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I just found a great site Darwin Online, which touts 90,000+ pages of manuscripts, sketches, and field notes from that guy with that funny idea. It's definitely worth a look, but something else occurred to me... When looking at the site, I still wanted the PK like suggestion tools. I wanted to know what was popular, what others like me looked at, etc. I think it's possible to build a generic tool to do something like this. The key is to have javascript (js) widgets that you can drop into a page (like Google Analytics). T...
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13 years ago
When asked what governments take great measures to protect and guarantee a higher quality of living for those afflicted with disease, likely few of us think of Iran. However, Iran has an amazing - government supported - system to connect patients with kidney donors, and to create incentives for donors. From www.marginalrevolution.com: In the Iranian system organs are not bought and sold at the bazaar. Instead a non-profit, volunteer-run Dialysis and Transplant Pat...
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13 years ago
Seeing Jessica's blog about the connection between violence and memory in video games reminded me of an interesting article that just came out. The connection comes from the jejune nature of an evolved mind: violence warrants attention and can cause the release of hormones which focus the mind on more narrow tasks, amongst other things (stress does this too). Show me violence, and my mind frames for violence. And, delightfully, the same cuing comes ...
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13 years ago
There's a new YouTube channel called Drunk History that is, well, unexpected. This is a truly unique take on history education which combines the captivating train wreck of reality television with interesting stories in American history. Each video from Drunk History brings a star from Hollywood together with a drunken man on a couch to recreate our history. This combo allows for some entertaining moments, such as when the stars enact false scenarios resulting from drunken slips on the part of the narrator. My favorite video, starrin...
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If you visit http://search.tc-library.org you'll find that you can search all of the articles from the Teachers College Record. This search uses a proprietary system and a simple clean library I made this week. The advantages include the ability to parse 200+ document types, and have more complex searches (see the advanced search on the right side of the page) as well as a simple "Google style" single field search. In theory, we can link this search into PK2.0 and TCR2.0 very easily to have robust search over lots of document types quickly an...
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Just a heads up: TCR will now store some additional data. Every time a user views an article, the site logs the user, the article, the time, and whether or not the user had permission to view the content. I hope this will give us some much needed data to drive our vision of TCR 2.0. I'd like to see these series of decisions be motivated by careful analysis of user behavior. Unfortunately, I have little or no knowledge of how market research firms go about this process. So I'll be taking a shot at the dark. The goal of the current data collection is to see if users can be broken up in...
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13 years ago
Preface It has been suggested that "schooling will more likely contribute to the development of national unity than to the continuation of political cleavage" (Dreeben 2002). However, remarkably segregated schools and municipalities have stymied this dream. And although rates of education are now higher than ever, so are levels of segregation and political inequality (see "American Apartheid" and "Resegregation in American Schools" amongst the litany of similar works). If schools are to facilitate more than intellectual development; if inequalities in human experience expand b...
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I was looking for a particular blog entry from a site I enjoy, when Google, in its infinite wisdom, suggested that I read this article on iminlikewithyou.com. The article provides a few interesting ways to incorporate "gaming commandments" into websites. Why? Because these commandments are really just the technological fodder for active social sites. So what are the five commandments? Collect all things Worship Points Honor Feedback Remember Exchange Customize!
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I just finished creating a new tool: BackChat! http://dan.tc-library.org/talker/www If you recall Evan's seminar a month or so ago, we got into a discussion about feedback, surveys, etc. One of the ideas that floated around was the possibility of open ended questions/comments embedded in some sort of "Digg" system. The idea being that feedback is good, but feedback rated for consensus is better. To this end, BackChat serves as a prototype for a presentation tool which: Allows participants to engage and actively create a sh...
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13 years ago
I just came across this survey commissioned by Accenture which lends another voice to our discussions of creativity and innovation. Analysis of open ended questions to members of the private sector, and at multiple levels of management, suggested a few relevant themes: 1. Companies associate innovation with growth 2. At every level, leaders are more enthused with their organizations ability to plan for innovation than to implement it. 3. Managers are more process oriente...
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