Month: December 2021

Maryland Seeds ‘Green Schools’ as Students Eye Future in $1.4 Billion Horticulture Industry

At the end of August, work began in the A + garden center, when horticulture students and volunteers plant pansies for sale at the beginning of the school year. Photo courtesy Jerry Kelley. It looks a lot like Christmas at Parkside High School in Salisbury, with red and white poinsettias on the tables in the …

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Why the Future Is Passwordless (and How to Get Started)

Eugenio Marongiu / Shutterstock.com Tired of memorizing or managing long lists of passwords? The good news: The future is passwordless. You might even be able to go passwordless (or almost sufficient) for some services that you already use. What does “passwordless” mean? A passwordless login eliminates the need to enter a password, whether it is …

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A Decade of MOOCs: A Review of Stats and Trends for Large-Scale Online Courses in 2021

In 2021 two of the largest MOOC providers had an “exit” event. Coursera went public, while edX was acquired by public company 2U for $ 800 million and lost its not-for-profit status. Ten years ago, more than 300,000 students took the three free Stanford courses that started the modern MOOC movement. I was one of …

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Forcing Google’s Image Search to Provide CC Licensed Results by Default – CogDogBlog

I find it perverse to find a way to force Google to sit, stay, rollover and do the tricks I want instead of what it decides. The sense of power is, of course, a made-up illusion, but nonetheless the effect is robustly divine. After explaining my current approach, creating a quick shortcut for CC licensed …

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The great transition » Nieman Journalism Lab

Do you like a juicy diagram to locate yourself in a complex context? If so, you are in luck. The brilliant writers and systems thinkers Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze developed the “Two Loops” model, which describes how complex organizations and all living systems follow a predictable, albeit non-linear, pattern of change. I keep coming …

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Watch Awesome Human Choreography That Reproduces the Murmurations of Starling Flocks

A number of choreographers have been inspired by the movement of birds. Sadek Waff, creator of excitingly precise “murmurations” like the one mentioned above, is also inspired by street dance – especially the poppy hip-hop moves known as Tutting and ToyMan. The nature lover and founder of the dance group Géométrie Variable makes excellent use …

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