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The Worrisome Decline of Corporate Blogs

OLDaily - 20 Abril, 2016 - 23:48


William Comcowich, CyberAlert, Apr 20, 2016

I know that blogging seems to some like a lost art, and I am away that I am expressing my inner curmudgeon when I take to that venerable form, but the fact is that there are are risks, for both myself and for corporations, in taking to social media as the primary means of expression. The foremost among these is the risk that what I write simply won't be read, that it will be swallowed in the maw of the algorithm never to reappear as 'relevant' or 'top'. "Publishing on third-party sites is akin to digital sharecropping because content producers lose control. The third-party websites can change their rules, or even disappear. Brands that hitch their PR and marketing wagons to the wrong social media star assume an enormous long-term risk."

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Reconsidering Rigor in Schools

OLDaily - 20 Abril, 2016 - 23:48


Mike Crowley, The Synapse, Apr 20, 2016

I've never been a fan of so-called 'rigor' in schools. This article makes the case against nicely as it reviews  Thom Markham's description of "a demand for more personalized learning, brain-friendly environments, less recall and more thoughtful application of knowledge, optimal conditions for eliciting intelligent behaviors, constructivist tools, and respectful, caring relationships that honor the learner." Moving away from 'rigor' doesn't mean lowering standards, it means changing them. "The core task of the modern world is not to prep students for standardized tests by delivering content... but to prepare them to judge the quality of information, generate new ideas, filter them through a net of critical analysis and reflection, and share and move the ideas through a design process to create a quality product, either as an idea or a material object."

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Microsoft Joins the Club with ‘Classroom’ App and Office 365 Education Updates

OLDaily - 20 Abril, 2016 - 23:48


Tony Wan, EdSurge, Apr 20, 2016

We have Google's Classroom, Apple's Classroom App, and now Microsoft's Classroom, free for Office 365 Education users. "Each Classroom is an online homepage where teachers can create student groups, distribute assignments and files, and share events and reminders via Outlook. The tool is also integrated with students’ OneNote Class Notebook, a digital binder where students can take and share notes, complete assignments and organize class materials." If I were vending learning management systems, I'd be looking to get into a different industry.

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