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Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone, Everywhere | What's Next Blog

"Google has launched (literally) Project Loon because two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.


Project Loon starts this month with an experimental pilot in New Zealand, with the launch of 30 balloons which will beam Internet to a small group of pilot testers. The experience of these pilot testers will be used to refine the technology and shape the next phase of Project Loon." from source: http://www.whatsnextblog.com/

ghbrett's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:30 PM

First there was the idea of low, slow flying solar aircraft with internet radios to provide internet coverage over an area of say, a county. Now Google has upped the stakes with Project Loon. Using balloons at 20Km near the stratosphere in a mesh like network. This network with communicate among the peers in space to stations on the ground that will then spread the internet more widely. I will be curious to see how this progresses. You can find more about the project at:  http://www.google.com/loon/ ;  or watch an tech intro at: http://youtu.be/mcw6j-QWGMo a short informative intro at finally a more general video at:  http://youtu.be/m96tYpEk1Ao

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5 Characteristics Of Global Learning

5 Characteristics Of Global Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"This post is more about the characteristics of that kind of approach to learning. As globalization becomes more and more inevitable, understanding where we’re drifting might help us make adjustments as we go, yes? The characteristics are numerous and we could almost start anywhere, but five broad characteristics appear below.
1. Local –> Global pattern
2. Self-Directed
3. Iterative & Spiraled
4. Social & Digital
5. Drive By New Actuators"
from source:http://www.teachthought.com/

ghbrett's insight:

While this post is brief, the points are well made. Another thought is "Global" as I understand it here is trans-national, that is, it is crossing international boundaries. I think that Organizations and Agencies that deal with non-traditional students, staff or employees world wide should consider these five elements as well.

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