Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Having a Geekfest with our Grown Children

Our grown children are home for Thanksgiving. We have been having so much Geek fun this am.GeekDaughter showed me the Files Lite app for the Iphone--you can file share between your desktop and your Iphone. SonnyGeek loaded the augmented reality app from Esquire and we played with that(after Timbuckteeth reminded me of it on Twitter). I showed him JING and he played with it some.

My one disappointment. I tried to download the AR app and my message says my graphic card isn't substantial enough. Puzzled by that when I can use Second Life.

The AR codes added video elements to the otherwise flat, text-based reading experience. How might this be used for education? Son said he could see it being really valuable for tutorials on to use particular software applications. I can see it embedded in buildings on campus. Used with a computer, it increases the connection between paper and digital media. I think it would be more powerful for connections between physical objects such as an artifact. Using it with readers in portable devices would be of added value too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Art Site

Looking for a fantastic art history resource? This one includes images, conversations, and video:


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mobile Libraries: / Mobile Applications Database

This very interesting resource came across from Mobile Libraries blogger Jerry McKiernan today. It is a database meant to help non-profs use mobile technologies in their work.

Mobile Libraries: / Mobile Applications Database

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Online Learning--Growing But Strapped

Chronicle Article

This article describes online learning's continued growth. That's the good news.
The bad news is related to HE state economies in distress and the need for money to support continued growth and quality. Also noted was the fact that the Sloan has ended its grants which amounted to $80 million in the past.

Faculty enthusiasm and vocalization are needed says the article. When asking why more faculty aren't exactly enthused, I want to ask, how does policy and the challenges of an LMS factor in? And how do instructional design training and instructional design support factor in?

Web2.0 Buffet

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: I was invited to present at the E-Learning Consortium of Colorado Faculty Development Day. Great time--it's great to be among enthusiastic practioners to learn and share.