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Roland Gesthuizen

Just shut up and listen, expert tells teachers - 0 views

  • When teachers stop talking deep learning takes place
  • Speaking 80 per cent of the time in conversation means I'm waiting for you to stop to have the chance to talk. In counselling you have to do the opposite, you have to listen and that's what I want teachers to do.
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    JOHN HATTIE has spent his life studying the studies to find out what works in education. His advice to teachers? Just shut up .. teachers need to stop spending 80 per cent of their time in class talking and start listening. ''When teachers stop talking deep learning takes place,''
Dennis OConnor

Shock threat to shut Skype - 0 views

  • eBay says it may have to shut down Skype due to a licensing dispute with the founders of the internet telephony service.
  • eBay has since been licensing the technology from the founders’ new company, Joltid, but the pair recently decided to revoke the licensing agreement.
  • In a quarterly report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, eBay said in no uncertain terms that if it lost the right to use the software it would most likely have to shut Skype down.
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  • But, even though Skype has not been a major financial success, it has succeeded in becoming the dominant internet telephony service globally.
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    I use Skype and enjoy the free functionality. It's far from perfect, but has a place in my e-learning toolkit. (I've also used Jah-Jah to call my daughter in Thailand and was very pleased with this alternate take on internet telephony.) Like all things tech, Skype could go. As this article shows, the big hitting billionaires who run the show are in dispute. If i have to switch, so be it! Will Google Voice move into this space? Who knows? Wait and see as the future unrolls on a daily basis
Roland Gesthuizen

Death to Microsoft Word - 0 views

  • Nowadays, I get the same feeling of dread when I open an email to see a Microsoft Word document attached. Time and effort are about to be wasted cleaning up someone's archaic habits. A Word file is the story-fax of the early 21st century: cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology. It's time to give up on Word.
  • A Word file is the story-fax of the early 21st century: cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology.
  • For most people now, though, publishing means putting things on the web. Desktop publishing has given way to laptop or smartphone publishing. And Microsoft Word is an atrocious tool for web writing
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  • Word is defeated by the basic job of contemporary writing and editing: smoothly moving text back and forth among different platforms
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    Microsoft Word is cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology. Tom Scocca believes it's time we all gave it up.
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