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  1. Maybe Online Voting Isn't A Pipe Dream After All

    "A team of British and American researchers have developed a hacker resistant process for online voting called Du-Vote. The technique could theoretically allow citizens to securely cast online...
  2. Given that some members were reported to possess...

    Given that some members were reported to possess multiple handsets and one member was photographed in that state, no one can be certain. We shouldn't have to speculate, as you are doing and as others...
  3. As I previously posted, Kim, what is at...

    As I previously posted,



    Kim, what is at risk here is the community's confidence that Town Meeting votes are accurate. Since we've adopted Electronic Voting, many controversial Motions have...
  4. That's not correct, Kim. A member of Town Meeting...

    That's not correct, Kim. A member of Town Meeting presented a photograph showing another member of Town Meeting in possession of three handsets; this is a violation of the Moderator's Rules:


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  5. Massachusetts General Laws I.VIII.56.26...

    Massachusetts General Laws I.VIII.56.26 states

    Whoever, knowing that he is not a qualified voter in any place, wilfully votes or attempts to vote therein; whoever votes or attempts to vote more...
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    Ensuring that every registered voter surrenders...

    Ensuring that every registered voter surrenders his or her handset when leaving Town Meeting is necessary, but in my opinion not sufficient to provide confidence that proxy voting is not occurring.
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    A the Moderator's Rules now stand, anyone seen...

    A the Moderator's Rules now stand, anyone seen pushing buttons on multiple handsets with the voting window open is violating those rules. The change you're proposing would permit this action in one...
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    State law does not require that a voter requiring...

    State law does not require that a voter requiring assistance be able choose the means by which they vote. Thus your conclusion -- that you should be able to ask another resident to push the buttons...
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    The Moderator's Rules offer a paper ballot to any...

    The Moderator's Rules offer a paper ballot to any resident who cannot use a handset. A resident who requests assistance in marking their paper ballot will receive it.

    We'll resume bringing...
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    Kim, take a look at M.G.L 56.26...

    Kim, take a look at M.G.L 56.26:



    (emphasis added)

    The Moderator's Rules cited earlier in this thread are intended to prevent one resident from voting with the handset issued to another...
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    You misunderstood my post, Kim. I said I would...

    You misunderstood my post, Kim. I said I would comment on whether the hypothetical situations you'd already proposed were violations of additional statutes that govern behavior at Town Meeting. There...
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    What's relevant during Town Meeting is whether...

    What's relevant during Town Meeting is whether they would be violations of the Moderator's Rules. If there are other statutes that govern behavior during votes at Town Meeting, cite them, and I'll...
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    According to the Moderator's rules, the answer to...

    According to the Moderator's rules, the answer to each of your hypothetical questions is "no".



    The Moderator's rules already state that
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    During Town Meeting, the Moderator decides how...

    During Town Meeting, the Moderator decides how the Moderator's rules are enforced. The fact that some rules are not stringently enforced does not mean that the Moderator's rules are unenforceable...
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    Possessing more than one handset is a violation...

    Possessing more than one handset is a violation of the Moderator's Rules, as is voting with a handset other than the one you were issued.

    From the Moderator's Rules (IV.D.1.b) :



    (emphasis...
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    Town Meeting Attendance Survey

    To better predict the number of voting handsets required at Wayland’s upcoming April Annual Town Meeting, the Electronic Voting Implementation Sub-committee has setup an anonymous online survey....
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    It was all over the news today, but in case you...

    It was all over the news today, but in case you missed it:

    U.S. doctors urge later school start times for teens

    Here's the AAP article.
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    Estonian e-voting shouldn't be used in European...

    Estonian e-voting shouldn't be used in European elections, say security experts

    Conversations with several security engineers confirm that there is currently no practical out-of-the-box way to...
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    The fact that hundreds of Wayland citizens...

    The fact that hundreds of Wayland citizens participated in last month's 4-session Annual Town Meeting disproves your claim that "Except of course if you make voting a 5 day marathon event that no one...
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    The process we use now does not lead Wayland...

    The process we use now does not lead Wayland citizens to believe that they can participate in Town Meeting votes from home, but then fail to ensure that they will be able to do so.

    Do you think...
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    For those readers wondering what "denial of...

    For those readers wondering what "denial of service attack" means, here's an explanation.
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    Hundreds of Wayland citizens participated in last...

    Hundreds of Wayland citizens participated in last month's 4-session Annual Town Meeting.



    You continue to ignore the ease with which hackers could outright prevent all voting from home with a...
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    If you think about all of the people who gave up...

    If you think about all of the people who gave up their lives or well-being over the years so we'd be able to vote, it's impossible to not vote.
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    Using explicit readiness criteria to tighten up...

