Designing Learning Technology
Mon, 12 Jul 2004
Clever Prototype for Collaborative Video Chats
UNC researchers have a clever prototype for collaborating on computer-based work. Two remote participants share a desktop, and the video feeds are blended with the desktop graphic. As a result, you can physically point (with your finger, not the mouse) at something on screen, and your collaborator can see what you're pointing at.
The other nice thing about the prototype that makes it interesting is its low use of resources -- they're doing this with a couple iSight-class video cameras on Macs.
Tue, 06 Jul 2004
I doubt this is a loss: no one was making comments, I wasn't checking for or reading comments, and the comment spambots finally found the comments. All of which leads to their removal. Since the main purpose of the comments was feedback, I added an email link to the lefthand column. Drop me a note if you want to speak your mind.
Wed, 02 Jun 2004
Educational Researcher 33.4
Contents of ER 33.4 (May 2004). This is not a permalink, it's a link to the most current issue. ER issues don't get a permalink until they go in the archives.
Ecologies of Parental Engagement in Urban Education. Angela Calabrese Barton, Corey Drake, Jose Gustavo Perez, Kathleen St. Louis, and Magnia George.
Must It Be This Way? Ten Rules for Keeping Your Audience Awake During Conferences. Sam Wineburg.
Dissecting the Anatomy of African-American Inequality: The Impact of Racial Stigma and Social Origins on Group Status and College Achievement. Larry L. Rowley, University of Michigan.
Sam's article (pdf) is a must read, but one wonders why ER chose to publish it immediately after AERA.
Cognition and Instruction, Vol. 22, No. 2
Contents of CI 22.2. Abstracts available via the link. Article downloads require subscription.
Inventing to Prepare for Future Learning: The Hidden Efficiency of Encouraging Original Student Production in Statistics Instruction. Daniel L. Schwartz, Taylor Martin.
Paths to Learning Ten-Structured Understandings of Teen Sums: Addition Solution Methods of Japanese Grade 1 Students. Aki Murata.
Children's Understanding of Scientific Inquiry: Their Conceptualization of Uncertainty in Investigations of Their Own Design. Kathleen E. Metz.
Mon, 17 May 2004
HydraSubEthaEdit 2.0 is out. SubEthaEdit is a marvelous (and free) collaborative text editor. At Inquirium, we use it, among other things, to collaboratively take minutes during telecons. It lets all participants edit the same document in real time with no restrictions. It's even been used at conferences during session as a sort of impromptu shared notetaking tool.
Tue, 11 May 2004
ICLS Early Registration ends May 15
Yikes, it's sneaking up on us. Early registration for ICLS 2004 (in Santa Monica this year) closes on May 15. Sign up now, save a hundred bucks.
Sat, 01 May 2004
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Vol. 41, No. 5
Contents of JRST 41.5. Abstracts available via the link. Article downloads require subscription.
Using situated cognition theory in researching student experience of the workplace. Jennifer Case, Jeff Jawitz.
Teachers' conceptions and misconceptions concerning three natural phenomena. Eve Kikas.
Young children learning about living things: A case study of conceptual change from ontological and social perspectives. Grady Venville.
Folk theories of inquiry: How preservice teachers reproduce the discourse and practices of an atheoretical scientific method. Mark Windschitl.
Informal reasoning regarding socioscientific issues: A critical review of research. Troy D. Sadler.
Educational Technology Research & Development Vol. 51, No. 4
Contents of ETR&D 51.4. Abstracts publicly available via the link; article download for AECT members only.
Formative Research on the Heuristic Task Analysis Process. Ji-Yeon Lee, Charles M. Reigeluth.
Optimal Presentation of Graphic Organizers and Text: A Case for Large Bites? Daniel H. Robinson, Stephanie B. Corliss, Angela M. Bush, Stephan J. Bera, Tammy Tomberlin.
Knowledge Management Support for Teachers. John M. Carroll, Chun Wei Choo, Daniel R. Dunlap, Philip L. Isenhour, Stephen T. Kerr, Allan MacLean, Mary Beth Rosson.
Scaffolding Reflection and Articulation of Scientific Explanations in a Data-Rich, Project-Based Learning Environment: An Investigation of Progress Portfolio. Susan M. Land, Carla Zembal-Saul.
An Interactive Online Course: A Collaborative Design Model. Mahnaz Moallem.
