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Title: The Role of Decorative Pictures in Learning (2013) Authors: Alwine Lenzner, Wolfgang Schnotz, & Andreas Muller Source: Instructional Science Research Question: Do decorative pictures (as opposed to instructional pictures) included in textbooks have an effect on learning? Study Design: While abundant...
7 years ago
When I entered “history of blogging” into my Google search bar and hit enter, I expected to find my results cataloged by bloggers themselves, but in fact my top hits came from Wikipedia and New York Magazine (online, of course). A short history includes the following highlights: In 1994, Swarthmore student Justin Hall recorded his life digitally in Links.net, a digital diary that predates the term “blog.” In 1997 online diarist Jorn Barger coins the term “weblog” from “logging the web,” a phrase programmer Peter Merholz shortened to the handy “blog” in 19...
7 years ago
While searching and printing newspaper headlines for this morning's Cafe News, a daily exhibit displayed in our library's cafe, I discovered the following news item across multiple papers (in multiple countries), though this particularly clever headline hails from London's The Times: “Search me: Facebook Prepares to Give Google a Poke.” Facebook announced yesterday its plans to unveil a search feature within its own compiled data. Akin, perhaps, to how Google Plus allows personalized searches on the internet, Facebook's search function will allow users to mine their controversially comp...
7 years ago
Today, on Facebook, I found an article Steve Coll wrote back in May about leaving Facebook. I have to admit that at first glance I thought it was a new article, because I read it immediately upon waking up, and because we had run out of coffee in our home. Reading “the news” from the “friends” whose thoughts I “subscribe to” is like that--breaking news often turns out to be months old. What struck me most about the article is that Coll, who whose books include The Bin Ladens and Ghost Wars, thought to write about Facebook at all. (The answer to that question is he has a new book, Private Empi...