Does Google kill creativity?

Posted in Teaching on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I set a number of assignments to my students (at first and second year) in which I challenge students to think outside the box. I actively reward creativity. For example, in my first year course I challenge my students to come up ways of performing various processes on a large scale, for example, extracting sugar from sugar beet …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 1 May]


The Leaving Cert and that Google memo

Posted in Life on August 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recent furore over the Google gender memo has all been a bit tedious. It’s boring to say it but nearly everything in life is a mix of nurture and nature and to adopt an ideological stance on what are extremely complex questions is not going to get you anywhere except perhaps into an endless argument on Twitter …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 10 August]

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Whiskey, Google and knowledge

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘The former objectives of education, which emphasised a knowledge of facts, are no longer as valuable in a society where information is available at your fingertips.’ This was a statement made recently in a column in the Irish Times and it is pretty par for the course. Lots of people have been making this claim for quite a few years now …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 January]

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Google Translate in Class

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Recently I spotted two students in one of my tutorials using Google Translate to understand better the exercise I had set – I had not seen this done before in my class, though I’m sure it must have happened. When I think about it, it seems so obvious a thing to do for a student for whom English is not their first language …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 13 October]

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Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2014 by steve

USA“From a news perspective, the recent report by Google researchers that more highly-cited papers are found in non-elite journals is about much more than the distribution of citations …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 20 October]

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Google and Trinity join up to teach technology leaders

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College’s innovative new postgraduate certificate course in 21st Century Teaching and Learning was formally launched at Google’s headquarters in Dublin …” (more)

[Independent, 11 October]

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Open University ranks No 1 European university in Google’s most searched universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2014 by steve

EU“Google has revealed that The Open University has been ranked as the No 1 European university and No 3 in the world in its worldwide search rankings. The OU was the only university in the top 20 with a base in Ireland. It has 2,500 Irish students currently registered on various courses and qualifications …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 30 September]

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What the Head of Hiring at Google Doesn’t Understand About Skills

Posted in Life on May 28th, 2014 by steve

“Try as I might, I just can’t seem to let it go. When Laszlo Bock, of Google, tells the columnist Thomas Friedman, of The New York Times, that he would prefer to hire a computer-science student with B grades over an A-plus student who studies English, it doesn’t surprise me. Google is in the business of computing, after all …” (more)

[Guy Raffa, Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 May]

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University College Dublin rolls out Google Apps to 40,000 mobile devices

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2013 by steve

“University College Dublin has saved over €230,000 a year by implementing Google Apps and Search Appliance to improve student and staff access to information. UCD is the largest university and research centre in Ireland, with 6,000 staff and 30,000 students …” (more)

[, 25 October]

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Google and edX Create a MOOC Site for the Rest of Us

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2013 by steve

“Until now, massive open online courses have mostly reinforced existing hierarchies in higher education. MOOC providers have recruited elite institutions and offered them and their professors the opportunity to broadcast their courses to the world …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 September]

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UCD staff adopt Google Apps for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2013 by steve

“UCD has completed the transition of UCD staff mail to Google. This involved supporting approximately 6,000 staff through a migration of over 65 million e-mails. This follows the successful migration of the student body’s mail service to Google Apps for Education in 2011 …” (more)

[, 1 July]

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Let’s ban Google from colleges …

Posted in Teaching on June 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Four words that strike terror and despair into the hearts of all academics : ‘oh, I googled it’. In TCD students have access to perhaps the finest research library on the Island …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 23 June]

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Computer training to be provided to 1,000 secondary teachers under new initiative

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2013 by steve

“A partnership between Google and Trinity College Dublin, which will see 1,000 secondary level teachers trained in computer science and more than 1,000 miniature computers provided to schools, has been welcomed by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Trinity College launches Computer Science Initiative for the 21st Century Classroom

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin today announced a three year partnership with Google to develop a new project aimed at transforming computer science in Irish schools …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 31 May]

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Case Law, Ireland: McKeogh v John Doe 1 (No.2), Facebook, Google and mandatory take down injunctions

Posted in Legal issues on May 19th, 2013 by steve

“In November 2011, Eoin McKeogh was falsely branded as a thief on YouTube, Google, Facebook and a number of websites. This was the result of a video and accompanying material which wrongly identified him …” (more)

[Inforrm’s Blog, 19 May]

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Dublin student wrongly accused of evading a taxi fare wins case

Posted in Legal issues on May 16th, 2013 by steve

“A Dublin student wrongly branded a taxi fare dodger in a viral YouTube video has won a major victory in a High Court action against tech giants Facebook and Google …” (more)

[, 16 May]

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AP wins big: Why a court said clipping content is not fair use

Posted in Legal issues on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“A federal court has sided with the Associated Press and the New York Times in a closely-watched case involving a company that scraped news content from the internet without paying for it …” (more)

[Jeff John Roberts, paidContent, 23 March]

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Sad about losing Google Reader? Spare a thought for the blogs you had listed on it

Posted in Life on March 14th, 2013 by steve

International“Google announced last night that it will be shutting down its RSS feed, Google Reader, in a couple of months. It was an unpopular decision …” (more)

[Martha Gill, New Statesman, 14 March]

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Education investment key to securing our future

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Multinational companies always like to cite Ireland’s educated workforce as one of the reasons why they set up shop here …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 9 March]

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After France’s ‘success’, German press seeks remuneration from News snippets

Posted in Legal issues on March 4th, 2013 by steve

Germany“It seems that Google just can’t past this whole ‘stop pirating our bylines’ thing these days: the German lower parliament approved a bill requiring Google (and other search engines) to pay a licensing fee for re-publishing bylines of news stories …” (more)

[Liam Boogar, Rude Baguette, 4 March]

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