Blending virtual and physical schools

Virtual education should not be “the end of school.” Rather, it is one great opportunity to re-imagine school. Please, don’t make your alternative to the boring classroom a bunch of kids sitting home alone.

SpeEdChange has written a wonderful, thought-provoking post on how schools could cope with “the future”. I think it’s spot on to try to keep the physical space. Not because we want to institutionalise things, but because it provides a valuable place for children to play, learn, and be themselves away from parents. The social part of education is just as important as the academic.

RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized – O’Reilly Radar

Industry analysts have been questioning for years whether Twitter is financially viable. Well, maybe it isn't–maybe this particular kind of Internet platform is not destined to be a business. Responsibility for the platform can be distributed among millions of sites and developers, while business opportunities can be built on top of the platform as services in analytics, publicity, and so forth.

Like Google, Twitter and the other leading commercial Internet sites have made tremendous contributions to the functionality of the Internet and have earned both their popularity and (where it exists) their revenue. But the end-to-end principle and the reliability of distributed processing must have their day again, whenever some use of the Internet becomes too important to leave up to any single entity.

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