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This is personal story about taking a free course, and then putting the brakes on after the first couple of weeks. The train left the station, or rather I withdrew earlier today. For me right know there are really too many spheres being juggled keeping me from learning and getting work done with teammates in the course. Really, the blues are more about being a team leader, leaving early. But that’s not like a captain leaving a sinking ship, no. Not at all. Don’t think that for a second. Anyway, there it is, screenshot below is from the first mook course I have ever taken.
It was kind of a funny feeling seeing that a group that I started wasn’t going to be lead by me an longer. Let it go. Just let it go. Anyway, the experience was teachable in that the picture above is kind of freaking hilarious if you ask me. It was a Moocfail moment. Usability is a big part of what makes websites, and web experiences positive. NovoEd is an innovative and interesting platform. Let’s leave at that. As far as helping me recognize the power of free and paid-for MOOCs, massive open online courses, I can say, yeah, I’ve learned something.
With digital learning day just 7 days away, the benefit of MOOCs is clear. For me, moving forward I guess the goal is to keep on learning.
Here’s a video about Digital Learning Day, putting the focus on education in the elementary school system in the US.
Follow #DLDay14 to help trend the idea for local PACs across the continental United States and Canada
Re-blogging to read later. #productivity & #lifehacking with #wordpress
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is answering the Internet’s burning questions. Surprisingly, he was even gracious enough to answer my question: “What’s the worst and most realistic harm from bulk collection of data? Why do you think it outweighs national security?”
Snowden, who was granted protection in Russia from American prosecution, has been somewhat press-averse, only holding a few select media interviews. This time, he went directly to netizens to respond to President Obama’s big national security speech last week.
I posted the full response Snowden gave me below. In essence, he argues that the government’s bulk storage of our digital lives causes self-censorship and opens up the potential for severe abuse.
I’ll be sure to try out this new radio toy, you?
Originally posted on Gigaom:
This is cool: Radio Search Engine, a new site launched out of beta this week by serial entrepreneur Michael Robertson, turns tens of thousands of radio stations into an easily searchable music jukebox.
Let’s say you want to listen to Royals from Lorde. Just search for the song, and Radio Search Engine will show you a dozen or so radio stations from all around the world that are playing it right now, ready for you to tune in. The site also offers a list of Top 20 Adult Contemporary songs, which start playing with a single click.
Exciting new venture fund for startups
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Forward-looking startups will have a chance at $50 million later this year when Singularity University, an education center and accelerator based at Mountain View’s NASA Ames Research Center, launches its first venture fund.
The university will begin raising capital during the second quarter of 2014, according to managing director of new venture development Sandy Miller. The fund will focus on companies launched by SU students, alumni and faculty.
Everything SU does is tied to pursuing “exponential technologies:” tools that are developing so fast that small teams of people can now use them to accomplish tasks that once required a large company. Examples include robotics, biotech and nanotechnology. SU challenges these fields to put their work toward solving major world problems like poverty, education and security.
Are E-commerce startups looking to be the most popular for venture cap in the new year? Mobile commerce is one of our core interests.
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Toronto-based startup ShopLocket, an e-commerce platform originally designed to let anyone sell anything from a single item to a line of goods quickly and easily via their existing presence on the web, has been acquired by an unusual suitor: PCH International, the company founded by Irish entrepreneur Liam Casey that has made its name operating as the go-between for major electronics brands and their Asian supply partners and manufacturers.
The exact terms of the deal, under which ShopLocket will continue to operate under as a sub-brand, are undisclosed. “It’s a good deal,” said Casey. “Everyone’s really happy.”
The match seems odd at first, but makes sense in light of recent developments at both companies: ShopLocket, run by TC Hardware Battlefield judge Katherine Hague, recently launched its own pre-order sales platform to help hardware startups capitalize on the inertia generated by crowdfunding campaigns, before they reach the stage where they’re able to sell shipping product. There’s a lot of interest coming out of successful Kickstarter campaigns, after all, but often nowhere for that interest to go as startups rarely have the means in place to continue collecting orders after their crowdfunding drive has ended. Perhaps more importantly, ShopLocket also provides a full-fledged alternative to a Kickstarter or Indiegogo-hosted crowdfunding campaign if a startup was interested in going it alone. Casey said the company “closes the loop” that begins at his hardware accelerator, Highway1, giving startups a complete solution for creation, development and sales of their products.
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