Archive | August, 2012

Protocols

Dave Winer on protocols:

Think of a protocol like a road. You could have a wonderful road. Well paved. Wide lanes. Great rest areas. But if it goes from nowhere to nowhere, it’s not going to be very popular, no matter how nice it is.

Lapka — Personal Environment Monitor

Lapka — Personal Environment Monitor – an app for your iOS device with sensors: radiation (measures radioactivity), organic (measures nitrate residues to confirm if the food is organic or not), EMF (measures electromagnetic fields caused by electronic hardware, power lines or telecommunication hardware e.g. cell phones, wireless access points etc.) and humidity (measures temperature and humidity).

We have now entered the “Don’t contaminate my personal space!” age.

LAPKA

LAPKA

 

Pause to Wonder

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.- Albert Einstein

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finlands School Success

Anu Partanen, writes about Finland’s national education system. The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.

On equality:

Yet one of the most significant things Sahlberg said passed practically unnoticed. “Oh,” he mentioned at one point, “and there are no private schools in Finland.”

On standardized tests and accountability:

As for accountability of teachers and administrators, Sahlberg shrugs. “There’s no word for accountability in Finnish,” he later told an audience at the Teachers College of Columbia University. “Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted.” For Sahlberg what matters is that in Finland all teachers and administrators are given prestige, decent pay, and a lot of responsibility. A master’s degree is required to enter the profession, and teacher training programs are among the most selective professional schools in the country. If a teacher is bad, it is the principal’s responsibility to notice and deal with it.

On competition:

There are no lists of best schools or teachers in Finland. The main driver of education policy is not competition between teachers and between schools, but cooperation.

Amazing. No private schools or universities. No standardized tests. No Best High Schools in Finland list.

$199 Microsoft Surface PC

Great post from Hal about Microsoft’s gravitation towards subscription based subsidies on Microsoft devices (e.g. Xbox) and Microsoft services (e.g. Office 365, Xbox Live Gold, Skydrive).