I have encouraged many academics to create websites at WordPress.com (read the items listed at the end to understand why). It’s not hard to learn how to use this service and the site you build can be much more than opinion pieces and comments. The simplified instructions below provide the “big picture” of how to create an account and set up a website with a static home page (blog posts are listed on a “News” page). Click any of the linked words or phrases for details.
Today, I was struck by an article titled, Can Boundless finally end the paper textbook?. The words were meant to grab my attention, but they suggest a simplistic finish to a complex process. One product will not make schools instantly stop using paper textbooks. That kind of change doesn’t happen quickly; we will continue to move steadily toward delivering more content digitally. Neither will the change be all-or-nothing; we will be left with some paper textbooks.
Likewise, online learning will never completely replace brick-and-mortar schools and delivery trucks will not be replaced by fleets of drones.
Big changes are usually slow and incremental.
At right is a still image taken from an animated visualization of wind patterns during Hurricane Isaac in 2012. It was created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg of Google’s Big Picture group (while at IBM, the same duo created Many Eyes, mentioned in an earlier post). The map is based on data from the National Digital Forecast Database. The video preview below shows Monday’s wind patterns.
Watch the video and read on
Experts at the International Data Corporation (IDC) have looked into their murky spheres and predicted that by 2017 more tablets will be sold (396 million) worldwide than laptop and desktop computers combined (305 million). One major factor in PC demand is that people feel less need to replace an old system. PCs are used more hours a day than tablets, but what we do with them is not changing as rapidly.