2011 DML Trip Report #6

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:23am.
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It's dawn in Long Beach, and we are getting ready for today's workshop on adaptive learning technologies. We are looking forward to learning how many people may be participating in the workshop, and we will be scrambling to re-design the workshop on the fly to accommodate those who show up. This will be far different from our regular design sessions where we not only know how many will participate, but also the identity of each participant. Stay tuned for the full report later.


2011 DML Trip Report #5

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 9:57am.
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No trip to Santa Monica would be complete without a visit to the Santa Monica Pier shown above in this highly stylized photo of the pier entrance on a rainy evening from an idling automobile.


2011 DML Trip Report #4

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 9:44am.
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While in Santa Monica we had the opportunity to use the garage pictured here. As you can see each parking space in the garage has a light that shows green if the space is open and red if it is occupied by a car. Each space is monitored at all times. As you enter the garage a digital display indicates the number of open spaces on each level. When you return to the garage for your car, you can type in the number of your license plate on a panel, and the automated system will tell you where you are parked by using scans of license plates of all of the parked cars. Of course there are some limitations. Apparently, if you do not know the license plate of the car you parked, you must still search for it manually.


2011 DML Trip Report #2 - Landing

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 2:11am.
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After landing at LAX, the EdLab delegation planned on taking just a few steps to the rental car counter before being on their way. As it turned out, those few steps led only to the rental car bus that proceeded down the road for 15 minutes or so. However, it was worth the wait when the good folks at National automatically granted an upgrade to a larger car.


Trends in Ed: Ipad helps autistic communicate

Submitted by Angela Lee on Wed, 03/02/2011 - 4:48pm.
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Poptent: Crowdsourcing Ads

Submitted by Melanie Hibbert on Wed, 03/02/2011 - 1:31pm.
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The Philadelphia-based website Popent is another example of crowd-sourcing creative content. Companies ranging from Geico to Acuvue to Cholula hot sauce run ad competitions, and anyone can submit videos. Winning videos receive anywhere from $5,000-$15,0000. While some people might argue companies are getting new ideas at a fraction of the cost of an ad agency, others maintain that this is a great way to showcase talent and convince businesses to think more about using online video.


Personalized adaptation to accommodate diverse human needs

Submitted by Ankit Ranka on Wed, 03/02/2011 - 1:00pm.
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I am at a colloquium at Columbia University's Computer Science department. Leah Findlater from University of Washington is presenting.


The 2011 Digital Media and Learning Conference

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Wed, 03/02/2011 - 11:49am.
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So Gary, Brian, and I are making our way out to Long Beach, CA for the DML Conference. Thankfully, the trip out to the airport and check-in was uneventful. We'll be live blogging the conference (and other adventures) we have on the EdLab blog so check back frequently.

While at the airport some of us took time to explore the publc ipad stations.


EdLab Review: OpenEnglish

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Wed, 03/02/2011 - 11:17am.
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Review by Joann Agnitti and Gonzalo Obelliero

OpenEnglish presents an online learning opportunity for native Spanish speakers who wish to learn or increase their proficiency in English. It offers an experience similar to that of other online learning programs: a curriculum split into modules (lessons), assessments, and goal tracking. But unlike other programs, OpenEnglish offers some innovative and well-executed modes of instruction, such as the often hilarious and entertaining educational video lessons that call to mind episodes of The Office. The premise of OpenEnglish is familiar yet refreshingly different.

One of the foremost distinguishing features of this program is the personal advisor assigned to each student. The advisor engages learners by way of phone conversations. Here they can answer questions, clear confusion, check in for comprehension, and motivate learners as they near their lesson goals. This lends a “human touch” to the online learning experience, which can often be a lonely one.

On a similar note, another famed feature of the program are the live classes. Every OpenEnglish student may take an unlimited amount of live classes with native speaking English teachers. Class sizes average about 4-5 students and start every hour (almost 24/7). The class topics change daily and mainly focus on conversation and pronunciation.

The Live Session interface


Double Take for Mobile Video

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Wed, 03/02/2011 - 10:22am.
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Check out Double Take, a new mobile video tool developed at Purdue. The system lets students upload video from their mobile phones to a university computer cluster.

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