I've reviewed the feedback from our 12/6 channel event, and made some lists. Overall, there are a lot of ideas for creating content for the channel, as well as ideas about how to publish it on the web. Though we eventually publish to other formats (still thinking of the cell phone), it was agreed upon that creating a website was a good first step.
We will likely seed a new website with material we've already put on iTunes. But there will continue to be new and competing production opportunities, so we should think about specific media that may make for attractive content. Here are some of your ideas from the discussion (video is prominent, but we do not have to limit ourselves to video):
Here's a rough cut of some shots of my students having a great time at the Edit Jam event. As you will see, they really had a wonderful time creating all sorts of analog and digital art. What a great event!
Here's a challenge for some enterprising EdLabbers. Take a look at this piece on BlufftonToday, a community website of Bluffton, SC with a high level of participation in the creation of content. Any ideas relevant to the TC community or our more general publishing agenda?
If you haven't heard about Bubblare, don't worry, it's not for you. Bubblare is the Swedish answer to YouTube. Although the two sites are functionally identical, Bubblare (the newer site) is much more popular in Sweden. The difference lies purely in the communities; as this Swedish paper reminds us, "What's funny in Shanghai isn't necessarily funny in BorÃ¥s."
This is just another reminder that the monopoly approach to business doesn't work as well in the new...
Kognito is a company that offers content development and interactive tutorial building services. Check out Adventures in Statistics: Cartoon Learning Modules. Who knew sqirrels were so good at teaching statistics! (See module 1: "Being Normal in a Z-score World").
Google has recently released their answer to Amazon's Mechanical Turk. If you don't remember the Mechanical Turk, it was Amazon's attempt to get people to provide solutions to problems that computers are bad at solving. This data can then be directly used to alter systems behavior, or used to train a larger neural-net.
But the new idea? Don't give workers money, learn from Tom Sawyer and let them know just how fun it is to whitewash that fence. The new Google Image Labeler is designed t...
Maureen G. alerted me to this article in the City Journal- some pretty harsh criticism of TC and education school curriculum. Here are is one snippit describing a TC Grad:
In record time Ayers acquired an Ed.D. with a dissertation titled “The Discerning ‘I': Accounts of Teacher Self-Construction Through the Use of Co-Biography, Metaphor, and Image.â€? There wasn't much biography, metaphor, or image in the 180-page text. Ayers's research consisted solely of a few days spent interviewing and observing the classr...
We can kill two birds with one stone here:
Here is some teacher humor a friend just emailed me - enjoy!
Note that the images are stored in PK but displayed on the blog! This type of effect can be done by referencing the download link in PK. But how?!.
In a new article on First Monday, Sandra Braman complicates the issue of open access to information. She is seemingly speaking back to those who put a heavy emphasis on open access information, most notably John Willinsky (a speaker this fall at the EdLab seminar). She might argue that the emphasis on open access to information should be on the ways in which "information acquires meaning and fulfills its role as a constitutive social force",...
Check out TedBlog from the Technology, Entertainment, and Design Conference. This blog captures videos from the conference along with new entries on related topics. The blog also has a number of nice features such as a tag cloud view of the topics and code that allows inclusion of the videos directly into another site.