I went ahead of myself today and began daydreaming about what I would propose if we were to do a make-over of our space. First, I love the rawness and flexibility of the current space. I think it speaks to the Lab's personality and/or style of approach to things. I just think we should do more about that.
In the past, last summer for sure, we had seminars discussing ideas for redesigning this space. Combine those ideas with the need to improve or somehow standardize (I can many of you disapprovingly frowning just by hearing the word “standardize”) our EdLab Tour, then we might come up with something that satisfies both. As with many great experiments, you got to try and see if it works.
- Dry-erase surface wall or table
- Gallery of project incubators
There would be project artifacts inside instead of a baby, real or not. An alternative to an infant incubator is literally, a nest. : ) Displayed contents could convey to visitors what's being incubated here. It could be a quick and impactful way of communicating what EdLab is and what we do up here.
- More home-made stickers on the floor for directions and whatever else
.EduGru has design suggestions for the higher ed institutions that have not yet mobilized their web presence. It's a response to the growing trend of higher ed institutions launching m0bile applications. This edu gru expects the demand to grow exponentially.
Here goes the excerpt:
Having a mobile site isn't just about making your current site loo...
The developers of Yoomoot believe that threaded comments are not good enough. They wanted to design a tool that [encourage] users to "think carefully about the point of what [they are] saying, encouraging structured, goal-focused thinking."
According to this quick review, yoomoot discussions are highly structured around questions and answers. Just wanted to share, in case this model is of any help for Critter discussion board.
by SerialsSolutions, a ProQuest Company.
Bring Researchers Back to the Library.
One Search Box. Your Library Discovered.
Price: not published
Commercially launched in July 2009, summon allows library patrons to search all library records including full complement of electronic content via a single search box. Summons is a response/solution to the increasing trend of researchers migrating to web search engines they see as more convenient than most current library search systems.
Nature Education, a division of the Nature Publishing Group, recently published a position paper titled, Time to Decide: The Ambivalence of the World of Science Toward Education. (Click here to download)
This white paper is based on a survey of university-level science faculty members who have both teaching and research responsibilities. It lays out how academic scientists regard the quality of science education in their areas and discusses whether educat...
*Here is yet another iteration of EdLab Review. The structure and tone has been changed slightly so that it is shorter in length and perhaps more fun to read. Instead of giving a numerical score then sum it up for overall star rating, here I give a brief narrative evaluation. Thanks to Jo for coming up with better sub-titles, it could be read as quick “score cards.” Any reactions? (My screen casting got cut off at minute 5, not good.)*
helps people learn more quickly and remember longer
Facebook + LinkedIn for Academia.
That's the pitch for Academia.edu.
Launched in September 2008, it is designed to keep in touch with peers/potential collaborators by creating a user profile with tags that are related to research. TechCrunch reports that academia.edu now has 137,000 registered users, has been growing by around 15,000 users a month, and gets over 600,000 unique visitors a month.
For fellow EdLabbe...
Video Game Badge for Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts can now earn a new "belt loop" badge for video-gaming.
While it's not technically a full-fledged merit badge, the newly offered badge has sparked a debate in the online mediasphere.
An executive of Boy Scouts of America said that t...
With a hint of sarcastic tone that seems to doubt any sweeping success, the Wall Street Journal reported today that McGraw-Hill's Education unit will venture further into digital learning by releasing a new internet-based reading platform for elementary school children.
The Classmate PC, for which Intel provides processors and other unnamed companies manufactures, costs in the range from mid-$400 to $600. For the standard clamshell, it's $200.
One might ask, how is this any different from other e-books and/or net bo...
We have seen reactions to iPad by a 2.5 year-old before right here on our EdLab blog, here's one by Virginia Campbell, a 99-year-old reader and writer.