Several members at EdLab's Development & Research team have worked on a new design of online discussion forum and presented our work so far in D&R weekly meeting today. The purpose of this tool is to create an online discussion environment that enhances equal and inclusive participation, collaboration of thoughts, and self reflection.
It would be very helpful to have your comments and feedback on our current design. You can view our PowerPoint Slides here .
Hi! I'm Dan Torop, one of the new EDAR residents. I'm sitting over by the design people, trying to make a digital/sound project through August 15... The plan is to make a talking computer. It'll look over information retrieved from library databases and come up with compelling speech from what it sees. I'm doing a brief presentation at the new resident's event at 4PM this Wednesday. Do stop by.
Just to mention, last year I spent six months at a residency trying to make a vir...
If you haven't already, please respond to this quick and easy poll on AERA Conference proposal ideas! Rebekah, George, and I would like to make a final decision on a topic tomorrow (Friday), and the more feedback we receive, the better-informed our decision will be. Thanks!
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Rebekah and I have been brainstorming ideas for a research project proposal in hopes of presenting a poster at the 2010 AERA Conference. If you have a moment, please reply to our online poll with the topic you like best:
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Since everyone else is talking about TCETC 2009', I thought I would include my PPT from the presentation my colleague Caron and I gave, on Designing an Online Social Network: Lessons Learned.
Designing an Online Social Network: Lessons LearnedView more presentations from ac2182.
Last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend the 'Project New Media Literacies' conference at MIT.
The event was part conference, part professional development and ALL PR and outreach for MIT's Project NML in the Comparative Media Studies department. More specifically they wanted to plug their new tool, The Learning Library.
*This little essay has been sitting in a Google doc for months now - I'd completely forgotten to share it. Since tomorrow's EdLab Seminar focuses on the Scratch programming environment, I thought I'd wipe the dust off of this short reflection on a month that I spent creating a new Scratch program every day. I called the project "Scratch-a-day."*
I like to think of myself as a creator. My approach to education, art, and techno...
In my defense yesterday, Lalitha Vasudevan mentioned Mike Wesch, a cultural anthropologist at Kansas State. He has a number of videos he's made, some of which I have seen, but I have never heard him talk about his research.
Here is one presentation he delivered at the Library of Congress which I find quite fascinating, and surprised I hadn't seen before (so if you have, just ignore me). He gives an anthropological introduction to YouTube, and defines the community he is studying as the YouTube community. It is very interesting to see him do this, especially since my experience with "participant observation" here at TC has been about "place," and by this physical location was meant. This was kind of frustrating for me because it seemed to ignore the way in which many people actually live these days (one's physical space may not be the most meaningful place for some people). He also really effectively uses the video to illustrate what he is saying. Check it out:
Maximizing the Democratic Potential of Schools as Ideologically Diverse Public Spaces
In this presentation, Hess shared her latest research findings about young people's experience of controversial issue discussion in schools. In a survey of a thousand students, only 31% of the respondents indicated that they talked to people who disagreed with them on public issues. However, even in seemingly homogeneous schools (such as Catholic schools), students and teachers hold diverse perspectives on abortion, death penalty, civil unions, free market system, etc. How teachers in various school contexts create ideological diverse public spaces is the focus of Hess' recent qualitative study.
In this session, Stephen presented his paper along with two other papers about online learning and teaching environments. Stephen did a great job in this presentation, and participants were especially interested in the cultural factors Stephen brought into the discussion of online learning environment (e.g. creating a competitive climate/task in online learning environment helps to engage Ghanaian students in online learning)
Stephen has blogged about this session earlier . Here are some other points I learned from this session: