Mary Meeker and Digital Disruption


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.


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

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 



 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.


Why I’m sharing my personal email from @BarackObama. #BO

This is not a political post – it is a social media post. My email from President Obama – and others are shared below. Read on for the details.

Politicians (or better yet – their political campaigns) are showing us some great case studies on social media.

Social Media overload is something that can be debated for sure. And as social media grows at different rates for different people at various geographic locations and cultures around the globe, the depth and pervasiveness of it is relevant.

Having said that, I am seeing a shift in the social aspect of social media.  I have shared before that this may be the time that Warhol was speaking of – everyone’s 15 minutes of fame may be happing now – because it can and everyone seemingly wants their time.

I have also stated that I believe social media is as perfect an oxymoron as JumboShrimp.  Social by it’s very nature is human interaction. Conversely, media by it’s nature is primarily about broadcasting.

Social media then, in its best form finds the balance – right? The social woven eloquently within the media. The nuance of retweets, comments, likes, digital conversations, texts and even face to face, event based, word-of-mouth all wound up into the media – the broadcasting of the overall (long-term) marketing efforts intended.

But the social aspect may be losing.
I saw this ad inviting little ol me to have dinner with the President and just had to click.  I wanted to see where it took me. And that started the inspiration for this post.

I then recieved emails from Barack, Michelle, VP Joe, John Kerry, David Axelrod, and a host of others.

Click on an ad, and you’re in their sights!  They use the term “Friend”, they sign-off with just a first name, the seemingly personal invite to a birthday party, dinner? Sometimes 3-4 emails in one day – do you buy this anymore? And I’ll say it again – I’m not making a political statement… it is a social media observation – I am getting at here.

A campaign is media but it is not social. Some will buy into it, they likely would have bought into it anyway.

When the media turns social – now THAT is when it can have influence.

You see – I think social media worked liked this 4-5 years ago really well, in fact it worked well for the presidential race back then. There was still a newness to the social media space. But since that time, TwitterFacebook, and all of the others have exploded in terms of use – and now those using and more importantly consuming are smarter or perhaps more cynical and jaded than they once were.

Sure, the campaign is probably working, but this along with the use of social media in the Olympics shows a sign that the social may be lost to the media in some of the grand-scale (campaigns).

Now I will contradict myself. As horrific and tragic as some of the news has been in the middle east the past year or so, social media has had and continues to have a massive role in that process. Which speaks to the point that when there is a common thread among a large population, social media can unite quicker than anything we have ever seen before.

See multi-page PDF of screen grabs showing some of the emails received over the past 45 days.
Social Media? – The social is still primary before the media. We need to all remember that. Social media is a tool that can be effective if/when used properly.



@medium introduces me to @BeyondMeat


Have read about and now just signed up for @medium.

If you’re not familiar yet, you might be very soon.

A new social publishing tool “brought to you by” – well it’s Obvious. 🙂

While poking around a bit in the semi-launched service I was immediately inspired by the user experience, simplicity and beauty of both.

The name medium – is about seeking a niche between the 140 character world of twitter or the quick Facebook post space — and the personal branding of full-time long-form blogging.

Am interested to learn more how the positive feedback will work.

If I understand it, a reader/viewer can provide positive feedback to a post that is within a particular “collection”. The more positive feedback a post gets, the higher that it will rise and therefore – be more prominently displayed/presented on the screen(page). Makes sense.

The collections will be interesting too. Here are some details as @medium describes:

“Posting on Medium (not yet open to everyone) is elegant and easy, and you can do so without the burden of becoming a blogger or worrying about developing an audience. All posts are organized into “collections,” which are defined by a theme and a template. (For example, this post is in the About Medium collection with a simple article template.)

We believe that good design supports the purpose (not just the appeal) of content, so Medium is diverse in look and feel—ranging from different types of articles to images to, eventually, much more.

Collections are sometimes closed (like this one) but optionally open to contributions. For example, here’s an open collection of crazy stories. Here’s one of nostalgic photos.

Collections give people context and structure to publish their own stories, photos, and ideas. By default, the highest-rated posts show up at the top, helping people get the most out of their time in this world of infinite information.

Together, the contributions of many add up to create compelling and useful experiences. You may be inspired to post one time or several times a day—either way is okay. If you’re more ambitious, you might create a collection of your own.

Can’t help to read between the lines that they have big far-reaching plans based on what they’ve learned.

Check it out
Stay tuned.

And if @medium would like to include me in their beta-testing friends & family plan. I’m interested.

Love looking into the future – The Gartner Hype Cycle(s)


Hype drives much of what we do, buy, follow, and the way we live. It’s all Hype!

I was recently inspired to dive deeper into some of the Gartner research and am now a huge fan of the Gartner Hype Cycles. They continue to present some fantastic data and information on many aspects of the world around us. One of the most difficult spaces to follow, gather and come up with some sense of undertanding is undoubtedly technology.

Here is where they shine, providing some perspective in the often frenzied emerging tech space.

Have a look at this slide share as an example of what they

No this is not an advertisment for them – just a fan of their research.

Digital Disruption in the University System. What does the future hold? #highered #edu #edtech


For some time I have shared several blog posts, commentary and insights into how the digital revolution is changing nearly every industry.

The print media, the television media, the way we purchase, trade, sell, research, create, produce and manufacture has all been or is continuing to be fundamentally changed by the introduction of digital technology.

Education too has seen some substantial shifts over the past decade – and recently these changes are way beyond the ‘smartboard’ in a classroom.

K-12 districts are looking seriously at the tablet devices and cloud computing for instruction going forward.

Khan, Coursera, Ted, YouTube and others are offering on-line education (essentially) for free.

So what does the future hold for Higher Education? Where will Universities and Colleges fit in?

Universities are here today, and will be here tomorrow. Those in higher ed that do not adapt to the changing landscape will likely sucumb to those that do.

Offering on-line course-work is critical to staying relevant and providing service to a demanding student demographic of all ages.

However, the important and effectivenes of real-world, tangible, in-person, experiential face-to-face time will not go away any time soon.

Though the digital transformation is here in higher ed, and continues at an amazing rate, I love the perspective shared recently in this article in The Atlantic.

There are many bumper sticker lines that come out of this article – one of note: Campuses Count.

Thanks to Learning on Pinterest for the InfoGraphic. See more here.

Or check out more ed infographics at eLearning On Pinterest too!

READ THIS NOW, the site may be pulled down soon.

User Generated Content, direct engagement and all things social is a powerful media tool. right?

So Shell Oil decided to offer their ad campaign to you the viewer.  Soliciting creative, snappy headlines to images that Shell posted on their site.

The page starts off by saying: 

Here at Shell, we’re committed to online social media. After all, it’s the fuel that lubricates the engines of internet communication.

So what do you think happened?

See for yourself.

The link has been very active, so if you can’t get on – I have included a screen shot of some of the popular ad suggestions.


If you want to share your own creativity – have at it here:

Will #Apple and #Amazon merge? #Digital #disruption becoming expected.

Will Apple and Amazon merge? (Considered in the EPIC 2020 video) Who and what will Google own in the future?

Digital disruption is becoming expected and the future is sure to be dramatically different in the next 5-10 years.

Disruption: To start us off – if you have not yet viewed Mary Meeker’s slideshow – it is a must!

Thanks to Getelastic for this graph. 



In Education: Here are just a few to consider.

MIT, Khan Academy Partner on Instructional Videos

Michigan Program provides new learning exprience.

Stanford Experiment in WIRED

YouTube launches Education Tube

TED Talks releases Ted Ed beta

And a great visual from


and I would now add a few more


For Entertainment: Where do we begin?

and the list goes on…


Technology: Here again – the list of technology aspects that are constantly being disrupted is remarkable. Will we need Microsoft of Adobe [creative suite] and others  if Google offers numerous apps for little to no fee with auto-updates via the cloud.

With this in mind – I would say that Cloud Computing is one of the key components going forward that will fundamentally change the way technology lives and by default – how we live.

Enjoy this:

Still waiting for us to all be flying around with jet-packs!


All for now.