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11 years ago
Somebody actually printed and bound wikipedia. When we're old and reminiscing, we'll be able to say "I remember when wikipedia was just knee-high".
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Check out this short article : An AP Calculus teacher in suburban San Diego has placed advertisements on his tests - $10 for a quiz, $20 for a chapter test, $30 for a semester final - in response to school budget cuts in supplies. It is interesting that 2/3 of ads are inspirational messages from parents; were this practice scaled-up, i wonder how it might be different in non-suburban communities. While concerns over the commercialization of education are easily overblown, sober versions seem well founded. Wha...
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12 years ago
Bill Buxton, Senior Researcher at Microsoft, gave the keynote address at JCDL 2008 last week. After noting that Pittsburgh was the perfect place to reflect on libraries given Carnegie's historic sponsorship of them, his opening remarks followed the rhetorical question of how Carnegie might evaluate collective effort in libraries and information design. Citing Carnegie's views on the importance of librarians, open stacks (a radical concept for its time), and catalog cards, Buxton made the claim that these three were the irreducibly basic means of accessing information, which simply go by diff...
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12 years ago
While researching educational media to support the HBO collaboration, I came across Omnisio, a web video masher/annotator (learn more). My first thought was that the good folks at AfterEd could use it to comment remotely on video production. From there it wasn't too far a leap to think that such a tool has the potential to make the sharing of web video a more critical experience. However, check out this thoughtful
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Partly because I had a brief chance to muck about with the recently arrived XO laptop, and partly because I've just begun background research on educational technologies with the potential to be embraced by youth, I've been doing a little reading on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) wiki. Check out the key design principles for the project. Most interesting to me were the Simplicity and Recoverability sections, not only for their content, but also for their relevance to PocketKnowl...
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13 years ago
I don't know if I'm the last to have heard about this, but check out this article about NeuroSky, a company trying to find a niche supplying commercial scale brainwave-reading sensors for various applications, including toys and video/virtual games. While this technology has been around for decades and is used routinely in hospitals and neurological research, NeuroSky has generated a decent amount of press ...
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14 years ago
Folks at Studyplace are putting on a Commonality Sprint after the semester ends to explore possibilities for a peer produced version of a core curriculum. The idea being that, by virtue of its production method, the results could be understood as provisional with respect to the composition of the peer group rather than the traditionally normative & prescriptive project of dubbing (vs. negotiating) a certain tradition as "core". I mention this for two reasons, one of which is shameless solicitation of effort. The other is more directly relevant to EdLab and the TC Channel project.
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14 years ago
If anyone has suggestions about digitization equipment for the 2nd floor depot, I'd be interested in hearing them. At the moment two fujitsu scanners and two sony video-to-DVD recorders are already in house. Other pieces will no doubt be necessary and my familiarity with Macs and their compatibility with this equipment is less than ideal, so suggestions on that score are particularly welcome. In a more general way, ideas about particular disciplinary/departmental research practices that already are (or have the potential to be) digitally intensive would be useful not only in setting up th...
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