Archive for May, 2009
As I explored and read, I discovered Kindle Blogs which enables the wireless, automated delivery of blogs published via the Kindle Blogs Store. Edtechatouille is now available in Kindle Edition. If you own a Kindle, you can find Edtechatouille by clicking on the image to the right or searching all Kindle Blogs for educational or instructional technology.
Several quick notes regarding the process of publishing a blog in Kindle Edition. More >
Two days ago, at the Google I/O 2009 Conference, Google introduced a new product: Google Wave. After watching the entire 1 hour and 20 minute video (with and while discussing it with @sherrymn), my first impression is going to sound hyperbolic. Over time my initial impression may prove to be exaggerated, but at the moment, I’m fairly comfortable saying that Wave may represent the next step in the evolution of online collaboration and communication, and the impact on and relevance to the education sector could or should be rather significant. I’ll explain that in more depth by blogging over the next week about several different use cases for education that Sherry and I brainstormed and discussed as we watched the video.
For now, my abbreviated, big picture impressions follow; all of these, in my opinion, have serious implications for education: More >
It took a bit of time, but EdTechatouille is back! The site looks a little different, and a few things are still a bit rough. In short, a hacker, who I’m sure feels a great sense of accomplishment for hacking an education blog with a whopping 70 some-odd readers, corrupted the WordPress incarnation of the blog we’ve had up since September 2008. We’ve transferred all of the posts Sept to current from the old WordPress database back to Blogger, but there’s some ASCII character pollution in the posts; we’ll be fixing those as we have time. We’ll also see what we can do to restore some of the comments, or at least repost them.
As the institution begins to move tangibly forward with our Second Life implementation, I find myself revisiting a few issues related to purchasing guidelines and intellectual property rights. I’ve discussed these issues previously, one and two years ago, in some respect. I have a solution in mind for two potential issues.
First Issue. How does a college employee get the funds they need to make in world purchases? How are those purchases tracked and documented? More >
A few posts back, I suggested Determining a Build Philosophy as the first step in planning an institutional presence in Second Life. To continue that thought process, we’ve identified a number of other issues and decisions we’re beginning to address. Most of them seem to fall into four interdependent areas which are listed below along with thoughts or considerations our planning & development group have already discussed or at least listed.
An Architectural Plan for common/institutional areas (as opposed to parcels allocated for individual faculty use). More >