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As ever, I'll try to summarise some of the things that caught my eye and which I think you might be interested in. So, grab a cuppa and a biccie and let's start on this week's round-up!
- Have you heard of the Knowledge Graph in Google Search? Well, Google Knowledge Graph Gets Explanations As Google Adds Value to Search was a short article which I spotted and I think it's an example of the little things that can make a real difference. Take a look!
- Rather than bore you with tech updates, The Guardian has rounded them up Boot up: Surface reviews redux, Wikipedia complete?, Apple's music move and more so that's your place to go for a slice of geekery!
- And in another Guardian article they've got a nice article on Open Access: Credit where credit is due and if you've heard about the open access journal which accepted an auto-generated nonsense article, then this and other things are discussed here!
- Since we're now wandering about in openness world, did you hear about the fact that Minnesota Gives Coursera the Boot, Citing a Decades-Old Law? Which, considering the open nature of Coursera courses and the fact that the law is basically unenforceable was a particularly odd one to come across...
- ... but then... the law was rescinded and all went back to normal! This is a particularly pertinent quote in the follow-up article: "The Minnesota state law that sparked the controversy clearly did not anticipate a world where students in the state could have access to full courses for free on the Internet, and perhaps many states will be struggling—like Minnesota—to re-evaluate and assess their laws surrounding the distribution and licensing of post-secondary courses for their students" - did the paradigm just shift for you too?
- Another innovation I've just read about came from the Open University who have launced iBooks textbooks for the iPad and for a pretty reasonable looking cost, these are resources which will really complement their iTunesU offering.
- Heard about 'gamification of the classroom'? If you haven't then have a look at ClassBadges is a free way to gamify your classroom which could be a nice way to dip your toe into the waters of games and badges. If you have a go, drop off a comment and let me know what you made of it!
- The final technology has been around a while but Donald Clark has written Blogs: vastly underused teaching and learning tool and I think he's right. People dismiss blogs as 'online diaries and why would I want to share my diary with the world', but they're much mistaken about what's possible. Nice article which goes through some of the clear pedagogic benefits of blogs.
- And for the weekly bit of inspiration, a TED talk from Clay Shirky on How the Internet will (one day) transform government which will get you thinking about our digital citizen students!