Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Simple wish for Christmas, Redux

Peace and goodwill, in spite of ... perhaps because of ...


[An updated take away from Steve Kayser's wish in 2007]

Happy Christmas World!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Was thinking of getting a copy of Outliers ...

Image credits: Amazon.com

... then I stumbled upon Dan Pink's The Adventures of Johnny Bunko.

Based on reviews - I particularly like Garr Reynolds' piece, Dan Pink's latest book looked more like one written for the rest of us in the bell curve.

Besides, the mangaesque execution of the book could be a useful way to connect with kids of the early 21st century. So I might just include that on my wish list for Christmas.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Autism-friendly Browser

One of the things I'm fond of doing is sharing for the heck of it. Now this  is rather  interesting. ZAC browser. The Internet has really made learning "inclusive".

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Need to convert your docx file?

Ok, so I thought media-convert.com could do it. Tough luck (for now). Perhaps sometime soon. So I fired up the trusty search engine. You should know by now.

After unsuccessfully trying out at least 3 online file converters, I realized I needed something better than a service that requires a fee for a year's worth of file conversion service. Then I discovered Zamzar.com. Price per month FREE, Maximum file size: 100 MB. You'd need to shell out money for anything beyond that though. Guess that doesn't apply to me.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What happens when you cross IM, Mindmap & voice?

You'll have a "shared, visual workspace. Use it as a collaboration environment, a meeting room, a personal web-based whiteboard, or something entirely new." That's according to Emily Chang in a November 6, 2006 post.

Then I discovered something entirely new: online tutorial. Check it out to get a flavor of thinkature.com.

Note: I just realized I had already bumped into it sometime in 2007 in the context of the "Sociology of Web 2.0." Thanks to the predictive feature of tags in blogger.com.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Edu 2.0 goes to Manila

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Ordinary people have deja vue

Image via bornafrican.com

... great people wax prophetic.

"There is no question about it. In the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has." Robert F. Kennedy, 1961

Read the original context here.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

If only the real John McCain had been running

This is something I gathered recently from The Economist.

My 2 cents: OK, so in 3 days someone big gets elected. But whether it's Obama or McCain wouldn't seem to make much of a difference. It's the global economy, stupid! Then again, perhaps I'm looking for a superhero?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

eLearning is getting more and more mainstream

... and the field is becoming flatter for all participants.

One implication is that Educational Leaders don't even have to mandate that the IT department exclusively handle their institution's Learning Management Systems. I'm thinking LMS design, development, and deployment outsourcing. IQity seems to offer something interesting especially for those in Ohio. I'd like to think that it matters little whether or not your school is based there. "Bring the learning to the learner" sounds like a good tag line. Or is it just me?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Credit Default Swaps: $62 trillion market

I don't want to sound pessimistic but it sure sounds like the next "big" thing. Now where's the money?

More on Financial Meltdown 101.

8,366 views as of this posting.


Image courtesy of Reserve Bank of India.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Blogging is about taking a stand

... and being open to criticism too. Social change seems so evasive, doesn't it? Not anymore. Perhaps this is a good start. What do you think?

Thursday, October 09, 2008

How do you deal with with comment spam?

My BubbleShare photos are  currently under seige.   And  reCAPTCHA  can't seem to even help.  

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Time to rethink how to value intangibles?


In the light of what's going on globally, Shava Nerad seems to wax worrisome: "(A) huge amount of the wealth creation since the invention of the transistor is intangible, and since we have no way to quantify and account for innovation, creativity, excellent records of technical teams, and so on, the market has tried to find tricks to value them, mostly through the stocks of information economy firms. "

Follow her thoughts here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What's with the plurking and all that?

In a June 2008 article, Darren Rowse put the Plurk karma (Read: credibility) bit under the microscope in "Top 10 Plurk Users Statistics - What’s the Karma Algorithm". This he does by pulling in some figures into a profile of a "typical" top plurker. That seems like a pretty neat way of helping us make sense of what makes plurk more interesting than twitter. Still, for purposes of online reputation management, it's nice to know that the data set indicates activity in the short term as the long term.

