"REDMOND, Wash. — June 15, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that effective July 2008 Bill Gates, chairman, will transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "

Bill said that it was a very hard decision for him. He believes that the future of Microsoft is as bright as ever. After July 2008, he will concentrate on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which was formed by Bill and his wife in 2000. The foundation is for improving global health and education.

Bill Gates has been regard as the world richest man for about 12 years. He expressed that he rather not be seen as the richest man in the world.
Being the richest man obviously has not made him the happiest man. Having been through such a exciting journey and been admired and respected by people all over the world, Bill Gates has fulfilled his ambitions and dreams. The process must be hard, challenging, inspiring and exciting. When you reach the top of a mountain, you may not find the challenge any more.

What made him to make such a difficult and big decision? Maybe only he knows the answer. How about your views?

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World is changing fast! I found that I could not update my profile after I log into my dashboard, error: invalid username.

I am not allowed to edit my username. Anyone there has idea about this issue if you come cross it by any change?

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This morning we just had a very interesting discussion about how blog should be used in higher education. This post is just some thoughts after the discussion. Maybe they are illogical, which maybe the beauty of blog, recording ideas in your mind quickly. You can always come back to refine it.

Any comments are very welcome !

We discussed we discussed the risks for instituations handle blogs. Should an instituation be involved in ensuring the quality of the materials of the blogs?

My question is do we have to connect blog to the traditional teaching and learning? It is a question being in my mind through the whole discussion. As I see it, one of the functions of a blog is a place to note down ideas in an easy way. It can be shared and commented by others, which will help the ideas be refined.

Publishing in blog does not have to be perfect as the tradtional publications do. Easy, quick, sharable and free spirit may be the beauty of blogging, which makes it so popular.

It does not mean that the quality of blog content is all bad. There are many good discussions there! It is easier to spark innovative ideas naturally in a blog like envrionment . Nobody can be really motivated unless s/he is self-motivated.

What is my point then? My point is that let the students go with the blog freely. Blog is a place like coffee bar or pub where individuals or groups can enjoy themselves. They can communicate if they really want to. They can collaborate if they want to. They will discuss research if they want to. Surely the process of blogging can improve their communication skills, which is very important to the traditional education. Many exciting things will happen naturally if it meant to.

One day, you come back, the different flowers are blooming.

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This is a photo taken within the Botanic Garden, Oxford. You can see the Magdalen College, Oxford University from the picture.

Welcome to my Blog – a platform to share any innovative ideas with you. More importantly I love your comments!

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