April 1st is a day in the calendar we are waiting for.
Every year small and big companies and other Internet workers enjoy the healthy tradition to prank surfers around the web. Most of these pranks are hoaxes.
‚ÄėHoaxes¬†are attempts to make people believe unlikely things‚Äô
The most active and visible company to enjoy Fools Day is Google, of course.
YouTube asked to their users to vote the best video ever
‚ÄėYouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner.
What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube?
We’ve been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we’ve seen so far, and we can’t wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We’ll be announcing the winner in 10 years.‚Äô
Google treasure map
‘In September 2012 our team discovered a paper map that has been verified as Captain Kidd’s treasure map. However, we haven’t deciphered all the clues yet and its up to you to access his map and uncover the secrets. If we all work together, we can solve the mystery and find the long lost treasure. Read more on our blog:http://goo.gl/m2aSb‘
But also Vimeo with the first cat videos specific site.
Or Skype, offering space calls to keep in touch families when they are travelling around the Solar system.
Twitter enjoyed April 1st¬†Annncng Twttr: ‘Everyone can use our basic service, Twttr, but you only get consonants. For five dollars a month, you can use our premium ‚ÄúTwitter‚ÄĚ service which also includes vowels.’
And Change.org recognizes that change is overrated and launches a new platform for no change TheSame.biz ¬†to ask to Ryan Gosling to stay beautiful and more no changes.
I‚Äôve tried to find Library pranks but‚Ä¶
Enjoy these last Fool hours!
Last week I was invited to blog for the UNESCO Chair in eLearning seminar in the UOC. Here one of the post I’ve made and I really think you’ll enjoy:
Yong Zhao¬†is currently Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education,¬†College of Education¬†at the¬†University of Oregon. Zhao has published over 20 books and 100 articles. His most recent books include¬†Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization¬†and the¬†Handbook of Asian Education.
The world needs creative and entrepreneurial talents who are globally competent to take advantage of the opportunities brought about technology and globalization and tackle the tough challenges facing human beings. But our schools are being pushed to produce homogenous, compliant, and employee-minded test-takers, as a result of seductive power of the traditional education paradigm. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao challenges the traditional paradigm, debunks the myth of international tests such as PISA and TIMSS, and proposes a new paradigm of education aimed to cultivate diverse, creative, and entrepreneurial talents.
The world is changing.
Human nature embraced diversity. Is lot of talent everywhere: ‚ÄėI don‚Äôt believe that only one Shakespeare was born in the world!‚Äô
Economy changed: we allowed machines to do things, we automated lot of simple task and not so simple. Plus, there is a global distribution of labor.
Zhao explained a personal point of view: ‚ÄėI come from a small town in China. They don‚Äôt have access to art or culture, then they became a cheap labor force‚Äô. Routine jobs are replaced by automation or cheap labor force.
Information is everywhere. If you can ‚Äėgoogle‚Äô everything, why teachers are needed? ‚ÄėThe role of teachers should change!‚Äô
And the world went global. Now is a global competition. The economy of necessity versus the economy of abundance‚Ä¶ where we are producing the things we don‚Äôt need. But that generate lots of jobs! Lots of new professions as Life Coach‚Ä¶ how many writers, how many TV shows, how many TV cooking programs we can see? We have lots of new psychological needs.
The world is changing, and all the factors described together means‚Ä¶ Why we standardize education? Because everyone, everywhere can compete. To increase competition. Because we love ranking. People loves ranking. Governments loves rankings.
But when government improves education there are some side effects.
After a few studies relative to mathematical skills in American and Asian students (to compare them) showed a correlation: the fewer people are doing their math more confidant they are in they own skills.
There is a new class. The entrepreneurship mass. With lots of confidence, true, but with friends and a risk-taking attitude. With passion, empathy and unique ideas. And Creativity. They are the creativity classe.
The change of economy requires a new kind of people.
But they are not an elite. Everyone can be entrepreneur. ‚ÄėIf Lady Gaga is useful, everybody is useful!‚Äô
Education is not about to fix people, is about to support them.
Dr. Zhao‚Äôs presentations is based on the massive amount of evidence from a variety of sources he gathered for his new book¬†World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students(Corwin, 2012) and his¬†Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization¬†(ASCD, 2009).
