Oh Oh. Now what do we do? #highered in the news. But WAIT! This might be a good thing.

I have spoken, blogged and tweeted and posted the incredible pace at which digital disruption is occuring throughout various industries. 

Education and maybe more specifically – Higher ed may be the perfect storm for the next big shift. 

So many articles are being written, numerous start-ups are taking pokes into the space, various top-notch universities are jumping into the mix and the next generation of leaders are looking closely to determine how, where and when this will all shake out.

Once the dust settles, there is one thing for certain, people will continue to learn.

The questions now surround the how, who, when, where, why, what value, how often, what degree and many other issues. 

TIME has just launched a fairly thourough look at the subject. (image attached from article)

http://nation.time.com/2012/10/18/college-is-dead-long-live-college/2/

I strongly urge anyone interested in the issues surrounding MOOCs, digital disruption in education, to read the piece. Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Board members, Educational leadership, and others will benefit from it. What is an interesting caveat, I am reading the article both in Print form in the Magazing and in digital form on an iPad. This comes at a point when Newsweek just announced they will no longer be publishing a print version.

and – so it goes.

The world is flattening because of technology, the economy is changing because of tech, society is evolving to meet the new demands and when education; be it K-12 or Higher Ed takes to the technology tools available, all those involved will have to shift to the new market demands.

But don’t fret, from this comes new industry, new occupations, new standards, and new processes. 

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Step in, get involved and look around, or you will be left in the past.

 

 

 

What you need to know for QR Codes. Generating? Scanning? For marketing? #mobile #social #digital

Generating a QR Code? Scanning a QR Code? Using QRs for marketing purposes?

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Many (including me) have been setting them to the side, – ” QRs are ugly” – “they’re a fad” – “I just throw it at the bottom of the page” –  but this perspective may be changing.  I recently have seen a shift toward greater interest and adoption of QRs and wanted to find out about some best practices. In the process, I have gathered a few resources that I thought I would share.

I will start out by saying that QR stands for Quick Response, and considering the global attention deficit disorder we all seem to be developing for content – QRs may make more sense than we are currently giving them credit.

PNG,  TIFF,  JPEG,  GIF,  XAML,  SVG,  EPS 
You can create a QR code in various formats, but that can be a good and a bad thing – considering scaling of pixel data can become an issue.  In fact, if there is one definitive science in QR codes it is readability – if your QR code reader can’t read your QR – well then – it ain’t workin’. Pretty simple! I suggest trying a few readers to verify accuracy and readability.  Personally, EPS is always nice to have (even if it is a backup) and/or in addition to a jpg, png or other. Vector = scalability.
When creating a QR code in a pixel based format (other than eps) be certain you have generated your QR code at the size you need.  Keep in mind, the concern here, is that if at any time (now) or in the future, your QR code is re-sized and re-used, quality degradation occurs, and readability could be compromised.
EPS is scalable without this issue.

QR code generators create a series of pixels based on the url. And the more complicated the URL, the more complex the QR graphic appears. Shortening the url with Bit.ly, TinyURL or similar will simplify the design.

Showing a QR code in a proper size is a must, too small just can’t be read… but also be certain there is ample clear/white space around the code, or it will be difficult, if not impossible to scan.

Creative QR codes were inevitable. Since their inception, QR codes look and feel like a bar code and with that designers were inspired to make them more interesting. Considerations are in the mix of this dialogue

If you don’t have time – and just want to know the basics – watch this.

I recently read an article about how we as users and consumers are becoming ever more demanding of the use of our time and with that in mind, QRs will need to deliver some added value to the experience. Simply directly the user to a static web site will not be enough. Be Qreative – sorry – had to.

And here is a link to some (unusual) QRs 

 

Google’s Mission Revealed, and it is amazing, because they are delivering. #digital

So you use Google every day, you use the word google as a verb. And so it goes.

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I was in fact ‘Googling’ recently, and was interested to learn, what is Google’s mission? It seems they are continuing to do everything in the digital space that I can think of, and much more I haven’t even thought about, and likely other areas they are reaching into evey day.

Outside of the virtual – there is also the truly transformational impact the company is having on so many other aspects, such as mapping, google goggles, the self-driven car and others.

So going back to their mission.

Here it is.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Read the full details and more on their ABOUT PAGE

The reason why I say Goolge is Delivering, is because the fight for first to market now – is the CLOUD… and while I have been an Apple fan, user, adopter and on the inside of the Apple industry in the late 80s-early 90’s – I am slowly becoming a Google believer when it comes to the Cloud.

Their apps, their usability, their social, their mobility, their reach, their impact, their growth, do I need to say more? They are making it happen and the use of the tools and products continues to grow across the globe.

