Gov. Schwarzenegger Launches First-in-Nation Initiative to Develop Free Digital Textbooks for High School Students
I'm proud of our state for taking this first step, but I'm nervous about where it might (or might not) go. It sure sounds good though: "a state approved list of standards-aligned, open-source digital textbooks for high school math and science" will be developed.
(tags: distanceed textbooks education)
Sclipo: the social learning revolution – Flash Player Installation
I got an email about this, and I might actually be interested. It seems to address many of the shortcomings of existing CMS platforms (like Blackboard or even Moodle), particularly in its support of ongoing informal learning. It also has built in billing (with paypal) for more formal course offerings. "Sclipo is a social learning network. Use Sclipo to learn, teach and meet people that share your educational interests."
(tags: distanceed learning Web2.0 education socialnetwork socialmedia)
David Perry on videogames | Video on TED.com
Peggy Sheehy posted a link to this TED talk on twiter and I'm looking forward to watching it: "Game designer David Perry says tomorrow's videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They'll be lush, complex, emotional experiences — more involving and meaningful to some than real life."
(tags: edugames videogames education ted)
CrossLoop – Affordable Online Computer Help – Technical Support Services
I haven't looked into this yet, but it seems like a brilliant idea. "Get affordable help with your computer now! Find a helper. Share your screen. Problem fixed!"
u.nu :: the shortest urls. period.
Like tinyurl, this service lets you convert a long web address into a very short one that's easier to email, say, or type. But u.nu saves at least seven characters (or more) compared to tinyurl.com. "Enter your big bad URL and watch us cut it down to size."