A couple of years ago, I needed an oscilloscope for a fun electronics project I was working on: a 500W Tesla coil. I'd already spent quite a bit of money importing a kit of parts for the project from the United States, so the budget for the scope was pretty tight.
Following up on the recent review of the Maker's Manifesto, I ran across the book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson. Anderson is a former Editor in Chief of Wired and no stranger to the economic paradoxes of peer-production and open source. He has written about both in... Read more
My experience tells me there are a lot of people interested in trying open source, but they don't know where to start. And the perception that you have to write code to contribute to is a barrier to that curiosity. So, I've outlined 10 ways that anyone can get started with open source—no code... Read more
This year I made a New Year resolution to foster a more open education at home by joining a growing subculture of society. To start, I began replacing some commercial household products, such as toothpaste, with 'open source' ones. After all, there is no patent on or trademark for baking soda (2/3... Read more
The maker movement is gathering steam around the nation and around the world. To help bring makers and DIY enthusiasts together in the Washington D.C. area, the D.C. Public Libraries has announced a free DIY Fair that will be taking place in the Great Hall of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library... Read more
The answer to stabilizing content and price is letting artists retain greater control of their work. Louis C.K. likes to do things himself. He likes having control over his work and being able to share the process and proceeds however he likes. It seems to be successful. In December, he made more... Read more
"Interdependence is an extremely powerful social infrastructure that we can actually harness to heal some of our deepest civic issues, if we apply open source collaboration." --Britta Riley in her May, 2011 TED talk Britta is an artist and technologist from New York, and owns a company called... Read more
In part 1 of our interview with Glen Moriarty, CEO of NIXTY, he talked about the importance of open education. In part 2, he addressed the community's involvement and NIXTY's challenges. We have just one question left: How do you see NIXTY empowering open education?
In part 2 of this series on open education course tool NIXTY, Glen Moriarty, the organization's CEO, talks about the open source community and addressing NIXTY's challenges. Read part 1.
A few months ago, I was perusing the web and ran across an article titled “Online Course Construction Gets a 'Do-It-Yourself' Web Site.” Hook. The first line was, “A new player entered the field of open online education last week: NIXTY, a Web site that allows any user to take and create courses... Read more