Can Technology Transform Education Before It’s Too Late?

As technology continues its march toward the Singularity, transforming the way we work, socialize and play at an increasing rate, there is one very important aspect of American society that lags behind: education. Many in Silicon Valley have strong opinions on how education should be improved, perhaps most notably Peter Thiel, who believes we are in a higher education bubble and should be encouraging kids to skip college and pursue entrepreneurship instead. I agree that Americans are placing too much emphasis on higher education, but I think the debate over Thiel’s statements misses a much deeper point.



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Ebook Sales Expected to Reach $9.7 Billion by 2016

Ebook sales are expected to generate $9.7 billion worldwide in 2016, more than three times the $3.2 billion the category is expected to generate this year, according to one forecaster.

Nearly 30% of all ebooks in 2016 will be downloaded to tablets.

  • Everybody is going become a publisher of some sort.
  • New platforms, more and more, will allow self-expression (by creating or sharing content) and make it a simple process.
  • Content delivery formats are going to radically change for magazine/newspaper/ebook formats more and more, it's inevitable and innovating there will go a long way.

There is an opportunity to:

  • help anyone to become a publisher by making content creation accessible and simple
  • let publishers publish their content in diverse formats: web, mobile, ebooks, pdf

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Teaching Digital Curation Virtually

As graduate LIS/IS education seeks to respond to intensifying virtual information and preservation environments, it becomes increasingly clear that innovative teaching tools and methods are required. These teaching tools must complement and enhance state-of-the-art curriculum offerings in subjects such as digital curation. The digital curation courses offered in the LIS School at Simmons College, Boston illustrate an innovative virtual and experiential approach. At the heart of these courses is the Digital Curriculum Laboratory, a virtual archives and preservation laboratory. This paper discusses and demonstrates the relationship between a digital curriculum laboratory, the successful delivery of a digital curation curriculum and its wider international implications.


Deb Roy: The birth of a word | Video on

TED Talks MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch "gaaaa" slowly turn into "water." Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.


The Horizon Report Says Education Is Going Mobile | GeekDad |

The Horizon Report is an annual publication of the trends and technological expectations for K-12 education. It is published by the New Media Consortium and is

It is fair to say that education systems globally are now entering a new state of rapid change as they try to establish how and what this technology will do to the existing education paradigms.



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