Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media describes the changing model in government from a money-in-services-out vending machine to the platform idea. With data.gov, there’s a move to provide fundamental services on which anyone can build applications. Think about how your cell phone used to work compared with having the current wealth of applications — and see that curation happens after the fact rather than before. How can this work for education? Change the mission from delivering courses to creating services that help teachers build and deliver learning opportunities. Open standards breed innovation.

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