||Monday, June 13, 2005
Color preference in kids and adults.
Adults have been found cross-culturally to prefer blue to other colors.
It's a nearly universal preference. But does this preference occur
naturally, or do children and infants have different preferences? Prior
to 2001, there wasn't a definitive answer to this question. In that
year, Marcel Zentner of the University of Geneva conducted a study that
[...] [Cognitive Daily]
11:55:23 PM Google It!.
e-Literate: Sakai distribution.
The conference ended with a Q&A session with the Sakai board
members. I asked how decisions about whatâ€™s included as the â€˜core
toolsâ€™ will be made. The response I got from one board member was
â€œIâ€™d like to see Sakai include six discussion boards By dnorman. [Edubloggers Links Feed]
4:19:14 PM Google It!.
Evaluation of the Practitioner Trial of
LAMS: Final Report. The JISC evaluation of LAMS which seeks to
answer the question, "Does the use of a learning
design tool such as LAMS support effective practice in
designing for learning?" Seb
Schmoller summarizes: "According to the
report, only 21 practitioners reported back to the
evaluation team during the evaluation, and of these, 8 were
not part of the original 40. Of the 21 respondents, only 13
had actually run (or attempted to run) a LAMS learning
sequence." Oh, and the answer to the question?
Schmoller's verdict: "maybe". 42 page PDF (which
is about 2 pages for each person who actually ran the
software). I have run LAMS myself (on my laptop) and while
it works OK it seems to require a lot of overhead for what
it does (which means you probably shouldn't run it on a
laptop). As a student I would feel frustrated because it's
always telling me I must do this and I must not do that -
it's a real stickler for sequence. On the other hand, it
took me in the range of 30 seconds to set up a complete
interactive online lesson. By Liz Masterman and Stuart D.
Lee, JISC, June, 2005
4:10:29 PM Google It!.
Google Translator: The Universal
Language. How close are we getting to usable automatic
translation? Close enough that translation companies are
getting worried." What does the Google Browser do when
it encounters a Japanese page? It will show you an English
version of it. You wouldn’t even notice it’s Japanese,
except for text contained within graphics or Flash, and a
little icon Google might show that indicates
Auto-translation has been triggered. After a while, you
might even forget about the Auto-translation. To you, the
web would just be all-English. Your surfing behavior could
drastically change because you’re now reading many Japanese
sources, as well as the ones in all other languages."
Finally - a way to understand Pokemon. Via Seb Schmoller.
By Philipp Lenssen, Google Blogoscoped, May 22, 2005
3:55:42 PM Google It!.
Netvouz: Your Bookmarks Online.
A to B to C: I'm passing along this reference to Netvouz, and online
sharable bookmarks manager which I first saw mentioned in Bruce
Landon's Weblog for Students (and which was in turn drawn from the
EduBloggers Links Feed).
I very much like the way this bookmarking service is organized, with
listings of both New Bookmarks and Most Popular bookmarks on the top
page; Netvouz public bookmarks are both searchable and browsable.
Bookmarks can be kept private or shared. The best way to get started in
Netvouz, after registering, is just to jump around and explore its
contents and features, after that examine the About section and get
started using Netvouz after reading the Help/FAQ section. Netvouz has
several bonus features such as automatic link checking and rss feeds
for bookmark lists that enhance its value. Compare Netvouz with Furl and del.icio.us.
Since the site is just getting started the developers are definitely
open to suggestions for improvements and additional features.
"The idea behind Netvouz is that you should
always have access to your bookmarks. Regardless if you are at your
computer at home, at work, in school, at a friend's place or outdoors
surfing from your cell phone. By keeping your bookmarks on Netvouz you
always have instant access to them, regardless of where you are and
which computer you are using! On Netvouz you can also be social and
share your bookmarks with other users and, of course, also benefit from
other users' bookmarks. It's a great way to find new great web sites in
your areas of interest!"
As every webhead knows, organized bookmarks constitute a valuable
mapping of learning spaces. The ability to share bookmarks is one of
the important learning boons of the Internet age because it allows net
users to share their discoveries and to compare organizational schemas.
E.g. what I put in a collection of bookmarks on "Educational
Technology" will not be the same as those of others; both the
overlappings in collections and the differences are informative. Look
at ten different collections of bookmarks on "Computers" and you will
find ten different mappings of the subject, reflecting ten different
cognitive maps and ten different explorations of the worldwide network
of information. ____JH
eContent mapping. Netvouz - Online Social Bookmarks Manager - Organize, Tag and Share your bookmarks [Edubloggers Links Feed] [Bruce Landon's Weblog for Students] [EduResources Weblog--Higher Education Resources Online]
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