    Using explicit readiness criteria to tighten up board-sponsored articles and defer those that aren't ready, providing petitioners with a well-staffed workshop, and eliminating the need to read...
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    I didn't hijack this thread, I provided two...

    I didn't hijack this thread, I provided two concrete examples illustrating why your proposal doesn't work - both of which you continue to ignore.

    Using personal insults as a smokescreen is...
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    You're "I've just been joking all along" ploy...

    You're "I've just been joking all along" ploy won't work.

    Your Estonian example just became sarcasm, now that's it's become obvious to you that a week-long voting interval is of no use in...
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    Laughing and insults have been your responses to...

    Laughing and insults have been your responses to any strong position that you can't refute. I'm sure readers here understand that.
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    As already demonstrated in a previous post, your...

    As already demonstrated in a previous post, your proposed scheme doesn't permit actions that depend on voting outcomes. For example, a citizen can't choose to amend or not amend an Article based on...
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    So you don't have time to explain how the...

    So you don't have time to explain how the Estonian week-long voting window and SIM card authentication techniques that you cited could be of practical use by Wayland for real-time internet voting...
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    Translation: the question exposes a fundamental...

    Translation: the question exposes a fundamental flaw in your proposal.
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    As every reader of this thread knows, I explained...

    As every reader of this thread knows, I explained why you were wrong in each case. You haven't even attempted to refute those explanations.
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    Suppose I want to propose an amendment to Article...

    Suppose I want to propose an amendment to Article 10 that would increase funding for Community Preservation by $100K -- but only if the Operating Budget (Article 4) is approved without being...
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    Among other things, that would deny an affected...

    Among other things, that would deny an affected party the ability to address everyone who will vote. If petitioners proposed to distribute free manure to Wayland citizens from a massive pile to be...
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    Public key cryptography provides no defense...

    Public key cryptography provides no defense against denial-of-service attacks, which would be the easiest way to disrupt realtime votes conducted via the internet.




    Let us know when you've...
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    An app can be reverse-engineered, and thus cannot...

    An app can be reverse-engineered, and thus cannot be relied upon for meaningful security.



    Yes. I am developing and maintaining an open source application that employs public key cryptography...
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    Such a scheme would enable someone to acquire or...

    Such a scheme would enable someone to acquire or construct an application running on one smartphone or PC that could vote on behalf of thousands of Wayland citizens. Would that be acceptable?
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    That would be a research project, and a difficult...

    That would be a research project, and a difficult one at that. For example recent advances in Google StreetView that enable it to better "read" house numbers on doors and mailboxes are able solve a...
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    You jump into threads like this one so you can...

    You jump into threads like this one so you can toss a few bombs and insults; when called on it, you slide away on slimy sarcasm.

    Perhaps the constructive discussion re improving Town Meeting can...
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    You don't get into details because you don't have...

    You don't get into details because you don't have any. You posted a counter-example (Estonia) by "trolling the internet" - without bothering to understand what you posted.



    You have yet to...
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    Deciding how best to allocate the Town's...

    Deciding how best to allocate the Town's resources has a significant impact on its children. If Town Meeting sessions were held on weekend afternoons with reliable child care provided, parents would...
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    Do you seriously think it would be feasible for...

    Do you seriously think it would be feasible for Wayland to issue cellphone SIM cards for use in voter identification, and require anyone wishing to participate in Town Meeting from home to own an...
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    Please explain how Estonia's use of a week-long...

    Please explain how Estonia's use of a week-long internet voting process is in any way relevant to preventing proxy voting and protecting against internet-borne attacks during Wayland Town Meeting...
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    If Town Meeting dates were set months in advance,...

    If Town Meeting dates were set months in advance, and were held on weekend afternoons with reliable on-site childcare, on what basis could a parent claim "exclusion"?



    Translation: your bluff...
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    This month's IEEE Computer contains an article...

    This month's IEEE Computer contains an article entitled Internet Voting: An Empirical Evaluation, which describes "The results of testing an Internet voting system, introduced as a pilot program in...
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    ~1800 Waylanders attended the Town Meeting at...

    ~1800 Waylanders attended the Town Meeting at which the Town Center was approved, so significantly broader participation is demonstrably possible with appropriate communication and motivation. If you...
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    That's why I said providing on-site child care...

    That's why I said providing on-site child care would only be practical if Town Meetings were held on weekend afternoons.



    That's their choice.



    I've posted several suggestions for...
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    The provision of on-site child care has...

    The provision of on-site child care has repeatedly been proposed as a way to improve Town Meeting attendance. This would be more practical if Town Meeting were held on weekend afternoons.

    Dave
  48. Participating in Town Meeting -- including voting -- from home

    At it's next meeting on May 7th, Wayland's Electronic Voting Implementation Subcommittee (ELVIS) will discuss the possibility of enabling citizens to participate in Town Meeting – including voting –...
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    Many of those who do not attend Town Meeting...

