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November 09, 2009


Dianne Fodell

Excellent blog, Irving! Congratulations to Professor Larson on the insightful article. I completely agree! In addition to video-taped lectures and online courses, I have recently experienced Telepresence, which is a phenomenal education tool that can enable remote educators to reach many students in many locations. Students can interact with students from other schools in other countries or present projects or theses to reviewers. Individuals who are top in their fields can reach anyone face-to-face. Telepresence, video lectures, virtual worlds and other technologies that reduce labor costs also help make learning more interesting and more fun!

Chris Ward

Well, we may run around the usual commercial triplet of 'copyright', 'patent', and 'monopoly'.

Is education so important that the state should grant the right of educators to educate, regardless of a publisher's claim to be the sole distributor of a particular textbook; a patent holder's claim on some improved method of educating; and ... well ... perhaps I might mention what happened to ATT in the 1980's, since that is firmly in the past.

I think there's a commercial side to education; in the UK, the question of $1B of public money spent per year on 'Information Technology for Schools', and the further question of which businesses compete successfully for their share ... that may be at odds with the societal/developmental aspects for those being educated.

How do we get past it ?


During my years in many of the DOE's Rubber Room Guantanimos, I have met many teachers who had "Electronic Pay-Day Deposit".

Suddenly, from time to time, to their total shock and utter disbelief, some of these teachers discovered that the long arms of the NYC DOE had reached out and grabbed a big chunk of greenbacks from their bank account, taking back money previously paid to them.

Apparently, if the DOE has your bank account number and can put money in- they also have the ways and means to take it back.

So much for the convenience of not having to make a trip to the bank.

Now these teachers must make a trip to the nearest lawyer and pay to get their pay.

As history has proven over and over -the less "Big Brother" knows about you, the better.

And Teachers should never allow their assets to remain where the DOE deposits them if they already do use "electronic deposit".

You could wake up one morning and find some of those funds are not there.

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