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January 12, 2012

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#BYOD Issues with @Amazon #Kindle #Fire
Miguel Guhlin, Around the Corner, January 12, 2012.

Miguel Guhlin: "it's clear that companies like Amazon may need to develop better interfaces that make it easier for school districts to connect with them better. What a great opportunity for Amazon to reach a wider audience in K-12 schools!"

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Bootstrap Modal Demo
Dave Winer, Scripting News, January 12, 2012.

Dave Winer does a quick demo of the Bootstrap Toolkit from Twitter. I took a look at some of the interface scripts; nice stuff, clean lines. I may want to use them.

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Why Software Defined Networks and WiFi 2.0 are critical to future of Internet
Bill St. Arnaud, Weblog, January 12, 2012.

Interesting post that's pretty technical but well worth the read. Bill St. Arnaud argues that Software Defined Networks (SDN) and WiFi 2.0 will become increasingly important to the future of the internet. On the way to this argument is a discussion of 'carrier mindset' - a focus by hardware manufacturers on the needs of large carriers. "Most of Canada’s high tech companies like Nortel, RIM, Alcatel-Lucent (Newbridge), etc are struggling or have gone under because they pursued this market." Their marketing, suggests Arnaud, is through the carriers, rather than directly to consumers. But because Canadian carriers were (and are) more profitable (because of market protections, says Arnaud) they have not innovated, and so the hardware vendors were not competitive on the worldwide market. WiFi 2.0 and SDN are two examples of this sort of innovation. I don't totally agree with the argument (there are other reasons as well for the Canadian companies' difficulties) but I'm certainly interested in the innovation.

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Moodle Tool Guide and open resources: when the crowd goes “Oi!”
Joyce Seitzinger, Cat's Pyjamas, January 12, 2012.

files/images/Moodle_tool_guide.PNG, size: 80552 bytes, type:  image/png A tale of two Moodle Tool Guides. "Whereas the Moodle Tool Guide is a poster-sized matrix tool assessing Moodle tool effectiveness for pedagogical aims, WizIQ’s resource was a How-to instruction manual for several Moodle tools with screenshots." Obviously there was some confusion. But then "Someone in the Moodle crowd has stood up and said 'Oi!'. Nathan had felt strongly enough to email WizIQ and ask if they were aware of the existence of the original." As Nathan Cobb reports, WizIQ changed their title - it's now 12 Moodle tools to interact with your students online. As for the original, the Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers is here.

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Fostering Government Support for Open Educational Resources (OER) Internationally
John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning, January 12, 2012.

The Commonwealth of Learning's John Daniel authors a link-filled post on fostering government investment in open educational resources (OERs). "The key missing step," he writes, "is to alert governments and institutional decision makers to the potential of OER for helping them use public funds more efficiently to extend and improve education at all levels."

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Learning: Identifying Computer Ports
doctormo, DoctorMO's Blog, January 12, 2012.

My old computer at home is dying, so I'm buying a new one, so this is a very good time to get up to date on what all the different ports look like. Especially as my new computer will have only a DVI (not to be confused with HDMI) port, and no VGA port.

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