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Comment: Good old days... (Score 1) 305 305

I realize this is a bit off topic. but remember when copyright was a short-term (fourteen years, with another possible fourteen-year extension) agreement between the creator and the public, in that you could monopolize your creation with many protections, but at the end of the term, you had to turn over your creation to the public?

Now, we can argue that fourteen/twenty-eight years may be a bit too short in this day and age, but the pendulum has swung way to the side of, "I want my creation to benefit me for life," and then some, in certain cases. Thanks Bono. Sonny that is, not the one of U2 fame.

And before you say, "but if we don't have these ridiculously long term extensions, no one will ever create anything for fear of losing it," just look at all of the stuff on Bandcamp, Youtube, SoundCloud, etc.

Comment: Re:This list is missing something... (Score 1) 100 100

And I did that on my Newton MP2000 years before your Treo 600. Granted, they were static maps--no GPS--but I'm sure we can play this game ad infinitum, depending on how we define handheld technology (Grog find Crog with rock map, hit Crog with rock map).

Comment: Re:I would love 4K!!! (Score 2) 559 559

My guess would be because you hold the tablet closer to your face than the MBA, so the higher resolution is better served with the iPads. In my own use, I typically have my iPad somewhere between one to two feet from my face. My MBA is usually about three to four feet away, where the decrease in resolution is less appreciable.

Comment: Re:Aack! Not on a piano again! (Score 1) 70 70

Bach did perform on the piano, just not as a primary instrument:

At first [Silbermann's] experiments were - well - experimental! It is known that JS Bach tried one and commented critically by pointing out serious defects - heavy touch and weakness of the higher notes. Later instruments however, Bach was able to praise, and it is on record that when in 1747 Bach visited Frederick the Great at Potsdam he played upon Silbermann pianofortes, of which the king possessed a number, possibly fifteen. All pianofortes up to this point were of the harpsichord shape - what we now call the 'grand', with the strings horizontal and in a line with the finger-keys.


So, had he lived a bit longer--Bach died in 1750, so just three years after his visit--he probably would have written work for it, or at least translated his works to it.

Comment: not rocket science--unless you teach that... (Score 1) 169 169

As an instructional designer, I don't know why so many people are surprised with this. If you spend more time interacting with your students, instead of teaching at them, they are bound to achieve more in the course.

I cannot find the article at the moment, but earlier this week I was reading about an instructor who, instead of lecturing, used edX's circuits MOOC in his course. He then goes on to state that instead of spending his time lecturing, he significantly increased the amount of time he spend corresponding with the students--in other words, he flipped the classroom. The result was a significant improvement in exam scores

As stated here before, this goes back to Socrates. Instead of lecturing at your students, telling them what to think, interact with them, question them, get to know them, etc.

Good teaching transcends modality and fad.

Comment: Could be a hoax, but... (Score 5, Informative) 362 362

Were this just an isolated incident, I would be screaming hoax with the best of you; however, given PayPal's handling of a recent charity case, where a group had their account suspended after trying to raise money to buy presents for poor children, I'm not so sure. Quote PayPal's support: "You can use the donate button to raise money for a sick cat, but not poor people."

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?