The initial listing of new clippings was culled from a variety of sources, including the NY Times, PC World, Technology Review, InfoWorld, Wired, etc.
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Recommended Reading or Commented Upon
- 2009: The Big Ideas - The Age of Avatars & Reality Check for Social Networks
A collection of brief tech predictions for 2009, with sections on the rise of the avatar and challenges for social networks.[BJ] [AL] [MH]
- Professor Uses Web 'Widgets' to Share Course Content
Instructor uses Pageflakes and widgets to better support writing course students. [AL][MH][ER]
- A Display That Tracks Your Movements
Samsung and Reactrix move beyond touch screens and try to make hand waving the next big computer interface.[WF] [AL][KC][Guus]
- Adding emotions to online video
A team of researchers led by Ling Chen of Zhejiang University in China is working on a new media player – called Emoplayer - that highlights the emotional state of the characters on the video timeline [RogerB][Guus]
- Alice 3.0 set to release in Spring 2009
This long awaited release of Alice 3.0 is rumored to bring true 3D programming to all levels of computer science and programming education. This is being tested in house at Carnegie Mellon Fall Semester 2008 for release in Spring Semester 2009 and full release Summer 2009. Part of the increasing movement towards Web 3D and virtual reality spaces.[WF] [BJ] [AL]
- Amazon Confirms Student Version Of Kindle
Amazon confirmed our speculation that they are planning to target colleges and universities with a new version of the Kindle, reports the Seattle PI. Textbooks are a $5.5 billion annual market, and most publishers now offer electronic versions of their textbooks.[DMc] [BJ] [MH] [KC]
Our vision is to connect virtual people across (Aqros) worlds and games on any platform (PC, web, and mobile). Our current version is a mobile service that allows users of Second Life to continue their virtual life experience from their mobile phones.
- BitTorrent: An Educational Autopsy of the Hydra
I have been fascinated with the technology for years now, and have always wondered how educational institutions can, for the most part, categorically deny or ignore ways of distributed sharing that is currently revolutionizing the means of delivering media more effectively and efficiently than anything else out there.
- EduSim 3D
Edusim is a free opensource 3D multi-user virtual world specifically for your classroom interactive whiteboard [RogerB] [MH] [JC] [KC]
Freepath is one of the increasing number of websites that allow professionals and students to seamlessly "mash up" all types of multimedia including Slides, Movies, Flickr, Google and all types of media files. [BJ][MH][JC][Guus][ER]
- Hands on: Microsoft Photosynth makes panoramas pop
- How To Define Web 3.0
Highly specialized information silos, moderated by a cult of personality, validated by the community, and put into context with the inclusion of meta-data through widgets. [JC][KC][ER]
- Into the cloud for Learning
the vast new open network that cloud computing is billowing up makes the open-one-web a stunning opportunity to deliver and optimize open knowledge to billions of people.
- Lifelike animation heralds new era for computer games
'Emily' will set a new precedent for photo-realistic characters in video games and films, says her creator, Image Metrics [BJ][KC]
- Making Terms of Service Clearer
Google Chrome has launched creating a firestorm of debate about their web browser. The launch of Chrome AND the impending launch of Google Android for the cell phone coupled with the EULA from Google will cause increasing debates on the ownership of information and perhaps some conflicts between college intellectual property and the companies who are involved in publication of results in a Web 2 manner.
Mapufacture provides dynamic, customizable geographic information and collaborative mapping. [JC]
- Motion-Sensing Comes to Mobile Phones
The same technology used in Nintendo's popular Wii video game console that lets you bowl strikes and hit tennis volleys like you're Venus Williams is also making its way into mobile handsets
- Mouse for 3-D Navigation
A device that supplements existing desktop equipment makes moving through 3-D environments more intuitive.
- Online Social Networking on Campus
Student affairs administrators are increasingly debating how to use Facebook and other social networking tools — and whether and how to monitor student use. A new book — Online Social Networking on Campus: Understanding What Matters in Student Culture (Routledge) — aims to offer some guidance. The authors... responded to e-mail questions about the book. [BJ] [MH]
- Open Education Resources Commons
OER Commons offers new ways to find and engage with freely accessible educational materials. [RogerB] [MH][JC]
- Plurknovelas - Fictional digital Storytelling with a Plurk!twist
Microblogging is continuing to evolve with a proliferation of services allowing mobile access. Storytelling using microblogging is just one emerging use of microblogging services. [BJ][KC]
Posterous is an example of new tools that are "gateway" tools that harness email to make publishing on the Internet easier. Posterous lets a person create a blog from email without having to go into any type of blogging interface. Entry into Web 2.0 tools is becoming less technical and easier.[KC][Guus][MH]
Neural-net type search engine. Visual searching and tools are becoming widely used as interactive projection technologies are integrated into lectures. [KC]
- Reality Mining
Sandy Pentland is using data gathered by cell phones to learn about human behavior. [JC]
- Surgeons with Video Game Skill Appear to Perform Better in Simulated Surgery Skills Course
Research is verifying the authentic improvement in the use of video games to teach doctors. [BJ]
- Technique Developed to Capture Human Movement in 3D
3D virtual world input devices to capture movement of human extremities are increasingly the topic of research as with this example. Interfacing with virtual worlds will become less "video game" like and more natural as these devices move into academia.
- Test Preparation for Your Mobile Device
Cram is one of an emerging set of tools allowing learning to happen in a mobile way. This allows professors and students to share notes on a mobile phone platform. [RogerB] [BJ] [MH]
- UC San Diego computer scientist turns his face into a remote control
A Ph.D. student can turn his face into a remote control that speeds and slows video playback. The proof-of-concept demonstration is part of a larger project to use automated facial expression recognition to make robots more effective teachers. [BJ][KC]
- Web 3.0 (Technology Review)
New technologies are changing the infrastructure of the Web, turning fragmented data sources into searchable wholes. Computers will gain the intelligence to understand, organize, and draw conclusions from online data.
- Web of Fate
A social experiment that harnesses the collective intelligence of the web to visualize and uncover hidden relationships among future events.
- Your Next Cellphone
After a few years of development, Microsoft has released Photosynth, a new photo-based VR tool for the web, to the public. Ars Technica went hands-on to see how Microsoft has spiced up the panoramic landscape.
It seems that every day, there are new announcements purporting to redefine how we will use our cell phones: from the latest GPS-enabled gadget for social computing, to software to make your PC a phone. But what is the real future of telephony?
- Zoetrope searches the historical Web
The Internet contains vast amounts of information, much of it unorganized. But what you see online at any given moment is just a snapshot of the Web as a whole -- many pages change rapidly or disappear completely, and the old data gets lost forever.Now, Adar and his colleagues at UW and Adobe Systems Inc. are grabbing hold of the fleeting Web and storing historical sites that users can easily search using an intuitive application called Zoetrope.With Zoetrope, anyone will be able to use easy keyword searches to find archived Web information or look for patterns over time.
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