Yet something tells me the system can be easily "gamed". Perhaps one question is, "Will gaming the system be good or bad?" A quick answer could be "It depends." As to which variables the answer correlates is something I'm still trying to figure out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

E-commerce is incomplete

... without a payment mechanism.

And that can happen when there is an exchange of value, typically involving some form of currency or anything that is "capable of pecuniary estimation". We can talk about private capital or social capital, but the latter is best left to another discussion.

So just to focus on private capital, perhaps one example will do. Disclosure: I have more experience with another payment mechanism for personal business. At the enterprise level, the following "About Us" narration of services that YESpayments - The Payment Processing Professionals offers -- especially in Manila, might just be worth considering.

A little Googling led me to this cached edition:
"About YESPayments™ YESpayments™ is an Internet credit card payment gateway. It accepts credit card transactions from sponsored merchants over the Internet and processes them through Acquiring Banks in Hong Kong and the Philippines. YESpayments™, handles the technical interface, provides risk management information and daily reconciliation. YESpayments™ has been in operation since December 2000. Technology and Security To protect card details as they are sent over the Internet data is encrypted using the Industry standard known as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). YESpayments™ uses 128bit SSL, the highest commercially available encryption. YESpayments.com has been independently audited and assessed by a risk management company to ensure compliance with PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). In addition, each month, YESpayments™ is “probed” for weaknesses by an independent security company to ensure the highest protection against intrusion."
Now for a more updated version that I freely edit.

YESpayments is designed for organizations that are serious about conducting business on the Internet. Incidentally, it has been processing Internet payments since 2003 in the Philippines, which makes 2008 YES IT Corp's 15th year in the Philippines. Here's one bit of information on what gives real value in any business -- people. "YesPayment offers 24/7 personal support in the Philippines."

Hoping they keep it up.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Creative Commons and Business Models

Here's a documentary about Creative Commons licensing in the publishing industry. Could perhaps also solve IP issues in the academe?




As I've always maintained, "Share whatever is commonplace, make money off what's esoteric ... unless you want to do charity work."


via Cory Doctorow.

Why teach about Social Media?

Take it from Howard Rheingold: "Human agencies are important here." (or something to that effect.)



More here.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

99% male & 94 % female teeners play video games

That's according to a recent survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Make your conclusion. It cuts both ways.

Still this arstechnica article says "kids are alright: gamers are adjusted and civic-minded".

Monday, September 15, 2008

Online Show and Tell

For those of us too scared to step up and make a real-time face-to-face pitch, flowgram just be what what we need. You don't want to waste your bright ideas, do you?

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Should we live under a rock?

In a Scientific American article/blog titled How I Stole Someone's Identity, Herbert H. Thompson writes a how-to about an experiment in identity theft. Perhaps someone could turn this into a cautionary tale?

More related SciAm articles here and here.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

I like


Photo credit: polytropia on flickr.com

Here it is in action:



Thanks to John Brownlee.

And here's a sample soundcloud music mix. BTW It's called a Korg DS-10 synthesizer.

Phil Kotler, Al Ries, Ned Roberto: Where's the intersection?

And that should include Ardy Roberto.

This post demonstrates how marketing gurus can get get some good attention even if they don't advertise on TV. Then again, perhaps this post should be titled: Ned and Ardy Roberto releases marketing business solutions book.

Which reminds me to share some 2005-vintage Marketing nuggets from the top-of-mind Guru himself: Phil Kotler.

Here's a snippet from an interview:
Question: TV advertising seems to be losing its effectiveness. What are alternative ways to get attention?

Kotler: The average American is exposed to several hundred ad messages a day and is trying to tune out. TV advertising is losing its effectiveness because of growing advertising clutter, the increasing number of channels, the availability of zapping mechanisms, and reduced watching of television by certain groups. The result is that marketers must consider other methods of getting consumer attentions.

