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November 18, 2010

How To Make Better Teachers
Dean Shareski, Huffington Post, November 18, 2010.

A short sharp post from Dean Shareski suggesting that the way to make better teachers is to get them to blog. If it doesn't work, he says, "you get my golf clubs."

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Why KCA need to change their name
Leigh Blackall, Weblog, November 18, 2010.

"Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia need to change their name to Knowledge Commons Australia," argues Leigh Blackall. "Its clear that the notion of commercialisation of public sector information is on its last legs. Not only is there some healthy questioning taking hold in the peak body itself, commercialisation has obviously proven itself a prohibitively expensive and drawn out process, profitable only to IP lawyers, 'knowledge transfer' or "commercialisation" employees, and the lucky few." I agree. The commercialization of public knowledge is in effect a subsidy to those companies that can afford to, or have the connections to, purchase it. It helps the rich get richer, and leaves the poor behind, unable to afford the knowledge production they subsidized.

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Do You Like Maps? Check Out The Map Room
Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers, November 18, 2010.

Do I like maps? I love maps! I have been drawing maps since I was a young child - I've mapped pretty much everything I've even known, I created outline maps of the countries of the world, and where other people doodle in their notebooks, I create detailed maps of fictitious cities. So yeah, I like The Map Room. I I like some of the posts, like this European history in five minutes video. And the link to the European Cartographic Association's Map of the Month page, which includes this Polar map. But that said, if I had to subscribe to only one map site, it would be Strange Maps, which covers much the same ground, but more of the odd, such as this alternative map of western U.S. states based on watersheds, Planet Berlin, Gangs of L.A. and much more wonderfulness.

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What Google knows about you and how to tweak it
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica, November 18, 2010.

"In some ways," writes Jacqui Cheng, "it's freaky how much honest info people unwittingly hand over to Google, but the company insists that it's all under user control, and can be removed at any time." Some of the links of relevance I found through reading her article include:
- Google Dashboard
- Google privacy settings
- Opt out of behavioural advertising generally
- Google products page
Do follow these; they are eye-openers. Via Everyday Literacies.

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Future of Conferences… and Group Graphics
Jay Cross, Internet Time, November 17, 2010.

I liked this diagram so much I had to add it to my post from 2007 describing how I would run a conference. Too cool.

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