A colleague from the Math Department shared this with me. Very funny.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Op-Ed Columnist - The Running Mate Choice - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com:
My first thought on the running mate question is that to balance his ticket, Barack Obama should pick a really old white general. Therefore, he should pick Dwight Eisenhower. John McCain, on the other hand, needs to pick someone younger than himself. Therefore, he also should pick Dwight Eisenhower.
Personal Branding Blog:
Everyday in the classroom I see students who are good students, and that’s all they are. When they go to their professor to ask for a recommendation for this internship or that job, they’ll get a good recommendation. Good recommendations are a dime a dozen, and won’t hold up to competition. What you want is a spectacular recommendation. At then end of the course, you want to have formed a relationship with your professor, keeping in mind that every interaction you have is a chance to reinforce your personal brand.I think this is really valuable advice, not only for students, but also for faculty. As faculty, how often do we consider our personal brand? Keep in mind Jess's words - Every interaction you have is a chance to reinforce your personal brand. What does it say to students when you seem bored with your own content? Or when you come into class unprepared? Or don't get work back to them on time? Here are some tips from Jess:
Your personal brand starts from day one. Show up to class. On time.
Participate, but don’t dominate. Professors can see straight through BS; they see enough of it. Every time you comment it should add something other than noise to the class discussion.
Talk to your professors outside of class. If the human part didn’t matter, the class would be a set of PowerPoints and textbooks.
Just keep your personal brand in mind at all times. What are the first words that you want to hear when they talk about you to someone else?
Be polite, friendly and enthusiastic.
Monday, May 26, 2008
The Obama Connection - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com:
It’s the networks, stupid.
More than any other factor, it has been Barack Obama’s grasp of the central place of Internet-driven social networking that has propelled his campaign for the Democratic nomination into a seemingly unassailable lead over Hillary Clinton. Her campaign has been so 20th-century. His has been of the century we’re in.
That’s not surprising. Obama spent only 10 years of his adult life in the split world of the cold war, double that in a post-Berlin Wall world of growing interconnectedness. MAC — mutually assured connectivity — has replaced the MAD — mutually assured destruction — of cold-war days.
Wired Campus: New Online Video Game Teaches Students Chinese - Chronicle.com:
A professor at Michigan State University has created a free online video game to help students learn Chinese.To learn more, play the game for free, or watch a video demonstrating the game.
The multi-player role-playing game, Zon/New Chengo, allows users to choose Mandarin phrases to converse with other characters in the game about exchanging money, buying breakfast, and other activities visitors to China would experience.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Although the Internet was started here, the U.S. can't seem to catch up with other developed nations when it comes to giving citizens access to high-speed connections.
For the second year running, the U.S. ranked 15th among the 30 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development in terms of broadband availability. Denmark ranked first again in the annual OECD survey, followed by a host of European and Asian nations. Indeed, while the number of Americans with access to broadband service rose 20 percent last year, to nearly 70 million people, the most in the OECD, that amounted to just 23 of every 100 residents. By contrast, the top five countries in the OECD ranking all sport per-capita penetration rates of better than 30 percent.
Interactive Debate on Web's Future, Featuring Tim Berners-Lee - ReadWriteWeb
ReadWriteWeb is the exclusive Media Partner for an interactive debate on the future of the Web, featuring Tim Berners-Lee. The event is June 11 and is being run by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The debate will address questions such as: Is net neutrality essential for democracy? What role does AI have in the future of the Web? What will Web 4.0 look like?
Vander Wal still has a lot to say, especially about the overwhelming explosion of social networks. Here's brief video he recorded on Granular Social Networks and how he describes it and a link to a more detailed explanation.
An overview of the complexity in real social network relationships and visualization to help understand the key points that matter - people and interests.
Granular Social Network from Thomas Vander Wal on Vimeo.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The cost is $45 USD per person. Registration is available at the website: http://www.steppingintohistory
According to organizers:
The highly interactive experience will include "field trips" into historical locations that have been created in Second Life. We will explore 19th century America, where participants will meet Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln; Virtual Harlem, to hear live music from the Jazz Age/Harlem Renaissance; and Renaissance Island, for a Shakespearean play in a replica of London’s Globe Theatre. Everyone will discuss what they have experienced with simulation creators and other conference participants.Stepping into History in Virtual Worlds
The conference will continue with a panel discussion with a variety of experts and a late afternoon photo workshop. The program concludes with a period ball at the Lincoln era White House.
