I've been up to a LOT of things - which I will discuss in greater detail later.
In the meantime, here is a video service for teachers - Teacher Tube:
How can we work together to provide the best, most relevant education possible for today's students? How can the relationship between academia and the business community help, or hinder the mission of higher education?
I have a wild and crazy idea for new-media types who are trying to win the trust of their audience and make a buck: Don't just disclose your conflicts of interest. Try to actively avoid them. Transparency is good. But actually having nothing to hide is even better.
But make no mistake about this erudite British-born entrepreneur: He is out to rattle Silicon Valley and the geekerati by detonating many of the comfortable myths attending the Web 2.0 era.In a deliciously subversive new book, The Cult of the Amateur, which debuts in June, Keen recounts the many ways in which technology is remaking our culture and society. Anyone familiar with Keen's previous work from his blog will recognize the terrain here. Keen is a gloomy elitist--in the best sense of that term--wistful about a politer, more thoughtful era, but one that's destined to get trampled underneath by the amoral onslaught of the Internet.
Keen may cost himself a few dinner party invitations. Then again, he's not interested in currying favor with bloggers or would-be new media moguls. In fact, I assume he would just as soon welcome their scorn for his book as a searing indictment, a latter day "J'accuse" lamenting the harm he believes they have inflicted upon society.
The subtitle of his book states his thesis bluntly: "How the democratization of the digital world is assaulting our economy, our culture, and our values."
"If we keep up this pace, there will be over five hundred million blogs by 2010, collectively corrupting and confusing popular opinion about everything from politics, to commerce, to arts and culture. Blogs have become so dizzyingly infinite, that they've undermined our sense of what is true and what is false, what is real and what is imaginary. These days, kids can't tell the difference between credible news by objective professional journalists and what they read on joeshmoe.blogspot.com.'"
Have a look at subvertandprofit.com. Quite a simple idea really - Advertisers, pay $1 per digg. If you are a Digg user - well they will pay you 50 cents if you digg an article which they ask you to digg. The company makes a 50 cent profit.
Subvert and Profit says “…We allow advertisers to purchase actions on social networks… they are 50 to 100 times more cost effective than conventional Internet advertising.”
I’m sure there are many more, I just couldn’t be bothered to keep looking…
Quite simple really - and it sounds stupid doesn’t it?
So does it really work? Can you pay money and get digged? I did some research, and you know what? The sad thing is - it's actually working!
There was this guy who wanted to conduct an experiment. He submitted a really stupid article to digg and then paid for it to get digged. He even posted about it on Digg confessing he paid $1 per Digg to see what would happen:Want to see the result? Check out the article.
“Two hours went by, and I got another digg. Then, suddenly, diggs began to accumulate like bugs on a windshield — smack, smack, a couple every 10 minutes. After four and a half hours, I had 19 diggs. My web logs showed I had no new hits on my site through Digg, however, offering evidence that the diggs had come from people who hadn’t bothered to investigate my blog.”
“When I woke up in the morning, my story had been awarded the “became popular” tag and had 121 diggs. U/S had done what it promised: The company had helped me buy my way into Digg popularity, and my site traffic had gone way up — overnight, I’d been hammered with so many hits that the diggers had to set up a mirror.”
Analysts say the increase reflects lessons learned from the dot-com bust.
Fueled by faith in Web 2.0 start-ups and new technologies in the medical-device and alternative-energy fields, venture capitalists invested $25.5 billion in 2006, marking the highest level investment since the dot-com bust in 2001.
VC investment last year increased 12 percent over the $22.8 billion invested in 2005, according to figures released Jan. 23 by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thomson Financial, and the National Venture Capital Association.
"Investment has increased, but not at an alarming rate," said Emily Mendell, vice president of strategic affairs for National Venture Capital Association, noting that most analysts do not see the increase in investment as a sign that VCs have returned to the unrealistic expectations of the late 1990s. "The current venture-capitalist community is composed of people who survived the bubble, which is a good thing because they learned an awful lot."
The problem is that none of the applicants have been admitted. They won't start finding out until March whether they've made the cut..."You can read the full story about the PR gaff here.
Minority students are closing the achievement gap, and student achievement is rising – more reading progress was made by 9-year-olds in five years than in the previous 28 years combined, and reading and math scores for 9-year-olds and fourth-graders have reached all-time highs.
Microsoft Corp. has landed in the Wikipedia doghouse after it offered to pay a blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced Web encyclopedia site.
While Wikipedia is known as the encyclopedia that anyone can tweak, founder Jimmy Wales and his cadre of volunteer editors, writers and moderators have blocked public-relations firms, campaign workers and anyone else perceived as having a conflict of interest from posting fluff or slanting entries. So paying for Wikipedia copy is considered a definite no-no.
"We were very disappointed to hear that Microsoft was taking that approach," Wales said Tuesday.
Microsoft acknowledged it had approached the writer and offered to pay him for the time it would take to correct what the company was sure were inaccuracies in Wikipedia articles on an open-source document standard and a rival format put forward by Microsoft.
