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Education standards 'not good enough' warns former Tesco boss

Education standards 'not good enough' warns former Tesco boss | AJCann | Scoop.it
Universities focus too much on research at the expense of teaching, said Sir Outoftouch, one of the country's leading businessmen. He said that “one or two essays a term does not equip a person for the rigours of work”.
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Playing with ShowMe

Playing with ShowMe | AJCann | Scoop.it
Not sure about this yet...
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The Scoop.it saga continues

The Scoop.it saga continues | AJCann | Scoop.it
I hadn't planned to write any more about Scoop.it for a while because I feel I've said enough for now, but I was involved in some interesting discussions yesterday that are worth recording.
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This, I like: Gmail Canned Responses

This, I like: Gmail Canned Responses | AJCann | Scoop.it
After installing Canned Response via Google Labs, building a response is as easy as composing a message and then saving it. Sending a canned response is even easier. Just select it from the menu.
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Elite universities may adopt GPA

Elite universities may adopt GPA | AJCann | Scoop.it
Seven universities are set to accelerate plans to scrap the UK's honours degree-classification system by replacing it with the US grade-point average model. The group, which includes six Russell Group institutions but not the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, has held a series of informal discussions on introducing GPA.
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You Can Now Turn Your Own Computer Into A Pogoplug

You Can Now Turn Your Own Computer Into A Pogoplug | AJCann | Scoop.it
Pogoplug is today releasing new software that basically turns any PC or Mac into a Pogoplug device, no additional hardware required.
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Scoop.it masterclass

Scoop.it masterclass | AJCann | Scoop.it
I've written about Scoop.it several times recently, but I'm still getting blank looks from lots of folks, so here's the how, and more importantly the why, of Scoop.it.
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Consumers Don’t Want Tablets, They Want iPads

Consumers Don’t Want Tablets, They Want iPads | AJCann | Scoop.it
Though consumers desire the iPad for the functions it performs, they want it more for what it is. Just as many preferred the iPod to the generic MP3 player, so too do they prefer the iPad to the generic “tablet.” Apple is succeeding in the category because it reinvented it. Now anyone that hopes to compete in it must do so by peddling products similar to it. And because of that, Apple will dominate the tablet category in much the same way it dominated the portable music player category. So there is a tablet market, but it’s been subsumed by the iPad market, just as the MP3 player market was engulfed by the market for the iPod.
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Terry McAndrew: Credit where credit is due for Educational Resource producers

Terry McAndrew: Credit where credit is due for Educational Resource producers | AJCann | Scoop.it
Still banging our heads against the OER wall.

Project OeRBITAL:
http://heabiowiki.leeds.ac.uk/oerbital/index.php/Main_Page
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Should we ever fight lies with lies?

Should we ever fight lies with lies? | AJCann | Scoop.it
Jo noted that if you upload photos to Flickr, they get picked up by people doing Google searches. Her photos of ads for weight-loss tea, accompanied by her comments that there’s no evidence for effectiveness, have actually appeared on websites advertising the stuff.
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Google Already had a Like Button

Google Already had a Like Button | AJCann | Scoop.it
Goofle - they just can't do it. This is why facebook is going to win.
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Problem with Scoop.it Feedback

Tried to post a feedback comment (Scoop.it nasty crashes - text too long?) but the feedback system wants my email password. You're not getting my email password for feedback about your site (you've got my email address, that's all you need). So no feedback them. Shame.
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Jeff Sonstein's comment, June 24, 2011 11:22 AM
this seems stoopid of Scoopi.it
AJCann's comment, June 25, 2011 3:16 AM
I'm happy to authenticate my twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts through Scoop.it, but I see no reason why they need my GMail password. Shame, because I have several feedback issues I would like to raise. Overall though, I like Scoop.it a lot.
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Illich Oops

"It is at this point that the example of China becomes important. For three millennia, China protected higher learning through a total divorce between the process of learning and the privilege conferred by mandarin examinations. To become a world power and a modern nation-state, China had to adopt the international style of schooling. Only hindsight will allow us to discover if the Great Cultural Revolution will turn out to have been the first successful attempt at deschooling the institutions of society."
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Twylah: Transform your tweets into custom page

Twylah: Transform your tweets into custom page | AJCann | Scoop.it
"Transform your tweets into a custom fan page" Interesting - midway between Scoop.it and paper.li
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Facebook's Unbelievable Effect On The Rest Of The Web

Facebook's Unbelievable Effect On The Rest Of The Web | AJCann | Scoop.it
If you exclude online video, and mobile web consumption, Elowitz says, "the web is shrinking." He says the rest of the web is quickly becoming "irrelevant," and argues that in the future companies will need to spend less time on SEO, and more time on optimizing for Facebook.
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As someone who is infographically challenged, I have to agree...

As someone who is infographically challenged, I have to agree... | AJCann | Scoop.it
"I know I’m being unfair to Mr. Tufte, but funny is not fair. In fact, there’s an infographic I created that demonstrates this quite clearly."
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SHOCK NEWS: UCU General Secretary says something relevant

SHOCK NEWS: UCU General Secretary says something relevant | AJCann | Scoop.it
"Senate sat alongside council who used to listen very carefully to senate. My sense has been that that now is not the case and council is not a place where the academic voice has a predominant influence or interest. And that is why it's starting to verge on two different communities."
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Why Klout is bullish*t

Any time I see sites offering you the ability to add a widget to your site with a number on it you know that all that matters is that little number. I've seen these badges start to appear on blogs around the web and it's effectively saying look how important I am and look at my influence. People with real influence are never going to add a Klout badge to their site.
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Google Now Reaches 1 Billion People Per Month

Google Now Reaches 1 Billion People Per Month | AJCann | Scoop.it
Google is the first company to break the 1 billion uniques per month barrier according to comScore.
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College 2.0: Academics and Colleges Split Their Personalities for Social Media

College 2.0: Academics and Colleges Split Their Personalities for Social Media | AJCann | Scoop.it
I've long though about having an @scurrilousme account and a professional one, but I wouldn't be tweeting about my gutters falling off.
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iOS: The Evolution of an Agile Business

iOS: The Evolution of an Agile Business | AJCann | Scoop.it
Apple’s goal has always been very clearly stated — Sell. More. Hardware. Having pivoted with the App Store to drive uptake of the devices, Apple are reminding participants that they live at Apple’s convenience. The change in words above was, I think, a method of avoiding any unwelcome antitrust investigations, whilst leaving them plenty of room to decide on the basis of what’s best for them, who stays in the store. After all, there’s always the Web apps, right? I think Apple would love for many current App Store products to be Web apps.
But surely, Apple will lose control if HTML5-based Web Apps really take off?
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A blast from the past

A blast from the past | AJCann | Scoop.it
From the archives: Training the teachers: virtual learning – real benefits?
But how much has changed?
Hmm, link seems to be broken - here it is:
http://drbadgr.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/from-the-archives-training-the-teachers-virtual-learning-–-real-benefits/
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The History of Email [not e-mail]

The History of Email [not e-mail] | AJCann | Scoop.it
Just this year, the AP Stylebook, a.k.a. the holy book of all (or most) journalists, amended the spelling of e-mail to email, allowing articles such as this one to save bigtime on hyphens.
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Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky – review

Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky – review | AJCann | Scoop.it
Disingenuous review of Cognitive Surplus by Nicholas Lezard in The Guardian.
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Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich

Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich | AJCann | Scoop.it
" The old university was a liberated zone for discovery and the discussion of ideas both new and old. Masters and students gathered to read the texts of other masters, now long dead, and the living words of the dead masters gave new perspective to the fallacies of the present day. The university was then a community of academic quest and endemic unrest. In the modern multiversity this community has fled to the fringes, where it meets in a pad, a professor's office, or the chaplain's quarters. The structural purpose of the modern university has little to do with the traditional quest. Since Gutenberg, the exchange of disciplined, critical inquiry has, for the most part, moved from the "chair" into print. The modern university has forfeited its chance to provide a simple setting for encounters which are both autonomous and anarchic, focused yet unplanned and ebullient, and has chosen instead to manage the process by which so-called research and instruction are produced. I believe that the contemporary crisis of education demands that we review the very idea of publicly prescribed learning, rather than the methods used in its enforcement. The dropout rate - especially of junior-high-school students and elementary-school teachers - points to a grass-roots demand for a completely fresh look. The "classroom practitioner" who considers himself a liberal teacher is increasingly attacked from all sides. The free-school movement, confusing discipline with indoctrination, has painted him into the role of a destructive authoritarian. The educational technologist consistently demonstrates the teacher's inferiority at measuring and modifying behavior. And the school administration for which he works forces him to bow to both Summerhill and Skinner, making it obvious that compulsory learning cannot be a liberal enterprise. No wonder that the desertion rate of teachers is overtaking that of their students."
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