What if instead of talking about history, we could experience it?
What if, instead of looking at photos or drawings of historical sites, we could walk into and through them?
What if, instead of reading the words of a Lincoln or a Ghandi, we could hear them speak?
The technology of virtual worlds is opening up a new universe of possibilities in promoting and teaching a love of history. The 'Stepping into History' conference is your chance to learn about, and experience for yourself, the power of virtual worlds at the service of history.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
if you want to learn how to be a great presenter, look outside the public-speaking and presentation-skills literature, and certainly look beyond advice on how to use ephemeral software apps like PowerPoint and Keynote.
Monday, May 19, 2008
- URLs, search terms,
- phone numbers,
- coupon codes, and
- SMS code.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
AppleInsider | WSJ on touch BlackBerry; Intel 4-core; T-Mobile at 100K iPhones:
Singapore Airlines offers iPhone, iPod ports on flights
US travelers to the city-state of Singapore now have the option of plugging in their iPhone or iPod for most of the trip, Singapore Airlines announced on Thursday.
Effective immediately, certain long-distance flights will include special connectors to plug in dockable Apple devices and feed both audio and video to an in-seat entertainment system dubbed KrisWorld that will also keep the handhelds charged.
The system is intelligent enough to momentarily override audio in the event of a cabin announcement, the airline says, but must be used in Airplane Mode by iPhones to prevent interference.
Service starts with all Airbus A345 flights from Newark, New Jersey but should ultimately include all A340 airliners leaving Los Angeles starting from August and will spread to New York at a later date.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Michael R. Beck - Web 2.0's Average Joe:
Ever wonder what it would sound like if it was Bingo instead of Ringo? If it was Poodles instead of Paul? Fido instead of George? Or Rex instead of John?
Click here to see an example.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Attract more visitors. Visitors bring along friends from social networks like Facebook, orkut, and others to interact on your site.
Enrich your site with social features. Choose engaging social features from a catalog of gadgets provided by Google and the OpenSocial developer community.
No programming whatsoever. Just copy and paste snippets of code into your site, and Google Friend Connect does the rest.
Surfing the Class - Freakonomics - Opinion - New York Times Blog:
Several years ago I watched a particularly memorable “Law Revue” skit night at Yale. One of the skits had a group of students sitting at desks, facing the audience, listening to a professor drone on.
All of the students were looking at laptops except for one, who had a deck of cards and was playing solitaire. The professor was outraged and demanded that the student explain why she was playing cards. When she answered “My laptop is broken,” I remember there was simultaneously a roar of laughter from the student body and a gasp from the professors around me. In this one moment, we learned that something new was happening in class.
Jon Beasley-Murray is an Assistant Professor of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies in the University of British Columbia (a magnificent campus, by the way). Each year, he assigns term papers to his students, but this year’s languages and literature learners demonstrated their research and learning in another way — by contributing to Wikipedia.
Monday, May 12, 2008
The photos used are unimaginative and mostly shoved into corners of slides, with no thought whatsoever given to how they might be more evocative and more emotional. The irony here is that there are some truly excellent photos available at the Clinton website. In about one hour, I was able to produce an entire makeover of this slide deck, relying even on low-res screen grabs of website photos.
Above all, this should not have been sent as slideware; it should have been a PDF document. Without a live person advocating these positions, the bulleted content is insufficient for fleshing out the argument. Given Clinton’s position as underdog, these arguments are too nuanced to be made by static bullet slides, especially poorly-designed ones. This deliverable should have been a completely-formatted document, created in InDesign or Xpress, or at a minimum, Publisher, with evocative photos, fully-formulated paragraphs, and integrated data charts.
The data and the argument is potentially compelling, but I score this as a missed opportunity from the New York Senator…
Google has released basic software called Vidnik that lets Mac OS X users record video with a Webcam or built-in camera, trim its length, add tags and a title, then upload it to YouTube.
