Web annotations have been a longtime dream of many, but for many it was fool's gold - tantalizingly close, but ultimately worthless. We've seen a slew of efforts - web post-its, side-bar wikis, dual-column pages, and more. Now the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has come out with recommendations, including "a structured model and format, in JSON, to enable annotations to be shared and reused across different hardware and software platforms." Will this be the standard that makes the difference? Image: ShowMe
About ten years too late, the LMS industry is in decline. "The self-paced e-learning market — defined by LMS, off-the-shelf content and services — is in steep decline and is expected to drop from global revenues of $46.6 billion in 2016 to $33.4 billion by 2021. According to the report: “In the current e-learning market, the single most unfavorable place to be is the LMS market, which is essentially imploding, particularly in the U.S. corporate segment that has a negative 33.9 percent growth rate."
What I like about the current age is that people have started thinking about different ways of representing (and different audiences) for all sorts of information. Today we have by way of example Nietzsche in Shapes and Colors, "a board book aimed at introducing Nietzschean themes to children by way of simple phrases and beautiful illustrations, including naturalism." And why don't we teach young children about the wonders of nature, the varieties of perspective, and personal empowerment? I had to wait until I was in university before I discovered these things had names and weren't the products of my imagination.
As this article suggests, it's probably no coincidence that Google, Microsoft and Apple each have a product named 'Classroom'. Though all are listed as 'free', each requires the purchase of an expensive application or software suite. The products are being targeted aggressively at schools (especially in the U.S.) and the companies have created associated 'classroom' communities. The tools are mostly used to help students collaborate on documents and to submit homework assignments. Related: are we innovating or just digitizing traditional teaching?
Language ArtsTechnology in School Who Says I Don't Like to Read? Sparking a Love of Digital Books Across Detroit
This article describes the deployment of MyOn in the Detroit public school system. MyOn provides access to a library of 13,000 titles for young readers. It works "by initially prompting students to take an interest inventory to decide what types of books they are interested in reading, and a placement test to determine reading ability." We are told that "since adopting the platform, the district has seen the number of books being accessed and read by our students increase dramatically." Interestingly, MyOn has no Wikipedia page. Previously a division of Capstone, it has just been sold to Francisco Partners, a private equity firm. More coverage of MyOn from various media.
Michael Geist writes about this year's annual misrepresentation of the state of copy protection and media in Canada by the the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), a lobby group that represents the major lobbying associations for music, movie, software, and book publishing in the United States. In particular, he focuses on three areas:
- The state of Canadian Piracy, which the IIPA reports as rising, when in fact the Business Software Alliance’s annual report last showed Canada at its lowest software piracy rate ever
- The notice-and-notice system, which the IIPA says is not receiving full compliance from ISPs, and which hurts licensed services, when in pact there is nearly full compliance by ISPs, and licensed services are earning strong returns in Canada
- Fair dealing, which the IIPA has attacked on several grounds, but which consistent with fair dealing regimes around the world, and are more stringent than many, including fair use in the United States
As Canada routinely states every year, "Canada does not recognize the 301 watch list process. It basically lacks reliable and objective analysis. It’s driven entirely by U.S. industry."
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