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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]
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Independence for PC Unit at Hewlett. The Hewlett-Packard Company tapped the former chief executive of PalmOne Inc. to run its personal computer division, re-establishing that business as a stand-alone unit. By REUTERS. [NYT > Technology]
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First Shareable Interactive Display [Slashdot:]
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Google Sightseeing [Edubloggers Links Feed]
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I N K S C A P E . Draw Freely. it was only a matter time [Edubloggers Links Feed] this is very nice -- BL

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e-Literate: Sakai distribution. The conference ended with a Q&A session with the Sakai board members. I asked how decisions about what’s included as the ‘core tools’ will be made. The response I got from one board member was “I’d like to see Sakai include six discussion boards By dnorman. [Edubloggers Links Feed]
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Digital TV Transmitter Using a VGA card [Slashdot:]
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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 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
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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 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
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Creation of a Learning Landscape: Weblogging and Social Networking in the Context of E-portfolios. Talks about e-portfolios, but more importantly, quotes Helen Barret: "I made the public statement this week, that high stakes assessment and accountability are killing portfolios as a reflective tool to support deep learning. Those mandated portfolios have lost their heart and soul: not creating meaning, but jumping through hoops!" And Misja Hoebe, who makes a similar point. Some very nice diagrams emphasizing the personal uses of e-portfolios (which I hope will become more widespread soon, before the bean-counters kill the concept). By Dave Tosh, ERADC, June 12, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
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Netvouz: Your Bookmarks Online.

From 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]

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Fedora Core 4 Available [Slashdot:] the torrent drill -- BL

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Performance of OpenOffice.org and MS Office [Slashdot:]
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Looking for Answers in the Age of Search [Slashdot:]
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$100,000 Poker Bot Tournament [Slashdot:]
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Jon Udell on Wikipedia's way of dealing with integrity issues. [Scripting News]
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