Monday, September 8, 2008

Official Google Blog: Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time

Google and newspapers are bringing a LOT of history online soon in the form of archived newspaper pages - billions of them - that will over time flow online, giving us one of the best pictures of history across many cities and a long time period that we have ever had.

This could be a researchers dream in that local news often has information you can find nowhere else. Things like Police and Fire reports, obscure local political quotes by major politicians (hmmm - that's gonna hurt sometimes), and much more. I'm really looking forward to this project!

Official Google Blog: Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time

2 comments:

Claire Wilson said...

Online schools are not limited to charter schools, and I suspect those run by the school districts are no better. The entire idea that we should wholesale ship out kids from traditional classrooms to learn in front of home computers is ludicrous. So why do we see consumer ads promoting the likes of private online curriculum development businesses like K-12.com?

In a word: money.

My godson attended online school for most of his high school years. In his case, he is a special needs kid and the classroom teachers (and IEP team) violated his rights constantly thus he got bored of essays? and studying. Once it became clear her son would be out of school before she could get the system to respond, his mom moved him into the district's online program and essentially home-schooled her son. It was evident from the start that the online curriculum was not ready for prime time and that the software was embarrassingly error-laden. Wrong answers and incorrect explanations of the correct ones in the official answer key were common, yet there was no mechanism for working with the publisher and my friend was constantly helping her kid to navigate getting credit for correct answers that the answer key said were wrong.

That's just the tip of the iceberg on the issues with this online learning software. So where did it come from? APEX Learning was founded as a for-profit business to disrupt traditional education in 1997 by Bill Gates partner, Paul Allen.

Follow the money: online education at all levels is a money play

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