Viodi View – 11/09/11

Tom Peters had it right some 20+ years ago when he suggested that the work force would be shifting away from a static, hierarchical structure to one shaped by dynamic teams that form out of a need and disband when the need goes away.  As I recall, or maybe as I infer through the lens of the present, the idea of physical proximity was not a requirement, as tools and technology would enable team members to reside anywhere.  As I listen to my pre-teens navigate the virtual world of Minecraft using both voice (yes, the telephone), as well as Facebook messaging to collaboratively build a virtual world, I realize that they are the digital natives that will fulfill Peter’s vision from so long ago.


Moving from an Agrarian Calendar

Former West VA Governor Bob Wise

Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and current president of the Alliance for Excellent Education gets that it is a different world in terms of educating children.  “We can’t get there from here,” according to Wise.   He was referring to the challenge of improving an education system that has stagnant state budgets, teachers that are retiring and the need to do a better job teaching a wider range of topics.  He talks about the idea of moving from an agrarian-based calendar to one based on achievement; one where the learning never ends.  Click here to view our exclusive video interview with former governor Wise.


Blended Learning Explained

Lisa Gillis of IES

“In its simplest form, it [blended learning] is the combination of face-to-face instruction and online or digital tools,” explains Lisa Gillis of Integrated Educational Strategies at the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 2012 National Summit.  It is about having individualized learning plans, as well as personal touch of a teacher. Blended learning provides teachers with a tool to provide immediate feedback and understand where students need assistance.  Click here for the interview and the rest of the article.

[note:  Viodi is helping to organize the Window on Tomorrow Youth Symposium at the Media Innovation Summit in Santa Clara on December 1st, where Lisa Gillis will be speaking.  The above videos  are several in a series that look at the convergence of broadband and technology with the education field.]


A Broadband SAT Video Preparation Class

Magoosh has an interesting approach that mixes SAT preparation with video tutorials.  Built for a multiscreen world, this content is available on PCs, tablets or smartphones.   The objective of this Berkeley, CA-based start-up is to:

“bridge the achievement gap by offering all students access to high quality educational material delivered through engaging and effective videos online.”

A major motivation is to help students of all income levels and Magoosh is working with College Track (www.collegetrack.org) and the Mitchell Kapor Foundation (http://mkf.org/) to support local communities.  Magoosh claims a random sample of their students increased their SAT scores by of 17%.  The Magoosh includes 700 videos and 400 practice questions.  Bring your own broadband and check it out through the end of December to get a year of access for no charge.


Video Distribution in the Home, Tonight!  by Alan Weissberger

A few years ago many (including this author) thought that IEEE 802.11n would dominate home networking, including video transport within the home. That clearly has not happened and a lot of start ups that bet on it, went bankrupt. Instead, we have a miz of technologies, with MOCA probably used most in the U.S. because most homes here are wired with coax cable (not UTP-5 or 6). A broad range of technologies will be described and debated at this important ComSoc meeting. Click here for the details


Sprint to use Clearwire’s TDD-LTE to augment its own LTE network by Alan Weissberger

The squabbles, break ups and make ups between Sprint and Clearwire have become worthy of a prime time soap opera.  Sprint has been reselling Clearwire’s mobile WiMAX network (CLEAR) and offering its own branded “4G” smart phones along with a Samsung tablet that works on CLEAR and Sprint’s 3G network.  But earlier this month, Sprint announced it wouldn’t be supporting new WiMAX smartphones at the end of 2012.   And Clearwire can’t generate enough cash or attract funding to build out the rest of its WiMAX footprint.  Instead, the company has opted for a TDD-LTE buildout.  Clearwire provided China Mobile considerable assistance with its TDD-LTE network at last year’s Shanghai World Expo.

Was Sprint shooting itself in the foot?  After all, it owns 49.7% of Clearwire!  What happens to all the orphaned WiMAX customers next year?  Click here to read the rest of Alan’s analysis.


HOTT Neworks

Richard Bullwinkle, chief evangelist of Rovi, predicted at last month’s TVNext Conference that, within two years, we will see operators crossing traditional geographic and franchise boundaries to compete against other operators with an Over-the-Top video service. With the WSJ reporting that Dish Network is in negotiations to extend rights to certain programming to create a broadband cable system of sorts, Bullwinkle’s prediction appears to be spot-on.  Given Dish Networks’ quest to build a nationwide LTE network, they potentially have an infrastructure to create a hybrid delivery network that could compete and complement their existing network.  The topic of HOTT networks is the focus of just released report from my colleagues at MRG (full disclosure, I am working with MRG on a related report).


Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:


The Korner – Social Stories of Folly and Frustration by Roger Bindl

A Scrolling Blur?
A Scrolling Blur?

Facebook Follies

Just how valuable are those fleeting Facebooks posts so many businesses use to promote their product or message? The messages quickly disappear into a blog scroll longer than than the Mississippi – with locks and dam obstacles to discourage anyone from ever trying to find significant information- so they tend to be more like missing links of Facebook follies in marketing strategies gone astray.

So what prompted that outcry? I was looking at a corporate website for information today – info that should have been on their website. The catch! It was on their Facebook page. I struggled to locate the information as I had to click “more stories” over and over and over again. I wouldn’t have even looked except I knew it was there; I’d seen it before. I was one of the few that had seen the fresh post before it got lost in the big scroll.

Click here to read the rest of Roger’s post and get an explanation for this image titled, “You Who”.

Youwho
You Who

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