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Swedish School Redesigned for Digital Learning

Swedish School Redesigned for Digital Learning | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

The design of the school was based on what actually happens when we learn, a difference from traditionally built school buildings. It stimulated the children’s curiosity and creativity; it offered reflection and cooperation in the school, in mobile teams and on the web. The students were equipped with the latest digital technology in a rapidly changing world.


Via Nik Peachey
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Swedes redesign thinking about architecture, technology, schools and learning...

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Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, February 14, 2014 3:03 AM

An interesting approach to early education, with a focus on creativity and innovation. Too early to tell, but initial results (in maths) seem to indicate positive results -- that is, above the Swedish national average. The title is a bit misleading, as pupils are not "digital"; however, the actual learning activities are supported by technology.

Paul's curator insight, February 14, 2014 4:38 PM

I agree, we want furniture that will make collaboration more natural, but very expensive!

Paul Harrington's curator insight, February 15, 2014 6:19 AM

This appears to be a first world solution. We shouldn't forget that there is another way - http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/Beginnings.html

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The Rise of Punk Analytics - Data Matters

The Rise of Punk Analytics - Data Matters | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

Mid-1970s rock music was dominated by "prog-rock" and long, complex, concept-laden albums, created using multi-track recording and very difficult to replicate live without trucks full of equipment and lots of highly-skilled session musicians. But things changed after 1976; the 'anyone can play guitar' do-it-yourself (DIY) ethic of punk altered everything in rock.

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Sad news for any Prog-Rock Analytics fans out there...

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy complex, has been told to migrate 48,000 internet-connected PCs off Windows XP sooner rather than later.
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Doh!

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Microsoft profits decimated = and it's YOUR FAULT for not buying PCs

Microsoft profits decimated = and it's YOUR FAULT for not buying PCs | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Once again, it was the PC market what dunnit. Redmond's Devices and Consumer Licensing reporting segment – which covers sales of software like Windows and Office to the retail market – reported revenue of $3.48bn, a 20.7 per cent decline from a year ago.
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Microsoft's net income was still $4.99bn for the last quarter, so don't shed too many tears...

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Microsoft has quietly let it be known it's developed a cheap cut of the Surface 3 for schools.
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The EduSurface 3 will have 32GB storage capacity and 2GB memory. #NotBad

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Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people

Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
The Crawley facility is intended mainly for UK and European customers, and was built to handle increased demand. “Companies prefer to keep their data local,” Texas-based Rackspace tells us.
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Your data is not from around here, is it?

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Virginia axes un-patched WinXP-powered ballot boxes
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Bit late in the day. Known issues since 2006(!)

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

Come September 2015, the manual option to enable Java will also disappear.

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Code running in an NPAPI-based plugin - like Java - has the full permissions of the current user and is not sandboxed or shielded from malicious input. #ouch 

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7 ways the Internet of Things will change your workplace

7 ways the Internet of Things will change your workplace | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

By 2019, the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things will grow nearly tenfold, from 2.5 billion in 2014 to almost 24 billion, according to BI Intelligence estimates.

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Microsoft + Fujitsu team up for Internet of Green Things

Microsoft + Fujitsu team up for Internet of Green Things | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

The original 2013 project applied sensors and computing to closely monitor the chemical composition of the liquid fertilisers used in growing lettuce, which had a production target of 3,500 heads of lettuce a day. 

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The new (greener?) techno-lettuce will be grown using Windows 8.1 Pro running on Fujitsu devices, Fujitsu's Cloud A5 for Microsoft Azure, and Fujitsu's IoT/machine-to-machine platform.

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Microsoft goes cloud KERR-AZY, chops Windows Server to bits

Microsoft goes cloud KERR-AZY, chops Windows Server to bits | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

Hacked-down Nano Server goes great with Hyper-V containers, says Microsoft

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Proper Techy News: It's all about Nano Servers and Containerization, courtesy of the Redmond Crew. 

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Someone at the Chocolate Factory doesn't realise that Douglas Adams wrote satire, and has patented replaceable robot personalities.
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"Here I am, brain the size of a planet and they ask me to take you down to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction? 'Cos I don't."

