On other Blogs: Note Sharing & Facebook Stock

First and foremost, thank you everyone who congratulated me on the new design for this blog and also made the remark that the only thing missing now was new content!
I figured that a lot of my readers have missed my activity here quite a bit as I ¬†wrote in bulk but not regularly and continuously, lately. I can’t promise that this is going to change completely, but as you might have noticed, I already changed to a new cleaner and faster theme.

The goal is to post at least twice a week here, and I will also share short summaries of the blog posts I write for Disrupt Education, edcetera and from tomorrow on Fractus Learning.

This week I wrote two pieces. One about note sharing and the other about Facebook stock and why I think it is undervalued.

The title of this week’s edcetera post is “Notes and Learning Resources: Why We Cannot (And Should Not) Stop Student Sharing“. As the title suggests I believe that we need to find new and better ways to deal with students sharing notes and other lesson related material like handouts and tests.

My general idea is to learn from open source and creative commons. Both movements have added a lot to the Internet and they are deeply integrated in today’s digital society. Hence, it only makes sense to teach students the core principles of sharing, re-using, mashing and so on based on CC-BY. Someone who collects sources and creates a new thesis based on it should also receive a fair rating from their teacher. You can read the complete post over at edcetera.

My second post with the title “Why Facebook Stock is Undervalued: Facebook Credits” deals with the Facebook IPO and why I think that the stock price is actually underrated. First of all, the idea that tech stock needs to pop on the first day to be considered successful should be a thing of the past. Didn’t we learn anything from the dotcom era?

If you buy stock you are in for the longrun and I believe that Facebook bears huge potential in a feature no one is talking about right now: Facebook Credits. The social network could easily become a world wide online payment provider and my fellow online teachers know what a pain in the *ss payments via the Internet are these days. Especially if you want to target students outside of Europe and North America.

Facebook Credits could bring a whole new wave of online customers on the Internet by selling their Facebook Credit cards in Africa, India, China and South America. You can read the entire post on Disrupt Education.

Picture by Christian Heilmann (Flickr: Eff Facebook) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons