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14 March 2012 | Wired.comTED announced TED-Ed, a service designed to “capture and amplify the voice of the world’s greatest teachers.” In addition to hosting the videos, TED-Ed works with educators to review lessons and ensure they are less than 10 minutes. After the educator records and uploads the audio/video, TED-Ed works with animators to create story reels for each lesson, reports say. Also this week, Khan Academy announced a new iPad app. In a shot across the bow of traditional textbook publishers, this repackaging of existing Khan Academy content provides downloaded videos, subtitles, and progress tracking (requires a khanacademy.org account.) Faculty are likely to struggle finding their place in this new paradigm. With the increasing availability of lecture content, many will need to bring more value to the educational experience in other ways. Educators can be content creators, content consumers, or both, depending on the needs of their students. But we are likely to see a smaller number of high-profile faculty providing content to a larger audience than in the past.
14 March 2012 | Reuters
14 March 2012 | MashableKony 2012, Al Jazeera English has launched “Uganda Speaks,” an initiative to track down the voices of the people who have largely been missing from the debates regarding the viral video and its organizers. Namely, Ugandans themselves. Al Jazeera’s online platform for Uganda Speaks features an interactive map showing the different locations where views are filtering in from, as well as highlights the crowd-sourced, time-stamped views — cited as “reports” — on a stream. At the time of writing, the majority of reports were coming from Kampala, the largest city and capital of Uganda. “It is now too little too late,” “Skeptical about Kony 2012,” “African Forces Should Stop Kony” and “Hysteria” were just some of the headlines on the stream. Alongside Ugandan journalist Rosebell Kagumir’s YouTube video stating her response to Kony 2012, Al Jazeera’s initiative is one of the few drawing attention to Ugandan opinions. Meanwhile, Invisible Children released a video yesterday defending its organization and the Kony 2012 campaign.
14 March 2012 | The Guardian
14 March 2012 | Le Figaro, OJD via sfnblog.comreported. As the article explains, the aim of this private marketplace is to restore the value of all the advertising on the media companies' websites through joining forces and audience. The four groups in fact have together an audience of 22 million unique visitors per month and a stock of 3 billion web printing. The advertising rates on websites vary, the article continued to explain. The homepages displays “super premium” advertising, usually sold at high rates directly by the media group, while ads on the other pages, progressively displayed in less visible spaces of the site, have lower rates and are sold by external brokers who sell them to advertisers amongst millions of other unspecified sites. For this reason this huge inventory loses value, the article explains. Through AdMediaPremium, the four media groups will regain control and value of the entire advertising on the websites putting together these “haute couture” and “ready-to-wear” different advert categories. According to the figures released by OJD (Office de Justification de la Diffusion) some of the titles which belong to the four media groups, such as Lequipe.fr, LeFigaro.fr and Leparisien.fr, are among the sites with the highest traffic in France.
14 March 2012 | AP