lpress (707742) writes "My son lives about 50 miles outside of Seoul and has a choice of three major Internet service providers and several smaller ones. He pays $22 per month for symmetric, 100 Mbps Internet connectivity (with a two year contract). The Korean ISP market is highly competitive — the major company prices are within a few dollars of each other and repairs and other service is excellent. How is it that Korea has achieved intense ISP competition? There is no simple answer, but the government has pursued a multifaceted policy encouraging investment and demand creation and providing common infrastructure, which is used by compteting ISPs (as in Singapore, Sweden or Latvia)." top
Office for the iPad -- yawn -- It's the browser, stupid.
lpress (707742) writes "Microsoft finally released Office for the iPad four years after it came out. Folks can debate whether they waited too long, but, regardless, tablets and phones were the previous battleground for Microsoft and they pretty well lost in spite of holding Office back. The next battleground will be the browser and the chromebook. Don’t take my word for it — in a 1998 memo to Microsoft executives, Bill Gates wrote “Allowing Office documents to be rendered very well by other peoples browsers is one of the most destructive things we could do to the company...This is a case where Office has to avoid doing something to destroy Windows.” Who has the advantage — Microsoft or Google? MS has a lead in productivity apps and the enterprise, Google has Chrome and the lead on the Internet and both may use Mainframe 2 if that works out. Maybe it will be a tie — that would be best for customers and society." top
lpress (707742) writes "Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been embarrassed by social media showing corruption, vowed yesterday to "eradicate Twitter." He followed through by cutting off access, but users soon found work-arounds like posting by email and using VPNs. The hashtag #TwitterOlmadanYaayamam (I can't live without Twitter) quickly rose to the top of Twitter's worldwide trending topics." Link to Original Source top
lpress (707742) writes "I was at a Time Warner Cable (TWC) store returning a router, when I asked what my new monthly bill would be. The answer — $110 — surprised me, so I asked a few questions and ended up with the same service for $76.37. Check out my conversation with their representative to see what was said, then do the same yourself." top
A strategy for attaining Cuban Internet connectivity
lpress (707742) writes "In the mid 1990s, there was debate within the Cuban government about the Internet. A combination of pressure from the US trade embargo, the financial crisis brought on by the collapse of the Soviet Union and fear of free expression led to a decision to limit Internet access. This has left Cuba with sparse, antiquated domestic infrastructure today.
lpress (707742) writes "Udacity CEO and MOOC super star Sebastian Thrun has decided to scale back his original ambition of providing a free college education for everyone and focus on (lifelong) vocational education. A pilot test of Udacity material in for-credit courses at San Jose State University was discouraging, so Udacity is developing an AT&T-sponsored masters degree at Georgia Tech and training material for developers. If employers like this emphasis, it might be a bigger threat to the academic status quo than offering traditional college courses." top
Department of Education road show on College Value
One solution is to open the process by having the Department of Education gather and post data and provide a platform and tools for all interested parties to analyze, visualize and discuss it. Similarly, open innovation should be encouraged, for example, by providing a hosted version of the open source education platform MOOC.ORG." top
The new whiteboard -- a Chromecast display in every office?
lpress (707742) writes "Augmented meeting rooms, in which participants have connected computers at their fingertips, were invented by Doug Engelbart in the 1960s. During the 1980s, researchers at Xerox PARC, the University of Arizona and elsewhere developed LAN-based decision support rooms in which meeting participants had networked computers and shared a large screen to brainstorm ideas, rearrange document outlines, edit documents, vote, conduct polls, etc.
lpress (707742) writes "Google and MIT have both built open source MOOC platforms and offered innovative MOOCs. They have just announced the establishment of mooc.org, a non-profit organization that will provide a platform to develop, host and research online courses. The devil is, no doubt, in the details, but this combination of MIT's educational expertise and reputation, Google's vast infrastructure and the lofty goals of both organizations might turn out to be revolutionary." top
Google Chromecast shipping delay is now 2-3 months
Cerf's narrative begins with the idea of packet-switched communication and runs through the creation of the ARPAnet, followed by the invention of internetworking protocols to link three disparate networks — the ARPAnet, a mobile communication network and a satellite communication network.
