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Jan Zawadzki
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Kiwi? or love Flight of the Conchords?  You want to see this film.
Living in the US?  Now you can!  My first Kickstarter project sponsorship.  It's that good.  Orsome.
Jemaine Clement is raising funds for What We Do In The Shadows: The American Release on Kickstarter! From the Creators of “Flight of the Conchords” & “Boy” - Help Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi bring their vampire comedy to the USA!
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Love this movie. Its pacing is a bit odd in parts, but really, brilliant.
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This is WELL worth a listen if you haven't yet.  The push for profit is silencing voices that need to be heard.  Ursula Le Guin.
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Agricultural monoculture: a world denuded.  

There were no bees. The air, the ground, seemed vacant. He found one ant "so small you couldn't pin it to a specimen board." A little later, crawling to a different row, he found one mushroom, "the size of an apple seed." (A relative of the one pictured below.) Then, later, a cobweb spider eating a crane fly (only one). A single red mite "the size of a dust mote hurrying across the barren earth," some grasshoppers, and that's it. Though he crawled and crawled, he found nothing else.

"It felt like another planet entirely," he said, a world denuded.
In almost any cubic foot on Earth, animals and plants are making a living. Except a cornfield.
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Hi Jan,  I am new to Facebook and unsure really how to go about it.  Enjoyed New Year's Eve with your Mom and Nicolas. 
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Visualization: how much money companies make per second.  
Useful context for corporate largesse.   
We dive into the quarterly revenue earning announcements of the biggest technology companies in the world and then extract a per second amount.
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We didn't make the top ten.  You might note that ed-tech did not exactly dominate this list...
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"Pupils at Hogwarts have access to a reasonably wide range of esoteric qualifications, suited to its key demographic.  
As an independent school, it does not have to follow the National Curriculum closely; however, it is disappointing to note that basic requirements such as English, Mathematics and Religious Education are all lacking or entirely missing from the school's syllabus."
Inspection Judgements: The Achievement of Pupils is Satisfactory. Pupils at Hogwarts have access to a reasonably wide range of esoteric qualifications, suited to its key demographic.  As an independent school, it does not hav...
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Awesome - Monopoly by the numbers.  
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The teacher and visible learning.  I think we're focusing on the right things.
 
The key to technology in education is the teacher and an established learning outcome http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/06/why-computers-alone-wont-move-the-needle/
Though a large study showed that the act of giving kids computers did not alone affect grades or attendance, the results may have been different had the students had some guidance on how to best use the computers and if teachers had been involved in connecting the home computers with what was going on in the classroom.
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Well, if it takes a research study to demonstrate the obvious - The results may have been different had the students had some guidance on how to best use the computers and if teachers  had been involved in connecting the home computers with what was going on in the classroom - then so be it! Now let's get on with the real work! :-)
P.S. Did you see this nice and very friendly video about GoogleDrive and iPad portfolios? The Google Drive app for iPad has definitely improved! https://plus.google.com/111474406259561102151/posts/g6M4BCQGqfo
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TOTALLY off-topic.  Watch any sitcoms (TV, actually!)?  Uncanny.
After signing up to write a script for Croatian television, I learned that virtually all TV comedies, from Seinfeld to South Park, follow a simple formula.
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Oh, this is so much fun - will be great to share with my students (I teach writing). Thank you!
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Humans are at the crossroad - to the singularity, or to remembering we are biological beings living in a biological world!
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+Audrey Watters on Kurzweil's singularity (2045):
 "A planet covered in grey goo with 10 university-teaching-machines delivering educational content to student-machines."

One day, with enough CPU cycles, we'll find the magic formula that produces the optimal outcomes for the student-machines.  Sigh.
The Education Apocalypse. A couple of years ago, the Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that Jesus would return to earth on May 21, 2011. The Rapture would occur, as alluded to in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 — when the "dead in Christ" and "we who are alive and remain" will be "caught ...
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He remained quiet on the ETA of grey goo, however.
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New OSX Mavericks Safari "feature"??

Open up a "deep" URL (i.e. one with parameters, etc.)  Once the page loads, try changing the URL - replace a parameter for example.  

Sometimes, but not always, instead of waiting for you to press "enter", Safari requests the URL's after every keystroke.  Yup.  

You're not crazy.  It's Safari.
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THIS. IS. AWESOME.

Synchronized, multi-HD-camera perspective on classical music performance.  You get to control the view.  AWESOME.
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This is simply wonderful use of technology.  Not competition for, but an enhancement of, the real-world experience.  The future of concerts, and a way for musicians to make money again?  I'd certainly pay, and those of you who know me will realise the significance of that comment!  Thanks, +Jan Zawadzki 
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Hapara: empowering teachers
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I'm the founder of Hapara.

Picture a managed learning environment designed around how teachers teach and built from the ground-up around Google Apps - that's what we're doing.

If you're in a K-12 institution using or looking to use Google Apps, take a look at our Teacher Dashboard for Google Apps. 

If you are in higher-ed, we don't have anything to announce quite yet, but we're getting there!

In previous life I was a management consultant and ran the engineering teams for a few startups in California.
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