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Police in egg/face blunder as Met's shop-a-crim site's SSL cert expires

Police in egg/face blunder as Met's shop-a-crim site's SSL cert expires | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

London's Rozzers play fast and loose with concerned citizens' security

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The Police De Do Do Do nothing to renew their SSL certification.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

The new Surface 3 is a 10.8-inch device, slightly smaller and lighter than the Surface 3 Pro's 12 inches.

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Goodbye RT; it's full-fat Windows from now on in for Microsoft's tablets.

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Wi-Fi hack creates 'no iOS zone' that cripples iPhones and iPads

Wi-Fi hack creates 'no iOS zone' that cripples iPhones and iPads | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

A newly-discovered iOS bug makes it possible for hackers to send iOS devices into an endless restart loop, using nothing but a WiFi network

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What's the odds on the hackers being Android Fanbois?

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990 | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Fraud fighters David Byrne and Charles Henderson say one of the world's largest Point of Sale (PoS) systems vendors has been slapping the same default passwords – 166816 – on its kit since 1990. Worse still: about 90 per cent of customers are still using the password.
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#fail

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Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

The mention of shadow IT can produce beads of sweat on the brow of any knowledgeable IT staff member. For those who do not know, the term covers any company systems and services that are not procured by the IT department.

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BYOD and Cloud get a kicking in particular...

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Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down in dash to flash

Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down in dash to flash | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

The reasons for the decline are the replacement of PCs by tablets and smart phones and their use of flash storage, together with the use of flash for storing data which must be accessed quickly.

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Flash winning the storage battle.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Patch Tuesday bug reverse engineered by Thursday
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Patch? Or maybe use Apache instead?!

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
It seems possible such an army may be coordinated from your smartphone, smartwatch or smartglasses.
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The patent is for a method of task allocation that is distributed over a plurality of devices utilising a "health level" based on the expected remaining amount of time until the robot needs maintenance.

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3 Tips for Securing Wearable Technology In the Work Place

3 Tips for Securing Wearable Technology In the Work Place | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Wearables will open new possibilities for effeciency and cyber vulnerability. It's not too early to get policies in place.
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First there was BYOD, now there's BYOW.

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Taunton Deane Borough Council to step away from outsourced ICT contract

Taunton Deane Borough Council to step away from outsourced ICT contract | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

A 10-year outsourced shared services contract covering ICT has delivered less than a third of the £10m savings anticipated to one of the member councils, according to a new report.

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The Southwest One (SWO) contract is between supplier IBM, Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Avon & Somerset Police.

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Internet of Things devices lack fundamental security, study finds

Internet of Things devices lack fundamental security, study finds | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
What do you find when you test the security of today's IoT devices? Vulnerabilities which could allow for robbery, theft or even stalking.
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Your garage door could be about to let burglars into your gaff...

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Norwegian Digital Agenda streamlines public sector services

Norwegian Digital Agenda streamlines public sector services | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

Digital Agenda Norway (DAN) is inspired by the 'Digital Agenda for Europe' framework but is tailored for Norway’s own priorities and challenges, including a small domestic market and a sparsely populated country.

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"Digital Agenda for Europe"? Me neither...but almost 60% of Norwegians are now eGovernment users, whilst the corresponding EU average is only 33%, so they must be doing something right.

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Bristol’s ‘Smart City’ reserved for boffins. Sorry bumpkins.

Bristol’s ‘Smart City’ reserved for boffins. Sorry bumpkins. | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
The City of Bristol claims it will be the world’s first programmable city, after launching a software-defined network that will deliver ultra-fast fibre and a wireless canopy across the city.
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Wallace and Gromit will be out of luck in that case...

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Amazon's clouds are da bomb, say EU data protection watchdogs

Amazon's clouds are da bomb, say EU data protection watchdogs | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
According to the working party, Amazon cloud customers can be sure that even when their data is transferred across the world, under the so-called “controller-to-processor” clauses it will still get the same level of protection as if it was stored in the European Union.
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Hopefully not an April Fool...

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