How do YOU define social computing?
Applications in which people connect with and draw strength from each other, rather than from traditional institutions like corporations. Similar to the way we define the groundswell.
How do you identify what technologies are best when you're trying to launch a new product where there is no previous audience?
We wrote a report on How To Choose The Right Social Technologies. Which ones you choose depends on your objectives.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Presentation Zen: Hillary Campaign sends "docu-point" to House Dems:
Nine slides, approximately 275 words, one table, three bar charts, and two pie charts. Why not just write a proper, concise, well-designed document and send it as a PDF? Unfortunately, sending this kind of docu-point/slideument as a quick alternative to a well-crafted paper or handout, etc. is all too familiar.
there’s no denying that Moore’s Law applies to handhelds, too. Eventually there will be a computer that fits in your pocket that is more powerful than today’s Mac Pros. But the path from here to there is riddled with difficult engineering problems — heat dissipation, battery life, and OS integration chief among them.
when the iPhone’s upcoming enterprise features were announced, the iPhone can do more BlackBerry-ish things than the BlackBerry can do iPhone-ish things.
Apple doesn’t wait for someone else to knock one of their hit products off its throne or slowly run it into the ground (cf. the Motorola Razr) — they do it themselves. For six years pundits have been declaring that competitors would “soon” catch up to the iPod, but the iPod has never been a static target — over the same six years Apple has released significant new iPods every year.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
June 29th 2007 - the day the original iPhone launched - was an historic day in the mobile phone industry and marks the birth of the mobile web. Around the same time this year - late June - we should see version 2.0 of the iPhone software, the iPhone apps store, and according to many pundits - a next-generation 3G iPhone.
We've already seen jailbroken iPhones and the proliferation of a wide variety of user-created applications - with no support from Apple! With the recent release of the Software Development Kit (SDK), the developer support from Apple, and impending iPhone apps store, I expect that we will witness an explosion of the mobile platform and free or low-cost applications. This article from Wired.com provides a little glimpse of the possibilities - A Tech Rx for Doctors: The iPhone:
The arrival this June of an enterprise-friendly iPhone is exciting to more than just business users. Doctors, too, are eyeing Apple's handheld and wondering if it could kill off the old-fashioned clipboard and X-ray light box once and for all.
'If you could use the gesture-based way of manipulating images on the iPhone and actually manipulate a stack of X-rays or CT scans, that would be a huge selling point,' says Adam Flanders, director of informatics at Thomas Jefferson University and an expert in medical imaging.
To date, such a feature has remained a pipe dream due to most smartphones' inability to handle the sophisticated compression techniques used on large medical images. Also, most phones lack the requisite memory and image-processing capabilities.
Pagers, laser pointers, cell phones, or other electronic devices not part of the instructional program will not be allowed in school.and a more forward-thinking initiative at
six schools in Brooklyn who have given cell phones to their students — a total of about 2,500. Each phone is preloaded with with 130 minutes of talk time. Students can be rewarded with additional minutes for good behavior, attendance, homework, and test scores.
Teachers are using the phones to send text messages about assignments and upcoming exams. All of this within a school district (New York City Department of Education) that has banned cell-phones and other personal ICTs from schools.
This slide is from a presentation I did recently on digital media. In the context of the presentation, the point of the slide is that many educators and school administrators fear digital media and its implications in the classroom. I continued -- rather than banning these new technologies that we as educators don't understand or haven't mastered, we should instead embrace these technologies and find ways to better engage our students using technologies that are second nature to them.
A recent posting on wired campus by Catherine Rampell points to a really good blog posting by Steve Dembo. Dembo's post was in response to a story from David Pogue -- New York Times technology writer. Pogue's column shares a letter from a high school teacher frustrated by the distractions caused by students with cell phones. Pogue asks his readers for suggestions on how to respond. Here's Dembo's response:
I’m so fed up with these arguments. Paper clips are a distraction. Spiral notebooks are a distraction. And as we’ve seen recently, students certainly do NOT need a cell phone to cheat on an exam.
classroom response system because it's something I suggested to a colleague in lieu of buying a commercial system.
So off the top of my head, I decided to rattle off a few things that cell phones could be good for.
1) Check the spelling/definition of a word
2) Research a topic
3) Look up reference images
4) Pull up maps (even with satellite imagery)
5) Document a science lab with built in digital camera/video
6) Fact check on the fly
7) Mail questions to the teacher that they might be embarrassed to ask
Classroom response system
9) Take quizzes
10) Record and/or listen to podcasts
What's more interesting than the two stories themselves are the comments. Readers of both post comments that, as you would expect, run the gamut from this is a great idea let's get cell phones in the classroom, to this is the worst thing we could ever do. I particularly like an exchange Dembo had with one of his readers. Here's a snippet:
I challenge you to take one of your lectures or classroom activities and rewrite it to include one or more of these cell phone strategies. I think this could be really eye-opening for both you and your students. Let me know your own experiences with cell phones in the classroom at firstname.lastname@example.org
> Do you stop class to answer your Grandma’s call? Neither should students.
This is a no brainer. You should model appropriate cell phone usage for the students. No, social calls should not be taken during class. I don’t think you’d get an argument from anyone on that one.
> I see the list that you put up for uses, but I’m sorry, who’s gonna pay for it?
Who’s paying for it right now? What % of your students have cell phones? Who pays the bills? Who buys the calculator your students use? Who buys their pencils and markers? Dont’ make the issue more complicated than it needs to be. If they HAVE a phone and they HAVE a contract, then I’m just saying that you should make use of it! Would you tell a student that has a graphing calculator “You can use it to add and subtract, but you can’t use it to graph because Johnny over there doesn’t have one.” Or tell them, “You can only use these 16 colors from your box of 64 crayons because not all students have the other colors.” Keep it simple. If they have it, leverage it.
> What happens if there aren’t enough to share?
Then they don’t use it.
> What are other kids going to do?
Learn the things that you’re teaching. And when they need to look up a word, use a dictionary or encyclopedia.
>Who pays for it when Johnny drops Billy’s phone?
That’s between Johnny and Billy’s parents. Who pays for it when Johnny drops Billy’s calculator?
> Who pays for the minutes used during the day for web access or text messaging?
Who pays for them now? No change.
> If the school says you have to have it for a certain class, can you really make parents pay?
Whoever said anything about requiring students to have it for a certain class? I’m not saying that you should make it required. I’m saying that we should stop banning it and leverage it whenever possible.
>Is your school district going to by phones for students?
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Guy's VisualCV is also a great example of what you can do with the service when you're not looking for employment. You can still put yourself "out there" and build a compelling bio to let the world know what you're up to.
Wired Campus: 'Twittering' During a Campus Lockdown - Chronicle.com: "'Twittering' During a Campus Lockdown
Over on the blog bavatuesdays, a professor tells of a visit yesterday to the University of Richmond for a lecture that was interrupted by a lockdown following reports of a gunman on the campus. As the audience sat in a dark, locked room awaiting their fates, hoping and praying that tragedy wouldn’t befall another Virginia university, they began communicating and comforting each other via Twitter."
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
The photo [courtesy of BoingBoing] shows a must-have for every uber-geek dad. A dress shirt with printed pens in the pocket.
We personally believe that blogs are kind of replacing résumés as far as indicators of talent and past experiences. We’ve had a lot of job offers come directly from the blog itself. We definitely think more students should consider blogging.
It’s no longer weird to spend a lot of time on the Internet. Students will jokingly admit to spending hours on Facebook. The habits that they’re forming right now will eventually lead to different collaborations that weren’t possible in the past.
[Technology is] adding a lot of overhead to a student’s life — the time it takes to check all the social networks and online platforms.
Oftentimes professors trying to use technology or plug into the generation using technology fail miserably. It’s like, “Let’s make a podcast.” Well, what problem is that podcast solving?
I think a lot of the social networks will putter out and die. Facebook will be here to stay...
I learned how to operate a computer before I learned how to ride a bike without training wheels. ... it’s just kind of been a part of my life ever since I was born.