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Jun 14, 2001

Useful Tool or Sinister Plot? This article suggests that smart tags will not have a major impact on the internet because nobody will use them. I have my doubts. By Hiawatha Bray, The Boston Globe, June 14, 2001. Submitted on Jun 14, 2001 [Refer]

Charter Schools Prompting Improvement in School Districts According to two U.S. Department of Education Reports Press release from the U.S. Department of Education suggesting, as the headline implies, that some studies suggest that charter schools are promiting improvements in schools. Is it just my bad memory, or did I not just a few days ago list a study stating exactly the opposite. Oh yes, there it is, from May 29 (try a search on 'charter' to find it). Funny coincidence. June 14, 2001. Submitted on Jun 14, 2001 [Refer]

Junk Science Canada's National Post newspaper starts a series it calls "Junk Science." Today's start is essentially a defense of industry funded science and an attack on those who oppose industry funded science as promoters of "junk science". My longish reply was 'eaten' by the O'Reilly WebBoard software (which is very slow) - my best guess is that my 1-hour old cookie expired and it required that I log on again, thereby toasting my submission in the process. Anyhow, prepare to be steamed, either by poor reasoning or poor software. Submitted on Jun 14, 2001 [Refer]

Netscape 6.1 Beta Netscape's latest browser upgrade is released. The new browser is much more stable than Netscape 6.0, very smooth, and pretty fast. Submitted on Jun 14, 2001 [Refer]

Technology and Copyright Curruption Blunt perspective on copyright, largely mirroring my own views. The author says it best: "With the onslaught of technology and promises of greater opportunity to share and communicate, copyright is now a hindrance to these ideals, serving only the moneyed interests of owners." By Joshua S. Bauchner, CNet,June 13, 2001. Submitted on Jun 14, 2001 [Refer]

The State of E-Learning in the States Report on developments in E-Learning in the United States. Provides an assessment of the size of the e-learning market ($7.1 billion in 2000), efforts to build infrastructure and offer incentives, the use of competency based credentials, best practice initiatives, standards initiatives, governance and coordination. Thorough assessment, many examples. Ugly graphics. 750 Kb PDF file, very slow download. By Chris Thompson, National Governors Association, 2001. Submitted on Jun 14, 2001 [Refer]

JavaScript and Browser Objects Quick Reference Links to good PDF summaries of Javascript browser objects. An essential guide if you work with Javascript or DHTML. Suitable for wall posting, if you want to out-geek your neighbors. By Danny Goodman, 2001. Submitted on Jun 14, 2001 [Refer]

Note: in yesterday's OLDaily I reported about a school of the future being established in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. This school is actually being set up in Adelaide, South Australia. Ron Lake used to be the principal of Bendigo Senior Secondary School. He has moved on to set up a "school of the Future" in South Australia.

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