Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
The latest Report of the Week (ROTW) is actually
two reports, both related to Internet connectivity.
The first report, brought to my attention by David
Warlick, comes from the Communication Workers of
Matters: A Report on Internet Speeds in All 50 States
see the handy interactive
Here's a quote from the report:
[C]ountries like Canada, Sweden, and South Korea have better, faster
Internet connections. People in Japan can download an entire movie in just two
minutes, but it can take two hours or more in the United States. Yet, people in
Japan pay the same as we do in the U.S. for their Internet connection. Not only
do they have the technology for higher speeds, but a larger percentage of people
in those countries have access to high speed connections. The United States has
fallen to 16th place behind other industrialized nations in high speed Internet
The second report, brought to my attention by Andy
Carvin, is from the Pew
Internet & American Life Project:
Broadband Adoption 2007
Here's a quote from the report:
Currently, 71% of adults use the internet at least occasionally from any
location; of these, 94% have an internet connection at home. Among adults with a
home internet connection, 70% go online using a high-speed connection, versus
23% who use dialup. . . . 27% of all adults do not use a computer at work,
school, home or elsewhere.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
It turns out the human scalp has an olfactory receptor that seems to play a crucial role in regulating hair follicle growth and death.
- Scientists treated scalp tissue with a chemical that mimics the odor of sandalwood.
- This chemical bound to an olfactory receptor in the scalp and stimulated hair growth.
- The treatment could soon be available to the public.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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