Xray – User data and browsing

a new tool that reveals which data in a web account, such as emails, searches, or viewed products, are being used to target which outputs, such as ads, recommended products, or prices. It can increase end-user awareness about what the services they use do with their data, and it can enable auditors and watchdogs with the necessary tools to keep the Web in check.

 

Check it 0ut at http://xray.cs.columbia.edu/

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Open Access – Challenging Institutions

interesting essay – the opening

I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution.

An argument that current box model of education cannot scale to meet demand:

Diana Laurillard actually answers the question in the same talk, the same paper, in which she proposes. The dilemma, she writes, “By 2015 there will be 53 million out of school and UNESCO estimates that we need 1.6 million teachers to achieve universal primary education.”  (UNESCO, 2014) That’s primary education. That’s not secondary. That’s not tertiary, primary.  I did a quick off the cuff calculation. At $50,000 or 25,000 pounds we would need an additional 80 billion dollars in salary a year not counting buildings, equipment, resources, et cetera, roughly 40 billion pounds.

and a very interesting challenge:

Let’s turn the question around. What is the problem for which colleges and universities are the answer?

 

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Another “Read This” moment

Google Snippets

Quick project management

Holocracy

How to manage talented people by not bossing them around

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Robotics

review this site

http://www.dfrobot.com/index.php

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I am not responsible for the ads you may see.

WordPress has snuck this in … unless I pay $99 per site — you will be subjected to ads I do not control.  And we thought FB was bad for abusing folks.

#Wordpress #FAIL

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Focus and measure the short term; transparent planning for the long term

One of my first tasks in state government was to review the plans and progress for Y2K upgrades — some $320 million spread across 2 dozen agencies.  The State CIO developed a simple system of measuring momentum and progress — red, green, yellow signals.  If you made no progress in a month, or backed up, you got a red light.  If you had made progress, but not complete all tasks on schedule, you got yellow.  Green meant everything was going according to plan

This NYT story reminds me how effective such an implementation tool can be:

Getting Stuff Done: It’s a Goal, and a Rating System

Everybody should know what everybody’s goals and controls are, and everybody should understand their individual ones relative to their department, and their department’s goals relative to the company’s.  To achieve that, we publish company wide goals and controls. We have six major goals this year, and there might be three or four metrics for each. We publish that every month for the company. It’s transparent. Then we talk every month with the company about whether we’re at green, yellow or red on any of those six things, and we are very transparent about that. We don’t hide the bad news.

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New PEW study – Technology in Classrooms

Good read

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Teachers-and-technology

 

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