East Africa Meets West Africa: Fostering an Online Community of Inquiry for Educators in Ghana and Uganda. R.W. Burniske.
Self-Construal, Facework, and Conflict Styles Among Cultures in Online Learning Environments. Sharon L. Walsh, Ethel Gregory, Yvonne Lake, and Charlotte N. Gunawardena.
Educational Researcher Vol. 33, Issue 3
Here's the contents of ER 33.3. A couple notes about linking to current issues of ER. ER does not make archival links available until an issue is no longer current. So this link will break when the next issue comes out, but it's pretty easy to navigate from the current issue to find back issues. The second note is that abstracts are not available online, but the entire articles are freely downloadable as .pdf files. So links below are to .pdf files.
Collective Efficacy Beliefs: Theoretical Developments, Empirical Evidence, and Future Directions. Roger D. Goddard, Wayne K. Hoy, and Anita Woolfolk Hoy.
Researching English Language Literacy Development in Schools. Margaret R. Hawkins.
An Interview with Gene V. Glass. Conducted by Daniel H. Robinson.
Book Review: Color and the Academy. William G. Tierney, James T. Minor, and Kristan M. Venegas.
Cognition and Instruction Vol. 22 Issue 1
Contents of C&I 22.1. Subscription required to download articles.
Observational Learning and Its Effects on the Orchestration of Writing Processes. Martine A. H. Braaksma, Gert Rijlaarsdam, Huub van den Bergh, Bernadette H. A. M van Hout-Wolters.
Analogy Use in Eighth-Grade Mathematics Classrooms. Lindsey E. Richland, Keith J. Holyoak, James W. Stigler.
What's So Good About Problem-Based Learning? Noel Capon, Deanna Kuhn.
Wed, 28 Apr 2004
Marian Koshland Science Museum
Hey, there's a new science museum in DC! The Marian Koshland Science Museum just opened. Here's the overview.
Opening April 2004, the Marian Koshland Science Museum will feature state-of-the-art exhibits that present the complexities of science in an engaging and accessible way to the general public. Best enjoyed by visitors ages 13 and older, the museum will explore current scientific issues at the core of many of the nation's public policy decisions, as presented in reports by the National Academies.
Sounds interesting, and that they may try to go into greater depth than museums that cater to younger visitors. I wonder if that will change the amount of time visitors spend at each exhibit, which is normally quite low.
And it'll be really interesting to see their treatment of "current scientific issues at the core of many of the nation's public policy decisions," given this administration's disregard for scientific findings when making public policy decisions.
Science Education Vol. 88, Issue 3 (May 2004)
Contents of Science Education 88.3. Subscription required to download articles.
Emotion metaphors and emotional labor in science teaching. Michalinos Zembylas.
The practical epistemologies of the classroom: A study of laboratory work. Per-Olof Wickman.
Explanation-driven inquiry: Integrating conceptual and epistemic scaffolds for scientific inquiry. William A. Sandoval, Brian J. Reiser.
Inquiry in science education: International perspectives. Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Saouma BouJaoude, Richard Duschl, Norman G. Lederman, Rachel Mamlok-Naaman, Avi Hofstein, Mansoor Niaz, David Treagust, Hsiao-lin Tuan.
Difficulties in learning the introductory magnetic field theory in the first years of university. Jenaro Guisasola, José M. Almudí, José L. Zubimendi.
Exploring visuospatial thinking in chemistry learning. Hsin-Kai Wu, Priti Shah.
Journal of the Learning Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 2
As promised, I'm starting to post current journal listings. We're starting off with JLS 13.2. Links connect to abstracts and detailed citation information. From there, you can download a PDF of the article if you or your institution subscribe.
The Real Story Behind Story Problems: Effects of Representations on Quantitative Reasoning. Kenneth R. Koedinger, Mitchell J. Nathan.
The Bystander Effect: A Lens for Understanding Patterns of Participation. James M. Hudson, Amy S. Bruckman.
Learning by Seeing by Doing: Arithmetic Word Problems. Sylvia Weber-Russell, Mark D. LeBlanc.
Re-Assessing School Standards. Timothy Koschmann.
Beyond Rhetoric? Three Books and the Educational Standards Debate. Marshall S. Smith, Gayle S. Christensen.
Standards and Equity. Chandra Muller.
Educational Standards: Mapping Who We Are and Are to Become. Thomas S. Popkewitz.
Standards, Standards, Standards. William Ayers, James O'Brien.
