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.
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.
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."
Recent patent filings from Apple Computer suggest several new technologies of interest to us in the library and lab. One patents suggests transferring images between a digital music player to a TV or host machine. A second suggests a virtual whiteboard that can be manipulated by multiple parties. A third deals with a display that simultaneously captures images of whatever is in front of it. The final patent is for a virtual keyboard. Can't wait!
Recently the Dean of the School of Engineering at UC Berkeley gave this talk to Silicon Valley Alumni in which he argued that the region is the corporation with companies and universities all working together to create competitive advantage. He suggests that the goal is to create a "bump" in the Friedman's flat world, by identifying the most talented people and bringing them to the region. Although the surface appeal of seeking competitive advantage is obvious, is the only possible motivating force for progress competitive ad...
Jeff passed on this site, Winpossible, that will try to match those with something to teach with others who have learning needs. The effort is just beginning, but if we define a school as a place that brings together teachers and students, perhaps the school of the future will look something like this.
I would like to know what others think about the recent redesign of the New York Times website. From a quick look, it seems to me that the new site presents a good deal more information on each page in part through a new layout and in part by using the entire width of the screen. The site also offers more views of the same material so readers bump into more things in more ways. Finally, the site puts video in a more prominent place that appears to be a permanent feature of the paper's approach to online publishing.
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The Internet's Growing Role in Life's Major Moments from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows the growing importance of the internet as a source of information for those making major educational decisions. In 2002 14 million Americans reported that the internet was crucial in terms of getting additional training for a career; in 2005 this figure rose to 21 million. In 2002 12 million Americans reported that the internet was crucial in choosing a school or college for themselves or a child; in ...
In case you missed it in March, this article from the Christian Science Monitor provides a nice overview of current activities in K-12 online learning. You will have to read to the end for the quote from TC's own Susan Lowes.
The Miracle Project (Making Institutional Repositories a Collaborative Learning Environment) at the University of Michigan School has prepared an annotated bibliography of key resources on institutional repositories. All of the resources are worth examining, but I want to call attention to the paper on Understanding Faculty to Improve Content Recruitment for Institutional Repositories because it offers a number good ideas about how we might roll out Pocke...