Just in case you think that work you are doing in graduate school might not amount to much, you might want to take a look at this paper from a few years back by two graduate students interested in "searching."
Mobile phones just keep getting more versatile in Japan. With cellular phone in hand, Japanese consumers can purchase from vending machines, buy train tickets, order a bowl of noodles, trade stock, bid at online auctions and change channels on a TV set. Read Full Article
Virtual Communication Expression & Lifestyle, a small startup firm, unveiled VcellVibes, a social networking service for cell phones. The downloadable Java application allows users to create a profile on their Web sites, download the application on their cell phones, and send an invitation for friends to join. Users have control over their profile either from phone or from a Web browser. They can leave comments on both Web and mobile profiles, plan group activities, as well as offer voice commenting and free text messages. For more i...
Jeff passed on this site, Winpossible, that will try to match those with something to teach with others who have learning needs. The effort is just beginning, but if we define a school as a place that brings together teachers and students, perhaps the school of the future will look something like this.
I thought to share the following note about the Integrated Projects Week (IPW) from my son Lu's teacher Linda Vasu (with Linda's permission), because I think that The School at Columbia is good at using the local resources as a learning community besides taking advantage of new technologies.
Each semester, the school has an Integrated Projects Week (IPW). In IPW, the kids of different grades mix, form a group of 5-6 kids each, and conduct a project with a particular theme for a whole week. Kids get to choose what themes they prefer and there are different projects, e.g., touring, drawing, c...
There's a fantastic format for academic collaboration in the Dahlem Workshops. I wonder if a similar setup can't be designed for education which takes advantage of electronic resources to link geographically distinct individuals? It'd be great to see educational research grow from this kind of collaboration:
I was starting to respond to this post when I decided my response was really a whole new topic. But to this idea I wanted to point out that MIT has been developing ultracheap computers for countries with struggling economies which have "crank" power and the like for maybe 100 bucks. But the problem is that you can't sell these machines in the US because it would flatten our economy. (sorry, can't find the article for this part) But this doesn't explain why Mexico isn...
I came across this RFP. It would be great if Edlab could apply to for it.
New Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunity
Deadline: January 13, 2006
As part of its commitment to the academic research community, Microsoft Research ( http://www.research.microsoft.com/ ) has announced a $1.2 million Digital Inclusion funding opportunity designed to empower academic researchers world- wide to tackle technological challenges in a way that positively affects health, education, and socioeconomic conditions.
Through a Request for Proposal process, Microsoft Research is encouraging academic resea...
i started thinking over some pet project ideas and i realized i didn't have a great sense of what we do and don't do. so i thought i'd spill out some of the thoughts running through my head when i was at work and see what comes of it :) i'm hoping something here will encourage interest from others.
Please let me know what you think!!!
Below are some of the "pet projects" that I am currently thinking about that I can work on at the EdLab. Please let me know your honest thoughts about this, as I encourage your comments.
1 + Increasing International Consulting Services in the EdLab
This would involve working with Hui Soo to focus on consulting with international educational organizations in creating solutions for connecting with each other easily (virtually). Upon graduating from TC, I am possibly looking to go into International Educational Consulting, so this would provide a win-win situation for TC, the EdLab and my...