Music is a great company for those who have to concentrate while working. Most of the activities we use to do in our everyday activity are in the loneliness of our screen. And music can be a great teammate who helps us to concentrate or to improve our creativity.
Some songs help us to concentrate, to stay focused in what you are doing.
Some people prefer the silence as a partner but when working or studying in a silent place you start to listen every little sound and your mind can easily go away to distractions.
Some good internet based radio stations are online radio stations¬†Pandora,¬†Grooveshark¬†and¬†Last.FM. You can go there and start to find great music and you are able to make your lists and share with friends and colleagues.
Here I found some lists ready to be used to improve your concentration.
I usually go there when reading or coding‚Ä¶
UOC Open Minds initiative have a nice selection of lists you can find in his web page http://mentsobertes.uoc.edu/musicforstudying
“Open Minds present the new playlist in Spotify. This time, Open Minds bring you a thematic selection: only have chosen soundtracks. In this complete and stimulating list, you can find the classics of the genre, such as Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Vangelis, Alan Silvestri and, evidently, John Williams. ‚Äú
‚ÄúOpen Minds community have created a series of playback lists on Spotify. The aim is for everyone (not just UOC students, but anyone as they are completely open) to be able to listen to music while they study, without losing concentration.‚ÄĚ
Some energizing playlists are needed when tired of the effort of being focused on something a boost is needed, the you can go to a some more energizing playlist as Impala Studio offers.
And if you have time to dive into discover new songs go to We are hunted‚Ä¶ ¬†there is an amazing tool that helps you to make personalized playlists.
But, sometimes the sound of your work can be part of your soundtrack.
“Installation artist¬†Dominic Wilcox¬†has created a 10‚ÄĚ vinyl LP ‚Äď which has itself been cut in Hackney ‚Äď capturing snippets and sound bites of the area‚Äôs many craftsmen in the act of making.”
First step on Library 2.0 Strategy
Each December the library defines a set of objectives for the coming year. These goals, aligned with the strategy of the Library Management, are set based on teamwork which involves professionals from various departments of the university.
Brainstorming sessions promoted by the Library Management generate ideas, suggestions and possible improvements. This collection of ideas related to the specific objectives translates in most cases into future projects.
These projects have their own coordinator and a team. Projects with schedule and defined working plan defined a specific deliverables and some indicators to evaluate the achievement of the goal; plus a communication plan to show the results and to look for possible collaborations or partnerships.
For 2012-2013 I have been commissioned to carry out a project linked to the Communication Strategy of the Library — to define ‘aggressive’ 2.0 strategy for the Virtual Library at the Open University of Catalonia.
The first months have served to establish the framework, the timeline and the team.
Now we have begun with the first steps of the project by mapping the current 2.0 ecosystem -with all its shortcomings and its successes. This project is the first step to discover the reality of our 2.0 technologies and actual resources.
The Team must also surf in a world of concepts that is not so easy. The project itself should be a training program for the team and an ontological exercise for the library. This is the intention expressed by the Head of the Library: to introduce the library team and the Library Head himself in a world of concepts needed to move with the agility required by this desirable aggressive strategy.
Additionally, it can be used to open our eyes to the direction in which future decisions can be ‘aggressive’ and well informed.
The cognitive mapping decode information about the relative locations and attributes of phenomena in their everyday or metaphorical spatial environment.
This instrument is already well known and widely supported technology, which allows visually display entities, establish logical groupings, and view relations between them.
offtopic[?]: ‘By linking literary analysis with the general processes of the human mind, a cognitive approach to literature shows how human creativity can be nourished by reading poetry.’ ¬†Freeman, M. H. (2002). Cognitive mapping in literary analysis.¬†Style,¬†36(3), 466-483.
Mapping a 2.0 Library Ecosystem Definitions and Resources to Start
some ressources on the Internets for a 2.0 Library Project (suggestions needed!)
some ressources on the Internets for a 2.0 Library Project
Step by step we‚Äôll show the evolution of our explorations in the Labs web site.
And, of course, that goal is by definition 2.0 and has the claim to be ‘aggressive’, exploiting all the knowledge from Labs that for 2 years we have experienced.