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Gen-X parents of graduate students are likely to put increased pressure on graduate schools to deliver real value according to this commentary in The Chronicle. Are graduate and professional schools ready for these new consumer parents? In contrast to Boomer parents who graduated debt-free, Gen-X parents often left school with very large debts. As a result they are likely to be more demanding consumers. William Strauss and Neil Howe write that: Every postgraduate field will face such questions: Why must it ta...
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I came across this project being run out of the Intelligent Information Laboratory at Northwestern University. It is called News at Seven, which is: an automatic system that crafts daily news shows. It finds the news you are interested in; edits it; finds relevant images, videos, and external opinions; and then presents it all using a virtual news team working in a virtual studio. News at Seven is a uniquely compelling experience that can present traditional news--augmented with supplemen...
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The New York Times reports how the administration at Connecticut's Wilton High School has stopped students from staging the production of their play about the Iraq War. While I generally try to remain skeptical and broad minded, I have a hard time seeing the side of the administration. (read more)
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13 years ago
One of the most fascinating educational videos/animations I have possibly ever seen is a 90 second clip of the Imperial History of the Middle East, covering nearly 5,000 years. The website Maps of War provides several additional short animations, some more successfully done than others. I would have loved to have seen this animated map when I was taking my history of civilizations courses a few years back.
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I am trying out Plugoo on my website, which is an instant messaging application that you can integrate into your website. I think this is a...
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13 years ago
Hopefully this week will begin the discussion of a new visual mapping/browsing tool. The browsing tool will be for traversing data in a network structure similar to the Education Map we made some time ago. At the Doc.Life seminar I passed out a quick document to introduce the idea. For those of you who didn't get it, here it is. And for those of you who got the file but didn't "get it," I apologize for not taking more time to explain myself. The document suggests that there is a need to re-think browsing/sear...
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I know there has been lots of discussion about social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace, mainly because of privacy reasons, however, an article in the New York Times today highlights another feature of sites like this; the ability for high school seniors that already know where they will be attending in the fall to meet with students in their class online before they meet in person at orientation (read the article here). In the article, a high school senior is highlighted. The senior, Monique Y...
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13 years ago
A thread about incorporating social networking into library web sites is starting on USABILITY4LIB. A librarian from one large private, proximate ivy league university library posted these reasons where her library had not engaged in social networking so far. I've done some research on the potential for using social networks to engage students in library activities/marketing, and find that it's generally not been a useful tool for many libraries. This is based on my reading of the literature out there, not experience, but I think there are two main problems: 1. Students ...
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13 years ago
The American Scholar briefly noted that Rice UP has decided to re-launch as a completely digital operation. This press release has some more details. I think this is a step in the right direction for Rice, and I wonder what TSI thinks of the publishing platform Connexions (see Linda's blog from last summer for more info) that it is to run on.
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Karen Bryner, Anthony Cocciolo, and I have been working to put together some resources for the Teaching the Levees Project. One of the things we've been looking for is interactive maps and timelines. One that we like so far is from the Times-Picayune. Another that I liked (but unrelated to the Levees Project) was from the BBC that m...
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