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January 4, 2012

There’s no contest when it comes to CEO compensation
Unattributed, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, January 4, 2012.

CEOs have already made (as of some time Monday) as much as you will make the entire year. Forget 'tax freedom day' - for CEOs, 'tax freedom minute' was somewhere just before lunch Monday. Just saying.

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Are you a gold prospector, or a construction worker?
Daniel Lemire, Weblog, January 4, 2012.

files/images/profile2011_152.jpg, size: 9987 bytes, type:  image/jpeg Some people are construction workers, writes Daniel Lemire, where progress is steady and moderate and not surprising, while others are gold prospector, where progress is unsteady, sometimes unexpected, but spectacular. I don't think I'm either of those - I'm not after the 1 in 100 shot at making it but, nor am I after the steady progress of a construction worker. I'm like someone erasing the blank spots on a map - I'm pretty sure I'm going to find something, it might be desert or forest, maybe it will be valuable and maybe not, but we won't discover the oil wells until long after I'm gone.

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The history of the cell phones for learning movement
Lisa Nielsen, Tech&Learning, January 4, 2012.

Here's a link to a useful but altogether too short history of cell phones (aka mobile phones) in education. "Here's a timeline that outlines how schools have gone from banning to embracing these powerful learning tools."

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How Best Buy can teach you *not* to run your news business
Robert Niles, Online Journalism Review, January 4, 2012.

I think there's a lesson here for any business that wants to tell you what to do. "Dozens of trips to various Best Buys over the years have taught me to never make eye contact with any employees in the store. Keep other customers between myself and the floor staff. If I need a clerk to get something for me, ask only someone who appears to work in the section where the item is stocked, ask for the item using the specific model number and be prepared to walk away if they don't have it, or the clerk wants to start talking about something else." Sounds like school, doesn't it?

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Elearning Magazine
Various Authors, Elearning Magazine, January 4, 2012.

On a small screen this presentation is awful, but on my large monitor in the office this PDF version reads as easily as any magazine, and the production values come favourably into play. I think it's available free online (I can't always tell - it may be something specific to me, the url I click on has a long embedded code, like a key or a session ID - if it won't let you in try here - "A complimentary one-year subscription to Elearning! magazine or e-zine will be sent to applicants who qualify.") The magazine itself is published by Publishers Press, a turnkey magazine publishing system. Of course, what I couldn't do was link to the one article I had intended to link to prom this post (I eventually got a link off the home page). Related: followed an ad for a pretty good looking Flash authoring tool which i think I might try out.

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OERtest First Newsletter
Various Authors, OERtest, January 4, 2012.

First newsletter of the OERtest program (PDF). "The OERtest project is a two year project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. Its aim is to support the mainstreaming of Open Educational Resources within Higher Education and to test the feasibility of assessing learning exclusively achieved through the use of OERs." Still a lot of work to do on the website.

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