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April 20, 2012

On My Way Home

I'm on my way home from Tallinn, Estonia, as you read this newsletter, and while I have dozens and dozens of beautiful photos to post, you may enjoy this one from Riga taken yesterday.

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LCT Poll
Stephen Downes, April 20, 2012.

I have a quick Twitter poll - I'm considering offering a MOOC in logic and critical thinking starting in September... informal yet rigorous.

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Mobile Apps Will Pass – History Will Repeat Itself
Kyle James, Dot Edu Guru, April 20, 2012.

files/images/mobile-apps-150x150.jpg, size: 11801 bytes, type:  image/jpeg I am of the same opinion as Kyle James - despite some companies' desires to create a private marketplace only for themselves (you know who) the specialized app marketplace will fade. "With the introduction of HTML5 it is only a matter of time before the smart mobile web is good enough to easily and quickly do everything you need without installing a dozen apps to do each individual thing." The same thing, he notes, happened in the 1990s - we have specialized programs fopr each task and ran them off our desktop - but after the dot com bust more and more of our work took place in the online environment.

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Blast to the past: Great videos of modern films given the silent movie treatment
Reporter, Daily Mail, April 20, 2012.

I enjoyed the results of the ds106 silent movie project, but not nearly as much, it seems, as the British tabloid press.

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The Ebook of My Dreams
Laura Braunstein, ACRLog, April 20, 2012.

Good list of properties eBooks should have: interoperability, intertextuality (ie., "Does the book cite other books?... Well, connect me... Take me there: right to the page that the author discusses (this is a basic rule for OLDaily)), sharing, device neutrality, curating. Also: "Can we also decide: eBook? e-book? ebook?" Sure, no problem. eBook. There. I have spoken.

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Court rules students may sue universities, in some cases
Judith Knelman, University Affairs, April 20, 2012.

All I can say about this is that it would have been nice to have the possibility of a legal recourse during the process of writing my PhD dissertation, so they would at least examine what it was I actually wanted to write.

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Justin Reich, EdTechResearcher, April 20, 2012.

Justin Reich writes, "I wanted to let you know that I've started a blog, EdTechResearcher, at Education Week. It's at . I'm sure I'll be commenting on things I read in the OLDaily, and I'd like invite you to check out my new site and hopefully add it to your feeds. Topics in recent posts include open education, automated essay grading, and teachers as co-creators.

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connectivity on the internet
Grace Wolff, YouTube, April 20, 2012.

Video contributed to the CCK12 class by Grace Wolff. Five minutes of evocative network imagery. She writes, "Hope you all enjoy this. i am an artist so my film is from my own viewpoint and probably a lot different than the norm. I addressed the questions covertly somewhat obscurely in some circles, but crystal clear to others and through common and uncommon images with added text for the intuitively challenged."

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