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Avant-garde Cellist Zoe Keating's performance is like the audio experience equivalent of watching a bricklayer being stacked on another bricklayer to build an entire house. Her compositions start out simply, but she adds successive layers of sound by stacking and removing them to create music. Without computers, playing her composition would require a dozen musicians or more. My music is the fusion of information architecture and classical music. The way you problem-solve when you are an information architect ...
Happy Cinco de Mayo! World's largest margarita, anyone? Moving on. From one thing to another... From “The Internet of Things” — the wireless network of connected objects–comes Pachube (pronounced “Patch bay”–I know, it feel...
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One Page, One Story: New Web Design Experiment @msnbc.com MSNBC.com has quietly begun a web design experiment that ‘re-engineers' how stories are consumed. An interactive designer at the media channel describes it as an initiative to advance beyond providing text supported by some photos. By carefully rearranging navigation features, the new design tries to make richer content easier to find and harder to ignore. I agree with the writer at Fast Company that it is ...
Study on Twitter Quitters says Loyalty lasts One Month A study by Nielsen Online claims that more than 60 percent of new Twitter users give up on the service one month after signing up. Reasons for quitting twitter, however, have not been identified though the popular assump...
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Adding Smell to “Serious” Games Dear stimulating visuals and sound effects, you may step down from the pedestal now that smell has been introduced to game design. Thanks. - Arianna Professor Bob Stone at Birmingham University School of Engineering in UK is working to develop technology that blends realistic smell effects with game play. Players, for example, will smell the odors of campfire and gunpowder to experience the life of pioneers on the Oregon Trail. So far, Stone and his team have devel...
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E-Learning's metamorphosis into social learning While flashy interactive multimedia courseware is entertaining, some educators (including blogger Jane Hart) feel that it is missing a key component: interactions with other people. Social learning affords the opportunity for informal learning. Hart recommends a learning platform that allows users to store and share information and a chance to work collaboratively with other learners. Check out the really informative presentation she created on social learning (from
Green School Design Today is Earth Day. I have a paper cup on my desk right now and this cup containing 10% post-consumer recycled fiber is boldly staring at me. It's trying to say something to me or maybe it's just my conscience questioning whether I'm doing enough. Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year...
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Words to add to your Web 2.0 lexicon Now that most of us have a grasp on our lolspeak, let's build our vocab as we imagineer a world that focuses on online spaces as means of communication. Below is a graph (from the TALL blog) that shows relations between certain internet experiences and their perceived effect on users. More specifically, theses effects are operationalized as “eventedness” and “co-presence.”
Court Rules Turnitin.com Not a Violation of Intellectual Property Rights A federal appeals court turned down a lawsuit filed by students who claimed that Turnitin.com breached their copyrights as the site stored their writings in its database. Reportedly, about 6,000 educational institutions in about 90 countries use the California-based plagiarism-detection service site. Tweens Fundraise by Playing “Game for Good” Children's Hospital Boston's
Weathermen of education KnowledeWorks has created a “forecast” of what the company expects from education in the year 2020. From the site: This 2020 Forecast is a tool for thinking about, preparing for, and shaping the future. It outlines key forces of change that will shape the landscape of learning over the next decade. Most notably, it reports that we are moving towards a “culture of creation” in which we all become responsible for our “collective future.” The forecast seems to push the idea of net...
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