We have been witnessing transitions in this area but this is really a huge step in the evolution of human knowledge. Encyclopedia Britannica just announced they would stop printing books and content would only be available online. Moreover, for a week, subscription is free.
Change is good. And this change happened not purely because of the growing importance of Wikipedia, but because of the changing habits and needs of people. Britannica will be able to maintain the highest standards and quality in the digital form just like they did for centuries. Good luck!
For 244 years, the thick volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica have stood on the shelves of homes, libraries, and businesses everywhere, a source of enlightenment as well as comfort to their owners and users around the world.
They’ve always been there. Year after year. Since 1768. Every. Single. Day.
But not forever.
Today we’ve announced that we will discontinue the 32-volume printed edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica when our current inventory is gone.
For one thing, the encyclopedia will live on—in bigger, more numerous, and more vibrant digital forms. And just as important, we the publishers are poised, in the digital era, to serve knowledge and learning in new ways that go way beyond reference works. In fact, we already do.
It’s a real pleasure to announce that the new semester of the Internet in Medicine course which I just presented at the Stanford Summit 2011 will launch this Wednesday (28th of September) with 140 registered students. In the first week’s lecture, I’ll give a detailed introduction to web 2.0/social media and highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.
- Time: 28th of September, 17:00
- Location: Lecture Hall of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Debrecen
The materials and some of the slideshows will be posted on Med20course.com throughout the whole semester. I’m very excited about that and also about the changes I made to the course structure based on the feedback I received from last semester’s students.
We will go through the basics of social media, medical blogging, microblogging, RSS, virtual worlds, using Facebook as medical professionals and many more relevant topics.
Read more about last semesters’ lectures…
I’ve recently come across Medikidz, a fantastic initiative with a mission to help children understand medical information, especially diseases. I cannot imagine a better way to promote such important messages to children.
Millions of children worldwide are diagnosed every day with conditions that even their parents may find difficult to comprehend. Most children don’t understand their medical conditions, or associated investigations, procedures and treatments, and are often scared by what is going on around them.
That is where the Medikidz come into action!
The Medikidz are five energetic, larger-than-life superheroes on a mission to help young people understand illness and medical concepts. Chi, Pump, Skinderella, Axon and Gastro take children on a journey through Mediland – an outerspace planet shaped just like the human body – to explain the diagnosis, investigation, treatment and prevention of different medical conditions.
Khan Academy seems to be very promising regarding the future of education. A recent TED video describes it all.
Khan spoke at the most recent TED conference about his project to create a series of free online videos and detailed self-assessments to educate anyone in the world. The audience gave him a long standing ovation, and I got chills watching it at home. Here’s the video, and my own Khan Academy experience below it.
I know this TED talk is from 2009 but I still admire the work done by David Merrill, an MIT graduate student.
MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables — cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?
Do you remember the fantastic TED talk of Sir Ken Robinson about changing education?
Now here is the animated version with a detailed message:
(Hat tip: The virtual GP)
A fantastic infrographics-based video about the crisis surrounding the US education system: