I am not a fanboy of the iPhone for many reasons (see this from my UI hero Bruce Tognazzini for a few: http://www.asktog.com/columns/080Springboard.html ) and I have a love-hate affair with my G1 (great apps and platform vs somewhat spotty t-mobile service, slow dialing, and somewhat weak battery performance).
Bearing this in mind I am following the hyped up DROID offering from Verizon - I am hoping that failure to meet the hype (as is often the case) will not result in folks shying away from the android platform. This is the nice thing about how T-mobile handled the G1 release - not much hype so the phone sells to interested parties on it's own merits (and acceptable defects). Anyway, as I /still/ have not canceled my verizon account for my blackberry, I am looking forward to seeing the new offering from Verizon (http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Verizon-Wireless-Hypes-Motorola-Droid-Phone-As-Everything-Apple-IPhone-Isnt-331506/). Maybe a phone upgrade is in my future.
EduTech content? Yet, another (widely available) platform for the development of mobile apps and distribution of 'want-it-now' content.
Slideshare just announced the ability to import Google Docs directly into their service.
I tried it out and it works pretty nicely.
My prediction for the day is that Google will purchase Slideshare.
The two sites are a natural fit. The Google Presentation tool in Google docs never really took off. The tool is okay, but what is lacking is a community around the the presentations.
Slideshare has a vibrant community. It has established itself as the destination for presentations. A Google Slideshare makes sense, as the service could take advantage of Google's technical expertise and scale.
The big thing that is missing from either Slideshare or Google Presentations is the easy ability to do voice-over presentations. This capability should be fairly easy to implement, particularly given Google's experience with YouTube in allows webcam/audio capture and upload in the browser. A dead simple voice-over recording and sharing tool for online presentations would dramatically expand the utility of the service.
Easily allowing the presentations to be published on Google Slideshare or YouTube would provide a superb platform for sharing the material.
The real benefit to the work that Google is doing is not in the "Death to Microsoft OS" or "Death to the CMS" as some proclaim. Rather the good work here is that their (Google's) efforts have the potential to advance the technology while offering choice - choice to use an OS (and services) which matches the devices it is run on and integrates with the services we use. In short an OS which meets our individual needs. Whether Google succeeds or fails based on OS market share is largely irrelevant - where Google will succeed is in the pushing of boundaries and comfort zones of vendors, hopefully further advancing the secure integration of "Cloud Applications" with those running on the desktop.
Where this all could fail, and Google shows a great understanding of this pitfall, will be if Google decides to proprietize access to their bit of the Cloud or to otherwise limit the available tools - to date Google has taken strides to ensure that their APIs and tools are open and accessible, enabling adoption.
Not so random thoughts on a Monday.
You have probably heard by now that Blackboard has lost its appeal against Desire2Learn for patent infringement. Reading through the decision, the judge is pretty clear not only about affirming the original dismissal of the first 35 of Blackboard's arguments, but also determining that the final 3 relied substantially upon earlier points, leaving Bb with not a single leg of its argument to stand on.
Since Blackboard now seems like they are open to some form of public feedback (if allowing comments on a blog actually count), I thought I'd offer my own analysis.
Wonder how you would fill out this S.W.O.T. analysis?
I'm nearly salivating over the NTT prototype phone that on display at the JPCA Show 2009 in Tokyo. Ok, it is less the phone and more the "add-on" that has me going. In short, it appears to be a retractable scroll of color digital paper! No more tiny screens for heavy text reading. How cool is that?
First it was WebCT, then it was the patent dispute with Desire2Learn, and now it is Angel.
Just wanted to share these links with readers. They're coming from many directions today, so please forgive the randomness.
JingPro came out today - $15 dollars a year. http://www.jingproject.com/pro/
Questions: Is the 5 minute limit eliminated?
Here is a test of the straight to YouTube upload (link is high quality video - embed is regular)
So I'm researching a platform for a newsletter. And I'm hoping that someone will have an idea about the tool we need.
Seems to me as I write this that all these things could be done manually....by say starting a blog and uploading the newsletters - and then manually e-mailing out the newsletters. Doing this on a blog would allow commenting - and for people to discover the newsletter etc. who were not on our mailing list (or opt to consume it online). What am I missing? Is there a tool that does this all? Does Typepad have this tool? Or do we want something else?
