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Former particle physicist Stephen Wolfram has finally released his WolframAlpha computational search/knowledge engine, with the promise of ultimately "making all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone." Though the initial thinking was that WolframAlpha was out to compete with Google search, this appears not to be the case, because, like Ting pointed out in an earlier blog post, WolframAlpha gives direct answers to users' queries rather than ...
Via archivist friends of mine: a quick and pretty animation on Digital Preservation, and how to do it right.
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With Mobile Learning becoming the new buzz phrase, I have been brainstorming on how feasible it will be for institutions to develop mobile applications that can work seamlessly with their available Course Management Systems. Thus, in the case of Teachers College for example, where three different systems (i.e. ClassWeb, Moodle and Blackboard) are currently being used (and it is common for individual students to be enrolled in two or more courses that are respectively offered through these different platforms), it should be possible for this mobile app to make all three pla...
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I was wondering what other folks think about Learning Management Systems. I've been thinking about this issue with respect to teacher training and induction. Would a learning system that is directed for professionals be exactly the same as a student-oriented system like Blackboard or others? Or, are there some specific quirks about the professional learning process (eg. for engineers, teachers, doctors, etc.) that don't necessarily apply to the student-oriented systems? I can think of a couple of distinctions. For one thing, I would imagine integrating new research would be essential for a ...
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Until I read this article in the Boston Globe, I did not know that the yellow Post-it note that we use everyday, is the "byproduct of a wandering mind." According to the article, Arthur Fry, an engineer at 3M, who had the habit of inserting little scraps of paper into a book and getting frustrated as these pieces fell off, was daydreaming in church one day (instead of listening to the preacher) when the idea...
Professor Natriello's trip to Arizona State University (ASU) next week motivated me to do some research on the institution. Here is a list of some of the more interesting initiatives/activities: A New American University: Specifically, read about their Design Imperatives. The ASU Decision Theater: Watch how the the Dec...
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Karen Bryner, Anthony Cocciolo, and I have been working to put together some resources for the Teaching the Levees Project. One of the things we've been looking for is interactive maps and timelines. One that we like so far is from the Times-Picayune. Another that I liked (but unrelated to the Levees Project) was from the BBC that m...
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Check out Findory, a site dedicated to giving personalized news. Of course, that's kind of boring (we've even discussed building something similar on our blog a while back). But Findory also includes an open API. With the API we could easily show related news (or video, podcasts and blogs) from any of our sites. And by easy, I mean including a simple framework in just a few minutes (using my new XML library of course)! This could be an especially relevant tool for the new personalized TCRBooks site (yes, I'm pushing hard to re-brand it!). Imagine reading a review, seeing a bit about the author and the reviewer in the right column followed by the News-Buzz-O-Meter! Or something far less silly which highlights the press the book has received thus far. API's like this could also be fun for creating new tools to analyze demographic data. For an example, suppose I have 100 people list their 10 favorite sites. And, since it's the season, we'll have them describe themselves as democrat, republican or independent. Assuming (just for example's sake) that we believe there is a link between political leaning and site interest, we've just categorized ~1,000 sites. But given overlap of choices this is really far less, and 1000 datapoints is still very little for this type of research! (Keep reading)
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Hi. I am pretty new to EdLab, so this may have already been discussed. But has anyone played around with GMU's Zotero? http://www.zotero.org/ If so, I'd love some feedback. Thanks!
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To miss the midterm elections... Check out Project Vote Smart, a site dedicated to archiving information on America politicians (and you thought libraries were boring!). I had a thought to wrap this site in a fun new way to create either a new site or maybe even a set of tools for political blogs (of all leanings), for schools, or even for a pre-vote catch up. I know a few Chicago schools were switching around curricula to focus on community activism and the claim heard from time to time is that schools will continue in this direction ...
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