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Google Fiber in Austin Challenges AT&T-Led Web Providers

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Google Inc. will roll out a high- speed Internet access service in Austin, Texas, that is more than 100 times faster than some broadband services, posing a challenge to access providers.
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Internet grows to over 252 million domain names in 2012

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6.1 million new domain names added in Q4 of CY12, says VeriSign Domain Name Industry brief (Internet grows to over 252 million domain names in 2012 - Business Standard: Business StandardInterne...
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Why most K-12 schools aren't ready for the iPad revolution - VentureBeat

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First, it was schools testing the waters by buying a class set of 30 to be usable by multiple teachers or assigned to one tech-forward pilot classroom.
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The article addresses some of the simple but real issues behind succeeding in teaching, such as more time to prepare and better salary to encourage retention and new hires. I would like to add that pay advances for years spent in content related jobs would also motivate many to leave and return to the field and draw new talent as well. Teaching day in day out begins to drain a single person that is all too often being the inspiration and driving force for 30 to 120 people each day. Leaving to work out side of the school environment with peers can greatly help the teacher become a top-notch inspiration again. I do believe in the study of teaching and education certification for long-term teacher’s certification. Special, shorter specialist certificates might be used to draw those that work in specialty, non-teaching careers as "specialist in residence" type teachers much like the "artist in residence" are used. Leaps in pay in terms of 5 to 10 thousand for certain milestones like having reached five years of successful teaching or each degree acheived have greater value or other achievements that would bring cash advancements. Today many teachers drive school buses before or after school, coach, work on weekends or do summer maintance at the school to earn higher annual salaries and be able to afford to work in the field they where they love teaching young people. School all year round is not in my mind the best answer unless the student and teacher have horrible family lives they need to excape from. When school is in the world goes around the school. Life should not go around school or a job. School and the job should go around life. The breaks give time for family and other factors to dominate the young person's attention and that is critical to development as well.

 

Those working in content careers suffer the same dilemma. They lose ground and pay if they stay out of their specialty applied skills job for very long. Perhaps two year supervised internships that count towards normal annual raises would also help. Learning to inspire and teach others the knowledge you hold never hurts anyone and is a great manager training. Teachers working in their content field or even just general advanced work also enhance their teaching by these real world exchanges and should see a pay advance for that time. Most that teach know to make the best, little money you can make in teaching you start at twenty-three and never stop till you are at least 55 to 65. What are the odds of most holding their enthusiasm all those years non-stop? All this said, constant changes in the school environment do not encourage the community bond required for a healthy learning and work environment so constant turn over is not good. The idea that half the teachers job is establishing the trust and acceptance of students and fellow staff is true, but some limited flexibility to move in and out of the profession without permanent pay cuts would encourage retention, refuel inspiration, and allow for visiting “specialist in residence” programs to enhance the learning environment..

 

Leaving teaching for even a year right now means a permanent pay cut because if you leave teaching for even one year much less five or ten years to work even in an area relating to content or educational resources of some other type your pay freezes and can only advance if you stay within the school system somewhere. This is a major reason many stay gone when they feel a need to do something different than classroom teaching and many continue when they should get out for a while and do something to refresh their skills and personal and professional development. I would say only a few "thrive" by never leaving.

 

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There is essentially universal agreement that we need to invest heavily in STEM education, particularly from a human resource standpoint. Well, guess what: Handing a student an iPad won’t inspire them to build it or program it. You’d be better off giving them a graphing calculator or a cheap computer and teaching them to code.

If you think the device is inspirational in and of itself, walk into a school that has a BYOD policy, then lift any content or usage restrictions and see how students spend their time. A few exceptional kids might surprise you, but for the most part, you’ll find a gaggle of Facebook and Twitter posts and some really high Temple Run scores.

Teach a man to fish, eh? Give a kid an app and you inspire her for a day; teach a kid to make apps and you inspire her for a lifetime.

 


Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/08/k-12-ipad-revolution/#ypzxj2VFgqAooQaV.99

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7 of the worst things about modern technology

7 of the worst things about modern technology | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Modern technology provides so many of life's joys.  After all, where would we be without Netflix on movie night or our GPS when taking a road trip?
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Google faces complaint to European regulator over 'predatory pricing' - The Guardian

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'3 Day Startup' programme held - Gulf Times

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Over 40 students representing universities in Qatar collaborated to build innovative technology start-ups for Qatari and international markets during the three-day entrepreneurship “boot camp”.
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Why Bitcoin scares banks and governments

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Bitcoin offers an alternative to the conventional, state-sanctioned banking system. Maybe that's why powerful institutions are so wary of it, writes John Naughton (RT @iTTi_news: #OnDigitizedMoney: Bitcoin, a new currency for a new democracy?
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Virtual Money! Could it be the future?

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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space

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Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss. It was published this month by Corwin.

Via Anna Hu
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This looks like an exciting way to teach and learn. I have noticed from back in the days of team teaching that this style does not fit every teacher and learner. Many teachers feel driven to have far more structure and control and many students are not comfortable with so much student direction. or potential distraction. There were also in the past teacher that thought self paced work meant teacher don't help, monitor much or get in the way. The balance is sometimes hard to create, but once it happens the learning and the teaching is more exciting.

