Where I’ve Been Online (Weekly: July 29-Aug. 4)

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~ A record of places on the web I want to remember ~

03 Aug 12

Ian Bogost – Academia Still Isn’t So Bad

Despite it all, working in academia (on the tenure track anyway) is still a positive lifestyle choice, and we who benefit from it better be willing to admit to the benefits, even if we should also remain committed to correcting many of the flaws Lane discusses. Life is complicated, and articles like Lane’s offer a needed reminder to all of us. But it’s also worth remembering that university faculty have moved back and forth between academia and industry for decades. Indeed, many academics in Lane’s field can take a leave of absence to go work at a company like Google, enjoying the benefits of both worlds. Nothing’s perfect, and lots of things are troubled. But corporate life is not an obviously better life than academic life, even in today’s corporatized university climate, and even given the apparent wealth of companies like Google.

OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console by OUYA — Kickstarter

Cracking open the last closed platform: the TV. A beautiful, affordable console — built on Android, by the creator of Jambox.

Welcome to FoWL: Friends of WikiLeaks!

Friends of WikiLeaks (FoWL) is a network of men and women from across the globe who defend WikiLeaks and promote its mission and values. We provide public support to WikiLeaks and to individuals and organisations aligned with WikiLeaks. This site will help you to join with people like you in your area and across the world. You will make new friends and allies, care for treasured values, and fight in common cause.

Open Source Web-Based IDE | WIODE

Web Installed Open Development Environment

With built-in support for HTML, JavaScript, JSON, XML, CSS, PHP, Python, SQL and expandable to more languages; WIODE is perfect for developers who want to work in their native environment – the cloud. Coupled with strong security, an easy-to-use API, built-in version controls, snippet library and a slew of other features and you get one hell of an editor…FOR FREE!

Important Facts to Know About Learning Math | MindShift

We’ve explored a variety of angles about different aspects of teaching and learning math — everything from stereotyping girls to how to deal with math anxiety to the importance of spatial thinking. Here are some helpful articles that examine the learning processes.

30 Jul 12

The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic – NYTimes.com

CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.

29 Jul 12

Second Avenue

Despite increased government spending, US educational outcomes continue to decline. Nowhere is this more evident than in the STEM disciplines– Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Multiple studies have demonstrated the efficacy of digital learning to produce improved outcomes. Second Avenue fully understands that technology serves as a critical enabler to achieve fully customized learning environments and unlock the potential of all students.

Founded by educators and gamers, Second Avenue specializes in the development of interactive media for education. We pride ourselves on building effective, interactive learning environments that are innovative, accurate and visually compelling. Our team includes subject matter experts, programmers, artists, learning designers, quality analysts and project managers. Here at Second Avenue, we offer alternative learning paths and challenge the status quo. It is time to reimagine learning.

Second Avenue is a certified women-owned interactive media company in Rochester, NY that provides custom software development for interactive modules and serious games, managed services for learning management systems, training services and content authoring for clients such as W.W. Norton, Pearson, K¹², and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Our company’s portfolio is growing, and we’d love to do business with you too.

Edudemic | Education Technology, Apps, Product Reviews, and Social Media

Mission Statement

Our mission is to make people smart.

And not just pseudo-intellectuals who like topical thinking and trivial knowledge. By people, we mean giving everyone access to the leading edge of thinking in the most accessible, consumable, compelling way possible.

But to do that, we have to change the way people think about learning.

That means not a university, not lengthy books, nor a constant flow of high-brow editorials. Rather, diverse forms of new thinking.

So we’re making people smart not by offering access to huge volumes of information, but rather by pulling back the curtains on the learning process. Public and private, K-12 and higher ed, formal and informal, academic and authentic, our goal is to mainstream the learning process.

As a fluid platform dedicated to what’s next in learning, we have to be quick on our feet. Technology, emerging trends, social media, and culture change fast–and in 2012 and beyond, faster than ever before.

By connecting these four areas, we hope to support the progression of how people access and process information, collaborate with others, and combine existing wisdom with new thinking to create a better world.

The Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century was spurred by intellectuals that turned to science and reason in pursuit of widespread social reform. With public education recently dominated by institutionalized and standardized forms of learning, Edudemic’s mission is to not “fix education,” but rather evolve the way we learn.

That is, change the culture of learning.

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