing. This seems like a solvable problem. The place I go most is Visual Bookshelf, a Facebook App from LivingSocial. Visual Bookshelf shows that I have 36 reading friends reading 52 books, but almost nobody is active on the site.
November 29, 2010 - 9:11pm
I'm going to ask for 7 and 45 seconds of your time (believe me, I know this is asking for a lot). Please check out this video from the NYT's "Fast Times at Woodside High: How Technology is Distracting Students":Some questions:Are the students shown in the video representative of those students we will be seeing on our campus in the next few years?
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