The Pirate Bay

I wonder if anyone tells their pupils about BitTorrent?  A great technology and widely used for all sorts of commercial applications.

Of course ‘Torrenting’ is in the public vocabulary because of it’s use to obtain illegal software, film and video (not to mention viruses).  The Pirate Bay is the most famous of the Torrent sites.  The recent announcement to force British ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay provides a great opportunity to discuss the moral issues.  If you want a quick article to introduce this into a lesson then this could be a useful starting place:

PCPro Website

New Scientist Article

I’d really be keen to know if you DO actually cover these contentious issues or even if you have IT lessons that involve this sort of debate.

Digital Me and Mozilla Badges

Digital Me recently presented to #sldm schools in Wiltshire and seemed to gather a lot of interest in the projects that they are developing.  It was announced today that they have been accepted as a candidate for Mozilla Badges and will be in the forefront of this work (along with several US  Universities, the Smithsonian, Taking IT Global (a Microsoft Backed initiative), STEM, the OU and many others).

I think that this is a really exciting development and holds a great deal of promise for the future.

Press Release

Badge details for S2R

(if anyone is keen to develop S2R then this is done through Radiowaves – and I can help with this if you like)

Web 4 and Windows 8 – are you ready?

Just to recap …. we have the different ‘versions’ of the web:

  • Web 1 – The Static Web.  Content, Users, Documents, Files, Websites and Equipment
  • Web 2 – The Interactive Web.  Allows simple user creation, blogs, forums, wikis, youtube
  • Web 3 – The Personal Web.  Connecting people/resources/experiences you need (presence (who is online now), people you might know …, recommendations for YOU, twitter (you choose), itunesU, using devices the user has.
  • Web 4 – The Relevant Web.  The web is us – what we get depends upon our actions

Clearly the experience is becoming more and more about the individual and less and less about the device/software/system you have in front of you.  More about the learner and less about the teacher.

I’ve just been reading my first significant reviews of Windows 8. 

You could argue that Windows hasn’t changed much (to a user) since Windows 95 was released, this next release changes all of that. 

WINDOWS 8 IS DIFFERENT

I imagine that there will be a range of server tools to manage a Windows 8 environment but, whilst these might be helpful in a mature, corporate environment I can only see the drive towards personalisation and relevance being further stimulated by Windows 8.  This is going to have huge impact in schools.

The challenge for the teaching profession is set to continue.

 

 

(thanks to Fiona Aubrey-Smith for some of the clarification)

(@FionaAS)

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