The Gallup Management Journal recently published an article on what drives innovation in organizations. Shelley Mika disentangles innovation from creativity and identifies four driving principles of innovation, based on discussions with key thinkers and leaders. All four principles are focused on people...
With their low tuitions and convenient locations, community colleges like Massasoit serve nearly half the country's undergraduates – everyone from second-career starters like Mr. Loughran to new immigrants to fast-track high-schoolers. But by some counts, fewer than half of community college students meet their educational goals, and that has a ripple effect in efforts to educate local workforces and make the United States more competitive.
Community colleges are becoming more aware of their shortcomings, experts say, in areas such as student advising, teaching methods, and the process of transferring academic credits. To address the latter, two-year and four-year institutions are collaborating on academic standards to ensure that key courses are transferable and are graded in a similar way...
The biggest problem with job growth right now isn't too few new jobs. It's too few skilled workers.
The Labor Department's December employment report Friday showed stronger than expected job and wage growth, with a net gain of 167,000 jobs in the month, and average hourly wages up 4.2 percent from a year ago. But even in this report, the pace of job gains was showing signs of slowing down.
The fourth quarter gain was below the third quarter and 2006 saw 143,000 fewer jobs added to payrolls than in 2005, or almost a month's worth of hiring. And that's a comparison to a year in which hurricanes Katrina and Rita took a bite out of jobs.
In addition, one survey earlier in the week from employment service ADP released Wednesday showed U.S. private sector employment shrank in December, the first decline in 3-1/2 years.
But many economists and labor market experts say that job growth and the economy overall would be significantly stronger if employers could find the skilled workers they really need.
It’s a fun read, dishing classic stories ranging from how Cornelius Vanderbilt got even (“I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I’ll ruin you”), to Katzenberg vs. Eisner (Hollywood dustups are the most entertaining) to Michael Dell vs. Steve Jobs (the jury’s still out on this one, though as of today Jobs has the edge).
There are a few insights: "The simplest way to create a culture is to pick an enemy," says Garnett [CEO of Ingres, and one of many enemies Oracle’s Larry Ellison appears to have crated over the years.] "We have an enemy: It's Oracle."
And, “Revenge is a response to a perceived injustice or what psychologists call narcissistic injury, known to you and me as a wounded ego. This reaction is often acute in entrepreneurs or members of family businesses, whose sense of self-worth is bound to their businesses.”
But for the most part, this article describes, rather than diagnoses. But that’s not because the topic is without implication.
The incidence of revenge, and its motivational power, stand in contradiction to what business education describes as the way things get done.
Teaching ethics in business schools is essential to direct prospective business personalities to understand and apply a code of conduct concerning their behavior when delivering products and services. The teaching of ethics helps businessmen to tackle difficult situations in their profession constructively. It creates awareness among students about the role of ethics in business in an international and vibrant environment. It also attempts to instill the values of honesty and respect for others in students.
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Someone recently asked me about my getting an MBA degree, knowing that I was a Liberal Arts major in college. This person was interested in pursuing an MBA, but worried about the amount of math involved. While I could write endless articles on this topic, I am going to stick with one issue for now: Do you need to be good at math to succeed as an MBA student?Read the rest of his post here.
Short Answer: No.
When my friend asked me this question, my immediate response was that the liberal arts is the best preparation for an MBA and that overall, math was not as big a deal as one might think.
When pressed, I offered my thought: “Excel can do math for you, but Word cannot write for you.”
A small company called Aras is adopting an open-source model for its product lifecycle management application that's built with Microsoft technologies.
More software companies are deciding that the risks associated with converting to open source--such as lower license revenue and shared intellectual property--offer better growth opportunities than the traditional enterprise software model.
...Search engines such as Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) have ushered in the era of open-source learning. Society is rapidly progressing to the point where any Googler is on equal footing with a Widener Library pass-holder.
Most of today’s higher-paying jobs go to those who exhibit a combination of adaptable intelligence, numeracy, communications skills and a strong work ethic, as opposed to evidence of specific knowledge.
Which leads to a third, and no doubt controversial, point. Society once counted on universities to imbue students with the traits named in the paragraph above. It was once assumed, for instance, that a liberal arts degree holder was numerate and literate and knew how to draw lessons from history, weigh evidence, think, write, speak, debate and learn. Or so Larry Summers, the ex-Harvard president, innocently imagined. He thought undergrads should learn about the math-and-science-driven world they’d be entering as adults. This belief conflicted with the postmodern professoriat that prefers cutting rap records to teaching--or, if forced to teach, teaches liberation theology over the American Revolution. Summers lost the battle.
My prediction is that parents who risk their own financial security shelling out $100,000 to $175,000 for a four-year degree will lose, too. History will show that they could have achieved far greater returns for themselves and their children in other asset classes.
There is reason to believe that the next generation of collegiate social networkers might be more circumspect about what they choose to share with the Web at large, according to a survey released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The study, "Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview," found that two-thirds of junior-high and high-school students with MySpace profiles restricted their photos and personal information to people they deemed friends.