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Three Recommendations To Enable Annotations On The Web
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World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Feb 24, 2017

Web annotations have been a longtime dream of many, but for many it was fool's gold - tantalizingly close, but ultimately worthless. We've seen a slew of efforts - web post-its, side-bar wikis, dual-column pages, and more. Now the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has come out with recommendations, including "a structured model and format, in JSON, to enable annotations to be shared and reused across different hardware and software platforms." Will this be the standard that makes the difference? Image: ShowMe

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:: -0400

The Lms Market Is Quickly Losing Ground
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Carol Leaman, Chief Learning Officer, Feb 24, 2017

About ten years too late, the LMS industry is in decline. "The self-paced e-learning market — defined by LMS, off-the-shelf content and services — is in steep decline and is expected to drop from global revenues of $46.6 billion in 2016 to $33.4 billion by 2021. According to the report: “ In the current e-learning market, the single most unfavorable place to be is the LMS market, which is essentially imploding, particularly in the U.S. corporate segment that has a negative 33.9 percent growth rate."

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:: -0400

Nietzsche For Tots
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Justin W., Daily Nous, Feb 24, 2017

What I like about the current age is that people have started thinking about different ways of representing (and different audiences) for all sorts of information. Today we have by way of example   Nietzsche in Shapes and Colors, "a board book aimed at introducing Nietzschean themes to children by way of simple phrases and beautiful illustrations, including naturalism." And why don't we teach young children about the wonders of nature, the varieties of perspective, and personal empowerment? I had to wait until I was in university before I discovered these things had names and weren't the products of my imagination.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:: -0400

Battle Of The Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie For K-12 Market
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Sydney Johnson, EdSurge, Feb 24, 2017

As this article suggests, it's probably no coincidence that Google, Microsoft and Apple each have a product named 'Classroom'. Though all are listed as 'free', each requires the purchase of an expensive application or software suite. The products are being targeted aggressively at schools (especially in the U.S.) and the companies have created associated 'classroom' communities. The tools are mostly used to help students collaborate on documents and to submit homework assignments. Related: are we innovating or just digitizing traditional teaching?

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:: -0400

Language Artstechnology In School Who Says I Don'T Like To Read? Sparking A Love Of Digital Books Across Detroit
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Deborah L. Winston, EdSurge, Feb 24, 2017

This article describes the deployment of  MyOn in the Detroit public school system. MyOn provides access to a library of 13,000 titles for young readers. It works "by initially  prompting students to take an interest inventory to decide what types of books they are interested in reading, and a placement test to determine reading ability." We are told that "since adopting the platform, the district has seen the number of books being accessed and read by our students increase dramatically." Interestingly, MyOn has no Wikipedia page. Previously a division of Capstone, it has  just been sold to Francisco Partners, a private equity firm.  More coverage of MyOn from various media.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:: -0400

25 Years Without A Raise
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Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, Feb 23, 2017

Adjunct instructors at Youngstown State University threw themselves a party this week to mark 25 years without a pay increase. "It’ s 'fair to say that our president and provost recognize that that's a problem and, while we are facing some difficult budget challenges like most in higher ed, [we’ re] committed to trying to rectify that situation," said university spokesperson Ron Cole. It's hard to see how you could recognize something as a problem and do nothing about it for 25 years. A more honest statement would probably say something about how embarrassed they are by this situation and how much they wish it hadn't attracted international attention. Image: Michelle N.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:: -0400

The Copyright Lobby’S Iipa Report: Fake News About The State Of Canadian Copyright
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Michael Geist, Feb 23, 2017

Michael Geist writes about this year's annual misrepresentation of the state of copy protection and media in Canada by the the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), a lobby group that represents the major lobbying associations for music, movie, software, and book publishing in the United States. In particular, he focuses on three areas:

  • The state of Canadian Piracy, which the IIPA reports as rising, when in fact the Business Software Alliance’ s annual report last showed Canada at its lowest software piracy rate ever 
  • The notice-and-notice system, which the IIPA says is not receiving full compliance from ISPs, and which hurts licensed services, when in pact there is nearly full compliance by ISPs, and licensed services are earning strong returns in Canada
  • Fair dealing, which the IIPA has attacked on several grounds, but which consistent with fair dealing regimes around the world, and are more stringent than many, including fair use in the United States

As Canada routinely states every year, "Canada does not recognize the 301 watch list process. It basically lacks reliable and objective analysis. It’ s driven entirely by U.S. industry."



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:: -0400

Kaltura Launches Lecture Capture Solution
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Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology, Feb 23, 2017

This is just something I want to keep handy for when I talk to people who already have a Kaltura system running. It seems like a pretty easy way to make a lot of learning resources. Or course the quality and value might vary, but creating something is infinitely better than creating nothing.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:: -0400

The Challenge Of Non-Disposable Assignments
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Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, Feb 23, 2017

Non-disposable Assignments (NDAs, though he agrees a better acronym is needed) are assignments that ase seen by more than just the student and the person grading them. They can be thought of as open educational resources, but the status as OERs connotes qualities that may not be there. The challenge of NDAs is to create these assignments in such a way that they are actually non-disposable, and not just disposable assignments published in an open way. "It takes a lot of effort to move past the first impulse of writing ones that sound like they are answering a question or a series of questions. Those have an odor of 'disposable-ness'."

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:: -0400

Anthony Johnson Brings 'Johnsonville' To Life
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Richard Chang, THE Journal, Feb 23, 2017

My grade 8 class created a model society. I was one of the two banks in our community. It was too much work, I didn't clear the cheques, and the town economy collapsed. But the idea was sound in principle. Later, as part of my MuniMall project, I created something called MuniVille, which again could be a simulated environment for town managers and elected officials. Once again, my ambition far exceeded my abilities, though fortunately no economies collapsed (and the MuniMall community I developed ran for the next ten years). So I like the concept of Johnsonville as described in this article and wish founder Anthony Johnson the best in his "world where each student must find a job, pay the bills, pay mortgage and taxes, and learn by doing projects."

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:: -0400

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