Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Pito's Blog: RSS in the Academic/Research/Scientific community

An overview of blogs in academe. It made me think of my friend John's and my breakfast conversation over the utility of RSS in educational settings. He doesn't see the point. I think there are reasons to use them, but I'll need to investigate further to find out the best omes.

Pito's Blog: RSS in the Academic/Research/Scientific community

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

WebCT Impact! 2005

I'm at the WebCT IMPACT! 2005 conference in San Francisco and getting a bunch of great ideas. Right now I'm in a tablet initiative session to see how it's gone for them.

Advantages of Tablets:
Portability (no forgotten materials)
Convergence (everything in the same place)
Functionality (full PC)
Simplicity (handwriting)
Bluetooth (between Mac and tablet)
Voice dictation (works well for the presenter)

Too difficult to learn
too time consuming

Internatl martketing:
Docking station
Unit available for checkout
demonstration of tec
Goal: move to laptops to save $$$
Replacing smart classrooms
Replacing faculty computers

Faculty must be technologicaly friendly
Paper-free classroom
12 HOurs of training
Mentoring program

Friday, July 08, 2005

Video-game camps target at-risk youth

This article (Video-game camps target at-risk youth) discusses a new program that's highlighting an existing problem: the problem of the representation in video games. I've developed an evaluation tool for educational softwarwe that addresses these issues, but unfortunately, not enough is being done about this, even ten years later. When are we going to learn?