 

I think finding a mix within the school  is a great idea and include this open, project based structure for those who and teach and learn this way. Eventually the feel and how to function may spread to most. New structures and learning environmentts need leadership training and preparation. and that was very likely the failure of the open classroom model earlier as well as the fact some people just don't have the personality for it as teachers or learners.

 

More people today are use to multi-tasking so we may find open classrooms work better today than in the 70s.

 

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This looks inspiring!

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Facebook Home wants your data, but don't worry: just lie to it now and then - The Guardian

Facebook Home wants your data, but don't worry: just lie to it now and then - The Guardian | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The Guardian Facebook Home wants your data, but don't worry: just lie to it now and then The Guardian Modern technology increasingly encourages a peculiar kind of information exhibitionism, defaulting to making you "share" your every digital move,...
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Scoop This: A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation - Search Engine Journal

Scoop This: A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation - Search Engine Journal | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
We’ve been hearing (and talking) a lot about curation and how helpful it can be for companies. As you all know, I’m sure, great content is one sure thing i
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Scoop.it is for those that like to collect and share information. This is a great article about how to use scoopit.Enjoy!

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IT trends: Gartner's 2013 predictions for information management | PublicTechnology

IT trends: Gartner's 2013 predictions for information management | PublicTechnology | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Gartner has identified the top technology trends that will play key roles in modernising information management and infrastructure in 2013.
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"Information is one of the four powerful forces changing the way business is done. Significant innovation continues in the field of information management (IM) technologies and practices driven by the volume, velocity and variety of information, and the huge amount of value — and potential liability — locked inside all this ungoverned and underused information.”

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Guardian Goggles: because life's too short to think for yourself - video

Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief, unveils the latest exciting step in the Guardian's mission to harness the power of online media: Guardian Goggles (Anyone interested in Education who didn't watch the Guardian Goggles video really should see it through...
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Canon outs VIXIA HF G30 camcorder with premium optics, XA20 and XA25 for ... - Engadget

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Windows Phone 8 will reportedly get 1080P support later this year

Windows Phone 8 will reportedly get 1080P support later this year | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
In perhaps not a surprising move, Microsoft is expected to add 1080P resolution support for Windows Phone 8 displays later this year with the General ...
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Apple 'to begin production of fifth-generation iPad this summer'

Apple 'to begin production of fifth-generation iPad this summer' | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the fourth generation model, according to the Taiwanese tech industry news website. It will have a strea...
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Ericsson to buy Microsoft Internet TV unit - Chicago Tribune

Ericsson to buy Microsoft Internet TV unit - Chicago Tribune | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
FRANCE 24 Ericsson to buy Microsoft Internet TV unit Chicago Tribune Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson struck a deal on Monday to buy Microsoft Corp's Mediaroom IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies to deliver...
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Facebook Home: lockpicking Android for fun and profit

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Jean-Louis Gassée: Mark Zuckerberg's landgrab on the open source space of Android poses problems for Google: given that both companies want user data, it can't afford to sit back and watch (#AutoFollow Facebook Home: lockpicking Android for fun and...
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Smart Bracelet Will Protect Aid Workers the World Over - TechnoBuffalo

Smart Bracelet Will Protect Aid Workers the World Over - TechnoBuffalo | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
TechnoBuffalo Smart Bracelet Will Protect Aid Workers the World Over TechnoBuffalo The Civil Rights Defenders campaign group has developed a bracelet that could keep its workers just a bit safer in danger zones around the world, but how long will...
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This sounds like a very good idea if it doesn't but them more at risk.

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Education Finally Ripe for Radical Innovation by Social Entrepreneurs - Forbes

Education Finally Ripe for Radical Innovation by Social Entrepreneurs - Forbes | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Education Finally Ripe for Radical Innovation by Social Entrepreneurs Forbes This unusual background gives me complete confidence that the technology-enabled transformation currently under way WILL radically improve access to high quality education...
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 I agree that technology can greatly enhance learning once anyone can read and self direct. The critical thing is to keep the internet open and knowledge freely flowing and affordable access or this might not happen.

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An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing | Didactics and Technology in Education

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An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing | Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience publishes articles on the most outstanding discoveries across the research spectrum of Frontiers (...) - Frontiers...
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Technology Saves Your Personal Economy | CR News Reports©

Technology Saves Your Personal Economy | CR News Reports© | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
We see many small trends happening all at once. They will all be trying to compete to be the end-all solution. This is especially apparent in the portable electronic device world.
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3-D printer makes living human tissue-like material - Examiner.com

3-D printer makes living human tissue-like material - Examiner.com | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
3-D printer makes living human tissue-like material Examiner.com But if all the inspirational, creative, artistic and engineering or even kitchen inventions and gadgets you could create, there also are going to be the dark side of 3-D printing just...
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Smartphone Security Tips

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Tablets and smart phones exploded into the workspace in 2012, and that trend is expected to continue. The ease of use and size make these smaller devices the preferred technology for many people. U...
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Researchers testing nuclear fusion technology that could power NASA's rockets - The Verge

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Researchers testing nuclear fusion technology that could power NASA's rockets The Verge NASA-funded researchers at the University of Washington will test a unique approach to nuclear fusion this summer, in the hopes that the technology will replace...
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20 Awesome Business Cards That You Just Can't Ignore - Business 2 Community

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With advances in digital printing services and other technologies, the possibilities are almost endless.
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