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Generalist; End poverty at a profit for all

Grants for college textbook replacements

I received this announcement on the Internet Society‘s Public Software mailing list. The Saylor Foundation provides online college-level courses at no charge, but also without college credit. (The Open Education Resources University (OERu) project is working on creating a system … Continue reading

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TED naysayer bashes OLPC

The TED talk Aleph Molinari: Let’s bridge the digital divide! presents a useful though not outstanding addition to the array of computer-based education initiatives, but unfortunately Molinari promotes his program by gratuitously bashing one-to-one computing in general, and the OLPC … Continue reading

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“Creation Science” in Indiana

SENATE BILL No. 89 in Indiana reads, in full, The governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation. Because of the strength of … Continue reading

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Has Free Software failed?

Bruce Perens, author of the Open Source Definition, is quoted in LCA: Addressing the failure of open source complaining about our failure to make Free Software, or as he prefers to call it, Open Source, dominant in the world. I replied: … Continue reading

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Let me tell you about [REDACTED] and [CENSORED]

If you were out and about on the Internet today, you probably noticed that Google, Wikipedia, WordPress, and many other prominent Web Sites were observing the Internet Blackout in one way or another, whether by taking down their regular content … Continue reading

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Good News, Bad News in Tamil Nadu

The government of Tamil Nadu in the south of India has started a new educational computing initiative, reviewed in the sadly mistitled article Laptop scheme exposes gaps in system It is true that there are gaps in the system, especially … Continue reading

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On First-Order Thinking, or Not Really Thinking at All

Last week, the eLearning Africa News Portal hosted an editorial by David Hollow, a founding director of Jigsaw Consult in England, reading in part One to one computing in Ethiopia Estimating that the laptops might last five years, this equates … Continue reading

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What People Group Is Most Distressed?

Nicholas Comninellis In our era of natural disasters, social unrest, and economic turmoil, this question is more than academic. We want our personal lives and our organized efforts to be significant, even virtuous. A first step is to identify with … Continue reading

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Is it Too Late for APL?

An old-time APLer, returning to the fold, asked in the APL group on LinkedIn: I am coming back to APL after many years away. Is APL still a contender for widespread use in education or has it lost its chance? … Continue reading

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Diagnosis: Failure of Imagination

On November 29, 2011, at 9:00 pm TINA ROSENBERG wrote Giving Where It Works about …programs we’ve written about since Fixes began in October 2010, that make particularly good use of charitable dollars. Like all the ideas we’ve highlighted in … Continue reading

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