    Many of those who do not attend Town Meeting could attend if they chose to do so. Conscious choice is not wishful thinking.
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    26 of the 30 minutes allowed for presenting the...

    26 of the 30 minutes allowed for presenting the budget were used.



    7 or 38 Articles were passed over or indefinitely tabled.



    My understanding is that the Articles submitted by the...
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    Any Board-sponsored Article that did not satisfy...

    Any Board-sponsored Article that did not satisfy the completion criteria before the submission deadline, would not be included in the Warrant.



    No, that would be a violation of Massachusetts...
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    Ideas discussed in last night's "Town Meeting...

    Ideas discussed in last night's "Town Meeting Forum" hosted by Moderator Dennis Berry included:


    Develop completeness criteria for Board-sponsored Articles, and ask the Selectmen to defer any...
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    No Special Town Meeting in the last four has...

    No Special Town Meeting in the last four has required more than 1 session. Three of the four lasted less than 2 hours, but we were at it for 3.5 hours in 2010.

    The last four Annual Town Meetings...
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    And yet attendance for the third session of this...

    And yet attendance for the third session of this year's Annual Town Meeting peaked at 418, a 12% decrease from this year's second session, and handily exceeding the attendance of any session of last...
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    I wholeheartedly agree that Town Meetings can and...

    I wholeheartedly agree that Town Meetings can and should be more efficient. That doesn't make "if we continue to have 5 or 6-night town meetings" an accurate premise.
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    The number of sessions that working parents...

    The number of sessions that working parents attend and the babysitting expenses incurred are a function of actual time, not perceived time. In recent history, actual time has only exceeded 4 sessions...
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    The motion to adjourn was defeated 55-181, and a...

    The motion to adjourn was defeated 55-181, and a subsequent motion to "extend until complete" passed. The body was clearly committed to completing Town Meeting that evening.



    Had every voter...
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    The premise of your question is not accurate....

    The premise of your question is not accurate. Over the last 5 years, there has been no Town Meeting with 6 sessions, and only one with 5 sessions. The 2012-04 Town Meeting's 5th session was the...
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    There'd be a lot more effort, expense,...

    There'd be a lot more effort, expense, visibility, and risk involved in recruiting 500 "proxy voters" to check in at Town Meeting claiming to be Wayland citizens than there'd be in running an...
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    If the code is machine-readable, then a client...

    If the code is machine-readable, then a client application could forward it to an aggregating application that implements proxy voting. If the code is not machine-readable (e.g. via a Captcha), a...
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    Yes....

    Yes.
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    I would love to find a way to increase...

    I would love to find a way to increase participation in Town Meeting, and so have been following technologies and initiatives involving "home voting".

    With respect to Canada's use of internet...
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    The full article is here...

    The full article is here.

    Dave
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    Wayland Town Meeting Attendance Survey

    To better predict the number of voting handsets required at Wayland’s upcoming April Annual Town Meeting, the Electronic Voting Implementation Sub-committee has set up an anonymous online survey....
  65. Then we agree, but I would characterize choosing...

    Then we agree, but I would characterize choosing just two points as an over-simplification.
  66. There are numerous examples over the years of...

    There are numerous examples over the years of individuals and organizations meeting sequentially with one or two members of the Board Of Selectmen to motivate action. The "office hours" that...
  67. I thought not, as over the years I've...

    I thought not, as over the years I've participated in and am aware of many non-public discussions with two Selectmen other than Mr. Boschetto or Mr. Collins.

    Would it be a violation of the Open...
  68. Jeff, would it be a violation of the Open Meeting...

    Jeff, would it be a violation of the Open Meeting Law for two Selectmen to discuss termination of the Town Administrator outside of a public meeting?
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    Town Meeting Survey

    Four Articles will come before Wayland's Special Town Meeting on November 20th, 2013:


    Department of Public Works Facility Construction Funding
    Appropriate Funds to Purchase Conservation...
  70. I explained why if I were a member of the School...

    I explained why if I were a member of the School Committee, I would not have signed that letter in its current form.

    Your assessment of the School Committee's demonstrated level of commitment...
  71. We are discussing the content of the letter you...

    We are discussing the content of the letter you posted.
  72. In my opinion, those paragraphs come nowhere...

    In my opinion, those paragraphs come nowhere close to expressing the necessarily level of commitment.
  73. The report describes four serious breaches of...

    The report describes four serious breaches of financial controls, and numerous other examples of lax financial practices. Were I a member of the School Committee, I would have refused to sign an...
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    You posted "The friends of Wayland are the root...

