PocketKnowledge was featured in the March 1 issue of the Distance Education Report. If you are interested in reading the article, you can download it here (requires CU login. If you are a non CU student/faculty/staff, check for the Distance Education Report at your academic library).
The 'World Wide Web Inventor', Sir Timothy Berners-Lee appeared before Congress on March 1, 2007 to discuss with the federal legislators the digital future of the World Wide Web for the United States.
During a session of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Sir Berners-Lee reviewed the first decade of the Internet, its use, and commented on how "...we have only scratched the surface of what can be realized with deeper scientific investigation into its design, operation and impact on society."; c...
If you haven't yet had the opportunity to read the Times piece on the biological and neurological foundations of belief, you may want to check it out. I have been following some of the scientific discussions of the cognitive origins for non-rational thought, such as metaphysical experience (e.g., talking in tongues), and this particular piece cogently pulls together the various themes to explain why people are so predisposed to believe.
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As we consider ways to synthesize the results of brainstorming sessions, it might be useful to consider the sort of idea-trading software developed by Inkling. The software taps into the informal wisdom of meetings and groups by creating markets for ideas and allowing individuals to trade or bet on which ones will succeed. Note that Inkling has an interest in working with academic organizations and offers some tools for developing and studying the impact of idea-markets for academic purposes. For a more general discussion of the uses of such idea-mar...
As we continue to consider how to direct our energies to develop innovations to enhance education, it might be useful to consider the strategies for assessing potential innovations outlined in this piece from Computer World.
Social networking sites are entering a new phase according to this report in the NY Times as companies look to engage their customers in social networking sites where they can share a common interest. Highlighted in the piece are the plans of CISCO to offer social networking services to companies as well as the launch of Ning, an online service that allows users to create their own social networking sites for free in minutes. There is already a
I want to give a big congratulations to everyone who helped make yesterday's Edit Jam a fantastic, whirlwind media event. All the participants — especially the high school students and invited artists — had an education-themed experience probably unlike any they have ever had before. That's pretty cool.
Now we have to figure out what it all means and create a 20-minute video. The first step will be gathering all the materials that were created at the event and starting the editing process. We have a storyboard that guided the event-planning process, but now we have to see what the outcomes add to its larger themes. (read more)
If you are looking for some great class and curriculum resources, the Department of Education has put together a collection of materials that focus on women in history to commemorate National Women's History Month.
There are 36 women and subject areas identified in this section from colonial women to themes like the flow of women's work that include:
information and materials, and
additional resources for classroom discussions, pr...
I recently saw a program on FOX called "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader". The show tests adults' knowledge of subjects such as art, geography, math, and social studies. The questions are all taken from grade 1-5 textbooks. Here is a sample:
- In what state is Mount Rushmore located?
- What are the colors of a rainbow?
- What are the names of the five Great Lakes?
I have to admit that I almost watched the entire program. Although the adults were not in direct competition with the fifth graders, it was entertaining to watch the cont...
Check out this article from the New York Times featuring Pablo Oliva, an EdLab apprentice.