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13 years ago
I am pleased to announce that the Building Healthy Communities Social Network is being rolled out to 45 schools in NYC, Philadelphia, and New Jersey starting next week. The Social Network is a collaboration between the EdLab (moi), the Center for Technology and School Change (Ellen Meier and Caron Mineo), and The After School Corporation (TASC). The program runs on a curriculum that was developed by Children for Children, and support for rolling out the program comes from NJ After 3, Education Works and TASC. Funding comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is the branch of the federal government that supports AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America (which this program is a part of). One of the challenges associated with this project was designing/developing a social network site that can be used with young children (the program is for kids grades 3-8). This is the first time I have tried to develop something for children; everything I have done in the past was designed for adults. We will be doing some research on how social networking tools contribute (or don't) to creating a learning environment that promotes healthy behaviors by kids. Hopefully we won't find that the kids get frustrated with the site and start eating more junk!
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13 years ago
I came across Eurozine over the break while doing some dissertation research, which aggregates the contents of 70 European cultural journals together in one web portal. It comes off more as a magazine than an aggregator and has a nice subversive feel (nothing says subversive like riding a hippopotamus sans bra!). Probably not a good sign for me that I am reading European cultural theory in January (an endless black hole, no doubt), but that is another story!
14 years ago
Check out this article on Frogmetrics, which puts surveys on an electronic device. The editors at TechCrunch seem to think it would be more enjoyable to do, at least for awhile (or at least until people get tired of doing it).
14 years ago
TC gets a substantial grant from Microsoft Research to focus on video games in conjunction with 6 other institutions and housed at NYU. Read the article in the NYT or eWeek.
14 years ago
It looks like the Chronicle of Higher Education has chosen to use Brightcove as well. Interesting move... The interview with Steve Wozniak is pretty good too (too bad he let this hot and funny lady go).
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14 years ago
Interesting discussion on Brian Lehrer this morning: Tara Colton from the Center for an Urban Future describes how NYC has several opportunities to further expand into the video gaming industry. The report can be found here. Although the market is much smaller than the Bay area or Seattle, she argues that there are many more indie gaming outfits (much like the indie movie making outfits) in the City t...
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14 years ago
Jeremy Bailenson from Stanford gives a 5-minute overview of the work in his lab on NPR- nice primer if you are unfamiliar with their work (or too harried to read the journal articles).
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14 years ago
Clay Shirky gives an address at the Web 2.0 Expo. I really like the final story he tells about the 4-year old and the mouse. It is only 15 minutes and worth watching.
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14 years ago
The CCTE program has a new faculty member joining in the Fall: Sandra Okita from the AAA Lab at Stanford (here are some of her papers: 1 and 2). I had the pleasure of seeing her job talk and it was excellent- nice move for TC!
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14 years ago
I got to say, is it just me, or is this the best AERA in the last few years? I was trying to figure out why it seems better than it has in the last few years (this is my third), and the best conclusion I can draw is that the program has been impacted by the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning program. It seems that the program has brought together people of different backgrounds and focused them on apply their ideas and research to learning settings. The resu...
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