On this past Sunday's NYT the article "Skyline for Sale" refering to Gehry's Atlantic Yards project in Brooling and the complexity of the project reflected on the design of a Tower on Beekman Street in lower Manhattan.
"...a 75-story apartment building in Lower Manhattan, designed by Frank Gehry, who was commissioned by Bruce Ratner. Seventy proposals were produced before the design was finalized."
Check out the images with some of the variations.
A faculty member from Rice University has created a system for the free exchange of curriculum material and other educational research. The project called Connexions is a place that educators can find and share information, materials and resources.
As stated in the article, the goal is to have an Internet space in which tech-savvy administrators can find reliable resources and share information. It will be interesting to see how this evolves and compares with the other sites that have attempted this in the past.
Check out this article about a ringtone that is audible to only people under 20. It’s pretty clever how youth are using a technology intended to discourage social gathering to stay in touch with one another in the classroom. I wish I could describe what it sounded like but…
The Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) World Fire Atlas (WFA) provides near-real time data about fires burning across the Earth's surface (You have to register to access the data and maps). According to Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Tennessee, the ATSR WFA is an "excellent resource that provides a glimpse of the world that was not previously possible, and which is certain to allow ecologists to address both new and old questions regarding the role of fire in structuring the natural world." What, if ...
According to this story in the Taipei Times the Chinese search engine company Baidu.com is launching an online encyclopedia that imitates Wikipedia. Wikipedia itself is blocked by Chinese censors, and the new Baidu encyclopedia will not permit users to add entries without review.
The compulsion to replicate existing education models in virtual environments is indeed strong. This would seem to have some type of orienting function. For example, as a present day student, you know what you are to do when you enter this lecture room (have a seat and wait for the presentation to begin). As a presenter, your role is clear as well (wait until the class is seated, then begin the presentation you have prepared).
You can teleport into this space by clicking this link.
From time to time we have talked about tools for teachers. A simple example may be the use of a pda to assist teachers in randomly calling on students in their classes to answer questions as this study from the University Florida suggests. There should be a number of other applications of this sort that might change the opportunity structure within classrooms.
The appearance of BabyFirstTV, a new TV channel noted in the Times is sort of like the appearance of a smaller, more powerful iPod—inevitable. What I find fascinating is how the producers of content for the network pitch everything as educational. Is the population of educationally-minded parents still growing? Or is TV a way for lazy parents to feel slightly better about ignoring their children for a while?
Just in case you think that work you are doing in graduate school might not amount to much, you might want to take a look at this paper from a few years back by two graduate students interested in "searching."
Check out this write-up on ARTINFO of the current show at the M. W. Offit Gallery, "Art Obituaries, Chapter 1." ARTINFO is an online resource connected to a large artworld publishing house. It's a nice achievement for TC students to get their work featured here, and good exposure for the gallery.