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Mathieu Plourde

You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That's Ludicrous - 0 views

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    "Elbakyan's civil disobedience has forced the issue on behalf of a society that continues to allow the knowledge it creates to be locked away from the public that pays for it. And it has the potential to disrupt academic publishing forever."
Mathieu Plourde

What You Need to Know to Be Culturally Literate in 2016 - 0 views

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    "We've assembled the ultimate cheat sheet for the worlds of security and government, business, science, design, and culture. You'll learn about the core people and concepts, as well as the go-to Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr feeds that you absolutely must follow."
Mathieu Plourde

Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible' - 0 views

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    "t's quite a change for Microsoft, so long the bete noir of the open source community. But as Russinovich explains, it's a necessary change. And given how popular Linux has become, Microsoft could go even further, not only allowing open source software on its cloud services, but actually turning Windows into open source software. "Every conversation you can imagine about what should we do with our software-open versus not-open versus services-has happened," he says."
Mathieu Plourde

The Most Important Thing on the Internet Is the Screenshot - 0 views

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    "Screenshots never used to be that powerful. Sharing one was largely reserved for epic videogame wins or error messages. But now people routinely take screenshots of funny/outrageous comments on social media to share with friends. Twitter users post grabs of things they're reading. College students take notes by screenshotting articles and books on their phones, tablets, and laptops."
Mathieu Plourde

For Online to Really Matter in Education, We Need to Redefine Competency - 0 views

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    "Competency-based learning turns higher education on its head - starting not with the curriculum, but rather the competencies one should exhibit upon completion (according to, say, employers). From there, course developers design assessments that test for these competencies. Then - and only then - do we turn to the task of developing the curricula that prepares students to demonstrate mastery on the assessments. In a competency-based program, failure becomes an anachronism; students continue until they demonstrate competency."
Mathieu Plourde

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist - 0 views

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    "We "learn," and after this we "do." We go to school and then we go to work. This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover."
Mathieu Plourde

What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality - 0 views

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    "nternet service providers-Comcast, in particular-have been started to flex their muscle. Transit provider Level 3 says that, as it sends traffic into their networks, the big U.S. ISPs are letting some of its routers overload with data. And amidst these bottlenecks, Comcast is exploring ways of selling its own CDN services that can help companies increase delivery speeds."
Mathieu Plourde

Punishing Students for Gadget Use Will Make Their Tech Etiquette Worse - 0 views

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    "When schools treat tech products in a similar way to alcohol, drugs, or weapons, tech companies should be concerned. This categorization signals to students that technology itself is dangerous and simply using it makes a person threatening."
Mathieu Plourde

Let's Stop Focusing on Shiny Gadgets and Start Using Tech to Empower People - 0 views

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    Red wasn't particularly interested in IPOs or the latest tech fetish, even though she was always exceptionally proud of her students and their accomplishments. She knew that technology was a means to an end - and that the end was people.
Mathieu Plourde

Forget Foreign Languages and Music. Teach Our Kids to Code - 0 views

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    "What those parents likely don't realize is that the same neural mechanisms that make kids sponges for Mandarin likely also make them highly receptive to computer languages. Kindergartners cannot become C++ ninjas, but they can certainly start to develop the skills that will eventually cement lifelong fluency in code."
Mathieu Plourde

The ATF Wants 'Massive' Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are - 0 views

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    putting the ATF's problems with tracing guns aside, it could still help agents track you down a lot faster than they could before - along with finding out everything else about you.
Mathieu Plourde

Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going? - 0 views

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    "The question is not just whether MOOCs are going to disrupt traditional education, but how. Is it just about lower costs and access? Is it really going to be a Napster-like moment with entrenched "Teamsters in tweed" worried about the erosion of their research, publishing, and teaching?"
Mathieu Plourde

Jane McGonigal Thinks Reality is Broken, and She Wants to Fix It - 0 views

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    "The book draws upon a healthy mix of psychological research isolating specific tactics for induce happiness ("happiness hacks") alongside practical examples of those tactics utilized in both traditional and "serious" game design. The net result? A list of 14 "fixes" that can help readers improve their lives through play."
Mathieu Plourde

Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business - 0 views

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    "The rise of "freeconomics" is being driven by the underlying technologies that power the Web. Just as Moore's law dictates that a unit of processing power halves in price every 18 months, the price of bandwidth and storage is dropping even faster. Which is to say, the trend lines that determine the cost of doing business online all point the same way: to zero."
Mathieu Plourde

Self-Service: The Delicate Dance of Online Bragging - 0 views

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    Imodesty thrives on Facebook and Twitter because they enable what social scientists call self-enhancement - the human tendency to oversell ourselves.
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