Archive for October, 2009

Crowdsourcing versus Traditional Design

Posted on October 28th, 2009 · Posted in FHSST

We've decided to run our own internal competition. The prize will be bragging rights as the optimal process for future covers for OpenPress / FHSST texts. We are going to allocate the same budget sourcing sets of covers for the Maths and Physical Science books, but we are going to have the Maths set commissioned by a regular design firm and we'll get the Physical Science ones created on 99Designs.

Bullyboy Publishers?

Posted on October 26th, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

Quite frankly, my sympathy goes to the learners who have to share one book between four and cannot do their homework properly, while publishing house executives sit in plush offices dreaming up misleading copyright messages to intimidate teachers and learners.

Top Science School in SA

Posted on October 22nd, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

EVEN THE NUMBER 1 science school in South Africa will benefit from having access to FHSST, Siyavula and OpenPress.

Sam wants to be a rock star :-/

Posted on October 21st, 2009 · Posted in Personal

There are hints that Sam might not want to be programmer or a rugby player, but he may still change his mind.

Doing OpenPress By Hand

Posted on October 20th, 2009 · Posted in OpenPress

We are going to run a full manual aggregation process to test and demonstrate the process we envisage for the OpenPress web-service.

Reflections on crowdsourcing the OpenPress logo

Posted on October 14th, 2009 · Posted in Personal

The experience of crowdsourcing the logo on 99Designs was interesting, fun and ultimately quite exhausting. For the record, we are happy with the logo that we have and, as we're moving forward with the project, are finally starting to show it to people.

Digital Textbook Initiative in California

Posted on October 13th, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

I was quite excited to see a press release from the Office of the Governor for the state of California: Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Furthering Digital Textbook Initiative. But then I noticed one of the components signed off: SB 48 by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) requires that any individual,..
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Open Assessment Bank Approval

Posted on October 13th, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

I will get the chance to build an open assessment bank. The community of teachers in SA is chomping at the bit for such a tool and I have had multiple requests for bank software that communities are already prepared to populate themselves. Providing the different groups with a single tool will allow them to feed off each others energy and allow us to begin with a bang. Working with existing communities also makes the tool much more sustainable.

Sam comes home

Posted on October 11th, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Sam came home today.

Samuel Newlyn Blyth Horner

Posted on October 7th, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Some photos of Sam for everyone to see, detailed commentary to follow: Album of his progress in the Neonatal unit, hopefully he’ll be home soon.