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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What do we tell our students about WikiLeaks?

WikiLeaks’ impact on foreign policy is considerable, even as we struggle to fully understand the magnitude of their latest disclosures. However, for our students, the questions of ethics and digital citizenship will need to be addressed right now.

The five most overhyped tech products of 2010

The pace of technology innovation quickened in 2010 but there were still plenty of overhyped products floating around. Here are the top five.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Denmark weighs making Chinese an official subject in schools

Tina Nedergaard, Denmark's education minister, wants all students to learn Chinese because China may soon become one of the country's biggest export partners. Nedergaard wants Chinese to be made an official subject in public and private schools -- an idea endorsed by business and other government officials.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The virtual classroom comes of age

Virtual classrooms aren’t just for distance education; they’re game changers for in-class interaction and out-of-class extended learning. By Christopher Dawson

Monday, November 15, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Google Copies Bing. There. I Said It. By Stephen Chapman

Robots speak up and defend global warming

Nigel Leck developed a robot, that scans Twitter every five minutes for people tweeting negative things about global warming, and then answers them with scientific evidence showing them they are in fact wrong.  

RockMelt: The Next Social Browser

Rich Harris thinks RockMelt is a cool concept that was designed and engineered exceptionally well.

Firefox 4 beta 7 - Fast, but Chrome and Opera are faster

Medical travel to U.S. is growing, too

When people think about the idea of medical travel, they usually envision an American heading to a foreign land, such as Thailand, India or Mexico, but the inbound market for medical travel is also growing, a study by HealthCare Tourism International said. Neilesh Patel, executive director, said the growing upper and middle classes in India, South Korea, the Middle East and elsewhere are increasingly traveling to Western countries for medical procedures.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

20 Small Businesses of the Future

What seems like fantasy or science fiction today could yield "the small businesses of the future," according to Joel Stonington, who goes in search of 20 examples that could make trend-savvy entrepreneurs very rich indeed. 3D printing, bio-engineered body parts and holographic theater all get a mention, as does lunar tourism and lab-grown steak. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Macy's gives employees a little "magic"

Macy's strives to generate passion and excitement among its workers so they'll fall in love with their jobs, says Lisa Gick, vice president of employee engagement at Macy's. Among her tactics: engaging workers through informal conversations that encourage feedback, and dubbing the employee handbook "100 ways to make magic."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

How It Works: What Happens When You Search Google?

What actually happens when you type a search into Google? Just 5 minutes of your time and this post will have you up to snuff on how Google works - as well as a few SEO takeaways!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Justify 30 Minutes of Exercise

Some useful tips on justifing 30 minutes of exercise, by Chris Brogan.
1. Step Away from the Desk 
2. Learn Something
3. Schedule Calls
4. Clean Your Inbox
5. Just a Start

The Criticism Sandwich: A Stale Idea

Some practical tips for taking the sting out of critical remarks, byBruna Martinuzzi:
1.  Focus the conversation on the future rather than the past.
2.  Replace the long diatribe with a dialogue.
3.  “Let silence do the heavy lifting.”
4.  Use the conversation as an opportunity to grow the relationship.

5.  Help the person save face.

6.  Use the salami-method when you establish goals for others.
7.  Give praise en route