A Day Made of Glass 2

Watch and share “A Day Made of Glass 2,” Corning’s expanded vision for the future of glass technologies. This video continues the story of how highly engineered glass, with companion technologies, will help shape our world.

Update on inkling – amazing breakthrough in ebooks…

Inkling brings textbooks to Apple’s iPad, wins funding from Sequoia

By Frank Michael Russell

frussell@mercurynews.com

Posted: 08/20/2010 09:43:09 AM PDT

Updated: 08/20/2010 09:02:39 PM PDT
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San Francisco startup Inkling’s app puts biology and other college… ( Courtesy of Inkling )

Inkling, a San Francisco startup that provides college textbooks for the iPad, on Friday released its app for Apple’s mobile device and said it received funding in a round led by Menlo Park venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

The amount of the investment wasn’t disclosed, but a company statement said Kapor Capital, Sherpalo Ventures and Felicis Ventures also participated.

“Inkling has produced a groundbreaking platform for interactive content publishing in a market that’s primed for innovation,” Sequoia partner Bryan Schreier said in the news release. Schreier and former Netscape Chief Financial Officer Peter Currie joined Inkling’s board of directors.

Inkling, founded in 2009, is putting titles from publishers Cengage Learning, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill and Wolters Kluwer on the iPad. Unlike printed textbooks, Inkling’s app will include features such as multimedia and allow classmates to share notes.

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Lawrence Lessig – Keynote at the CC Asia Conference

Lawrence LessigVideo of the presentation.

“June 4, 2010, Seoul, Kora: Keynote at the CC Asia Conference. 95% new material, raising an increasingly nagging question — is open/free necessary for innovation on platforms or with content? Puzzles about innovation in the emerging world of closed or controlled platforms, and questions about strategy for the world of free culture. Particular Apple anxiety.” – http://lessig.blip.tv/

Posted by: Hillel Dov

Reaching the Last Technology Holdouts at the Front of the Classroom – PA

Reaching the Last Technology Holdouts at the Front of the Classroom – Chronicle of Higher Education

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http://chronicle.com/article/Reaching-the-Last-Technology/123659/

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Rick Friedman for The Chronicle

Chris Dede, a professor of learning technologies at Harvard U., helped write the Department of Education’s new National Educational Technology Plan, which challenges educators to leverage modern technology to create engaging learning experiences for students.

By Jeffrey R. Young

Every semester a lot of professors’ lectures are essentially reruns because many instructors are too busy to upgrade their classroom methods.

That frustrates Chris Dede, a professor of learning technologies at Harvard University, who argues that clinging to outdated teaching practices amounts to educational malpractice.

“If you were going to see a doctor and the doctor said, ‘I’ve been really busy since I got out of medical school, and so I’m going to treat you with the techniques I learned back then,’ you’d be rightly incensed,” he told me recently. “Yet there are a lot of faculty who say with a straight face, ‘I don’t need to change my teaching,’ as if nothing has been learned about teaching since they had been prepared to do it—if they’ve ever been prepared to.”

And poor teaching can have serious consequences, he says, when students fall behind or drop out because of sleep-inducing lectures. Colleges have tried several approaches over the years to spur teaching innovation. But among instructors across the nation, holdouts clearly remain.