Crowdfunding, Creative Commons e Amazon A plataforma de crowdfunding Unglue.it surgiu com o nobre propósito de financiar a publicação online de títulos esgotados em licença Creative Commons. Ou seja, o autor do livro estipula um determinado valor para que o livro passe a circular sem restrições. É uma plataforma que está começando, mas já tem um título publicado, o “Oral Literature in Africa”, de Ruth H. Na semana passada, entretanto, o site simplesmente paralisou todos os projetos, pois recebeu a seguinte notícia: o seu sistema de pagamento, o Amazon Payments, não prestará mais serviços. Segundo uma matéria sobre o tema na Wired, Amazon argumentou que o modelo da Unglue.it se diferencia de outras plataformas de crowdfunding e que a companhia não poderia dar suporte à esse modelo em função das particularidades do próprio serviço. Infelizmente Amazon não especificou qual era exatamente o problema. De qualquer modo, o modelo da Unglue.it parece estar se tornando uma tendência.
Sky - Digital Learning Environment meets Content Management System Custom Curriculum Publishing is a tool used with the Learning.com platform that allows you to organize your district’s digital content into ready-to-assign lessons, units, or courses. These curriculum assets can be easily shared across your entire district or with a select number of schools. Easily Organize and Share By sharing your own digital curriculum assets, you can help support your district’s instructional goals, such as supporting new standards, preparing students for online assessments, integrating technology into core instruction, or implementing project-based learning. Custom Curriculum Publishing helps districts increase the availability of digital content and makes it simpler for teachers to implement in the classroom. The single sign-on functionality of the Learning.com platform helps students easily access digital content from a variety of sources.
Gifts for User Experience Geeks 2011 Gifts for User Experience Geeks 2011Nov 28th, 2011 It is time for another installment of Gifts for User Experience Geeks! Just in time for the 2011 holiday season. User Experience Software Diagramming Sketching Ideate for iPad ($3.99)Autodesk SketchBook Mobile for iPhone, iPad, or Android ($1.99)Adobe Ideas for iPad ($5.99)Penultimate for iPad ($0.99) Prototyping Adobe Proto for Android ($9.99)Invision Web-Based App ($8+/month)ProtoShare Web-Based App ($49+/month)Axure RP Pro 6 for Mac & Windows ($589)iRise Professional for Windows ($6,995/seat)UX Pin App Web-Based App (coming soon!) User Research Cohdoo Highlight for iPhone ($4.99)Cohdoo Player for Mac ($3.99)Cohdoo Converter for Mac ($0.99)SurveyMonkey Web-Based App ($17/month for unlimited responses)Reframer Web-Based App ($29/month)Ethnio Web-Based App ($49/month for 500 responses) Usability Evaluation Screen Sharing and Meeting Screen Capture Camtasia Studio for Windows ($299)Camtasia Mac for Mac ($99)Snagit for Mac & Windows ($49.95) Misc.
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Trip Planner | Tripomatic How Khan Academy is using Machine Learning to Assess Student Mastery | David Hu See discussion on Hacker News and Reddit. The Khan Academy is well known for its extensive library of over 2600 video lessons. It should also be known for its rapidly-growing set of now 225 exercises — outnumbering stitches on a baseball — with close to 2 million problems done each day. To determine when a student has finished a certain exercise, we award proficiency to a user who has answered at least 10 problems in a row correctly — known as a streak. Proficiency manifests itself as a gold star, a green patch on teachers’ dashboards, a requirement for some badges (eg. gain 3 proficiencies), and a bounty of “energy” points. Basically, it means we think you’ve mastered the concept and can move on in your quest to know everything. It turns out that the streak model has serious flaws. First, if we define proficiency as your chance of getting the next problem correct being above a certain threshold, then the streak becomes a poor binary classifier. In Search of a Better Model to this: . . . .
Formatting ebooks - EPUB Straight to the Point When Apple presented iBooks on the iPad on January 27, 2010, I was very excited to see that they had adopted the standard EPUB format. But I especially wanted to know how they had created the beautiful EPUB format of Winnie the Pooh, and how they made it look so lovely on that gorgeous iPad. I decided to write a book on how to create EPUB format ebooks. My book about creating ebooks in EPUB format has garnered rave reviews. EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders was published by Peachpit Press and myself in both print and electronic editions. EPUB Straight to the Point explains how to create ebooks in the standard EPUB format, starting with tools you may already be familiar with: Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign, and how to use either one (not to mention the documents you may already have in those formats) to generate the files necessary for creating an EPUB format ebook. You can buy the EPUB and PDF formats of the book right here, right now!
Reed Hastings And John Doerr Put $11M In Adaptive Online Math Learning Platform DreamBox DreamBox Learning, an adaptive e-learning platform for students, has raised $11 million in new funding led by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (who is investing through the Charter School Growth Fund), and Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr (this is a personal investment for Doerr). GSV Capital Corp. and Deborah Quazzo also participated round. This brings DreamBox’s total funding to $18 million. Launched in 2008, DreamBox Learning offers more than 500 online math lessons, puzzles, games and curriculums for schools and home schools, targeting young students in kindergarten through fifth grade. DreamBox assesses each student’s mathematical understanding on an ongoing basis, providing the most suitable hints and encouragement at the right pace for that child, and offers the next personally appropriate activities as subsequent choices. The company also offers assessment tools for teachers to understand a student’s comprehension and proficiency.
Taking Screenshots with Kindle Fire Renumbered at 4:02pm; Updated 3:47pm, thanks to corrections made by Wangen. (The mistakes were mine, not Erica’s.) Thanks, Wangen! I just got off the phone with Erica Sadun, geek girl extraordinaire, who had posted instructions yesterday on how to take screenshots on a Kindle Fire but who kindly walked me through the process today. I'll explain what she told me in case you too are interested. Let me preface this with the fact that I've never used Android before today. 1First, connect your Kindle Fire to your Mac. 2Next, download the Android SDK. 3Unzip the folder and place it wherever you would like it to be on your computer. 4Next, open Terminal. 5When you open a Terminal window it defaults to your home directory. cd Documents/android (The cd stands for change directory.) 6Next type this: . The Android SDK Manager should appear. Erica told me to choose the "Android SDK Platform-tools" box and deselect everything else. Next, you'll get the "Choose Packages to Install" window. ln -s .. . . . .