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Presenting Selected Pieces of the Past Times I began rethinking about teaching John Adams (the HBO movie), especially after being drawn into a topical approach to ‘expanding an understanding' as it is done on www.evri.com and Washington Post.com. Evri got me reviewing a series of seemingly different (yet very much interconnected in my own head :)) ways of presenting information: - the user interactive screen Tom Cruise uses in the movie Minority Report; - ...
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Teaching Evolution: a debate that's larger than the size of Texas The long-contested curriculum debate over what extent should Darwin's evolution theory be taught in American science classrooms is back under the spotlight. Last Friday, the Texas state board of education yet again tried to settle the debate on whether or not Texas teachers should continue to teach both “strengths and weaknesses” of the evolution theory as required. The board agreed to delete the 20-year-old controversial phrase written in the states' curriculum standards, declaring a victory for evolution propo...
Dot-Gov Tries Online Town Hall Meeting The White House has been on YouTube for a while now, but yesterday marked another initiative for change. The trial run of Open for Questions in the White House was held yesterday; it's an online town hall meeting where online participants are asked to submit questions for the president real-time and also vote on which questions he should answer. Click here for more on the President's online town hall meeting. ...
The elevator-pitch ready lecture e-Learners may have a lot more time on their hands now with the advent of the micro-lecture-- presentations that normally last 50+ minutes but have been condensed down to a one to three minute podcast (click here for more details). Students are asked to complete relevant assignments, discussions and practical learning activities in conjunction with watching the lecture. Proponents point to the fact that it supports an active learning environ...
Word clouds ready to start a “relationship” The next generation of word clouds might just be Phrase Net (from IBM's Many Eyes). Instead of simply showing you the frequency at which a word occurs, this visualization tool allows you to see the connection between words. A strong relationship is indicated by a thicker arrow. Check out the phrase net I made below from the EdLab site's “About” page. I like the “make--> knowledge” link. Do you see any...
Locaccino A lovely name with creepy power. But it's only creepy if someone you don't want has the power to locate you anytime anywhere. Locaccino is a user-controllable, real-time, location-sharing tool which allows you to define the contacts, times, and regions you want. Here's an example of how it is being used on campus:
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Another Online Student Writing Aid A start-up backed by Microsoft launched the public beta test for Eduify, a writing aid application targeted at high school and college students. It is one of the first to use Microsoft's Azure Services Platform, a cloud-based application framework. One of the features also lined up for the near future is the ability to scan a book's ISBN and automatically insert the citation into a word document. Will Eduify be the next Google Docs meets End Notes — also meets
Chrome:Google as Social learning:The workplace The MASIE Center conducted a survey that assessed the use of social learning technologies in the workplace. The 1,069 respondents were self-selected from “around the globe.” The first question asked about technologies used in the workplace. The most used technologies were corporate collaboration portals (like SharePoint)-57%, peer coaching/teaching-52%, and media sharing (images, video)- 4...
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I've been going on about google maps and collaborative map-building as long as I've been in the EdLab--you've probably heard me going on about my MA project: NYCLL Mapping Public Text. So imagine the bittersweet surprise I felt when a Linguistic Landscape contact of mine at Berkeley told me about: Hypercities.
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure — ver.2009 Excellent! Party on, dude. Here's a two-minute refresher on learning and teaching history: Bill & Ted's adventure may no...