Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
... then I stumbled upon Dan Pink's The Adventures of Johnny Bunko.
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
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
... 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
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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
More on Financial Meltdown 101.
8,366 views as of this posting.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
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
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
A little Googling led me to this cached edition:
Now for a more updated version that I freely edit."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."
Hoping they keep it up.
Friday, September 19, 2008
via Cory Doctorow.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Still this arstechnica article says "kids are alright: gamers are adjusted and civic-minded".
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
More related SciAm articles here and here.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
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.
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."
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
"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."
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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.
You may wish to follow my less random thoughts there.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
"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
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
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
... 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
Thursday, August 07, 2008
"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."
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Here's the full text of version 2008.
Monday, August 04, 2008
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
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thanks loads to Leon Benjamin.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
... 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
* I could be wrong though.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Another Social Network Site? The "About us" tells us the following:
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."
Monday, June 23, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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."
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
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
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
aka "How to blog without really trying."
Thursday, June 05, 2008
"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."
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.)
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
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, lagayNow 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
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 ... "
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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
Friday, May 02, 2008
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.
Thanks Amy Liu.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Voluminous may offer one answer.
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
... 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."
Online aka the World Wide Web
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.
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.
- 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 resumesIn 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.
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
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."
Thanks to Mon Duremdes.
Friday, April 04, 2008
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."
It's more about people than about technology. Does it get any clearer than that?
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Ustream channel of the presentation:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
aka how do students in De La Salle-Canlubang discover, disclose, connect and co-create learning?
Figure 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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."