In thinking about the classes I would be teaching next semester, I have been looking at online tools that could be used in support of the courses. One particularly interesting use of free online tools is Mike Wesch's course on Mediated Cultures at the University of Kansas. He uses NetVibes in connection with a host of other free tools. Check it out (definitely seems more interesting than ClassWeb).
Following up from today's seminar, the Development & Research folks may want to take a look at this journal article that recently came out if you haven't already:
Rich, P. & Hannafin, M. (2009). Video Annotation Tools: Technologies to Scaffold, Structure, and Transform Teacher Reflection. Journal of Teacher Education, 60(1).
Also if you haven't seen these, you may want to look at the publications and presentations that have come out of the V...
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An article in Reuters discusses how Web 2.0 may be the millionth word added to the English dictionary. The article notes how some linguists think this is nonsense and nothing but a marketing ploy. The article indicates that the editors of the Global Language Monitor look at the frequency of words used on the web, and when the word use reaches a certain threshold, GLM declares it a new word. Other new words to the Enlglish dictionary declared by GLM are Jai Ho and slumdog, popularized by the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
What is interesting about this is not including popular phrases or slang as actual words of the English language. For example, bootylicious (definition below) has been declared a new word by Oxford English Dictionary:
bootylicious, a. slang (orig. U.S.).
1. Of rap lyrics: bad, weak. rare.
1992 ‘SNOOP DOGGY DOGG' Fuck Wit Dre Day (song) in ‘Dr. Dre' Chronic (album), Them rhymes you were kickin were quite bootylicious. 1996 ‘So when you see Dre, a DJ on the Mic' in alt.rap (Usenet Newsgroup) 26 Nov., He's great on ‘100 Miles', but his rhymes are quite bootylicious on ‘Efil4zaggin'.
2. Esp. of a woman, often with reference to the buttocks: sexually attractive, sexy; shapely.
1994 Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune (Nexis) 17 Jan. 1A, Winning the prize for originality: ‘flippen flappin', an expression of anger; ‘booty-licious', as good-looking; [etc.]. 1999 Slate Mag. (Nexis) 25 Jan., I still think she's bootknockingly bootylicious. 2001 R. FUSARI et al. (title of song) in ‘Destiny's Child' Survivor (album), Bootylicious. 2001 Sunday Herald (Glasgow) 20 Dec. (Mag.) 29 (caption) It's Hogmanay, time to party and look bootylicious for the Bells. 2003 Elle Jan. 76/2 Sasha's plan was to add muscle mass to butt and hips make me more ‘bootylicious'.. while simultaneously whittling away my waist.
Rather, what is interesting is that the use of new terms rise and fall so quickly, they can declared part of the English language (or declared obsolete) before institutions like the Oxford English Dictionary can declare them as such. It does have a funny irony: Web 2.0 (representing a participatory turn in how people use media) as a movement and as word act to unseat (or at least annoy) established institutions. I wonder if OED will one day go the way of Encyclopedia Britannica?
I am very flattered that Meety was nominated "Best Technology Design" at the CSCL 2009 conference in Rhodes, Greece. The mention is in the conference program. The conference is in 2 weeks, and I will not be attending (as much as I would like to). Hoping it will win!
Since everyone else is talking about TCETC 2009', I thought I would include my PPT from the presentation my colleague Caron and I gave, on Designing an Online Social Network: Lessons Learned.
Designing an Online Social Network: Lessons LearnedView more presentations from ac2182.
I just wanted to share that I will be leaving the EdLab at the end of summer and will be joining the faculty of the School of Information and Library Science at the Pratt Institute in Manhattan. There I will be focusing on research and teaching, particularly in the area of emerging information and communications technologies in education, museums and libraries.
It has been a wonderful 7 years at Teachers College (5 of...
Check-out the new upgraded Moodle. Gonzalo made a very nice header graphic, which reminds me of Gay Pride in a good way.
For those of you who don't receive Teachers College community emails, I thought I would circulate this one:
Dynamic Media, The Work and Influence of Dr. Robert Taylor
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Glenn Bull, Ward Professor of Education, UVA
Friday, May 8
2 to 4 p.m.
My first class at TC was with Prof. Taylor in Spring 2003. He was one of the first to espouse the idea that computers had a potential for education in his 1980 book,
It was hard to miss this article in the NYTimes today on ending the university as we know it. As someone who is in the process of finishing up a doctoral education, I have a lot to say on this topic. Too bad I am too damned busy to say any of it in any cogent form. I will get back to it soon.