Some of my colleagues are currently trying out some social networking platforms for educational purposes. I found these articles providing empirical evidence and useful insights on how social networking software can be used for education.
Selwyn, N. (2007) ‘‘Screw Blackboard... do it on Facebook!': an investigation of students' educational use of Facebook'
Based on an analysis of 68,169 wall postings (4% of these po...
After presenting my EDAR project today, I was thinking a bit about the cult of tools: "This project would be more cool if it ran on the iPhone." Or streamed through a browser. Or used the Cocoa API.
All these possibilities make me cringe. Partially for quite pragmatic reasons: I know how much darn time I spent making a working project which happens not to run on the iPhone or a web browser. The host of nasty problems which would arise on one of these platforms freaks me out. It is silly to use a newfangled tool when the extant ones work just fine.
But moreso, I fear becoming a serv...
“I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians.” Hal Varian, chief economist at Google.
Check out this piece from the NY Times about the growing importance of data and the tools/systems/people that collect, mine, analyze, and interpret the data. Some highlights:
In field after field, computing and the Web are creating new realms of data to explore – sensor signals, surveillance tapes, social network chatter, public records and more.
“We're rapidly entering a w...
I'm posting this for some friends. It's a Call for Designers (but they definitely define "designer" loosely and all interested should apply). The program is called
Making Policy public. Also be sure to check out this popular project from last year.
This series is run by an organization called Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). They focus on teaching all things city related to kids in schools (mostly hig...
I was a bit fuddled when I tried to explain the least least popular popular searches on Friday. Not having done a thorough analysis, this is also somewhat of a fuddled post, but to slightly umuddle:
By looking at the "Popular Searches" on the Gottesman homepage over time, it is possible to compile a list of popular searches.
By arbitrarily only looking at the popular searches in the largest font (about 10% of the total), it's possible to accumulate a set of the most popular of the popular searches ("most popular popular"). If one looks at the most popular of these ("most popular of most...
What's been going on with the residency? I've explored the building a bit and written a few programs... The programs, with luck, work together to be the pieces of the piece.
The programs are:
least_popular_popular looks at the Gottesman Libraries homepage and records the popular searches listed at the bottom of the page. I have a compilation of several weeks worth of these, which serve as fodder for compositions. Rather than looking at the most popular of these ("math textbook"), I've enjoyed the weird outliers which, l...
Please click the above image to see it full size. This is a simple prototype I made to demonstrate a web service I would like. Apologies for the sloppy design but hopefully the point is illustrated.
I am interested in documenting process and sharing information. This is all part of my
Some time back I interviewed Twitter's original lead programmer, Blaine Cook, on The Media Show. We talked about some very interesting things, some of which didn't make it into the episode (which I posted yesterday).
This clip didn't make it (Weena was completely out of character, talking like a grad student), but it was such a cool idea for using Twitter in an academic setting I thought I'd spin it into a little clip just for EdLab:
Calli and I are getting ready to enter another phase of our ongoing project on online research tools, and we have a draft of a survey (a revised version of one we posted earlier) that will soon be going out to various college students.
It would be really helpful if some of you could take our survey and give us any feedback you can think of about the design of the questions, topics covered etc.
The broad major research questions behind the survey are, "How do college students go about performing academic research?" "What are their frustrations or needs when it comes to the re...
Yesterday, the vagabond historian EGWeing updated the Wikipedia page about the ONCE Group with a very nice (though quite unfootnoted) essay. ONCE was a 1960's collaboration for experimental performance (Robert Ashely was a prime instigator). I like in particular the article's list of goals and ideals:
To exploit contemporary technological means to broade...