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Claude Almansi

Plan Would Force U. of Wisconsin to Return $39-Million in U.S. Broadband Grants - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

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    "June 8, 2011, 7:01 pm By Marc Parry A budget approved by a legislative committee last week would force the University of Wisconsin to return $39-million in federal grants awarded to expand high-speed Internet access across the state, state education officials said. The plan would also require all University of Wisconsin institutions to withdraw from WiscNet, a nonprofit network cooperative that services the public universities, most of the technical and private colleges in Wisconsin, about 75 percent of the state's elementary and high schools, and 95 percent of its public libraries, according to David F. Giroux, a spokesman for the university system. (...) Another provision in the plan would bar any University of Wisconsin campus from participating in advanced networks connecting research institutions worldwide, according to Mr. Evers's memo. For example, the Madison campus would have to withdraw from Internet2, a high-speed networking consortium, said Mr. Giroux."
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    That's what Lessig had in mind when he said: "Think about the question of broadband policy. (…) The US has been a dismal failure in this respect. As we watch the US going from number 1 in broadband penetration, now to, depending on the scale, number 18, 19, or 28. And that change is because of policies that effectively block competition for broadband providers. Their answer, these broadband providers brought to our government, and got our government to impose actually benefited them and destroyed the incentives for them to compete in a way that would drive broadband penetration. (…)" From Lessig's Keynote Address at g8 7:48 - 8:42 - http://www.universalsubtitles.org/en/videos/C6wmjKWrZwlP/
Claude Almansi

Wisconsin Lawmakers Grant Reprieve to University Broadband Efforts - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

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    June 17, 2011, 5:11 pm By Marc Parry "Colleges and libraries have been up in arms all week over a proposed budget that would have forced the University of Wisconsin to return $39-million in broadband grants and withdraw from a nonprofit high-speed networking cooperative. Well, state lawmakers have changed course-for now, anyway."
Claude Almansi

Ning Is Being Shopped Around at $100M-Plus Price Tag - Kara Swisher - Social - AllThingsD - 0 views

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    "Kara Swisher August 2, 2011 at 11:08 am PT According to multiple sources close to the situation, Ning has been talking recently to a large pool of companies about selling itself, including Google and Groupon, as well as to a number of private equity companies. Interest has been both incoming to and outgoing from Ning. The talks around the fate of the high-profile social networking platform - co-founded by Silicon Valley icon and investor Marc Andreessen - are still early and might not result in a sale, although a number of sources said the company was being valued at up to $150 million. That price is well below previous loftier valuations for Ning and would mean only a break-even for investors, who have put close to $120 million into Ning since it was founded in 2004."
Claude Almansi

Harvard's Privacy Meltdown - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

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    "By Marc Parry July 10, 2011 In 2006, Harvard sociologists struck a mother lode of social-science data, offering a new way to answer big questions about how race and cultural tastes affect relationships. The source: some 1,700 Facebook profiles, downloaded from an entire class of students at an "anonymous" university, that could reveal how friendships and interests evolve over time. It was the kind of collection that hundreds of scholars would find interesting. And in 2008, the Harvard team began to realize that potential by publicly releasing part of its archive. But today the data-sharing venture has collapsed. The Facebook archive is more like plutonium than gold-its contents yanked offline, its future release uncertain, its creators scolded by some scholars for downloading the profiles without students' knowledge and for failing to protect their privacy. Those students have been identified as Harvard College's Class of 2009."
Claude Almansi

U. of Illinois at Springfield Offers New 'Massive Open Online Course' - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

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    "June 21, 2011, 6:52 pm By Marc Parry "What happens when you invite the whole world to join an online class? As The Chronicle reported last year, a growing number of educators are giving that idea a try by offering free "massive open online courses," or MOOC's, to anyone who wants to learn. Today, that experimental idea gained some more traction in mainstream higher education. The University of Illinois at Springfield announced a new not-for-credit MOOC devoted to examining the state of online education and where e-learning is heading. Nearly 500 people from two dozen countries have registered so far, with 1,000 expected to sign up by the time the course begins next Monday. (...) Not enough MOOC for you? Stay tuned. Starting in September, another group will organize what the MOOC pioneer George Siemens calls the "Mother of all MOOCs." In a blog post Monday, Mr. Siemens welcomed the growing interest from traditional universities. And he countered the more skeptical take offered by another open-education leader, David Wiley, who wrote recently that "MOOCs and their like are not the answer to higher-education's problems." (...)"
Bonnie Sutton

Broadband Adoption Key To Jobs and Education Connect To Compete - 1 views

Connect To Compete Overview http://www.ednetinsight.com/news-alerts/featured-news/broadband-adoption-key-to-jobs-and-education.html Washington, DC - Last week, Chairman Genachowski unveiled his pr...

connect to Compete Genachowski Pew Charitable Trust national effort address the digital divide

started by Bonnie Sutton on 21 Oct 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Digital Literacy is the Bedrock for Lifelong Learning - 2 views

BY VANESSA VEGA 10/25/11 People often ascribe technological devices with magical properties, as though the inert objects in and of themselves can bestow us with the capacity to be "better, faster, ...

digital literacy internet access resources for the divide technology

started by Bonnie Sutton on 04 Nov 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Jamming the System: Standardized Tests, Automated Grading and the Future of Writing - 2 views

View slide show on original site. | View on Flickr on original site. Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning http://spotlight.macfound.org/blog/entry/jamming-the-system-standardized-t...

Ja the System: Standardized Tests Automated Grading Future of Writing robotic evaluation

started by Bonnie Sutton on 29 Apr 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

MIT Will Offer Certificates to Outside Students Who Take Its Online Courses - 2 views

December 19, 2011 By Marc Parry Millions of learners have enjoyed the free lecture videos and other course materials published online through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's OpenCourseW...

OPEN SOURCE ONLINE COURSES COURSE WARE

started by Bonnie Sutton on 20 Dec 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Former D.C. schools chief busy lobbying, helping politicians - 1 views

Former D.C. schools chief busy lobbying, helping politicians By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY Updated 5d 10h ago http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-12-29/michelle-rhee-lobbying/5227693...

Michelle Rhee lobbyist Republican strategist destructive education reform Washington Testing Irregularrities

started by Bonnie Sutton on 04 Jan 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Are Digital Natives a Myth - 1 views

Digital Natives are a myth in the November issue of Learning & Leading with Technology, ISTE's magazine. Interesting short essays. http://www.learningandleading-digital.com/learning_leading/2...

Marc Prensky Syvia Martinez Digital Native debate

started by Bonnie Sutton on 03 Nov 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

One interesting side bar from ISTE - 2 views

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/06/beyond-technology-how-to-spark-kids-passions/

Ken Robinson Marc Prensky beyond technology

started by Bonnie Sutton on 16 Jul 12 no follow-up yet
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