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Preparing Teachers for Blended and Online Environments

Originally posted on Flexibility Enables Learning:

There is a growing need for today?s pre-service teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and learning environments. As teaching candidates progress through teacher education programs, they should be exploring, evaluating, and applying methods and tools for effective instruction in the dynamic learning environments that exist in today?s K-12 schools.

At Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, faculty in the School of Education have developed pathways to help teaching candidates gain experience exploring, evaluating, and applying methods for online and blended instruction. Elementary, middle grades, and secondary teaching candidates at Lenoir-Rhyne University have the option of pursuing a track in blended or online learning as part of their teacher preparation program. We believe that graduates from these programs are better equipped to meet the needs of today?s learners and adapt to changing teaching and learning environments.

Source: www.fractuslearning.com

That engaging with online and…

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A quarter million Europeans have asked Google to forget them

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Originally posted on Quartz:

It’s been a year since the EU’s Court of Justice ruled that Google and other search engines must give Europeans the ability to request that information about them be removed from search results. According to Google, the company has received over 250,000 requests for information to be removed from search results over the last year, and it has analyzed nearly one million websites to see what should be removed.

Reputation VIP, a site for controlling one’s reputation online, compiled data on the first year of the law being in place and how Google has responded. Here are the highlights:

 Requests have started to taper off

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Google received an average of 1,500 removal requests per day in the first three months after its “right to be forgotten” service went online, according to Reputation VIP. That number has dropped to about 500 requests per day, which while fewer, will still add up to about 180,000 requests per year.

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Organizing documents like playing Lego™

In computer sciencetransclusion is the inclusion of part or all of anelectronic document into one or more other documents by reference.

I found out, recently, about what it really meant to implement ‘transclusion’ while tinkering with Tiddlywiki. In addition to using the feature it kept going round in my head that the concept could also be used elsewhere.

Organizing documents like playing Lego™.

Meet the Lawyer Fighting Uber’s Business Model • © [nymag.com]

Meet the Lawyer Fighting Uber’s Business Model -- NYMag

One of the perks of being a top Uber driver is the company’s employee-of-the-week award. It’s called the Sixth Star prize, and it comes with a swag bag and a $1,000 American Express gift card. It’s the sort of thing that all sorts of big companies do to encourage their workers to go that proverbial, or actual, extra mile. But with Uber, there’s a hitch. The taxi behemoth does not employ any of its drivers. They are all independent contractors, paid by the gig.

Working for Uber might come with its perks, then, but it also comes without the benefits and protections many businesses provide for their employees. That’s unfair and illegal, a Boston labor lawyer is now arguing in court, potentially threatening the business models of the dozens and dozens of popular apps that make up the so-called “on-demand economy.”

via Meet the Lawyer Fighting Uber’s Business Model — NYMag.

Elon Musk’s Grand Plan to Power the World With Batteries | © [wired.com]

The idea of energy storage has been around since the 1970s, says Ravi Manghani, a senior energy storage analyst at GTM Research, but didn’t advance much until the early 2000s. In the past decade, an increased appetite for renewable energy and advances in solar panels and lithium ion batteries have attracted dozens of players to the idea of letting consumers and utilities put their power in reserve.

Battery efficiency is growing about 8 percent annually, according to Manghani. Prices are expected to drop 50 percent in the next two to three years, says Sam Wilkinson, research manager for solar and energy storage at IHS Technology. That’s due in part to Tesla, and while there’s still room for improvement, it’s a great start.

The market for energy storage is split into three segments, Wilkinson says: Utilities, commercial, and residential.

via Elon Musk’s Grand Plan to Power the World With Batteries | WIRED.

Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP

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Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

Gross Domestic Product has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But, says Michael Green, GDP isn’t the best way to measure a good society. His alternative? The Social Progress Index, which measures things like basic human needs and opportunity.

Analysts, reporters and big thinkers love to talk about Gross Domestic Product. Put simply, GDP, which tallies the value of all the goods and services produced by a country each year, has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But there’s a big, elephant-like problem with that: GDP only accounts for a country’s economic performance, not the happiness or well-being of its citizens. With GDP, if your richest 100 people get richer, your GDP rises … but most of your citizens are just as badly off as they were before.

That’s one of the reasons the team that I lead at the Social Progress…

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Cyberlibertarians’ Digital Deletion of the Left • © [jacobinmag.com]

The digital revolution, we are told everywhere today, produces democracy. It gives “power to the people” and dethrones authoritarians; it levels the playing field for distribution of information critical to political engagement; it destabilizes hierarchies, decentralizes what had been centralized, democratizes what was the domain of elites.

Most on the left would endorse these ends. The widespread availability of tools whose uses are harmonious with leftist goals would, one might think, accompany broad advancement of those goals in some form. Yet the left today is scattered, nearly toothless in most advanced democracies. If digital communication technology promotes leftist values, why has its spread coincided with such a stark decline in the Left’s political fortunes?

via Cyberlibertarians’ Digital Deletion of the Left | Jacobin.

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