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You may have missed this one

With the political news concerning health care and “collaboration” with Russia, you may have missed this story. The Senate, voting along party lines, has decided that is OK for you ISP (Internet Service Provider) to sell your data. That means … Continue reading

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Innovation in higher ed – who promotes what

The higher ed system in North Dakota is in serious jeopardy of a great drop in quality. Budget shortfalls that resulted from the downturn in oil prices combined with lower prices for farm commodities and tax cuts based on optimistic … Continue reading

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Apple announces lower cost iPads

Apple has announced a new and less expensive iPad. The new iPad comes at two price points – $329 and $429 depending on storage capacity (32 or 129 gigabytes – wifi versions – education price may be slightly lower). The … Continue reading

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New Google investment in world-wide education

Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, has announced a new worldwide education initiative intended to address equity and issues. In addition to infrastructure provided by Google, the donation funds specific initiatives hosted by partners. Among the investments U.S. teachers might recognize would … Continue reading

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Google Vision for Education

Google Cloud Next offers Google the opportunity to share the company’s vision on many topics. Among these topics is what Google sees as the future of education (YouTube video of session). The focus of the presentation is on how teachers … Continue reading

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Web annotation now has a standard and why it matters

The opportunity to highlight and annotate the web pages of third parties has been available for some time. Such consumer additions offer advantages in education and for the concept of the participatory web. The limitation of what has been available … Continue reading

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It isn’t about choice if you have no choices

The net neutrality issue has again returned to my radar with the new administrator and a new FCC director. New director Pai is moving to remove net neutrality expectations suggesting that “zero rating” offers customers opportunities and not restrictions. Zero-rating … Continue reading

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Google docs/keep integrated

I am a sucker for ways to improve my reading/writing workflow. If you are a blogger, student, or teacher, you likely have similar needs. My “go to” approach has been to collect ideas and content in Evernote and then write … Continue reading

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Ghostery

Much has been made of intrusive ads and ad blockers. To some extent. this about the annoyance of pop-ups (actually not that common in my experience with education sites). More importantly, sites can be adding cookies to your browser and … Continue reading

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Ravitch on Public Education

Scholar Diane Ravitch was one of the most vocal and visible objectors to now Sec of Education DeVos. Here is a nice video (PBS with Tavis Smiley) explaining her positions.

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