Here are a number of possibilities:
  • Sponsorships. Companies have put their names on stadiums, on whole teams and on individual athletes in order to gain exposure.
  • Mentions on talk shows. During his evening show, David Letterman sent a camera crew out to buy Snickers candy bars and ended up talking about it on three subsequent shows, including when Mars sent a whole van of Snickers to feed the audience.
  • Product placement. In the movie Die Another Day, James Bond drove an Aston Martin, used a Sony cell phone and prominently featured an Omega wristwatch. Products are also mentioned in novels—in fact, Bulgari commissioned a whole mystery novel to be written called The Bulgari Connection.
  • Street-level promotions. Companies have hired actors and actresses to walk in busy areas and ask passersby to take a snapshot of them using their new camera phone. Hopefully the picture takers are impressed and tell others about the new camera phone.
  • Celebrity endorsements. Michael Jordon's endorsements gave a boost to Nike shows, McDonald's, Hanes underwear, and Rayovac batteries. Ex-Senator Bob Dole's surprising endorsement of Viagra put Viagra on the nation's mind.
  • Body advertising. College kids agreed to paste Dunkin' Donuts logos on their foreheads during an NCAA basketball tournament."
Care to add to that? I'm thinking along the lines of assailing other senses. Imagine if you can smell "aromatic advertisement".

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Don LaFontaine, 68, RIP

Angels in heaven must be enjoying his all too familiar deep baritone voice .

Here's a link to a recent interview with the "Trailer King".

Why do I get the feeling I'm a magpie?

Last night, I got wind of the launch of Google's browser.  Next, I  received  a quick heads up from Graham Glass on the merits of using it.

Then found  Techcrunch's  Don Reisinger's  glowing  review:
"Google announced Chrome yesterday and the company has already offered Windows XP and Vista owners the opportunity to try it out. And although I've only been able to use it for just a little while, Google Chrome is not only one of the fastest browsers I've ever used, it's easily one of the best.

The Google Chrome install was quick and easy. In a matter of seconds (literally), I downloaded the application from the company's site and installed it on my PC. Once up, Chrome asked to import the data from Firefox and I was off." 
 Guess what I did?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Teaching gifted students + moving some of my blog posts

Tamara Fisher, a K-12 gifted education specialist offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GT) list which although written from a Montanan perspective, perhaps could resonate well with everyone who recognizes the value of gifted education in the larger scheme of things.

She starts with:
"GT is NOT a reward for kids who behave well in class and turn in perfect work. Rather it IS an academic necessity for children who learn differently. Their learning and abilities are significantly different from the norm. Yes, some gifted kids do behave well and turn in perfect work, but so do many high-achieving, hard-working, teacher-pleaser kids. Gifted kids can also be the ones who act up in class or who don’t turn in ANY work because they’re sick of learning about pronouns for the fifth year in a row when they had it the first time. "
More here. Thanks to Mary Laltoo for the lead to the link.

Incidentally, I've been officially recruited by Tessa as guest blogger at Meta-Mentoring to support her foray back into Gifted Education. (She used to teach in the MAGIS program of the Ateneo de Manila Grade School.)

You may wish to follow my less random thoughts there.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Now let's look at some research on video games

... in the classroom.
"The paper presents a number of examples of the use of such games, and tries to determine likely trends in their use in such an environment. Of significance is an examination of the obstacles that teaching staff encounter in attempting to use such software during lesson times, and how some staff have overcome these obstacles."
This was circa 2003, so handhelds nowadays could swing the results differently.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

This has gotta have some value

... to educational leaders. I hope.

That post is a little dated, but could already be mainstream by now: "School Lesson Plans Use Themes from Latest Pokemon Video Games to Teach Science".

Now I wonder how Nintendogs can fit in the Curriculum. Social Studies?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Who is your Grandma?

Guess it's never too late to start learning how to play video games!

Letting Go is a Life Skill

Didn't know adults could also get real world lessons from Sesame Street. More about separation lessons here.

Video Games that Make Us Smart

Just parking ideas about a wikibook on the value of video games (like Nintendo DS - anyone familiar with PictoChat?) for learning beyond the classroom. Suddenly, I'm reminded of a line that goes "Let's go get it!" in Timon & Pumba's bug tetris game.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

So I get this 502 error


... then I thought I just needed to clear my computer's cache, cookies, temp internet files, etc. Instinctively, I launched Google search. This is what I got:


502 Error: Gmail Users Cut Off from Their Accounts.

I hope this is not a sign of a meltdown.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Quote of the day

"The Internet does not have a user's manual, so click away."

