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Worth a quick mention: The University of Chicago Press has made available online -- at no cost -- the first three volumes of The History of Cartography. Or what Edward Rothstein, of The New York Times, called 'the most ambitious overview of map making ever undertaken.' He continues:
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Romania Sets Its Sights On Becoming Tech Startup Capital Of Europe
It has the highest number of technology workers per capita, close to 64,000 specialist IT workers, and counts Avangate and UberVu among its most recent exit successes.These factors, combined with an enviable tax regime; as low as 0% for IT workers, have conspired to help create one of Europe’s hottest start-up [...]
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OER textbooks in Polish schools: a year later | re:publica 2014

Interesting talk...especially on tactics used by commercial print textbook publishers to counter the OER initiative

The "Textbook market in Poland is worth ~250mln EUR, hence the programme was met with vehement opposition from textbook publishers, financing a nationwide black PR media campaign. OER activists and NGOs tried to counter that with subject matter information and reasoning, which proved an effective tactic."

by Michał Woźniak (President of the Board of the Polish Free and Open Source Software Foundation) [http://rys.io/en/]
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Open Educational Resources in Poland: Challenges and Opportunities (Nov 2013)

Excerpt from the conclusion from this UNESCO report on OER :

_Open Educational Resources are currently gaining momentum, both globally and in Poland. After many years of grassroots activities performed by nongovernmental organisations and groups of activists and enthusiasts of modern education (who see OER as an opportunity to support deep transformations in the educational system) the trend has evolved into the commonly accepted standard. However,
this does not mean that everyone supports it. The year 2012  was particularly important in terms of the increased pace at which the changes were happening. The predictions for the systematic implementation of programmes that support and develop OER slowly started to materialise and became a reality. ...
.... The Polish government decided to launch the “Digital School” programme (and to create open e-textbooks within this programme). This last example is also the first complex governmental programme that creates open textbooks. _
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"It is in the interest of a plutocracy [def: rule by the wealthy] to keep people uneducated, since an educated populace is dangerous. By marketing education as a commodity, the plutocracy encourages the view of education as a product that can be purchased, and is sold by professional “manufacturers”"
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"The DPLA will be a distributed system of electronic content that will make the holdings of public and research libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies available, effortlessly and free of charge, to readers located at every connecting point of the Web."

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from page 2:
"How will such material be put to use? I would like to end with a final example. About 14 million students are struggling to get an education in community colleges—at least as many as those enrolled in all the country’s four-year colleges and universities. But many of them—and many more students in high schools—do not have access to a decent library. The DPLA can provide them with a spectacular digital collection, and it can tailor its offering to their needs. Many primers and reference works on subjects such as mathematics and agronomy are still valuable, even though their copyrights have expired. With expert editing, they could be adapted to introductory courses and combined in a reference library for beginners."
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Stuart M Butler from the Brookings Institution on ASU MOOCs:

"The [ASU] Global Freshman Academy is a boon to students and an existential threat to traditional state and private universities. Here’s why:
- The credit for these MOOC courses will be indistinguishable from traditional courses – except for the price.
- Students can wait until they complete a course before paying for credit.
- ASU-edX courses and low-cost microdegrees are a pincer movement against the traditional four-year degree."

"The ASU-edX partnership is interesting in another way. --- this partnership is a strange-bedfellows example of how large universities can respond to the challenge of disruptive innovation."
In late April Arizona State University (ASU), in partnership with edX announced it will offer MOOCs for credit this Fall. The cost for each course will be no more than $200 per credit hour or less than half the amount ASU cha...
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"Clearly, MIT BLOSSOMS (the name stands for Blended Learning Open Source Science Or Math Studies) isn’t gaining fans by virtue of whiz-bang technology. Rather, it exerts its appeal through an unassuming but remarkably sophisticated understanding of what it is that students and teachers actually need. It’s an understanding that is directly at odds with the assumptions of most of the ed tech universe."
MIT BLOSSOMS, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t boast the latest in artificial intelligence or adaptive algorithms. Its secret weapon is, rather, a canny understanding of human psychology—both students’ and teachers’. Technologically speaking, its basic model could be executed with …
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+Ovidiu Demetrescu back to school? no, tho still learning every day.. Am very interested in ed-tech but more where the focus is on the ed rather than the tech :) 
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"LearnFwd is a cutting-edge learning management system (LMS). It is a 100% web-based software that allows you to have real-time interaction starting from a HTML5 textbook. Think Facebook for education."
Any device. Any browser. Any operating system. Real-time. LearnFwd is a cutting-edge learning management system (LMS). It is a 100% web-based software that allows you to have real-time interaction starting from a HTML5 textbook. Think Facebook for education.
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Applying science of learning in education 

Looks like an excellent free ebook (PDF: 300+ pages) addressing theory and practice for improving learning based on theory and research in cognitive psychology.

From the site:

"Authors wrote their chapters with nonexperts as the target audience – teachers who may have little or no background in science of learning, research-based approaches to teaching and learning, or even general principles of psychological science."

 "The 14 chapters in Part 1 address important concepts, principles, theories, and research findings, and applications related to the science of learning. The four chapters in Part 2 focus on preparing faculty to apply science of learning principles in their courses. Finally, the six chapters in Part 3 provide examples of research that have been done in real academic settings and that have applied one or more science of learning principles"

Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (2014). Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/asle2014/index.php

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2012 Digital Learning Report Card
http://www.digitallearningnow.com/reportcard

Digital Learning Now!’s second annual report card measures state policies on digital learning...the graphic is nice - green is good, red is less good... also a downloadable PDF report...

It's based on perceived alignment to '10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning': 
1. Student Eligibility
2. Student Access
3. Personalized Learning
4. Advancement
5. Quality Content
6. Quality Instruction
7. Quality Choices
8. Assessment and Accountability
9. Funding
10. Delivery

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