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I just ran across this children's publishing company that does a nice job of supporting our current discussions about learning by making. Tikatok supports kids in writing their own books. Kids send in their illustrations to be scanned, then they can have the book printed if they like. One of my favorite things about this service is the way that books are shared. Once you're uploaded your book, other visitors to the Tikato...
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Learn Freely for Free FreshBrain is a technology exploration platform for teens. It is hosting a free virtual summer technology camp that teaches youth how to build a Facebook app, create a YouTube movie or 3D video game among other things that might help define coolness. 3 Simple Techniques to Guide Your Learner's Attention The author of the Rapid E-Learning Blog shares three simple...
Tonight at Carnegie Hall: YouTube Symphony Orchestra In about 2.5 hrs, YouTube Symphony Orchestra (YTSO)— also known as “the internet orchestra” — will make its live international debut at Carnegie Hall down ‘a few' blocks away. The YTSO is the world's first orchestra formed entirely through online video auditions. The performance will feature soloists, multiple ensembles, electronica, and multimedia, with music from Gabrieli and Tan Dun, among others. www.youtube.com/symphony
Why so serious? As a new Edutopia article reports, social justice game development (or, “serious” gaming) is on the rise. Here are some of the games highlighted: Peacemaker- The object of this game is to obtain Middle East peace and thus win. The catch is that the player must win twice- once as the Israeli prime minister and once as the Palestinian president. Operation: Climate Control (f...
Somewhere, Isaac Asimov is smiling (or laughing maniacally) Remember robots? I haven't heard much of them lately until I stumbled upon this crazy story about a robot (named Adam) who makes its own scientific discoveries. It thinks of hypotheses and designs experiments on its own! So far Adam has been studying the genomics of baker's yeast. The creators of this robot have plans to create another, Eve, who is being billed as more sophisticated (that seems about right..).
The Bologna Process: Redesigning Higher Ed Go to a university catalog and look at the degree requirements for a particular discipline. It says something like, ‘You take Anthropology 101, then Anthro 207, then you have a choice of Anthro 310, 311, or 312. We require the following courses, and you've got to have 42 credits.' That means absolutely nothing. - Clifford Adelman, the Institute for Higher Education Policy
Maps are the new black Seriously. Crazy maps are everywhere lately and with the technological add-ons, they are more useful than ever! The newest innovation I've heard about is MOBVIS. After you take a picture on your camera phone, MOBVIS will identify the objects and then hyperlink them to relevant info! For example, say you're a tourist traveling in Rome. One quick snap of the Spanish Steps will give the user info on their history, events, or nearby shops. This te...
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Collision of Memes! Contacts, Friends, Friends of Friends (FOFs), Followers (e.g. in Twitter), and etc.… ahhh, the relationships we form and maintain through online social network are infinite. This network could be cosmic — so vast and so complex — that maybe some of us want to just shout what's going on! Brian Solis, whom I thanked for sharing the web 2.0 conversation prism, recently blogged about Micro Disruption Theory and the ...
Competition: How to Win Our children spend over a month less in school than children in South Korea every year. That's no way to prepare them for a 21st century economy. — President Obama in his speech about Complete and Competitive American Education (March 10, 2009) Obama's remark sparked fiery discussions in the past few weeks throughout South Korea. From personal blogs to mainstream media outlets, it seems like people were emotionally ...
Has the LMS gone too far? The latest blackboard app posts (see here and here) got me thinking. While my LMS experience is limited to Moodle, BlackBoard, and Classweb, I think I have seen enough to make some suggestions. Actually, one blogger took the words right out of my mouth when he said, “I constantly hear people (across many organizations) complain abo...
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