I am not pleased with Apple’s approach to the cloud.   Mobile Me, iDisk, iCloud, AirDrop, ShareFiles within a computer, Share files locally, DropBox this, public folder here or there. I am so frustrated with the way they have handled the usability factor and to see Google actually making way – is remarkable.

 

I’ll leave you with this – if you haven’t jumped into Google Drive – check it out. 

Still have all the Apple hardware and use many Apple products – but am a bit sour on their Cloud thinking at the moment.

UPDATE: http://technologyspectator.com.au/google-apps-dominate-higher-education-sector

 

Mary Meeker and Digital Disruption

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If you haven’t seen the presentation (below) by Mary Meeker – you should. 

A great look at the disruption that technology is playing our lives today and a sesne of what it will be looking forward.

 

It is a over 11mb and 120+ pages so it may not load quickly. If you have problems viewing, you can try to download. If all else fails – go to BusinessInsider

Awesome list of #education #hashtags.

Twitter-hashtag

You’re in education, and you’re on Twitter.

Do you use the right tags?

Do you know them all?

Is your hashtag on the list?

The Most Popular Hashtags

  • #edchat – Education, worldwide (lots of US teachers). A really useful hashtag if you are interested in tweeting with a wide range of educators worldwide.
  • #schools – Massively wide ranging but used far less than #edchat or #ukedchat
  • #teaching – This hashtag seems to largely be used for jobseeking, FYI
  • #lrnchat – Learning chat
  • #TT – Teacher Tuesday where educators suggest others to follow
  • #kinderchat – hashtag for discussing kindergarten aged children
  • #EdChatIE – The educational hashtag for Ireland for all three levels
  • #ukedchat – UK Education
  • #ClavEd – The educational hashtag for French Speakers – Wednesdays at 12h(EST) 13h(ATL) 18h(Paris)
  • #GlobalEd – Education with a global dimension

Check out the full list

http://edudemic.com/2011/10/twitter-hashtag-dictionary/

As the iPhone 5 rolls out – I am reminded of the early days – Waz and Jobs – 1976

As the iPhone 5 rolls out – I am reminded of the early days – Waz and Jobs – 1976 

 

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 Excerpt from Wiki on Apple…

 

 

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had been friends for some time, having met in 1971, when their mutual friend, Bill Fernandez, introduced 21-year-old Wozniak to 16-year-old Jobs. Jobs managed to interest Wozniak in assembling a machine and selling it.

Jobs approached a local computer store, The Byte Shop, who said they would be interested in the machine, but only if it came fully assembled. The owner, Paul Terrell, went further, saying he would order 50 of the machines and pay US $500 ($2.04 thousand in present-day terms[2]) each on delivery.[3] Jobs then took the purchase order that he had been given from the Byte Shop to Cramer Electronics, a national electronic parts distributor, and ordered the components he needed to assemble the Apple I Computer. The local credit manager asked Jobs how he was going to pay for the parts and he replied, “I have this purchase order from the Byte Shop chain of computer stores for 50 of my computers and the payment terms are COD. If you give me the parts on a net 30 day terms I can build and deliver the computers in that time frame, collect my money from Terrell at the Byte Shop and pay you.”[4]

With that, the credit manager called Paul Terrell who was attending an IEEE computer conference at Asilomar in Pacific Grove and verified the validity of the purchase order. Amazed at the tenacity of Jobs, Terrell assured the credit manager if the computers showed up in his stores Jobs would be paid and would have more than enough money to pay for the parts order. The two Steves and their small crew spent day and night building and testing the computers and delivered to Terrell on time to pay his suppliers and have a tidy profit left over for their celebration and next order. Steve Jobs had found a way to finance his soon-to-be multimillion-dollar company without giving away one share of stock or ownership.

The machine had only a few notable features. One was the use of a TV as the display system, whereas many machines had no display at all. This was not like the displays of later machines, however; text was displayed at a terribly slow 60 characters per second. However, this was still faster than the teleprinters used on contemporary machines of that era. The Apple I also included bootstrap code on ROM, which made it easier to start up. Finally, at the insistence of Paul Terrell, Wozniak also designed a cassette interface for loading and saving programs, at the then-rapid pace of 1200 bit/s. Although the machine was fairly simple, it was nevertheless a masterpiece of design, using far fewer parts than anything in its class, and quickly earning Wozniak a reputation as a master designer.

Joined by another friend, Ronald Wayne, the three started to build the machines. Using a variety of methods, including borrowing space from friends and family, selling various prized items (likecalculators and a VW bus) and scrounging, Jobs managed to secure the parts needed while Wozniak and Wayne assembled them. But the owner of the Byte Shop was expecting complete computers, not just printed circuit boards. The boards still being a product for the customers Terrell still paid them.[5] Eventually 200 of the Apple I’s were built.