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Bill Clinton might become the US govt's first lady. Do you think he'll behave himself in the Whitehouse this time or will Hillary have to have him chaparoned?
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) appear to be the academic equivalent of free samples. Such educational institutions are behaving more like businesses, treating learning as a transaction between a vendor and a customer rather than communities of learning practice that members join.
I don't think this is what Malcolm Knowles and Carl Rogers had in mind when they wrote about the idea of learning contracts.
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Silicon Valley's objective? Eternal, inescapable disruption.
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Predictions for 2016? MOOCs have already hit peak hype and will decline while the space they've created will be filled with free standalone, unsupervised, and unmediated "dump 'n' pump", "chalk 'n' talk", "Tylerian" transmission of knowledge type courses of which were popular in the 1990s as CD-ROMs. They may even call themselves MOOCs.
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"For the Internet of Things to provide any value, what we need is a world that looks like the automotive industry, where you can go to a store and buy replacement parts made by a wide variety of different manufacturers. Instead, the Internet of Things is on track to become a battleground of competing standards, as companies try to build monopolies by locking each other out." -- Bruce Schneier

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/12/internet-of-things-philips-hue-lightbulbs/421884/
A recent dustup over a smart ambient-lighting system illuminates a larger problem.
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Yet another reason to replace Chrome OS with an open Linux distro: http://superuser.com/questions/595267/hosts-file-for-chromebook

Google doesn't want you to block connections that track you and collect your personal data.
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Dear well-intentioned cheerleaders for Google Apps for Education (GAfE), please get together and have a much needed discussion about the ethical implications of using #GAfE are.

There's no such thing as a free lunch and if you're not paying for the service, you're not the customer, you and your learners are the product. The question is, what kind of a product will you and your learners be and who are you being sold to?
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"What I'm calling the "World Sized Web" is a combination of these Internet-enabled things, cloud computing, mobile computing and the pervasiveness that comes from these systems being always on all the time. Together this means that computers and networks will be much more embedded in our daily lives. Yes, there will be more need for confidentiality, but there is a newfound need to ensure that these systems can't be subverted to do real damage." -- Bruce Schneier

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2016/01/integrity_and_a.html
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The biggest problem facing the US education system is poverty. When you control for poverty, the US performs among the best education systems in the world. Now at least one school district is addressing the poverty issue and getting impressive results: http://www.npr.org/2016/01/03/461205086/the-superintendent-who-turned-around-a-school-district
Through her unconventional focus on addressing poverty, Superintendent Tiffany Anderson has been credited with rapidly improving the school district of Jennings, Mo.
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elearning consultant and software developer
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Matt Bury is an elearning consultant and software developer based in Guelph, Canada. Activities inlcude learning management systems, eportfolio systems, blended learning, curriculum development, social learning, social networking systems, communities of practice, and more
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Developed and maintain the SWF Activity Module & Media Player module for Moodle
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Flash developer and elearning consultant
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Matt Bury is an elearning consultant and software developer based in Guelph, Canada. Activities inlcude learning management systems, eportfolio systems, blended learning, curriculum development, social learning, social networking systems, communities of practice, and more
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    Matt Bury is an elearning consultant and software developer based in Guelph, Canada. Activities inlcude learning management systems, eportfolio systems, blended learning, curriculum development, social learning, social networking systems, communities of practice, and more