I have played with the Windows 8 system and am definitely installing it on my touch screen at home. The integration with social media is fantastic. Perhaps what I like best is what live.edu can do -- of course the struggle is now I'm committed to Google Apps for Domains. I do think that people should take a serious look at the collaborative features in the system. They are powerful but are also very new and different and basically require relearning in some ways. "Only 0.33 percent — or 33 out of every 10,000 PCs — currently run a Preview version or RTM trial of Windows 8, Computerworld reports, citing statistics from metrics firm Net Applications. At the same point to the release of Windows 7, 1.64 percent of all Windows PCs were running the upcoming operating system. That's a full five times more than Windows 8 adoptees — and the gap between early Windows 7 adoption and early Windows 8 adoption is actually increasing as Oct. 26 draws closer."
I'm sorry, but the idea that "ScuffGate" and "purplegate" are really any kind of world-impacting problem is ridiculous. Forbes in this article explains, "ScuffGate refers to scuff marks or scratches some users have encountered on the aluminum back, prompting Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller to point out in an email obtained by 9 to 5 Mac that “any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color.” I immediately bought a $29 case for my iPhone 5 to protect it against breaking and got scuff mark protection for no extra charge. Some users, says Mashable, are even complaining about an iPhone 5 camera flaw causing a “purple haze.” I’m not sure what I like better, “CameraGate” or “PurpleGate.”" Just fix it and move on, but the world has not ended.
An article hotchalk did that talks about some of the habitgs I have in my classroom. One of the biggest is taking and making time to learn. "Davis used her daily break time – 15 minutes – two to three times a week to do this. First she’d discover what she wanted to learn about and make a list – from wiki to QR codes and beyond. Then she’d spend her next breaks working her way through the list. “Break it down,” she said. “If you want to eat a watermelon, you don’t eat it whole. You eat it a bite at a time.”"
COPPA gets a Bieber site. The lawsuit wants $16K PER violation. They are dealing with young fans and asking them not to give personal information, but I think they don't understand COPPA. They will lose. "A Manhattan-based company running unofficial fan websites for artists like Justin Bieber and Rihanna has been hit with a lawsuit for requesting personal information from minors without parental consent. The U.S. Justice Department says Artist Arena violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by demanding information such as first and last names, email addresses, birthdates, and cellphone numbers from kids under age 13. Information was gathered from more than 100,000 young people under age 13, without parental consent, the suit claims. Registered fan club members could create online portfolios and interact publicly online by posting comments."
My friend Eric Williams is just one of the superstars profiled in the Microsoft Innovative Schools awards. There are 99 schools from 51 countries in the program this year. I've seen some incredible work being done by many schools as I've worked with the Microsoft Innovative Educators forum in the US and Worldwide. It is worth a read. "In Virginia, Superintendent Eric Williams and the York County School Division is in its 7th year of providing a virtual university, offering high quality online courses and experienced staff. Students demonstrate mastery of the content as they gain 21st century skills with real world experiences. Recently, students had the opportunity to work with software programmers, graphic designers, product developers, and marketers to develop mobile applications for learners. The process allowed students to further develop and reinforce their interest in coding. Application development is one of the fastest growing career interests of students."