Two coalitions are competing for federal funding to develop the next generation of high-stakes tests
Methinks: This is a very positive step forward. Standardized multiple guess tests do not assess anything but the ability to win trivia contests. Having 50 separate standards and tests are even worse… how do you compare anything?
By having common core standards (only a third of what school should be about) and common adaptive tests with extremely large question banks should drive down costs, have more sophisticated evaluations and reduce the need to constantly test to the test. These tools should be able to be used by instructors to evaluate kids in often to see how they are progressing during the year. If not done well, this will only make matters worse… so let’s make sure the objectives of these projects are ALL meet.
Here are some companies that may not be rband names, but are impacting your mobile experience. Thank you www.Mashable.com for compiling.
1. Monotype Imaging
Did you say Monotype? Yup. Fonts that make your tiny display look great.
2. Gorilla Glass
That’s glass, not plastic on most high end devices.
3. ARM Architecture
ARM has strong armed (sorry) the competition for low power yet high speed processors for sometime. They are now the processor to beat for all mobile devices.
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is like the next worldwide standard for mobile and effectively last mile Internet connection. Image 100 million bits per second in your hand. Coming soon to an airwave near you.
My next phone will likely include an 8 mega-pixel camera capable of HD video recording. This is the future of citizen journalists!
Wow. Where is Illinois on the list. Of course not, adopting new things that costs less is too progressive and upsets the natural order of state bureaucracy, no?
Oh yeah, it would mean we would actually need to allow kids to access the real world, use cutting edge communication and collaboration tools they use at home and with their friends out side of school. Oh and perhaps that would mean the would need to use laptops and smartphones… in the classroom. What was I thinking!?
Research survey in which 128 IT decision makers were asked about their changing staffing needs.
-According to Forrester, this shift can be traced to a number of emerging trends:
-Maturing technologies such as software-as-a-service and business intelligence are changing IT skills requirements;
-The growing array of outsourcing options have altered in-house staffing priorities, with more specialized skills increasingly likely to be outsourced; and
The continued search for cost-reduction opportunities has changed how IT decisions are made.
Methinks: IT roles are most certainly changing. Specialization is in much less demand. Most technologies are becoming more standardized and the choices similar. Many people that use IT are coming into organization much more savvy about using tools. This slideshow reinforces the notion that the ability to apply knowledge to business problems it the real skill in demand.
Graphene, a sheet of carbon just one atom thick, has spectacular strength, flexibility, transparency, and electrical conductivity. Spurred on by its potential for application in new devices like touch screens and solar cells, researchers have been toying with ways to make large sheets of pure graphene, for example by shaving off atom-thin flakes and chemically dissolving chunks of graphite oxide. Yet in the thirty-some years since graphene’s discovery, laboratory experiments have mainly yielded mere flecks of the stuff, and mass manufacture has seemed a long way away.
“Virtualization and open development frameworks are squeezing out operating systems in data centers, VMware President and CEO Paul Maritz said Wednesday at the Structure 2010 conference in San Francisco.”
Methinks: And i agree with with Maritz, this is a good thing. Virtualized servers, OS’s and application services made available as a commodity is driving down prices and improving performance for most applications. We will soon see a day that has been hinted at for several decades. That is a world were the desktop/handheld device is only a portal to hosted applications. The utility computing dream is close to being realized. Along with it true competition at every level of computing.
“Data about the geographic locations of people and things will in the near-term future become a massive flow of sensor, satellite and citizen input made freely available to developers through government and other collaboration programs. It will be available in real time, to and from mobile devices, and be machine processed to pick out objects and patterns that can be used as hooks for mashups.”
Methinks: An example of what is being called The Internet of Things
"The service will become available in the United States and 16 countries beginning in July. It enters the market against a flock of competitors such as Amazon.com’s Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Google’s new Gdrive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive."
Methinks: This is the year we will be utilizing online storage instead of offsite tape. the more vendors, the merrier!
Methinks: Netbooks at around the 9-10 inch form factor and $200-$300 have an excellent future. I think that tablets and pads with multi-touch displays will take the lions share of the media consumer market share. Less expensive netbooks with keyboards will win favor with content producers (and students). Full sized laptops and desktops? They will soon become a minority device for heavy duty producers.