Longread: Big Data, Big Questions - Metropolis Magazine - February 2014 -
The smart-city movement spreading around the globe raises serious concerns about who controls the information, and for what purpose.
Details on our stealth program here.
Inequality: College Grads Are Pulling Away
"Some 36 million American adults are in dire need of literacy services and resources — and libraries help fulfill that need. ProLiteracy, in partnership with the Onondaga County Public Library and the American Library Association Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, is launching a Library Literacy Action Agenda designed to help increase and expand adult literacy services in public libraries across the nation. Why libraries? Because today virtually all public libraries (99.3 percent) provide public access to computers and the Internet, and more than 87 percent of libraries provide formal or informal technology training.”
via Invest in libraries; they are windows into digital literacy for adults (Commentary) | syracuse.com by Kevin Morgan
All Work and No Play Makes Self-Driving Cars a Dull Ploy -
Back in the 1950s and 60s, self-driving cars represented the fantastic life of luxury that was supposed to be just around the corner. But here in the 21st century we can’t even pretend that our driverless cars of the future will be filled with board games and light reading. No, our self-driving car of tomorrow will be for one thing: work.
Obama's Presidential Library Belongs in the Cloud -
What if the first truly digital president were to have the first truly digital presidential library?
I’m meh on Presidential libraries generally, but eh?
ALA Recognizes Rep. Holtâs Leadership -
We are sad to report that Rep. Holt today announced his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, ending 16 years of service. The American Library Association extends the library community’s heartfelt thanks to Rep. Holt for his strong support for libraries. Rep. Holt introduced the Workforce Investments through Local Libraries (WILL) Act to integrate libraries into job training efforts. Rep. Holt has also been a consistent supporter of the Library Services and Technology Act, the only federal funding program exclusively for libraries.
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How Creationism Imprisons the Mind
Outernet - Information for the World from OuterSpace -
Outernet is a project to take the best content from Internet and make it available to the world for free using 150 micro sattelites broadcasting from 600km above Earth.
In IT, before recycling network switches, it is customary to make a throne out of them…
or is it just us?
Down With Textbooks
When it comes to teaching history, nothing destroys student interest faster and more completely than a heavy reliance on textbooks.
During my first three years of teaching high-school history I would see students’ eyes glaze over as we reviewed from a 1,000 page textbook. Five years later, I don’t blame them. So much is wrong with history textbooks, I hardly know where to begin, but here is my short list.
- Textbooks present history as unchanging, but as time passes, our understanding and interpretation of the past constantly evolves.
- Textbooks are one-sided, offering a top-down, often white-male-centric view of history.
- Without a thesis or any semblance or argument, textbooks don’t accurately reflect how most scholars (at least good ones) write and present history. Teachers should assign readings that model effective historical writing.
- Most importantly—and this merits repeating—textbooks are boring and intimidating.
- Textbooks can serve as a crutch for teachers who don’t know history or the historian’s craft.
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