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I'm a music and film enthusiast as well as a trained musician, but lately I've been working on something I think is very important to the future of education.
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Honestly, I'm here to promote a web application I'm working on. I believe it can be used as an educational resource throughout a person's lifetime. I'm sure you've heard me raving about it, so i won't say much more here.

Jared's Blog

"The Achievement Gap" and real impacts

This week I'm writing a series on technology and "The Achievement Gap"

on my social desktop. This is the third part of the series which takes

concepts introduced by "'The Achievement Gap' and culture", and

distinguishes between established methods for addressing the problem

and making real changes. In my last article I promised to go more into

technology, but it seems that the problem I'm addressing needs more

distinction… Continue

Posted on August 9, 2007 at 10:42pm

"The Achievement Gap" and culture

This week I'm writing a series on technology and "The Achievement Gap" on my social desktop.

This is the second part of the series which takes concepts introduced by

"The Achievement Gap" and puts them into a larger cultural context.

Administrators and educators in the United States are faced with

balancing federal mandates like the "No Child Left Behind Act" and

state concerns… Continue

Posted on August 4, 2007 at 6:49pm

The Achievement Gap

This week I'm writing a series on technology and "The Achievement Gap" on my social desktop.

This is the first part of the series which introduces the concept of

"The Achievement Gap" and some methods high level administrators are

using to combat the problem.

"The Achievement Gap" is a theory that observes educational performance

of children in the United States in… Continue

Posted on August 3, 2007 at 9:18pm

Tough Choices or Tough Times

There does seem to be some evidence that shows US schools are starting to lose competitive edge internationally.


swiftly rising number of American workers at every skill level are in

direct competition with workers in every corner of the globe. While our

international counterparts are increasingly getting more education,

their young people are getting a better education as well. American

students and young adults place anywhere from the middle to the… Continue

Posted on July 20, 2007 at 6:20pm

Reaching out from the professional sector to educators

I'm working to promote international collaborations between educators.

Over the last week I've put up a sight where educators can register for

what I've been calling the International Educators Collaborative.

It's still a little vague what that means because the more I talk to

educators about it the more the idea starts shift and come into greater

focus. My real purpose is to establish a means for educators to use the

web… Continue

Posted on July 20, 2007 at 4:15pm

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At 5:03pm on July 20, 2007, Jared said…
I see what you're saying about the standards. I can provide a little bit of insight into why things are the way they are.

The web uses some basic data transfer protocols. These are things like ftp, http (web pages), ssl, smtp (email). They operate through ports that have basic programs running on the other end. In the case of http most servers use a program called apache. Apache will interpret information passed to it much more dynamically than any of the other protocols. As a result you end up with a massive number of "standards" that develop. It was sort of inevitable for the net to turn into a mess because of this. it's interesting to note that mail and http are the only protocols that turned into an uncontrollable mess for one reason or another. It's probably becuase they're the ones that get used.

I think everything should basically feel like email on the web, as far as creating and distributing content. It should all look, feel, and work in a way that requires minimal technical understanding. I don't think this is the way wikis and blogs work, however, some social networks do to a limited degree. I think you'll find that's how we're trying to make christonium.
At 4:37pm on July 20, 2007, Karen Fasimpaur said…
Thanks for the message, Jared. I've read most of what's on the web and am pretty familiar with OLPC. Their current plan is mostly to let countries and schools develop their own stuff, but I think they're also planning to include a bunch of Wikimedia stuff.

Your tool sounds interesting. There are so many tools out there...wikis, nings, Open Courseware, Curriki's stuff, Zublisher, etc. It would be nice if everyone could standardize a bit more, say on something XML-based.
At 4:24pm on July 8, 2007, Jared said…
This should work to get at the music and movie reviews:

At 4:16pm on July 8, 2007, Alex Savage said…
I can't find the link that you refered to re film reviews.

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