Stories I Told
- No Kno, as the student tablet maker is planning to abandon its manufacturing efforts
- This Library E-Book Will Self-Destruct After 26 Check Outs -- Sometimes publishers act like e-books are just like print books. You can lend them out to only one person at a time, for example. And sometimes publishers make new rules -- a reminder that e-books are indeed different. Case in point: HarperCollins says libraries can only lend a digital copy of a title 26 times, then the copy is revoked.
- A study, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation has found that contrary to stereotypes of echo chambers and slacktivists that the Internet actually encourages youth to be more engaged citizens
- One state "goes Google." Another chooses Microsoft. A few thoughts on the battle for the K-12 Cloud Contract
- Looking forward to a billion minds served: MIT OpenCourseWare Turns 10: What's Next for Open Education?
- Sorta more open lending as the Internet Archive partners with 150 libraries to launch an e-book lending program
Stories I Missed
- A big congratulations to Smarthistory, the free and open art history textbook. It reached its $10,000 Kickstarter goal this evening. The funding will help the site build out its video library, in order to help it become a viable alternative to the traditional (and expensive) Intro to Art History textbook.
- A less than sunny outlook for open content is depicted in the recent New York Times story on the International Music Score Library Project. Is the refrain of "publishers need new business models to deal with digital content" getting old yet?
- I admit, I was fascinated by Marc Parry's story in The Chronicle on Unileaks, a whistleblower site for higher ed.
- What needs to happen in order to make cellphones work in school? Marie Bjerede writes about some of the tech we might need in O'Reilly Radar