OpenOffice vs. LibreOffice: What’s the Difference and Which Should You Use?

OpenOffice.org was once the open-source office suite of choice, but it fractured into two separate projects — Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice. Never mind Oracle Open Office, which was actually a closed-source office suite and was discontinued.

It doesn’t really matter whether you use LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice. Both are good choices if you’re looking for a powerfulfree office suite. The two projects are so similar that you’d be unlikely to notice the difference.

We’d recommend LibreOffice if we had to choose one of the two. It’s seen the most enthusiastic development and has the most potential in the long run.



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Bernard Bull: Infographic of Building an Online Personal Teaching Network

Bernard Bull: Recently, I wrote an article about how to build an online personal teaching network, re-imagining opportunities to teach in the digital world and thinking about the role of teacher as independent contractor.


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Inequality – measurement, trends, impacts, and policies

Many low- and middle-income countries are achieving good rates of economic growth, but high inequality remains a priority concern. Some countries meanwhile have low growth, high inequality, and pervasive poverty―often linked to their fragility. There is now an active debate on whether countries should set themselves goals for not only achieving absolute poverty reduction, but also lower inequality. But policy action needs to be better served by analysis and data.

The UNU-WIDER Development Conference ‘Inequality – measurement, trends, impact, and policies’ focuses in exploring the latest developments in the measurement of inequality in income, wealth, and human development, drawing also on advances in measurements in the advanced economies. It will also examine what we know about trends in inequality and discuss the impact of inequality on development, and the impact of development on inequality. And as the global development debate moves from the Millennium Development Goals to the post-2015 development agenda, the conference will draw out the implications of inequality for development policy and poverty reduction.



Half an Hour: Connectivism as Learning Theory

A connectivist view of the world is very different from one found in other theories.
For example, to the question what is knowledge a connectivist will talk about the capacity of a network to recognize phenomena based on partial information, a common property of neural networks.
Connectivism proposes therefore what might be called 'direct knowledge', following the work of people such as J.J. Gibson. This is very different from what might be called 'indirect knowledge', which is based on the creation of models or representations using an internal (and possible innate) language or logic.


Mike Feerick – ‘The Future of the University’, Smart People, Smart Economy


ALISON CEO and Founder Mike Feerick spoke on his ideas about how online learning is influencing universities at the US Embassy’s conference, ‘Smart People, Smart Economy’ in Dublin on April 3rd 2014. Watch Mike’s session to find out how universities can meet the needs of future students by focusing on popular aspects of MOOCs such […]

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Private Equity Lifts Half Of African Countries To Middle-Income Status

Half of African countries (27) are now classified by the World Bank as middle-income countries (RT @FaneleLove: Private Equity Lifts Half Of African Countries To Middle-Income Status http://t.co/v4S3bsxqK3...


6 Emerging Trends in Education and Mobile Learning

At the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014 I sat on a panel titled Emerging Trends and New Technology – considered in the context of mobile learning. Below are the notes of the key points that I made. Note: The issue of Emerging Trends and New Technology begs the question: for who? For students in California,…


Left to Their Own Smart Devices

Educational institutions should enter the mobile age and embrace the opportunity to be more effective, efficient, and cost sensitive than ever before. The challenge, like with any disruption, is to rethink the system design and utilize new concepts, such as multi-persona, that align with this new age of mobility. Exciting times are ahead for educators.


MOOCs 4 Development

In this presentation Stephen Downes outlines the (real) history of MOOCs, outline design parameters, and sketch future technologies. This is presented in the context of the 'democratization' of knowledge and learning to support international development and education. For audio of the whole panel please see http://ift.tt/1qJrnsJ


Not sure if a site is safe from 'Heartbleed'? Use this tool to check

By Salvador Rodriguez

April 9, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

A bug named "Heartbleed" was recently discovered and likely affects most websites on the Internet. Fortunately, an online tool makes it easy for users to quickly check whether a website is secure or not.

Heartbleed is a bug that affects OpenSSL, a technology that is used by many Internet services to keep user data secure. Hackers can take advantage of the bug to steal a key code that can then be used to steal information, including user passwords.

A fix has been created for the bug, but many websites across the Internet have still not implemented it to their services.


8 Rad College Courses Inspired by the Internet

These eight college courses about social media, coding and Miley Cyrus are brought to you by the Internet.

The web is the inspiration behind a bevy of college courses in the modern age. Obsessed with YouTube? Head to Pitzer College for a course called "Learning From YouTube." Intrigued by the Internet's saturation of Miley Cyrus? Enroll at Skidmore College, where the singer will be the topic of a sociology course that focuses on her pre and post-VMA hold on the media.

From analyzing viral videos to studying the societal side effects of Facebook, we rounded up eight college courses brought to you by the Internet.





A Large Part of the Internet Compromised by the Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

This bug was independently discovered by a team of security engineers (Riku, Antti and Matti) atCodenomicon and Neel Mehta of Google Security, who first reported it to the OpenSSL team. Codenomicon team found heartbleed bug while improving the SafeGuard feature in Codenomicon's Defensics security testing tools and reported this bug to the NCSC-FI for vulnerability coordination and reporting to OpenSSL team.

You are likely to be affected either directly or indirectly. OpenSSL is the most popular open source cryptographic library and TLS (transport layer security) implementation used to encrypt traffic on the Internet. Your popular social site, your company's site, commerce site, hobby site, site you install software from or even sites run by your government might be using vulnerable OpenSSL. Many of online services use TLS to both to identify themselves to you and to protect your privacy and transactions. You might have networked appliances with logins secured by this buggy implementation of the TLS. Furthermore you might have client side software on your computer that could expose the data from your computer if you connect to compromised services.




The future of learning - Sugata Mitra

In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, they can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.


United Nations Simulates Violent Land Mines via Apple iBeacons

'Sweeper' promotes land mine awareness via an exhibit organized by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), at New York's New Museum.

Using Apple's iBeacon technology, which harnesses Bluetooth Low Energy and geofencing to provide micro-location awareness between apps, UNMAS was able to plant invisible, simulated land mines around the exhibit space. Inside the organization's app, also called Sweeper, a land mine "explodes" when an unlucky individual comes across one. A recording then explains the physical injury inflicted by each type of mine: Bouncing Betty, PRB M3, VS50 — all gruesome, most deadly.

"There is a Japanese saying: To hear about [a conflict] 100 times is less impactful than to actually see it one time," said UN Japanese ambassador Kazuyoski Umemoto. "In Washington, we don't have to see it. We don't have to experience it. But this exhibition will give us some idea what those dangers are."






How openness in education can change the world

Varun Arora is the founder and CEO of OpenCurriculum, a California-based technology nonprofit aimed at bringing openness and innovation to K-12 education aro...