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A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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The Importance of Continuing Education for Digital Leaders

The Importance of Continuing Education for Digital Leaders | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Keeping up with technology is every executive’s job, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. Here are three strategies for staying relevant in the digital age.
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Reasons and resources to help you remain up-to-date on digital. I guess following my blog is one of them!

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Harvard is one step closer to offering free tuition

Harvard is one step closer to offering free tuition | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The school's endowment was $37.6 billion at the end of last year, making it the largest university endowment in the world.

Via THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*
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Digital flip in education - teaching using videos offline then meeting in class for exercices and group discussion - may not be the only transformation. Having alumni contribute after they graduate rather than before may be the wave of the future, no?

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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, February 14, 2016 6:51 AM

Elite, prestigious college may soon offer free tuition

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America is failing its children by not teaching code in every high school via @qz

America is failing its children by not teaching code in every high school via @qz | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Outfits like code.org and Black Girls Code help, and so do some employers: Google’s Made with Code aims to bring women into the field, while payments company Square offers high school code camps. Intel just last week pledged $5 million for computer science programs at two high schools in Oakland, California.
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How can students learn to code when their teacher are often clueless about it and software professionals - in high demand - make much much more as developers of games and 0.99$ ipad apps...? Lately resources are starting to appear - see some in the article.


Why is this important? IMHO learning to code is important because it teaches about structure and procedures and thinking through every possible scenario. It is a way of life, more than a technical skill. No?

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Thank you @Russell R. Roberts, Jr., @Susan Stuedle
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Kano Ships 99$ Learn-To-Code Computer Kits- great way to teach kids about programming & digital via @TechCrunch

Kano Ships 99$ Learn-To-Code Computer Kits- great way to teach kids about programming & digital via @TechCrunch | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Kano Computing, a startup that plays in the learn to code space by adding a step-by-step hand-holding layer atop the Raspberry Pi single-board..
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Kano was a 1.5M$ kickstarter project that now ships its first 18000 computers. It feels like the modern day version of electronic kits for kids such as the 130-in-1 which I played when I was young and that got my daughter interested in technology when she was young.


Kano feels like this amazing kit to help kids learn about programming, in what many believe to be an essential skill for the future.


http://bit.ly/1C7gTZG

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How Google Glass Will Revolutionize 9 Industries

How Google Glass Will Revolutionize 9 Industries | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Some of them won't survive.
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Very interesting insight, although very thin analysis. I agree healthcare, construction, police, education, travel will be transformed. For sure advertising as well.


But it looks a lot like the internet in the early days; a new information delivery medium. Little emplhasis seems to be placed on collaboration of what was called 2.0. Maybe we'll have glasses 2.0?

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How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education | Wired Magazine

How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education | Wired Magazine | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Salman Khan's educational website of 2,400 video lessons could be the solution to middle-of-the-class mediocrity.

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Initially, Thordarson thought Khan Academy would merely be a helpful supplement to her normal instruction. But it quickly become far more than that. She’s now on her way to “flipping” the way her class works. This involves replacing some of her lectures with Khan’s videos, which students can watch at home. Then, in class, they focus on working problem sets. The idea is to invert the normal rhythms of school, so that lectures are viewed on the kids’ own time and homework is done at school. It sounds weird, Thordarson admits, but this flipping makes sense when you think about it. It’s when they’re doing homework that students are really grappling with a subject and are most likely to need someone to talk to. And now Thordarson can tell just when this grappling occurs: Khan Academy provides teachers with a dashboard application that lets her see the instant a student gets stuck.

Farid Mheir's insight:

This is a perfect example of digital transformation. By leveraging YouTube videos and self-evaluation web tools, Khan has managed to transform education and hopefully make it better. He did not simply replace an existing classroom presentation with a recorded one but actually managed to change the "way" teaching is done. He changed the "process" with digital tools. That's the transformation.


How can businesses apply this "flipping" to what they are doing?

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Do you know what MOOCs are? Massively Open Online Classes transform education

Do you know what MOOCs are? Massively Open Online Classes transform education | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

More than 300,000 people have signed up to the University of Edinburgh's free massive open online courses (Moocs) since they were first announced in July 2012, it has been revealed.

For every student physically studying in Edinburgh, there are now ten online learners, a statement from the university says.


Via Robin Good
Farid Mheir's insight:

Some classes register 300,000 students. Massive. Great evolution. But not as revolutionary as the Khan Academy could prove to be....

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Robin Good's curator insight, February 6, 2013 5:39 AM


Can MOOCs and OER (open educational resources) represent a strategic marketing opportunity for educational institutions?


David Cormier writes about it: "According to the Times Higher article from yesterday, The University of Edinburgh got 300,000 students for its Coursera courses.


The article magically sets out what I have always thought was the most likely business model for MOOCs – the loss leader.


In 220 words they lay out their reasoning… they currently have 2000 online students. They want to have 10000 students. One can imagine that they hope that of the 300K 8000 students not currently registered for ‘for pay’ courses at the institution will decide to pay money to have a longer relationship with their institution."


From the original article by David Cormier: "...your ability to market online courses could increasingly be a question of whether you have the kind of faculty that people want to take a course with.


If i’m looking to learn something about connectivism, and I see George’s name on half the things that are written about them, I’m going to be tempted to take the connectivism course with george at Athabasca.


If he’d published all those things in closed journals, it seems less likely that they would get found..."



Interesting. Insightful. 8/10


Full article: http://www.xedbook.com/?p=120


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Curated by Farid Mheir
Digital transformation technology consultant and Enterprise Architect. Works with business executives in the fields of eCommerce, Cloud, Web2.0, enterprise2.0, sourcing2.0