Thursday, 14 February 2013

Microsoft Books for FREE on Amazon (Kindle) - Hot UK Deals #yam

Introducing Windows Server 2012
Introducing Windows SQL Server 2012
Introducing Windows 8 - An Overview for IT Professionals
Moving to MS Visual Studio 2010
Programming Windows 8 apps
Security and privacy for MS Office 2010 users
Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM edition
First Look: Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft® Office 365

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Grammar and punctuation test: take our quiz | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional #yam

In June, year 6 pupils will sit a National Test in spelling, grammar and punctuation. But how good is your knowledge? Take our quiz for students, teachers and grammar fans

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Microsoft Security Newsletter for IT Professionals - @Microsoft Security Blog

Are you an Information Technology (IT) Professional or developer looking for a resource to stay up to date with Microsoft security?  If so, I strongly encourage you to check out our Microsoft Security Newsletter.  This monthly newsletter delivered to your inbox in either HTML or Plain Text covers a wide range of Microsoft security topics from leading experts

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Make your own eBooks with Inkling's free digital publishing kit | #yam

San Francisco eBook publishing startup Inkling has released a new set of collaborative online digital publishing tools to try and coax book publishers to fully move their content into the Internet age.

The new software suite, called Inkling Habitat, will be the first online, collaborate, free, and open digital publishing environment for professionals.

Matt McInnis, CEO of Inkling, showed off some of Habitat's capabilities at an event in New York this week. The online software appears to compete with the likes of Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite and even Apple's iBooks Author. Like Apple's product, Habitat is free, although it sounds slightly more geared toward professional publishing houses, particularly those in education.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

COBOL will outlive us all | ITworld #yam

In the early 1980s, I was told that COBOL was going away and that I should quickly move toward other programming languages. Well, thirty years later, COBOL is alive and well and living in large companies everywhere.

Yes, most of the smaller COBOL programs written in the 1970s, 1980s, and even 1990s have been replaced with newer systems and newer technologies. However, the big mission critical systems written long ago in COBOL and modified and enhanced for the past thirty to forty years are still driving very large, very prestigious companies around the country and around the world. These companies include banks, insurance companies, manufacturing companies, retail chains, health care organizations, and every other type of company you can imagine.

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Friday, 25 January 2013

If We Profs Don't Reform Higher Ed, We'll Be Re-Formed (and we won't like it) | HASTAC #yam

Although normally a pretty upbeat and optimistic person, I end a lot of my different talks these days with a pretty scary, even dystopic slide:    "IF WE PROFS CAN BE REPLACED BY A COMPUTER SCREEN, WE SHOULD BE.”


That gets people’s attention.   And it makes people mad.   My meaning is often misunderstood at first—and that’s what I want.  I want profs in the audience to be outraged that I’m saying they can be replaced by a computer screen.   And, if they think they are not replaceable by a computer screen, I want them to articulate why. 


If they can make a good case for what they add, then my conditional statement is answered negatively:   No, I cannot be replaced by a computer screen because of . . .       Making that case accurately and persuasively (to the public, to legislators, to donors, and mostly to our students)  is the single most important thing any professor can do because, if we don’t, it will be made for us.  And we won't like the result.

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Flipped Classroom Successes in Higher Education | Emerging Education Technology #yam

Colleges and University Professors are Improving Learning Outcomes, and Lowering Costs, with Flipped Classroom Techniques.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Have Books Jumped the Shark? - Edudemic #yam

When you think about it, hoping that a 21st century middle or high school student will obsess over reading like they do. . .say. . .Tumblr or their new iPhone. . . is almost laughable. It is as anachronistic as wishing for an age before freeways or toys before plastic.

Indeed, expecting kids to deeply embrace and read books today whether for independent reading or homework is not a whole lot different than asking them to churn their own butter, carry their favorite music around in their backpack as an LP collection, use a telephone that is wired to the wall, or watch their favorite shows on a black and white tv with rabbit ears. But really – have books jumped the shark?

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Monday, 21 January 2013

Joe Wilson: E-Assessment Question , #InsideLearning and #GlowRoadshow #yam

For learners,  and I am one, learning is a lifelong continuum . I still think though that those who deliver learning and the accreditation of learning still live in silos,  worse some of them have stopped learning.

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Mayer & Clark – 10 brilliant design rules for e-learning

Richard Mayer and Ruth Clark are among the foremost researchers in the empirical testing of media and media mix hypotheses in online learning. Their e-Learning and the Science of Instruction (2003) covers seven design principles; multimedia, contiguity, modality, redundancy, coherence, personalisation, and practice opportunities. Clear explanations are given about the risks of ignoring these principles - with support from worked examples and case study challenges. It should be a compulsory text for online learning designers.

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Global Game Jam 2013 Competition - Microsoft UK Faculty Connection #yam

Microsoft is supporting the WW competition and in the UK were having a dedicated competition at each event and online.

So even if who cannot physically attend the event can enter the online competition see


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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Winning the Talent War with the System z « DancingDinosaur

The next frontier in the ongoing talent war, according to McKinsey, will be deep analytics, a critical weapon required to probe big data in the competition underpinning new waves of productivity, growth, and innovation. Are you ready to compete and win in this technical talent war?

Similarly, Information Week contends that data expertise is called for to take advantage of data mining, text mining, forecasting, and machine learning techniques. The System z data center is ideally is ideally positioned to win if you can attract the right talent.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Ten lies programmers tell themselves | ITworld #yam

If George Washington really never told a lie, then he must never have been a programmer. All those long hours sitting alone in a cube or at a workstation (unless you pair program) can lead you to not just talk to yourself, but to outright lie. How else to justify doing (or not doing) certain things that you probably shouldn’t (or should) do?

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Monday, 14 January 2013

MagicScroll Instantly Makes Any Web Page Distraction-Free and Adds a Book-Like Interface - LifeHacker #yam

Chrome: Reading articles online isn't always the most pleasant experience. MagicScroll is a Chrome extension that transforms a page into a book-like, distraction free experience to make reading longer articles online easier.

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Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 App competition 2013 #yam

Join the European APPCUP 2013!

Take the chance to develop your application for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8.

It´s a great opportunity to showcase your development skills for innovative applications.

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Should You Use Twitter? This Flowchart Has The Answer. - Edudemic #yam

While I’m strongly in the camp of ‘everyone should use Twitter because we all use it in a different way,’ this humorous Twitter flowchart was just too interesting to not post. It’s basically a visualization that helps you critically think about why you should or shouldn’t use Twitter.

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