__Reinventing Invention – David Weinberger – Is there a library-sized hole in the internet? David warned of library knowledge being marginalised should they become invisible on the Web and suggested linked data as a possible way of averting this._ http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/oclc/Collateral/Space/Research-Information_Is-There-A-Library-Sized-Hole-In-The-Internet_April-May-2015.pdf __ Presentation Video __ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKgAmYizOMQ&feature=youtu.be
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__The annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.
__”Effective leaders in the industry understand that when it come comes to content, their approach should always be about “and,” never “or”. New products and services and high-quality content, not new products and services or high-quality content.”
At the recent GSV conference in San Diego, a leading executive of an education company all but declared the diminishing importance of content in our educational materials. “In a dynamic market,” he displayed on a slide, “content is a small part of the value chain.” The publishing world has begun to distance itself from content. “Content” and “publishing” are fast becoming four-letter words in leadership circles.
Perhaps it appears modern for publishers (aka, “digital solution providers” and “learning science companies”) to position themselves to the investor community as content agnostic, data-driven entities. While this position might sound reasonable, it is based on the questionable premise that content now is far less valuable to customers than it was in publishing’s bygone era when they had more control around distribution, price, access, and platform choice. Finally, and most importantly, it is a position that may not align with what educators and students really need.
Hiring a social media strategist on your team? Keep in mind that by giving someone the responsibility to manage your company’s social media presence, you are putting your reputation in their hands. Make sure that person is well-trained and acquainted with your social media policy (if you don’t have a social media policy, now is the time to draft one!), company culture and, most importantly, your brand. Your social media strategist is your spokesperson online so they need to know your brand inside out.
Here are seven questions you should ask during the interview.
__”In a new white paper out this week, “A blueprint for breakthroughs,” Michael Horn and I argue that simply asking what works stops short of the real question at the heart of a truly personalized system: what works, for which students, in what circumstances? Without this level of specificity and understanding of contextual factors, we’ll be stuck understanding only what works on average despite aspirations to reach each individual student (not to mention mounting evidence that “average” itself is a flawed construct). _
Personalized learning is quickly gaining steam among educators, philanthropists, and policymakers. The promise of a personalized education system is enormous: we are witnessing an era when new school models and structures, often supported by technology, can tailor learning experiences to each student and allow students more choice in how they access and navigate those experiences.
But we’ve found that amidst the enthusiasm for personalized learning models, there’s a less talked-about aspect of the education system that will need to shift to make these models viable: education research.
Even though education receives paltry R&D dollars compared to other sectors, like defense and energy, there’s been a relatively steady stream of research over the past decades trying to look under the hood of “what works” in education. But if we are going to break open successfully the factory model of school, that research needs to go further.
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__We Have Personalization Backwards by Mike Caulfield _ https //https://lnkd.in/epadUt2 _ This gets to my obsession with thinking about Open Educational Resources as explanations and data organized as variants around a namespace. Instead of us having curated and published the supposed “best” explanation of a subject, why not take a git-like approach, and let different explanations proliferate? — Over time, what happens? find the ones that work for you. . .”
Have you heard comments like this about online learning courses from faculty colleagues or students?
“I am not sure what we are supposed to do when…”
“There is no interaction, no feeling of belonging, no presence – I didn’t want to read an encyclopedia, I wanted to learn!”
“I hated this course. PowerPoints, a disembodied voice at the end of the phone lecturing…”
Even well intentioned designs can go wrong.
Some online courses are poorly thought through and designed and do not reflect what we know about adult learning, student engagement and learning outcomes, the importance of interaction and feedback and the need for presence. In fact, a number of courses are designed as replicas of classroom courses rather than as courses purposely designed for an online learning environment: what works in a classroom may or may not work online.
__Suzy Lake _Portfolios _Performing an Archive _ http://www.suzylake.ca/untitled-gallery#1 _ Toronto-based Suzy Lake has won the sixth annual Scotiabank Photography Award _ Lake, who earlier this year received a Governor-General’s Award for excellence in visual and media arts, began her art practice in 1968. She was among the first female artists in Canada to use video, photography and performance art to explore identity, gender and body politics. _ New exhibition, Performing an Archive, at Contact (through June 4) and McMaster Museum of Art (May 5 to Aug. 20)
__”We don’t need journalists who are just reporting what someone else said. That’s the old world. Today, we need someone who can analyse, explain and put it into perspective… using unbiased analysis. We need journalists and newspapers who can can stop this destructive rise of the misinformed before it starts.” _offer the whole story, the whole truth!__ https://lnkd.in/eEP8yf8
When discussing the future of newspapers, we have a tendency to focus only on the publishing side. We talk about the changes in formats, the new reader behaviors, the platforms, the devices, and the strange new world of distributed digital distribution, which are not just forcing us to do things in new ways, but also atomizes the very core of the newspaper.
But while the publishing side of things is undergoing tremendous changes, so is the journalistic and editorial side. The old concept of creating a package of news was designed for a public that we assumed was uninformed by default, but this is no longer the case.
The public is no longer uninformed. They are misinformed, and that requires an entirely different editorial focus. When writing for the uninformed, your focus is to report the news, which is what every newspaper is doing today. But when focusing on the misinformed, just reporting the news doesn’t actually solve the public’s needs. Now your focus must be on explaining the news instead.
So, in this article, we will talk about the rise of the misinformed using some really interesting data, as well as the threat to freedom of the press. And we will talk about how these two things are directly impacting your ability to succeed as a news company.
