Cyberinfrastructure is the organized aggregate of technologies enabling access and coordination of information technology resources to facilitate science, engineering, and societal goals. Wow, I just discovered that NSF has been thinking about the big picture of how you would use some of the cool commercial apps and the way sites work in many fields. I had been imagining an Amazon-like front-end to organize educational resources like videos and TED lectures, and the like, that would include professional and teacher reviews of material. Now I find out NSF folks have been thinking about this as the way we will do science, education, and society in the 21st century.
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Digital Distractions not Novel, Remember Ahab?

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I feel like saying “what she said” to this short piece from the NYTimes Magazine by Virginia Heffernan. Her point is that there is nothing new about being so into one idea, game, book, or anything, that you igore everything else. Think Ahab’s unhealthy obsession with Moby Dick, or revisit Tom Sawyer who fidgets in church, but finds the world a wonder of interesting attractions. The trouble with technology and teaching isn’t whether computers are changing the children’s brains, it is that our schools are changing EXPLICIT curriculum, but are blind and ignore the IMPLICIT or hidden curriculum that comes with the way our school systems organize most education today. The problem  is *not* technology and some mysterious brain wave patterns and an illusive attention “span” norm.

Integrating Social Media into Online Education –

From a short article by John Orlando, PhD, from “Faculty Focus” newsletter (I added the boldface.)
But few colleges have a social media strategy. The assumption is still that all content must be housed within the LMS. Systems such as Blackboard are adding social media modules like blogs and wikis, but moving them into the locked-down LMS removes the very openness which gives these media value. The better approach is to understand that the LMS is just one tool among many for delivering online learning, and just like a carpenter, use the tool that best suits the job. Here are some ways to incorporate social media into your course:

Faculty members who want to create a hybrid course should use social media systems such as blogs or wikis rather than an LMS. An LMS is good for a fully online course, but requires needless administrative time for a hybrid course. Many faculty are teaching fully online courses though a combination of social media and LMS systems. …

The Time it Takes to Load a Page and Viewer Behavior

Interesting side note: “Generation Y” generally gets slapped with the label of being impatient when it comes to page load times, but did you know that mobile web users over the age of 45 are actually the most impatient of all? The folks at Equation Research tell us this is so. via Cheat Sheet: Everything you wanted to know about web performance but were afraid to ask — Web Performance Today.