Inquirium has been evaluating a variety of solutions for collaborative project management. The goal is to find something that's easy to use and makes it easy for clients and our internal project team to keep track of progress, milestones, to dos, etc. Basecamp (found via Boing Boing) is worth a close look: the interface is clean, and it seems designed to integrate nicely with other online tools.
Tue, 20 Apr 2004
Internet Environments for Science Education
The KIE book is finally out! Internet Environments for Science Education describes the research behind the Knowledge Integration Environment (KIE) project and its primarily offspring WISE. There's also a chapter by yours truly discussing the CILT Synergy Research project, which overlapped with WISE and sought to apply knowledge integration principles to the design of new water quality curricula in WISE.
Here's the back cover blurb from Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar.
Mining the ambitious and prolific program of research conducted by Professor Linn and her colleagues, E. Davis and P. Bell, this volume offers a broad range of intellectual and material resources for supporting the design, enactment, and evaluation of inquiry-based science teaching to advance students' scientific concepts and reasoning. It is distinguished by its principled treatment of the affordances of technology in interplay with the rich, dynamic, and complex contexts of classroom communities.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again ... nobody knows more about marketing in the shrinkwrapped software industry than Rick Chapman, and the new fourth edition of his book is the only place you can go to find a complete encylopedia of just about everything there is to know about marketing software. There's really nothing else that compares and if you're trying to market software you really have to read this book.
Sat, 17 Apr 2004
Online Marketing 101
Ars Technica has a nice article on online marketing strategies. The ideas are useful for anyone trying to drive more traffic to a web site, or trying to sell software online.
Fri, 16 Apr 2004
Electric Company Archive
Via Boing Boing, a pointer to a site featuring audio and video from the 70s-era kids' show The Electric Company. I remember watching this and Zoom. (Zoom appears to be back on the air in a new, post-90s version.)
Wed, 14 Apr 2004
Amazon Going After Google
This is interesting. Looks like Amazon wants to get into the search business. There are a few relatively new Google competitors that I've been exploring -- this Tech Review article describes most of them -- and it'll be interesting to see how things shake out. Google's been the unquestioned top dog for a few years now.
I'm going to start posting new journal issue table of contents as they appear for the journals listed on my sidebar. This is primarily for myself; I'm finding that I'm falling behind in terms of tracking new publications and storing them here is a good way to remind myself of what I need to be reading. Hopefully this will be useful to others, since most journal publishers aren't offering RSS feeds of their content. (Erlbaum at least will send me email when new issues come out, but it doesn't look like Wiley will even do that.) I'll get the current issue contents posted later this week.
Mon, 12 Apr 2004
Google to Search Academic Archives
When Google started indexing PDF files as well as web pages, its ability to find academic papers went up significantly. But the signal to noise ratio was still really high. I've found that if I'm looking for a specific paper and know a short phrase or quote from that paper, I can find it very fast, but using Google for more general lit searches did not work well. Now comes news that Google is working with universities to provide a means to search custom archives of scholarly materials. That's exciting!
Wed, 07 Apr 2004
Virtual Schools Facing Challenge in Florida
Wired reports on issues surrounding the continued funding of virtual schools in Florida. I was a bit surprised to learn that the program is not supplemental; rather, students attending the virtual school do not attend an actual school. So it seems like structured home schooling. This is a different model than the one I'm familiar with, Virtual High School, which offers students courses that are not available at the local school. I much prefer the supplemental model, because students benefit so much from face to face interaction with students and teachers.
Wed, 31 Mar 2004
CILT Knowledge Network shutting down
The CILT Knowledge Network, a repository of people, places, syllabi, and references for the learning technologies community, is shutting down. Its leadership is encouraging community members to migrate over to LESTER. Here's the announcement.
To continue to develop a knowledge networking resource for the learning sciences, CILTKN is joining forces with LESTER (Learning Science and Technology Repository) run by Rice University under the direction of Dr. Lisa Spiro. LESTER is a resource for the learning sciences and technology community to locate and interact with innovative research projects and researchers. LESTER is planning to integrate several of CILTKN's features, including its syllabi collection, online bibliography, listing of research projects and centers, and bulletin board for collaborations. LESTER will not continue CILTKN's email forwarding service.
Two notes touching on evolution and science education. The Panda's Thumb is a new weblog that is "dedicated to explaining the theory of evolution, critiquing the claims of the anti-evolution movement, and defending the integrity of science and science education in America and around the world." Also, Ron Anderson has a new book out, Religion and Spirituality in the Public School Curriculum.
