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Best Practices in Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing [July/August 2015]


Grasping For The Cloud

The cloud is gathering. There have been several baby steps leading up to now. ASPs (application service providers) opened the door to off-site, provided service that allowed organizations to off-board certain IT functions to a data center somewhere off site. Typically, the organization owned the licenses for the applications; the data center simply stored and maintained them and provided a grade-of-service that was usually negotiated in advance . . . .

Top Three Differences between Enterprise and Consumer Clouds

The cloud has been a boon to people and businesses that enjoy its convenience, agility and flexibility. But increasingly, corporate users are choosing the cloud applications they use without involving IT, and often without understanding the issues that can result when critical corporate information is shared through consumer cloud applications. . . .

Why KM in the Cloud May Be Right for You

Why KM in the Cloud May Be Right for You Deploying knowledge management (KM) in the cloud might be the right strategy if your organization is looking to further expand into digital services for customer engagement. It might also be the best strategy if your current system is three versions behind and you are concerned about the high upgrade costs. But, how do you know for sure? Let’s take a look at some of the business benefits of cloud KM. A few distinct advantages are unique to deploying cloud KM . . . .”


Posted on: July 3, 2015, 6:58 am Category: Uncategorized

Reading Research Infographic

Reading Research Infographic

Our friends at CBC Books helped us turn our research into this handy, shareable infographic.




Posted on: July 3, 2015, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Motivate Yourself to Do Virtually Anything [Article]

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Posted on: July 2, 2015, 6:57 am Category: Uncategorized

5 Online Tools for Creating Picture Books

5 Online Tools for Creating Picture Books

  1. Picture Book Maker
  2. MyStorybook
  3. Storybird
  4. Alphabet Organizer
  5. Jellybean Writer


Posted on: July 1, 2015, 6:58 am Category: Uncategorized

How Users Search and Discover: User Scenarios

How Users Search and Discover: User Scenarios

By Christine Stohn, Senior Product Manager, Discovery & Delivery, Ex Libris

Last time, you will recall, I described how Ex Libris user studies were designed to provide a better understanding of users’ discovery needs, by placing their search scenarios in their real-world context.  During the collection and analysis of a wide range of user case studies, three core discovery concepts repeatedly appeared in our user scenarios:

  • Search and find
  • Exploration
  • Learning
  • Personalization

In this post, I’m looking at these concepts in the context of two different scenarios that I see as fairly representative of various classes of users.”


Posted on: June 30, 2015, 6:56 am Category: Uncategorized

The top trends shaping the face of cloud services by 2020

The top trends shaping the face of cloud services by 2020

“A Gartner analyst claims many firms will lose their market positions through digital incompetence in the next few years – but understanding the future of technology will swing this around.”

“1. Cloud has become the platform for the next transition

2. By 2017, 75 percent of IT organizations will have a bimodel capability — and half will make a mess trying to maintain this balance

3. Digital business incompetence will cause a quarter of organizations to lose their market position by 2017

4. The Internet of Things (IoT) will be the driving force behind business and technological change for the foreseeable future

5. The most important, disruptive thing in the cloud market today is not actually technology — but rather the customer”


Posted on: June 30, 2015, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized


“The NMC and CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition in a special session at the annual ISTE Conference. This edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in K-12 education.

Download the Report

Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving school leaders, educational technologists, and teachers a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The format of the report provides in-depth insight into how trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice.

“The NMC Horizon Report > 2-15 K-12 Edition stimulates crucial conversations about what trends and challenges are influencing the adoption of forward-thinking strategies in schools throughout the world,” says Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC. “In this year’s edition, we found that an increasing number of schools are incorporating online learning through blended learning models, allowing learners to accelerate at their own pace. Creativity and the integration of making are also key themes that have recently come to the forefront in K-12 learning.”

“This year’s report is the result of a rewarding long-term effort between CoSN and the NMC to keep the discussion regarding technology in schools accurate and flourishing,” notes Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “At CoSN, we tackle some of the greatest challenges facing schools today. The NMC Horizon Report has become a fundamental reference for us as we decipher the trends that are shaping the complex landscape of K-12 education.”

2015 horizon.k12 cover_border_RGBKey Trends Accelerating K-12 Education Technology Adoption
The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition identifies the “Increasing Use of Blended Learning” and “Rise of STEAM Learning” as short-term impact trends accelerating the adoption of educational technology in K-12 education over the next one to two years. The “Increasing Use of Collaborative Learning Approaches” and the “Shift from Students as Consumers to Creators” are mid-term impact trends expected to drive technology use in the next three to five years; meanwhile, “Rethinking How Schools Work” and “Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches” are long-term trends, anticipated to impact institutions for the next five years or more.

Significant Challenges Impeding K-12 Technology Adoption
A number of challenges are acknowledged as barriers to the mainstream use of technology in schools. “Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities” and “Integrating Technology in Teacher Education” are perceived as solvable challenges — those which we both understand and know how to solve. “Rethinking the Roles of Teachers” and “Personalizing Learning” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined and well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Scaling Teaching Innovations” and “Teaching Complex Thinking,” which are complex to define, much less to address.

Important Developments in Educational Technology for K-12 Education
Additionally, the report identifies bring your own device (BYOD) and makerspaces as digital strategies and technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the near-term horizon of one year or less. 3D printing and adaptive learning technologies are seen in the mid-term horizon of two to three years; digital badges and wearable technology are seen emerging in the far-term horizon of four to five years.

2015 K-12 Report Topics Graphic

The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engaged an international body of experts in K-12 schools, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in K-12 education. The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.

The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition is available online, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

> Download the Report (PDF)”


Posted on: June 30, 2015, 6:36 am Category: Uncategorized