I've published the ninth article in my "Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015" series. You can find it here.
I also wanted to make note some of the news items that didn't make the story. So I've decided to include those below.
The Kilton Public Library in New Hampshire has voted to continue to support the Tor network. (Tor makes Internet browsing anonymous.) The Department of Homeland Security and local police had warned the library that running the relay would facilitate crime.
Via Motherboard: “Court Docs Show a University Helped FBI Bust Silk Road 2, Child Porn Suspects.” That university: Carnegie Mellon. To help the FBI, researchers there attacked the Tor network, a system that helps anonymize Internet traffic. How did CMU IRB approve this, eh?
Via NiemanLab: “What happened when a college newspaper abandoned its website for Medium and Twitter.” (A look at student journalism at Mt. San Antonio College.)
How Automobiles, Super Highways, and Containerization helped me understand the future of the Web
What is an @uthor?
We Are Not in the Content Business, We Are in the Community Business
Lowest Common Denominator
Educational Unbundling and the Culture of Endless Hustle
Mobile App Developers are Suffering
(Ban Reddit) We Cannot Let the Internet Trolls Win
Reclaim the Portfolio
“Cal State U System Expands E-Portfolio Option,” says Inside Higher Ed.
“The New Wordpress Dot Com.”
Independent Teaching Networks
Down the Rabbit Hole: The rise, and rise, of literary annotation
Inline Annotation and Commenting with WordPress
Hypothes.is is partnering with “more than 40 publishers, technology firms and scholarly websites, including Wiley, CrossRef, PLOS, Project Jupyter, HighWire and arXiv” which will incorporate the startup’s annotation tools.
SPLOT on Open Ed 2015
The original wiki is now a federated wiki.
The public beta of LibraryBox v2.1 is now available. Details via Jason Griffey.
Wikity and Pinterest
How Federated Open Educational Resources Could Work
Via the Creative Commons blog: “The OPENPediatrics program at Boston Children’s Hospital announced the launch today of a new open educational resource (OER), a multimedia library that presents animations and illustrations from OPENPediatrics instructional videos under CC BY-NC-SA for use by clinicians and academics in their own instructional materials.”
The White House says it supports OER.
The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign issued DMCA takedowns over students’ computer science homework that had been posted to GitHub. The university later backed down, apparently recognizing the importance of open source and open collaboration. More on the story in Inside Higher Ed.