In addition to summarizing the history, Cerf conveys the sense of community and shared purpose among a group of smart dedicated inventors. It provides a great example of what a government can achieve with a little ($124.5 million) seed money." top
lpress (707742) writes "If you use a mouse, hyperlinks, video conferencing, WYSIWYG word processor, multi-window user interface, shared documents, shared database, documents with images & text, keyword search, instant messaging, synchronous collaboration, asynchronous collaboration, you can thank Doug Engelbart, who passed away today." top
The Los Angeles Schools buy iPad Trojan Horses for 30,000 students
lpress (707742) writes "MOOCs are controversial. University faculty generally hate them — for legitimate and not-so-legitimate reasons. University administrators and state legislatures tend to love them — the silver bullet that will ease the cost of education. The California State University System administration and legislature seem to be firmly in the latter camp. San Jose State University is leading the charge, first using MOOCs in "flipped" classes and now experimenting with MOOCs for credit. MOOCs will be a source of innovation, but teaching is a core function of a university, which should be outsourced with caution. Ameherst has taken a more prudent course than San Jose State — saying "no" to offering edX courses, but experimenting on their own." top
Amherst College says "no" to edX, but how about Google MOOCs?
lpress (707742) writes "The Amherst College faculty voted against joining edX, deciding instead to explore online teaching on their own, independent of the major MOOC providers. One option for Amherst is to experiment with an open source MOOC platform. Better yet, what if Google (or someone else) would offer a MOOC platform as a service that is open to anyone. Google is in a good position to do this. They have their own open source MOOC platform, Course Builder and they have the experience and infrastructure needed to offer large scale services like Gmail and Google Docs. If Google were to offer a MOOC service, Google MOOCs, teachers at Amherst could use it for MOOCs or to supplement or flip classes. Think of it as YouTube for classes." top
lpress writes "All botnets are evil, right? Not Carna. It crawled the Internet ethically without doing harm and gathered a ton of interesting data. For example, Carna counted pingable IP addresses, those behind firewalls and those with reverse DNS records, for a total of 1.3 IP addresses in use. The anonymous author has also posted a description of the Carna methodology and results. There are also maps and dynamic graphics and all the data is available for download." top
California and the Obama administration want higher education reform
lpress writes "In 1960, California governor Pat Brown presided over the establishment of a master plan for higher education that has guided the state for over 40 years. His son, now governor, Jerry Brown may be working toward higher education reform for the Internet era. California has an open textbook program, is experimenting with giving credit for MOOCs and is considering a bill that would require state colleges and universities to give credit for faculty-approved online courses taken by students unable to register for oversubscribed classes on campus. The Obama administration seems to be on the same page, calling for revision of the federal student aid system, allowing for new measures of value and new system of accreditation." top
Columbia University study slams traditional online classes
lpress writes "A Columbia University study of the efficacy of "traditional online classes" concluded that “the online format had a significantly negative relationship with both course persistence and course grade, indicating that the typical student had difficulty adapting to online courses.”
A review of the study reports that online results were poor across the board, but there the results were not homogeneous. For example “males, Black students, and students with lower levels of academic preparation experienced significantly stronger negative coefficients for online learning compared with their counterparts". Some courses — social science and professional school classes — also fared poorly online.
The study concludes with four policy recommendations to cope with the problems they found, but only one — wholesale improvement of courses seems viable and we may be learning how to do that in MOOCs." top
Bullish on MOOCs at the Davos World Economic Forum
One of the stars was 12 year old Khadija Niazi from Lahore, Pakistan, who completed the Stanford artificial intelligence MOOC when she was 11 and has taken Udacity and Coursera courses subsequently.
She participated in a Davos roundtable discussion entitled "RevolutiOnline.edu — Online Education Changing the World" along with Bill Gates, Jimmy Wales, Thomas Friedman and stars of the MOOC world.
The presidents of Harvard, Stanford and MIT all acknowledged that the experiments in new models of online learning will soon radically disrupt higher learning. Online education is a global market and Russian, British and Chinese universities were also at Davos.
Ms. Niazi's story reminds me of the story of the young mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who rose to fame after writing Professor G.H. Hardy at Cambridge from his village in Southern India. His first two letters to Hardy are said to have been returned unopened — tomorrow's Ramanujan will have an easier time of it. How many Ramanujans will we find enrolled online and what will be their contribution to humanity?" top
Republican Study Committee puts its foot in its mouth
lpress writes "The Republican Study Committee, chaired by Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, published a well reasoned critique of the copyright and patent systems, then quickly withdrew it. But Loren Weinstein published a copy on his excellent blog, so we can all see what Representative Jordan had to say and how quickly he retracted it. A lesson for him on the way the Internet works and a lesson for us on the way politics works."