Anya Kamenetz shares three facts that research has shown about
educational technology such as online classrooms:
Implementation is really important, yet it's often ignored.
Imperfect data and inadequate evaluation make it hard to understand or improve the use of ed-tech.
Computers are enhancing access. There's less evidence that they're enhancing learning.
Hugh Gusterson suggests that academics should be financially rewarded for their contribution to the production of
. This article generated many comments which explore nuances of the issue.
Paul Fain summarizes a
report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation which calls for separating educational activities from credentialing assessment. Such a change would transfer billions in revenue from universities to for-profit testing centers.
Michael Kan reports that
two-factor SMS authentication
is no longer secure. According to Kan, a report from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology recommends that two-factor authentication messages should only be received by a secure app.
David Radwin presses for more data gathering on
. Mandated statistics do not break out non-traditional students (working adults), and this population takes far longer to reach graduation than the traditional full-time students.
Tom Henderson reports that
hackers seem to be the most common users of new domains such as .XYZ -- the new domain names are not superseeding the .COM domain for business purposes, which was their original intent. Thor Olavsrud prepared a slideshow illustrating the shadiest domains, based on data from Blue Coat Systems.
Howard Wen has developed a slideshow documenting the features in the new Windows 10 update
Galen Gruman has posted articles on accessing Microsoft Office 365 and
OneDrive from many devices. "Insider" status (obtained by providing your email) is required to view the Gruman articles in their entirety.
Jon Markham suggests that companies will use Google sensor technology to ease traffic congestion and
throughout a city. Smart metering would allow pricing for parking to vary depending on the time of day.
Sidewalk, a Google subdivision, has a project called
which would streamline parking space and transportation usage while providing city governments with income.
Frank also notes that Skype for Business now allows three particpants to communicate for free (and up to ten during a trial period). Skype for Business is replacing Microsoft's Lync service, and is available for PC and Mac.
Bryan Lunduke found living without a
Graphical User Interface
(GUI) to be intolerable after ten days, because our user experience is now so visual. He shared software, some with roots in the 1980's, which provided a form of user experience, but it was extremely cumbersome to command the computer using only text.
Mark Gibbs introduces Nexar's
app, which uses an iPhone as a camera with motion and location sensors. As Gibbs mentions, there are privacy issues with recording and making publically available the driving behaviors of those around you, but there is also the benefit of greater accountability for bad behavior.
Joao Rocha shares the 18th Century song
Anacreon in Heaven, the musical ancestor of the U.S. National Anthem.
Rocha offers the following comments on the tune, as well as the lyrics:
The song was written for the Anacreontic Society, probably around 1771. The tune (...) is now thought to have been written "collectively" by members of the society, led by John Stafford Smith (...). The society met every two weeks to get drunk, sing songs and to indulge in some debauchery. Anacreon himself was a Greek poet from about 570BC who was noted for his erotic poetry (...) and his drinking songs.
To Anacreon in Heav'n, where he sat in full glee,
A few sons of harmony sent in a petition
That he their Inspirer and patron would be;
When this answer arriv'd from the Jolly Old Grecian "Voice, fiddle and flute, "no longer be mute,
"I'll lend you my name and inspire you to boot,
"And, besides, I'll instruct you, like me, to intwine
"The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine."
Ye Sons of Anacreon, then join hand in hand;
Preserve unanimity, friendship and love!
'Tis yours to support what's so happily plann'd;
You've the sanction of Gods and the fiat of Jove. While thus we agree Our toast let it be:
"May our club flourish happy, united and free!
"And long may the sons of Anacreon intwine
"The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine."
Source: http://www.miketodd.net/encyc/anacreo... ; Song performed by John Townley, from "The Top Hits Of 1776", Adelphi Records; Picture: "Drinking-song", Mihály Zichy, 1874