Rich’s Blog: The upcoming wave of ultra-mobile consumers & students

Google has seen the writing on the wall regarding the "Ultra-Mobile" devices and open spectrums (i.e. 700 mhz.) for a very long time now. As reported by almost everyone now…. Google has decided the time is right to jump in with mobile phone software: [www.techconsumer.com] Story [tinyurl.com] The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) is quoting “people familiar with the matter” in stating that within two weeks Google will announce plans to bring Google-powered phones to market by the middle of next year. Apparently, GoogleÂ’s goal is “[T]o make applications and services as accessible on cellphones as they are on the Internet.” Google-powered phones will come already configured with a bundle of the most popular Google services, such Google search, Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail. But that would just be the beginning. The idea would be to stimulate a community of…

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Rich’s Blog: Looking back to the Labs very first post – 2 years ago

Two years ago Greenbush Labs was started as a way to encourage internal and external knowledge sharing and management with a heavy focus on blogs and RSS as ways to do that: [rich.greenbush.us] Fast forward to today where I preview this blog post by infoworld: [tinyurl.com] "Companies tap RSS to tame info overload" As employees struggle to read an increasing amount of work-related material, some companies have turned to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) technology to improve productivity. Free IT resource "The first problem we see addressed regularly with enterprise RSS systems is e-mail overload. Most knowledge workers these days are just about completely fed up with e-mail," said Oliver Young, a RSS keeps need-to-know information out of the e-mail channel, which for most people is "a need-to-do task list sort of thing," Young said. For example, a company could post…

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Rich’s Blog: The Edusim Wishlist – changing the classroom interactive whiteboard

Edusim Wish List ——————- (**) Platform independent (The stuff I have been cobbeling together has been MAC only – derived from some Croquet Collaborative work) (**) "Board Buddy" manager (similar to IM buddy lists) to allow for easy connecting of whiteboards (**) Live Video/Audio capability (for some reason the cam/mic input from my MacBook Pro does not work? – list of supported hardware?) (**) CCPainter (Plopp??) replacement for Tea Painter (**) Engaging start screen (as opposed to the red start screen – lady bug dots filling in?) (**) Support for Alice .a2c models (http://alice.org/index.php?page=gallery/index)? (**) Lesson package manager (educators drag one package(.zip file?) in & all resources (.mdl/.ase/.a2c, .mp3, images, .mp4??, .rtf/html??, ) within scatter in front to be placed in lesson location) (**) Simple "apply behavior" to imported .mdl/.ase/.a2c (right click – apply behavior {from a pre-defined .bhv directory?}…

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Rich’s Blog: Another review of RULES FOR REVOLUTIONARIES (by Guy Kawasaki)

Next to Gladwell's "Tipping Point" & "Blink" (I reviewed those books earlier in this blog) – Kawasaki book "Rules for Revolutionaries" definately makes my top 5 list. Innovation is hard – people resist change by nature, and Kawasaki's 10 steps are a great guide to moving forward – and learning from failures. The 10 steps (quotes taken from the book): Step 0: You need to make a mantra. Good examples of mantras: •FedEx = peace of mind •Nike = authentic athletic performance • Greenbush Labs – Education everywhere Step 1: Kill the Cash Cow Like Macintosh killed Apple II. The advertising business has some cows that need to be killed. The Internet is going to kill them. Step 2: Jump to the Next Curve DonÂ’t improve by 10%, improve by 10 times. Jump the advancement curve. Go to the ultimate…

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Rich’s Blog: Google and 3D virtual environemnts (Via C/net)

Another wonderful piece by C/net discussing 3D virtual environments [www.news.com] Virtual worlds developers using Multiverse Networks' platform are able to import 3D models from Google's 3D Warehouse into their projects. Now, those developers will also be able to select and import terrain from Google Earth. This amazing stuff ! The possibilities to education in the future using stuff like this is boundless !

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Rich’s Blog: Julian Lombardi covered the Edusim project on his Croquet blog yesterday !

Julian Lombardi covered the Edusim project on his Croquet blog yesterday ! [jlombardi.blogspot.com] Julian Lombardi is Duke University's Assistant Vice President of Academic Services and Technology Support, Senior Research Scholar with Duke University's program in Information Science + Information Studies, one of Croquet's six original architects, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Croquet Consortium, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to developing and promoting the widespread adoption of open source Croquet software technologies for research, education and industry. This is quite an honor for the project !

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