Notes from Adobe Higher Education Leadership Meeting (AEL) Tuesday, 7:00pm - using Adobe Connect and VOIP.
First...I feel fine blogging about all this - as nothing seems to fall under NDA yet (like future product releases).
I'm participating in the meeting from home, and on my satellite Web connection the sound and slides are coming in great.
Very impressed with how well the Adobe folks use the Connect tool to run the meeting. The presentation is information packed, well laid out.....a great example of the power of Connect to provide information and build community.
Participants from all over the world.....folks who Adobe has identified as doing innovative education things and using Adobe tools. 40 people from higher education - including faculty, deans, directors, IT, academic services, media services and researchers. Countries represented include Canada, England, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.
Focus areas include: design, video, RIA/Interactive, elearning, process $ productivity. Learned that Apple Distinguished Educator has 1,500 people. Two year commitment.
AEL Program Objectives:
1. Recognize educators.
2. Opportunities for professional development.
3. Community for educators.
4. Best practices and expertise.
5. Conduit back to Adobe
* Access to software for own use and promotion
* Higher level tech support * AEL Summer Institute July 20-24, 2009 in California. Adobe pays for hotel and meals...participants need to pay for travel.
* Networking opportunities with Adobe team
* Our own Acrobat Connect account
* Participation in software beta program
They have a "closed" Facebook AEL Group and an Adobe blog http://blogs.adobe.com/educationleaders/
Thoughts: I have 3 very specific goals for the next two years with AEL:
1. To encourage Adobe to focus on the higher education market, particularly in areas of rapid authoring. Adobe has a real opportunity to build on their AIR platform to bring out a "Jing killer" - a free simple, cross-platform voice-over presentation system that all learners can use. The up-sell would be more feature rich products like Captivate.
2. To better understand the ROI for Connect in the context of Blackboard and learning - so we can get a handle on the benefits of this tool and the value of bringing synchronous collaboration tools into our CMS toolkit.
3. To better understand issues around rich media and education - particularly flash and video - both for Web based and mobile learning.
I go into this process somewhat skeptical, as I have not seen Adobe make a coherent case for their platforms or tools in higher education - or bring out compelling platforms and tools.
From my perspective, smaller companies like Techsmith are eating Adobe's lunch. In particular, Adobe's failure to enter the lecture capture space, their inability to get flash on the iPhone, and their lack of a simple cross-platform authoring tool are all significant negatives.
On the plus side, I am impressed that Adobe has put out a building block for Connect and Blackboard - and as a long-term and weekly user of Connect (for online teaching) I like this tool.
Finally, I'll be looking to see how open and authentic the conversations are with Adobe management, product planners, and developers.
I'm hoping that Adobe finds a way to innovate in the higher ed. space - as I think that innovation and competition will drive down costs and diffuse services.
Please let me know any issues or questions that you would like me to bring to this community.
I think it is great that Educause is willing to experiment with things - and use the tools that we talk about. The Adobe Connect seminars are great - and getting better.
For the 2009 Challenges it will be fascinating to see how well Ning - in combination with the in-person brainstorming meetings - works to move these questions forward.
Another blog on campus
Seems like this is a bunch of people we should get to know
So today the Pew's Internet and American Life project announced the results of a survey conducted last April. The survey measured adoption of cloud computing. 69% of those surveyed have done some kind of cloud computing.
— 56% of internet users use webmail services such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo! Mail.
— 34% store personal photos online.
— 29% use online applications such as Google Documents or Adobe Photoshop Express.
— 7% store personal videos online.
— 5% pay to store computer files online.
— 5% back up hard drive to an online site.
Prepared for the Wimba meeting tomorrow by looking at the brochure, the website http://www.wimba.com/products/collaboration/, the flash demo http://www.wimba.com/products/collaboration/DayintheLife/ , doing the Voice Board they have up (after registering), and an archived demo http://www.wimba.com/demos/archived.php (which did not work very well...as video get fading and in one did not work at all.
My questions for the Wimba rep: (Can we send beforehand?)
The McCloud graphics are here.
Have to admit...this looks pretty sweet. From the official Google Blog.
An interview with the developer of FatJam - all about his Mac centric toolset and programming tools.
Looking forward to chatting about with Mark and Steve...