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July 27, 2011

Nicholas Provenzano, The Nerdy Teacher, July 27, 2011.

files/images/4709565884_bb7d6d2341.jpg, size: 187471 bytes, type:  image/jpeg A nice campaign, started here. "I would like to start a new hash tag. #SchoolDidAGoodThing. I think it would be great if everyone that read this tweeted something awesome school did for you. It could be a program that helped you grow as a person or a teacher that inspired you in some fashion. Almost everyone has a good story about school that they could share and I think now is as good of a time as any to share them with the world." The tag took off. Here's a follow-up post. And today, A challenge for change. "If we all shared a united voice on how important schools are and how critical it is to have teachers at the table for discussions, they might just start to listen."

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Sir John Daniel of the Commonwealth of Learning: Open Education and Policy
Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons, July 27, 2011.

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ifttt the beginning…
Linden Tibbets, IFTTT, July 27, 2011.

An example is probably the best way to demonstrate ifttt.com - 'If This Then That' - and right now, the only way, since it's on a limited beta trial. But what I've done with the service is to set up an interaction whereby a tweet in my 'oldaily' Twitter account is sent as a status message in my Facebook account, thus finally giving my Facebook followers updates when I create new posts. Will it work? Too much clutter? Who knows?! That's the point of the test. Read more on their blog, here.

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SideBar: Google’s + Suspensions (Ham-fisted? High-handed?)
Ben Tremblay, Feet up, eyes closed, head back , July 27, 2011.

For those following the Google+ real names controversy, the following two links should give you a pretty definitive summary of opinion. The first, by Ben Tremblay, via Tim Carmody's G+ thread, lists numerous G+ threads (there's still no good way to aggregeate from Google+ so this service is really appreciated). Especially recommended is the discussion on Eric Raymond's posts. The second, from someone called Sai, links to a lot of the background and analysis of the issue, adding more analysis of its own. As I suggested yesterday, Google is most interested in identity authentication or "identified state", which I feel is a mistake. You may feel the G+ identity issue is overblown, but I think we're getting to some pretty fundamental concepts here, and the outcome of this discussion will be with us for a long time.

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Cities Are Immortal; Companies Die
Kevin Kelly, The Technium, July 26, 2011.

Ah, this is the missing response to the Wiley post from yesterday (not that Kevin Kelly intended it as such). "Companies are like organisms, while cities are like ecosystems.... All companies die. All cities are nearly immortal. Both are type of networks, with different destinies. There are two basic network forms: organisms or ecosystems." Or as I would say, "groups and networks."

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Ed Radio Show Notes, July 27, 2011

- Knela Rush, Realidad Mejor
- Kevin Kelly, Generatives
- BlairArtEd,I’m a Hub, You’re a Node – Theoretical Animation, via Pontydysgu
- Matt Diffee, Drew Dernavich, and Zach Kanin, Improv with New Yorker Cartoonists, via Open Culture
- Anil Dash, New Tools, Better Networks
- Pat Condell: Violence is Not the Answer
- Frank Swain, Interview: Susan Greenfield on the internet-fed brain
- Derek Sivers, Obvious to you. Amazing to others, via Eugene Kim
- Harvard Graduate School of Education, It Gets Better
- Jack Dangermond, Living Maps – Collective Geographic Information, IT Conversations

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