I searched Google for the author and found nothing, so I'm tempted to claim the quote.

But beyond that, it's more about the inherent difficulty of hand-holding digital immigrants that sometimes becomes a source of frustration when teaching this technology. Meanwhile, the digital natives collaborate and frolic on the web with each other.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Nintendo DS for Learning in Schools

Saw an update on FB about an event called Handheld Learning 2008 where danah boyd, Social Media Scientist, confirmed her attendance. Turns out she's one of the speakers along with John Seely Brown, Radical innovator & former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corp. Turns out, it takes place in London on 13-15 October.

Then I read that "Registrations before July 31st receive a free Nintendo DS and cartridge for use at the conference (and to keep!)." So I thought, "What's with the DS in a conference on learning?" Instinctively, I ran a Google search. And this is what I got.

Excerpt:
"Recently, a girl’s junior high school in Tokyo, Japan adopted the Nintendo DS as a means of assisting the teaching of the English Language to their students. Students used the plastic stylus to spell words correctly and were awarded once they completed five levels. The English Language for Japanese program also included video of a teen ordering food in English and dialogue for the students to repeat."
Now I'm wondering about possibilities for Sony PSP.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

GMA SONA 2008 Tag Cloud

Compare this tag cloud with that of version 2007. (billion appears 21 times, hmmm)

created at TagCrowd.com

Here's the full text of version 2008.

Monday, August 04, 2008

This is what I call social drills

It allows kids to battle with other learners worldwide on Maths 101, Maths Mix, Times Tables and Spelling. I hope there are more areas to compete in. It's Web of Verbs says "play, compete, learn".

I like the seeming analogy to boxing where fighters move up and around different "leagues" based on their scores and stats as the mental pugilists gather their trophies. Must be a better way to look for heroes. Watch out for BluePanda888, he's got good keyboard skills. Point your kid's browser to tutpup.com's site.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Patent is only for the rich ... "

... so it seems like Filipino inventor Daniel Dingel (not Dingle) would rather not file patent applications.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

GMA SONA 2007 Tag Cloud

Take note of the dominant words. Remind me to do another one for the 2008 round which happens on the 28th.

created at TagCrowd.com


As the book suggests

... there is absolute virtue in sharing.

Thanks loads to Leon Benjamin.

Read this document on Scribd: winning by sharing online ebook cartoons v1

Saturday, July 19, 2008

CV Tag Cloud

aka how to showcase your curriculum vitae in 50 words or less.



created at TagCrowd.com
Thanks to Nancy Wozniak.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Nobody is perfect

... but do mine eyes deceive me or are we running out of proofreaders?

OCM What?

This is perhaps one "job" that part of Mike Wesch's video was talking about: “When I graduate I will probably have a job, that doesn’t exist today”. Well at least in some other parts of the world.

Read Jeremiah Owyang's discussion points about online community managers. Thanks to Dave Peck for the link. And to Mon Duremdes for the "provocation".

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Forget about fossil fuel...

Water could be all you need.



Which reminds me, whatever happened to Daniel Dingle?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hole in the Wall

No wonder teachers are being left behind?

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Twenty years ago, I'd probably be thrown in prison ....

... or worse, be committed to the ward, for things I've been writing about education lately.

Now it's good to be getting some validation from the nixty.com. I don't even know the guys behind it, but what the heck.

I like that bit about Disrupting Education: Flattening the Ivory Tower. It seems to predict that in 6 years, education is going to be radically different. Don't know if I should hold my breath, but it should be worth the wait.

Thanks to Michael Feldstein.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Am I spamming myself?

I don't think so.* Just connecting to Steve Hargadon who says that "Web 2.0 is the Future of Education". Again, it seems like we're in good company. Thanks to George Siemens for practical connectivism.

* I could be wrong though.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Forget about schoolbags
















Perhaps this is what your "schoolchild" needs.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

How global is the Filipino?

They're everywhere. "How far afield?", you might ask. I guess you'll just need to check out Friendster or Multiply to figure that out.

Now if you're still unsure, perhaps you may want to consider barangay.ph's approach to show how Pinoys/Pinays globally connect to one another. Simply add your Filipino event at their site.