    You posted "The friends of Wayland are the root cause for this law suit, laying out obstacle after obstacle (apparently some not so legal according to our judicial system) in a vain attempt to stifle...
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    Sad that you would post such an accusation and...

    Sad that you would post such an accusation and then fail to substantiate it with even one example of an "obstacle" that is responsible for Developer's lawsuit against the Town.
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    What obstacles are the root cause of this lawsuit?

    What obstacles are the root cause of this lawsuit?
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    How long does Wayland have to fully comply with...

    How long does Wayland have to fully comply with the 1999 agreement to provide 45,000 gallons per day of sewage discharge capacity?

    How much will it cost to provide the additional capacity?

    If...
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    Crowdfunding Education

    In an earlier thread, I speculated that corporations might fund schools in return for preferential access to high-quality students upon graduation. Here's an even more radical funding model.
  79. If well-justified access to a single top-level...

    If well-justified access to a single top-level contingency fund is difficult or punitive, then departments will maintain their own contingency funds. A "never exceed your budget no matter what"...
  80. Thanks, Jeff. In my experience, the signature...

    Thanks, Jeff.

    In my experience, the signature of a tight budgeting process is that the organization's reserve fund must be tapped annually, because there is no explicit or implicit reserve...
  81. Were these budgets developed top down, or bottom...

    Were these budgets developed top down, or bottom up?

    From a budget preparation perspective, how deep is the organizational hierarchy?

    Is there one explicit contingency fund to buffer...
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    Here's a recent article...

    Here's a recent article suggesting that high school start at 10 am to ensure that students get the requisite sleep. With insufficient sleep, the ability to learn and retain new information is...
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    Will Massive Open Online courses change how we teach?

    By Fred G. Martin
    Communications of the ACM, Vol. 55 No. 8, Pages 26-28

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    In...
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    “Enhancing the Efficacy of Teacher Incentives...

    “Enhancing the Efficacy of Teacher Incentives through Loss Aversion: A Field Experiment” is available here.

    "In this paper, we demonstrate that exploiting the power of loss aversion—teachers are...
  85. Broadening Participation by Integrating Game Design into Middle School Curricula

    Excerpts:

    "To the degree that programming is found at middle schools at all, it is usually offered as after-school programs. Middle school is an essential period of life during which students,...
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    Some practical suggestions

    Some practical suggestions from Scientific American:


    adopt a reverse school bus schedule: elementary schools first (around 7:50am), middle schools next (around 8:20am) and high schools last...
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    Tom Friedman's take: Come the Revolution...

    Tom Friedman's take: Come the Revolution.
  88. "What my 11 year old's Stanford course taught me about online education"

    Here's a thoughtful critique of an instance of online education. Chunking existing lectures into video may be straightforward, but falls short of the impact Khan achieves with 10-minute-or-less...
  89. The cited article describes CoursePeer's platform...

    The cited article describes CoursePeer's platform for college professors and students.



    Companies typically pay professional recruiters 20% of an employee's first-year total compensation, so...
  90. The Next Digital Revolution in Education? Grading

    This article in the Harvard Business Review describes CoursePeer, a platform for professors to


    interact with students while they take a course
    rate the interactions in a manner akin to...
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    As with all proposed investments, I recommend...

    As with all proposed investments, I recommend starting with ROI calculations:


    On average, what do we now spend to educate a person from pre-K through college?

    On average, what is the net...
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    Do Schools Begin Too Early?

    A study substantiating the hypothesis that later start times would improve student performance:

    http://educationnext.org/do-schools-begin-too-early/

    Unfortunately, this study only measures the...
  93. One of Google's self-driving cars cruising down...

    One of Google's self-driving cars cruising down Highway 101.
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    Here's a discussion of Udacity's business model...

    Here's a discussion of Udacity's business model.

    A point made in this article harks back to a an earlier discussion on this board about the prospects of having companies contribute funding to our...
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    Cringely has posted an excellent followup...

    Cringely has posted an excellent followup. Note the reference to Stephenson's The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer in the comments.
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    Besides enabling students to achieve mastery at...

    Besides enabling students to achieve mastery at their own pace, the "flipped classroom" approach results in classroom sessions that are collaborative and physically active, with the teacher and...
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    More "massive class"...

    More "massive class" news from Stanford.
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    Khan seems far more driven by the opportunity to...

    Khan seems far more driven by the opportunity to radically improve education than on monetizing his product; his organization is a non-profit, for example. He clearly knows that nothing syndicates...
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    200,000 students per class

    Inspired by the number of people that the Khan Academy's free video lectures reached, Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun put his own artificial intelligence class online and enrolled 160,000...
  100. "I see why you'd rather post anonymously" was my...

    "I see why you'd rather post anonymously" was my response to an incomprehensible post here by someone arguing in favor of anonymity. At the time, you found it rather humorous.
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