According to this piece in Mashable, Google is preparing to introduce a personalized newsfeed and ultimately for the end of search as we know it.  Apparently, the thought is that search will become less relevant as artificial intelligence becomes better at predicting what we would like to know at any given time and place.  So, what do yo...
Internet surveillance appears to be growing as governments around the world devote more resources to tracking online behavior.  In fact, the US is now tracking the online behavior of so many citizens that it is unable to provide a count of just how many are being followed online.  Jonathan Penney 
If you have not heard of SCORM, watch the following video:SCORM stands for “Sharable Content Object Reference Model”. It is a set of technical standards for e-learning products to make sure learning resources are re-usable / interoperable across different learning modules. Sounds familiar? Yes, this concept is very similar to our Rhizr except that Rhizr is ba...
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Today Ryan and I had a good discussion of the existing and potential use cases of Vialogues. I think EdLab blog is a good place to archive and share our discussion. If any of our research associates is motivated, I think expanding this topic can make a good publication on the pedagogical models of video-based discussions. Additions, comments, and suggestions are also welcome.Video AnnotationVideo Annotation is an important tool in anthropology research. Researchers shoot videos about human behaviors and...
We have an (informal/not-so-strict) agile process in place right now in our design and development sprints. As we start on our Vialogues project, this is a good time to refine and define this process. The following articles might give us some ideas on this space and how we might be able to use them.Google's popular Product Design SprintFor starters, this is a detailed handbook of steps to work the six stages, according to Google, which are 'Understand', 'Define', 'Diverge', 'Decide', ...
As a follow-up to our seminar on wicked problems, it is useful to consider the approach to addressing such problems posed in a recent article suggesting that systems thinking be combined with agile methodology. The combination leads to five tips: 1) break information into nodes and link...
In a series of three video clips, Nick Shackleton-Jones discusses two learning elements that are becoming foundational to the work of the library -- experiences and resources. He argues that high impact experiences are important to engage less motivated learners and that high quality resources must be available to be found by more motivated learners. Each floor of the library is designed to provide settings for learning experiences. The goal is to engage learners who may not be motivated at the moment. Each of our physical and digital assets is designed to offer high quality resource...
AWS has introduced a new service, Greengrass to support IoT devices. This will provide IoT devices with processing power even when there is an interruption in the network connection. For a broad overview, see this excerpt from the keynote at last month's AWS re:Invent conference. For more detail see the video below from the re:Invent session on IoT on AWS.
A really, really quick way to get started on your new Pi in 5 minutes. If you have just bought a new Raspberry Pi, and you are so excited you canceled plans with your friends just to go home and hook it up. Here is my write up on a very quick cut-to-the-chase path to get started on your Pi without the technical details to kill your appetite. My new Raspberry Pi 2 model B, a $35 Quadcore computer the size of a credit card is six times faster than the previous v1. It has sold more than 4M...
Interesting article that I want to share with everyone. "French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin famously once said, “I shut my eyes in order to see,” meaning he shut out the rest of the world to come up with great ideas."