Some items on math education

Is math education too abstract? — from Audrey Watters

From DSC:
Which reminds me of this iPad-based app
which seeks to take some of that abstration away:


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IBC News: Opera lifts the curtain on Opera TV Store and TV Emulator — from by Richard Kastelein

Apps on my TV? Yes, you heard correctly: web-enabled TV applications are no longer the stuff of sci-fi films. At IBC 2011, Opera Software pulls out of its hat the all new Opera TV Store, a simple solution for developers to build HTML5 apps for connected TVs and devices. OEMs, on the other hand, can take advantage of these ready-made apps and offer them to their customers in an instant.

“Apps are a new must-have on TVs,” said Frode Hernes, VP Products, TV and Connected Devices, Opera Software. “With the Opera TV Store, developers can easily build cool and useful apps for millions of TV viewers. And, yet again, Opera takes these apps across devices, bringing games, news, video and audio apps to TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players.”


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  • The NMC Announces New Horizon Report Series of Regional Analyses
    Under the umbrella of the NMC Horizon Report, The NMC has launched the Technology Outlook, a new series of regional analyses aimed specifically at understanding both local and global differences in technology uptake, as well as the current and future state of education in different parts of the world. These publications are a product of collaborations between the NMC and innovative organizations across the world that seek to leverage the well-known medium of the NMC Horizon Report to bring important research, trends, and challenges in their regions to light. The Technology Outlook series furthers the NMC’s goal of driving innovation in every part of the world.

The impact of new business models for higher education on student financing

Financing Higher Education in Developing Countries
Think Tank | Bellagio Conference Centre | 8-12 August 2011

Sir John Daniel (Commonwealth of Learning)
Stamenka Uvali-Trumbi (UNESCO)


The aim of this paper has been to suggest that in discussing student financing we need to look beyond the current standard model classroom teaching to the likely developments in learning systems over the next decade. These have the potential to cut costs dramatically and thereby lessen the challenge of student financing.

That is fortunate because nearly one-third of the world’s population (29.3%) is under 15. Today there are 165 million people enrolled in tertiary education.[2] Projections suggest that that participation will peak at 263 million in 2025.[3] Accommodating the additional 98 million students would require more than four major campus universities (30,000 students) to open every week for the next fifteen years unless alternative models emerge. (emphasis DSC)

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OER for beginners: An introduction to sharing learning resources openly in healthcare education
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) ( and the Joint information Systems Committee (JISC) ( are working in partnership to develop the HEFCE-funded Open Educational Resources (OER) programme, supporting UK higher education institutions in sharing their teaching and learning resources freely online across the world.

Tested: Apple AirPlay-compatible music systems — from by Danny Philips and Jim Hill

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How the BBC is quietly, confidently shaping the future of TV– from by Kit Eaton


[On Monday] morning the BBC launched a whole new version of its iPlayer app, destined for connected TVs that sport a Net connection. In essence this means the BBC has taken its TV content online, added on-demand features, advanced search powers, playability on multiple platforms both mobile and static, and then fed all of its lessons back into an app…for TVs.

The Economist World in Figures 2011 Edition -- by The Economist


— Originally saw at Gerd Leonhard’s blog


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Cross platform mobile app development — from Tribal Labs (UK) by Geoff Stead
A review and comparison of the top tools for true cross platform app development


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QR Code Survey []

QR Code Survey —

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Whether knowing what it is or not, you’ve probably seen a few QR (Quick Response) codes by now – these rather soulless small black and white two-dimensional bar codes that have started showing up within media and advertising to storefront window displays. QR codes instantly link the offline world and the digital world together— Its therefore a powerful tool businesses can use to allow consumers to engage with their brand or product.

Stats from Jumpscan say that QR code scanning has increased by 1,200% from September to March 2011. Not surprisingly, social media users are the key driver of this growth, with 57% of Facebook and Twitter users reporting that they’ve scanned at least one QR code in the past year.


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I post this to get some creative/innovative juices flowing for how this might relate to textbooks and/or other educationally-related applications.

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Traditional embraces Transmedia – to great effect in kid’s storytelling — from by Adriana Hamacher


The current buzz around Transmedia is justified to its capital T, to listen to some of the original and fascinating ways theatre, film and even toys are being developed. The award winning Unlimited Theatre Co. and Makieworld were two of the best which showcased at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, UK, last week.

From MakieLab:

MakieLab is a new games-and-toys company, founded this year and based in London. We’re making a new kind of toy: customisable, 3D-printed, locally made, and internet-enabled.

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Royal Holloway to validate publisher Pearson’s degree — from the BBC

  • Publishing giant Pearson has announced a partnership with Royal Holloway university that will allow it to enter the degree market.
  • The university is to validate a degree in business, developed by Pearson, which says it eventually wants its own degree-awarding powers.
  • A White Paper last week outlined government plans to allow the expansion of private degree providers.
  • But the lecturers’ union warned of a possible focus on profitable courses.
  • Pearson said the degree would be available from September 2012.
  • It said it was in talks with further education colleges, which would teach the course.

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Many of the publishers already have teams of specialists in place; i.e. they’ve already set their tables (see the graphic I created below that represents where I believe ALL institutions of higher education need to get to — and as quickly as possible). + Percent Mobile = QR Squared — from Paul Simbeck-Hampson

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In my recent Webinar on Mobile Tagging I spoke of a QR code management platform called In this post I’d like to highlight some of reasons why I consider this platform shines above the rest.


Webinar: QR Codes, mTagging and Learning


A somewhat related addendum:

Cookery goes interactive on BBC One
BBC One’s new cookery series – The Good Cook is to be the UK’s first-ever cookery programme to use “Quick Response” codes. Audiences with QR-enabled phones will be able to use this interactive technology to link directly to the recipes and ingredients featured in the programme via the BBC Food mobile website.

Available while watching the series live on TV, BBC iPlayer and from the website the audience can get the full details for each recipe and a list of ingredients by simply scanning the QR codes on the screen onto their mobile smart phone.

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