My new book, Religion and Spirituality in the Public School Curriculum, has been released by Peter Lang Publishing. It deals with the broader context within which evolution is taught and the intellectual work all students do in integrating the understandings they acquire through various epistemologies.
Sun, 28 Mar 2004
It's official. In its day, HyperCard generated a phenomenal amount of passionate development within the educational community. Sure, a lot of the stacks folks built weren't very good, but some were, and some of these were built by folks who would never have approached software design through traditional programming languages. HyperCard hit a sweet spot -- an interpreted, accessible scripting language, persistent database, and easily editable UI -- that still hasn't been replicated save by the second- and third-generation xCard clones. RIP.
Real World Design Skills
This list isn't education specific, but it provides a nice take on what it takes to succeed as a designer, on top of whatever you learned in design school.
Fri, 27 Feb 2004
Cliff Notes for NCLB
There's been a small flurry of interest over at Scripting News and related sites about NCLB. EdWeek has lots of stories on the act, as well as a good overview as a starting place.
Tue, 24 Feb 2004
Syncing Panther Address Books without .Mac
Apple's iSync lets you synchronize address books across computers, but requires a .Mac membership. There's a nifty little app called address-o-sync that will sync address books across a Rendezvous net. Works well for my needs.
Seattle's 21st Century Library
The P-I has an overview of the renovations to the main Seattle library, which is due to reopen this May. Wireless everywhere, RFIDs in all the books, and gorgeous downtown and sound views. I expect this will be a very appealing place to work -- certainly better than the UW libraries, which limit wireless and reference services to those with UW IDs.
Mon, 23 Feb 2004
NEA a Terrorist Organization?
So says the Secretary of Education. Although apparantly in jest (and very poor taste), it's disturbing to hear that the head of educational policy for this administration resorts to jingoistic name-calling as a means to resolve differences. (Link via Atrios.)
Sun, 15 Feb 2004
Ohio approves Intelligent Design-based lesson plan
The move doesn't require the teaching of ID, but gives it an aura of respectibility. More on the decision of the Ohio Board of Education (via Plastic).
Wed, 11 Feb 2004
How fragile is technology?
I was in a discussion over on Calpundit about PDAs in the classroom, and the question came up: can we trust kids with PDAs? They'll just break them or lose them, and then what are you going to do?
Well, one good data point on this is the laptop program in Maine. You might remember it: the program that handed out an iBook to every seventh grader in the state. This news article came out last summer, after the program's first year. Here's the loss data.
Fewer than 25 out of 20,000 computers have been lost or stolen, and less than 2 percent have been broken, according to Sprague.
Only a 2% loss over a complete academic year. That's pretty impressive.
Fri, 02 Jan 2004
One of the primary ways to track time on the Macintosh regards January 1, 1904 as the "beginning of time." Often, when there was some kind of problem with the computer, you'll see the date stamp on files reset to this date, which was a bad sign. So I've been spooked a couple times already seeing "1/1/04" show up on my Mac. Let's keep using those four digit years, folks...
Political blogging hits USA Today
This article in USA Today, of all places, shows where blogging is starting to hit the mainstream, and roughly sums up where my weblog attention has been the past few months. Within the political blogosphere, we're seeing huge traffic and growing communities appear around many sites, most of them openly partisan. At the same time, I think these sites are a great place to look to see how well the scaling of weblogs works, both in terms of technology (many of the sites are generating hundreds of thousands of hits a week) and community (the Daily Kos site, for example, recently evolved from a typical weblog + comments site to a full-blown online community in which many other people can start and contribute to their own weblogs).
Are there lessons for educational weblogs in the blogosphere? By next fall, weblogs will likely have a high enough profile to make it easier to explain and promote the technology within educational settings, although since most students can't vote, K-12 students may not have direct experience with the nature of discussion on political blogs. (Given the contentiousness and downright vindictiveness of much of the discourse online, this could be a good thing.) But a more important lesson, I think, is that the success of the political blogs points to the strength of the technology for building communities around passionate ideas. A year ago, people had to work to find these blogs. Now, the community has grown enough that you can pick up the paper outside your hotel door and read about them on the front page. That's a testament to the energy and passion that people have brought to these sites. For educators, it speaks to the need to tap into students' intrinsic motivations, find similar passions, and find ways to build online communities around those ideas.