Another Social Network Site? The "About us" tells us the following:

"Jonno Alcaro is the CEO of FilipinoVillage.com. With over 26 years behind him in the financial securities industry, specializing in the marketing of services, he is also former co-owner, Director and EVP of YellowPages.com. Sold to SBC and BellSouth in November 2004, YellowPages.com consistently received over 8 million visitors to its site each month at the time of its sale.

His wife, Nanette de Dios Alcaro, is the President. She has 20 years experience in the deluxe hotel business in Manila and the U.S., having worked with The Peninsula NY, Plaza Athenee NY and Hotel Bel-Air LA as the Director of Sales and Marketing.

They have over 45 combined years of marketing expertise in the U.S., worldwide and online. Together they have created the business and marketing model behind FilipinoVillage.com."

So there, not exactly Friendstery nor Multiplyish, but it could get the job done. So what's happening in your Filipino corner of the world?

Monday, June 23, 2008

This is really about safety

... seriously, let your child "play with fire".



You got to hand it to Gever Tulley.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

IBM "enjoins" companies to hire Netgenners

Thus reports Inquirer.net. It goes: "Companies must prepare to accommodate and learn to adapt to a new generation of workers that rely heavily on the Internet, according to a top IBM executive."

More here.

Somehow it seems like schools/universities need to play a major role in this "injunction".

But what if teachers are afraid of technology? 64 million dollar question ...

Friday, June 13, 2008

"Oil spike!"

This was a simulation in 2007.


Sunday, June 08, 2008

"Net Gen Nonsense"

I'd like to refrain from taking sides. Nonetheless, some people are getting some good SEO-driven attention. See for yourself in this search result.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

In praise of Social Networks

Big Blue seems to be officially riding the wave, in Asia - that is, especially when more and more people in this part of the world are seeing the viral nature of SNS (Think: Thriller video in a Cebu prison, or a jilted lover ranting over unpaid "cash advances"

Here's an excerpt from Inquirer.net
"PHUKET, Thailand--Social networks such as Facebook have not only revolutionized the way people communicate over the Web but are also seen as useful to businesses."

IBM's David Barnes tells us more in the video.

Friday, June 06, 2008

You Can Actually Autogenerate Blog Entries!?

aka "How to blog without really trying."

I was doing research on ePortfolios, so I ran a search of the keywords [Yuvienco Helen Barrett] hoping to see some linkback/trackback. Then I found this , a post from Iphigeniaolegfea’s Weblog. True enough, Yuvienco was there, along with some random words that appear to have been extracted from some pieces of work I've been doing. But nothing in Iphigeniaolegfea's post seemed to make human sense.

So there. Is that at all related to SEO? Don't ask me, but I'm not exactly endorsing "robotic blogging".

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Coming to a car show near you

So what's on the announcement block lately? Ok, I am told that Honda launches VCM 643.

Then it got me wondering what kind of novelty it has to offer. After firing my handy dandy search engine, I discovered that a certain Rodiron620 had recently posted something about the history of VCM:

"Honda first introduced VCM back in 2003 when it was available on the JDM Honda Inspire. So the system now has 5 years of history and a lot of testing and real world mileage. As much as we want to call it new technology, it has been around the block as far as Honda is concerned. There is even a Wikipedia entry for Honda Variable Cylinder Management...."
"In addition to low fuel consumption, the VCM engine also reduces exhaust emissions, helping meet govt Ultra-Low Emissions and 2010 fuel consumption standards, making it eligible for preferential 'Green Tax' treatment. The engine achieves this by combining high-density catalytic converters located directly below each cylinder head for further improved exhaust gas processing at low engine temperatures with better air/fuel ratio control.

VCM continuously analyzes throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine speed, and gearing to determine that the car is cruising, and then idles the intake and exhaust valves of the three cylinders in the rear cylinder bank. With zero valve lift, the cylinders are sealed, and no fuel is injected. Pumping losses are thus reduced by as much as 65% and low fuel consumption is realized.

When operating in 3-cylinder mode, engine vibration is reduced by extrapolating vibration from the change in crankshaft rotation speed and sending the information to the 'active control' engine mount, which compresses/extends an actuator in same-phase, same-period motion to dampen the engine mount. Similarly, a speaker creates an opposite phase sound or 'active noise control', to provide a cancelling effect, for a quieter interior which leaves the driver unaware of changes in cylinder activation."
The stats below should give us another perspective.










