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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning And What You Can Learn From Them [Linkis.com]

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning And What You Can Learn From Them - InformED : - Linkis.com

In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the second largest and fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, with a penetration rate of over 60% and climbing.

The phones themselves are not advanced by developed nations’ standards. Most people in developing countries have what are called “feature phones,” which are less sophisticated and powerful than smartphones and have fewer features. But they do have numeric keypads, and can access the internet on a tiny screen–which, by the way, is not a tiny screen to them but a window of vast opportunity.

Other types of mobile technology have spread to these corners too. In areas where schools can’t afford to receive traditional educational materials, mobile devices have moved in. One library in Ghana that has no books on its shelves, but now has an e-reader, giving the students of its village access to hundreds of books that could never be physically sent to the library.

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning And What You Can Learn From Them – InformED : – Linkis.com.

Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad [npr.org]

Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad : NPR

Several years ago, things didnt go well for Peter Brooks when his former employer bused his division to a suburban Washington, D.C., field. They were divided into teams for a round of paintball.

We were issued safety goggles and paintball guns, one of which immediately misfired. It hit a district manager in the crotch,” Brooks says.

He remembers that the game quickly devolved into screaming, pleading and retaliatory rage — the paintballs left large welts.”

A lot of people pointed their guns right at their supervisors, me included,” Brooks says. “I shot mine right in the middle of the back, and then when he spun around with revenge in his eyes, I surrendered.”

The bus ride home, he says, was dead silent.

via Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad : NPR.

Google CEO Larry Page Says Future Workforce Is Part Time [Recode.net]

What happens as machines and artificial intelligence push humans out of the workforce? It’s one of the more important problems of our time — theoretical as it may seem in some sectors today — as technology makes industry after industry more efficient.

One of the most important tech overlords, Google CEO Larry Page, thinks most people want to work, but they’d be happy working less.

Page’s take: We have enough resources to provide for humanity. “The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is just not true,” Page said, in an interview at a private event put on by the venture capital firm Khosla Ventures that was just released online.

via Google CEO Larry Page Says Future Workforce Is Part Time | Re/code.

A Century Ago In Sarajevo: A Plot, A Farce And A Fateful Shot [NPR.org]

The shot that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was fired a hundred years ago this weekend.

The assassination in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914, triggered World War I and changed the course of the 20th century. The consequences of that act were devastating. But the beginning of the story sounds almost like a farce — complete with bad aim, botched poisoning and a wrong turn on the road.

Today, in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, you dont have to hunt around for the spot where it all took place. A big purple banner announces it in white capital letters: “The street corner that started the 20th century.”

People take photos as streetcars rumble by. And according to Dr. James Lyon, an expert in Balkan history, the street would have looked almost identical a hundred years ago — it just would have had a few more trees.

A Route Lined With Flags, Fans … And Assassins

Same day of the assassination

via A Century Ago In Sarajevo: A Plot, A Farce And A Fateful Shot : NPR.

Free exchange: Wealth by degrees [Economist.com]

IS A university degree a good investment? Many potential students are asking the question, especially in countries where the price of a degree is rising, as a result of falling government subsidies. Recent research suggests that the conventional wisdom remains true: a university degree pays handsomely. In America and the euro zone, for example, unemployment rates for graduates are far below average. Yet the benefit of university varies greatly among students, making an investment in higher education a risky bet in some circumstances.

via Free exchange: Wealth by degrees | The Economist.

Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers – [NYTimes.com]

Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers - NYTimes.com

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.

The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.

via Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers – NYTimes.com.

Moving Beyond MOOCs: Experiments in Non-traditional Product Education by Julia Wilkowski [learningsolutionsmag.com]

The engineering education team’s staff meeting on May 2, 2012 began like any other: reports of new engineer orientation, computer science outreach efforts, and an updated mission statement: “To provide Google engineers and the world with relevant and timely technical content, learning resources, and tools.”

With five minutes remaining in the meeting, the director announced that she was recruiting team members who were willing to tackle an audacious goal: create an online course for ten million people in eight weeks. Many of us left the room that day with more questions than answers: Could we really create a course from scratch for that many people? In only eight weeks? What would we teach, and why? How would we know if we were successful?

via Moving Beyond MOOCs: Experiments in Non-traditional Product Education by Julia Wilkowski : Learning Solutions Magazine.

A wiki as alternative to current Quality document structure

Quality is one my few trades. I started out in Metrology then progressed into (after I majored in) Quality. Over the last, what, 10 years I specialized increating and maintaining databases while remaining in Quality. I’ve had the chance to follow closely the evolution of the internet from its, now old, 1.0 format to the 2.0 one.

Wikis, to me, represent the ultimate form of collaboration as they synthesize just about anything there is when one considers having multiple contributors working together (from them communicating to the end result, whatever that may be).

A wiki as alternative to current Quality document structure | Un wiki comme alternative à la structure documentaire Qualité actuelle | plerudulier.

Why Programming is a Part-Time Job: Breaks Make You More Productive [bufferapp.com]

I work from home. Which is to say ,I don’t have an office to go to. What I do have are a lot of pubs, most of which are pretty quiet during the day. And I have evolved a routine that gets me out of the house, gets me fresh air, keeps me productive and goes some way to keeping me active.

The magic ingredient – changing where I work every ninety minutes or so.

It’s that simple. Every 90 minutes, I finish whatever delicious beverage I have been imbibing, pack up my stuff and stroll sedately to my next port of call. I’m lucky that I live in a small city which has no lack of pubs all within walking distance of each other, so my strolls are usually no more than 15 minutes at most.

But those 15 minutes are worth their weight in gold. Which makes no sense, but I don’t care – because I get a solid 15 minutes where I am not bashing my head against a wall because some function won’t work the way I expect it to. 15 minutes where I am not struggling to figure out why the production environment is behaving differently to the test environment. 15 minutes where I can’t actually do anything except think.

via Why Programming is a Part-Time Job: Breaks Make You More Productive.

Habits of highly effective digital enterprises [mckinsey.com]

The skills required for digital transformation probably can’t be groomed entirely from within. Leadership teams must be realistic about the collective ability of their existing workforce. Leading companies frequently look to other industries to attract digital talent, because they understand that emphasizing skills over experience when hiring new talent is vital to success, at least in the early stages of transformation. The best people in digital product management or user-experience design may not work in your industry. Hire them anyway.

Tesco, the UK grocery retailer, made three significant digital acquisitions over a two-year span: blinkbox, a video-streaming service; We7, a digital music store; and Mobcast, an e-book platform. The acquisitions enabled Tesco to quickly build up the skills it needed to move into digital media. In the United States, Verizon followed a similar path with strategic acquisitions that immediately bolstered its expertise in telematics (Hughes Telematics in 2012) and cloud services (CloudSwitch in 2011), two markets that are growing at a rapid pace.

via The seven habits of highly effective digital enterprises | McKinsey & Company.

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