__”The internet has made sharing creative works and gaining exposure as an artist easier than anyone could have imagined before the digital age, but it has also brought challenges in the form of protecting and controlling creative content. [-] creative works are subject to unauthorized use the moment they are put online. Google Image search has contributed to this problem by transforming from a service that provided direction to creative works to a complete substitute for original, licensed content.” __
Last week, American visual communications and stock photography agency Getty Images filed a formal complaint in support of the European Union’s investigation into Google’s anti-competitive business practices. The Getty complaint accuses Google of using its image search function to appropriate or “scrape” third-party copyrighted works, thereby drawing users away from the original source of the creative works and preserving its search engine dominance.
Specifically, Getty’s complaint focuses on changes made to Google’s image search functionality in 2013 that led to the appealing image galleries we’re familiar with today. Before the change, users were presented with low-resolution thumbnail versions of images and would be rerouted to the original source website to view a larger, more defined version and to find out how they might legally license or get permission to use the work. But with the current Google Image presentation, users are instantly delivered a large, desirable image and have no need to access the legitimate source. As Getty says in its complaint, “[b]ecause image consumption is immediate, once an image is displayed in high-resolution, large format, there is little impetus to view the image on the original source site.”
__Frank Romano and Benny Landa on a whirlwind visit to the several Landa facilities in Tel Aviv, Israel for firsthand perspective of Landa Nanographic Printing samples __
Published: May 6, 2016
Benny Landa drives fast. I think he is in a hurry to reach the future. We had been on a whirlwind visit to the several Landa facilities in Tel Aviv, Israel and we were heading to a secret lab buried in the bowels of a non-descript industrial building.
Arrayed on a long workbench were about 20 print samples. They ranged from tissue paper to board to canvas to every substrate you could imagine. None were treated in any manner. There were two of each. One set printed with aqueous inkjet and the other with Landa Nanographic Printing. The Landa samples almost popped off the sheet. The inkjet samples were dull and the ink had permeated the sheets. The test was to show that Landa can print on almost anything it touches, with superb quality.
In fact, at other facilities I visited with him there were samples of foil and metallic printing and unbelievable colors for automobiles and colorants for hair (yes, hair).
Through it all, he kept calling his invention ink and I kept saying liquid toner. He delivers his ink with inkjet heads but it is not inkjet ink. In fact, it is much more than liquid toner. Just calling it ink may be an injustice.
Open source. Open access. Open society. Open knowledge. Open government. Even open food. The word “open” has been applied to a wide variety of words to create new terms, some of which make sense, and some not so much. This essay disambiguates the many meanings of the word “open” as it is used in a wide range of contexts.
Opening the door on open
Speech, beer, and puppies
Open means rights
Open means access
Open means use
Open means transparent
Open means participatory
Open means enabling openness
Open means philosophically aligned with open principles
Openwashing and its discontents
“Open” has been applied to a wide variety of words to create new terms, some of which make sense, and some not so much. When we started writing this essay, we thought our working title was simply amusing. But the working title became the actual title, as we found that there are at least 50 different terms in which the word “open” is used, encompassing nearly as many different criteria for openness. In this essay we will attempt to make sense of this open season on the word “open.”
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__Applied Arts Mag AA Extra: The Photography & Illustration Awards winners galleries are live! You can now view the winning entries of the 2016 Photography & Illustration Awards online _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/winners_photography _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/winners_illustration/
__The OpenStax library is growing And you can find sample chapters of Astronomy and University Physics online, with the full books coming soon. https://www.openstaxcollege.org/files/textbook_version/sample_chapters/70/Sample_University_Physics_Chapters_20160419.pdf
__The 2015 rate has increased more than 17 percentage points since 2004, when the graduation rate was just 68 per cent. __ https://lnkd.in/eWzZEqE
May 3, 2016 9:30 A.M.
Ontario’s high school graduation rate has increased to 85.5 per cent — the highest level in the province’s history, with more students than ever graduating with the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced this milestone at York Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto today with Liz Sandals, Minister of Education. In 2015, the five-year graduation rate surpassed the government’s goal of 85 per cent for the first time. The 2015 rate has increased more than 17 percentage points since 2004, when the graduation rate was just 68 per cent.
For the second year in a row, Ontario is publishing school board level graduation rates from across the province. This gives parents, students, teachers and school boards access to data that can help inform efforts to improve student achievement.
The government has introduced a number of innovative programs through its Student Success Strategy that are credited with helping to sharply boost the graduation rate since 2004. These include Specialist High Skills Majors, dual credits and expanded cooperative education.
Helping more students succeed is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
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__Watch this video for a quick look at Victory’s 4D development process. Many projects do not require this process; we originally used it to develop digital products, but it has many benefits for complex print products as well. _ http://www.victoryprd.com/blog/?p=2768
__CreativeFuture _ http://www.creativefuture.org/ _ “promotes the value of creativity in the digital age. We embrace expanded audience access to content in ways that reward creativity and hard work. We are united in opposition to the for-profit digital theft of our creative works because it harms creatives, threatens jobs, and undermines new business models.” __ https://lnkd.in/e69Dvyw
I am a lawyer and I love movies. You may be thinking, “Of course. That makes sense what else does an attorney do to unwind?” While I do love zoning out watching other people’s lives unfold via movies, these two parts of my life have become connected in a manner I never would have imagined just a few years ago.
Complex conversations about the value of movies (and other creative works) in the digital age are rendered even more complicated when arguments arise over copyright and free speech.
Did I just put those two words in the same sentence? I hesitate to write “copyright” and “free speech” too close together for fear that I might unwittingly contribute to the work of those who attempt to confuse the two.
I enjoyed designing the online catalogue for “BARON WOLMAN – FOREVER YOUNG” an exhibition of historic photographs of rock stars and groupies from the 1960s. The exhibition, part of the Contact Festival, is on for the month of May at the Charlotte Hale Gallery on Markham Street in Toronto. View the catalogue here.