Just don't know how it feels to the driver when activation/deactivation kicks in. Perhaps I could use a day to test drive a VCM 643-powered Honda? (Hint, hint.)
I didn't even know ...

you could annotate and add links to your YouTube videos.

"So check it out."



Thanks Tris for showing me the "first interactive video on YouTube." (Sorry, embed disabled)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Google Docs and Database

aka combining spreadsheet and forms

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Perhaps this can help but...

it's rather ironic that claiming retirement benefits from the Philippine Social Security System(SSS) is anything but social.

Here's a colorful rant from a FIL-AM based in he USA trying to claim his pension benefits:
"I can't understand what really freak they want, lagay
ba? or paddrino. These are very simple matters why
they are trying to make it hard. How can they verify
the premiums of my previous companys for my sss
contribution. It will take them forever, maybe some of
them aren't existing anymore and how could they do
that its been 23 or 25 years that's rediculous!
The only company that might be able to give them maybe
the big ones but i am not sure if my name is still in
their files ... "
Now for what this is worth, I could perhaps hook this fellow up to someone who could be of assistance to him and anyone similarly situated. So, buddy, just shoot me an email at joel.yuvienco[at]gmail.com

Thursday, May 29, 2008

I like ...

Marcus Miller's "Run for Cover" cover by KoYoungHwan

Saturday, May 24, 2008

aka "Yesterday, David Cook was on the Top 10 most searched items on Yahoo".

YahooTopSearch

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Free online games help reinforce math and language skills

aka eSchoolNews showcases Arcademic Skill Builders.

"Arcademic Skill Builders is a nonprofit web site that features online educational games offering a new approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills."
More here.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Elevator pitch is dead?

Muhammad Saleem  says yes and introduces us to twitpitch. So say goodbye to  140 words and hello to 140 characters on twitter.com. More about twitpitch.

[via Javed Alam on his Facebook Status]

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Thus Google gets more social




Associated Press reports that Google joins effort to make more Web sites more sociable.

"Google hopes its latest social tools will encourage people to
spend even more time online, giving the company more opportunities to
show the advertising that generates most of its profits."


Time to party? Don't ask me but I don't know who'll come home with a headache.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Can't wait to lay my hands/eyes

... on Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior,   Ori Brafman's second book which I'm told will be out in June.


Friday, May 02, 2008

8/10

aka how Blogged.com editors rated Ad Astra. That's about 94 percentile among technology blogs (17,331 so far). And I'm not even into SEO. Not that it has anything to do with that rating. I am told that "evaluation is based on the following criteria: Frequency of Updates, Relevance of Content, Site Design, and Writing Style."

Not bad considering that Wired and Techcrunch were rated a superb 10. Click here to see the current field of blogged.com-rated technology blogs.


Ad Astra at Blogged


Thanks Amy Liu.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Time to say goodbye, NOT.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

So how do you make money off public domain material?

Voluminous may offer one answer.



[via boingboing.net]

Indeed, it's not the idea, it's what you do with it. Sounds like share the science, make money off the technology?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

And if you're not comfortable with your CV

Product:

... you might need the services of a "bio-data" maker.

Wikipedia defines Résumé like so:
"A résumé, also known as a curriculum vitae (CV), American and British English respectively, is a document that contains a summary or listing of relevant job experience and education, usually for the purpose of obtaining an interview when seeking employment. Often the résumé or CV is the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker, and therefore a large amount of importance is often ascribed to it."

Place:

Online aka the World Wide Web

Price:

Pricing starts at $68.95 for entry level 0-2 years total work experience. Remember that it's a professional and executive resume writing service.

Promotion:

Resume Maker.

Process:

1. Complete the order form and choose your package.

2. Their team lead will get in contact with you to conduct an in depth one on one interview.

3. Receive your 1st draft.

4. Finalize your resume with the team lead.

Promise:

  • An electronic copy of your professionally made resume
  • A scannable version of your resume
  • A cover letter personalized just for you
  • A thank you letter after your first job interview
  • Unlimited revisions for 30 days"

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Obsolete skills and Web 2.0 resumes

In 1993, Seymour Papert wrote a premonitory piece about Knowledge Machines and how "reading will no longer be the unique primary access road to knowledge and learning, and it should therefore no longer be the dominant consideration in the design of School."

