Sunday, February 28, 2010
Pew Research Center has put together a "How Millennial Art You? The Quiz" - part of their February 24, 2010 posting The Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change. - part of a "series of reports exploring the behaviors, values and opinions of teens and twenty-somethings that make up the Millennial Generation." Apparently in order to qualify as a millennial, you'll need a tattoo or two where people can see them and do a lot of texting ;)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Online Media Daily reports on a study on U. S. college students' use of social networking and communication. "Without factoring in contact overlap, that means every student in the nation has a potential reach of 671 consumers, according to a new "University of Media" study conducted by Mindshare's Business Planning group in partnership with Alloy Media + Marketing and Brainjuicer" Does this mean that if we could teach one college student about use of library resources we could potentially be reading 671 consumers of information? We can dream, can't we? And for all of you "mobile librarians" out there, the study reports that text messaging is the most common method of communication among college students. My friend Drew Smith reminds me that the average number of cell phone contacts reported is about the same as reported for the number of friends that humans tend to have - around 150. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number for a theory about that. (Thanks to YPulse for the info about this article.)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Educational Origami - Andrew Churches wiki exploring "the integration of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) into the classroom..." Stephen Downes pointed to one recent entry in particular on managing complex change.
Google Goggles translations?? - take a picture of text in German and have your Android phone translate it into English. "You may wonder what’s happening in the background. On the simplest level, this prototype connects the phone’s camera to an optical character recognition (OCR) engine, recognizes the image as text and then translates that text into English with Google Translate." Do you mean one of these days it won't matter that I still haven't learned Spanish?? See also "TechCrunch. Search by Sight"
Friday, February 12, 2010
Alan Levine reports on a quick and dirty survey on what's happening in virtual worlds. Not surprising to some of us, interest in virtual worlds among educators is strong. See more at http://www.nmc.org/2minute-survey/virtual-worlds
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Joe Essid (University of Richmond) posted a chat with Dan Holt about his advice for instructors new to Second Life. See http://iggyo.blogspot.com/2010/02/dan-holt-advice-for-first-time-sl.html and look for the chat transcript at the end of Joe's blog entry.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Blio eReader has an interesting ebook reader feature comparison chart at http://www.blioreader.com/about.html at least as of February 2010.