The argument continues:
"Demoting reading from its privileged position in the school curriculum is only one of many consequences of Knowledge Machines. A child who has grown up with the freedom to explore provided by such machines will not sit quietly through the standard curriculum dished out in most schools today. Already, children are made increasingly restive by the contrast between the slowness of School and the more exciting pace they experience in videogames and television. But the restiveness is only a pale precursor to what will come when they can freely enter virtual realities of animals in Africa or wars in ancient Greece."
Makes one wonder what skill set companies would be looking for in the 21st century workplace.

Fast forward to 2008: You must have heard of video resumes. And Web 2.0 job sites like jobfox.com promises to "have great companies pursue you" with features like tag clouds and mindmaps for your online CV.

Which brings me to this question: Does that mean it makes better sense to learn via YouTube videos?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Now Major Brands are into Social Networks too

Mashable reports that:

"When big brands decide something is hot, they will move in and attempt to copy it. Sometimes they actually succeed at their goals, and sometimes…well, let’s just say that results are less than spectacular."
More here.

Thanks to Mon Duremdes.

Friday, April 04, 2008

5 Challenges in Implementing Social Software in the Enterprise

Christy Pettey of Gartner reports:

"Based on extensive discussions and experiences with clients, Gartner has identified five major challenges that organizations face when pursuing social software applications as well as advice to help businesses respond to them:

1 -- Delivering Business Value

2 -- Overcoming Cultural Barriers

3 -- Ensuring Privacy

4 -- Governing Participant Behaviors

5 -- Managing Personal and Professional Time

"The severity of these five challenges will vary significantly from one organization to the next, as does their impact on decisions concerning whether, when and how to proceed with social software," Mr. Bradley said. "There are no absolutes, for each potential social application organization must balance the business benefits over the risks of overcoming these challenges."

[via Reuters]

It's more about people than about technology. Does it get any clearer than that?

Monday, March 31, 2008

6 minutes

... from the box to a browser and search results.

Think about how little time it takes to launch an Eee PC.


Sunday, March 30, 2008

More on David Warlick

Stephanie Sandifer writes "oodles" about David's keynote speech at the 2008 Convocation on Education, the theme of which was: “Education 2021: Preparing Kids For a Future We Can’t Describe”. More here.

Ustream channel of the presentation:



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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

2D2C in DLS-C

aka how do students in De La Salle-Canlubang discover, disclose, connect and co-create learning?



Figure 1: people@dlscanlubang.org

Discover

Figure 2 below demonstrates how the technology more commonly known as Real Simple Syndication (RSS) gives the user the ability to be on top things of interest thereby offering the latest updates in a personalized fashion.

Figure 2: Feed Reader

Disclose

Now by filling in suitable fields in a user’s profile, the owner indicates which attributes best describe him or her to the rest of the community. Some systems give to the user the flexibility of disclosing as much or as little, depending on the suitable level of comfort.


Figure 3: Profile

Connect

Connecting is something that Friendster, one of the pioneers of Social Network Sites in the early decade of the century, has widely popularized. The ability to invite friends online and get invitations confirmed in a two-way friendship loop gave rise to the practice of “Friending”.


Figure 4: Friends

Co-create

Through what is commonly called tagging, Social Network Sites confer to the users the ability to put some loose categorization of learning objects. The image below shows what is called a tag cloud. It’s an aggregation of ‘popular’ labels used on learning artifacts and the system works to highlight the ‘relative importance’ of the items according to font size.


Figure 5: Tags and Folksonomies

The implication of all these resonates with David Warlick (2007): "students stop being mirrors, and instead become amplifiers. Their job is not merely to reflect what they encounter, but to add value to it. Content and skills are no longer the end product, but they become raw materials, with which students learn to work and play and share. Information is captured by the learner, processed, added to, remixed, and then shared back, to be captured by another learner/teacher and reprocessed."