Edusim is “Edupunk”

[Via http://www.downes.ca] “edupunk is student-centered, resourceful, teacher- or community-created rather than corporate-sourced, and underwritten by a progressive political stance. Barbara Ganley’s philosophy of teaching and digital expression is an elegant manifestation of edupunk. Nina Simon, with her imaginative ways of applying web 2.0 philosophies to museum exhibit design, offers both low- and high-tech edupunk visions. Edupunk, it seems, takes old-school Progressive educational tactics–hands-on learning that starts with the learner’s interests–and makes them relevant to today’s digital age, sometimes by forgoing digital technologies entirely.”

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Open letter to the Cobalt developers group – 3D virtual spaces & touch based hardware

– As a member & contributor to the Cobalt development group I have issued an open letter open for discussion – Cobalt is an Opensource development project who’s aim is to create a 3D virtual world “Web browser” With a flood of touch based OS’s & devices just a short time away it will be ever as important to consider surface/touch based methods in mind for both navigating 3D virtual spaces as well as how 3D objects would be best manipulated through the future touch based hardware. As Reference: Android & touch Iphone & Touch Future of Windows Bill Gates Mouseless Vision This is a great opportunity for a brand new initiative such as the Cobalt group to innovate in this area well beyond what Apple & Microsoft are doing (all of what I have seen regarding their touch based…

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A National Innovation Policy

Compliments of Business Weeks “NussbaumOnDesign” (Bruce Nussbaum on May 28) Below are his 6 points.  1- Support the work being done on codifying design methodology and design strategy at the IIT Institute of Design, the Stanford D-School, Carnegie Mellon, The Rotman School of Management and other institutions. 2- Build out the nascent fields of service innovation and service science that IBM, Peer Insight, and other private companies and consultancies are creating. 3- Support a new academic speciality in innovation economics. Traditional economics neglects critical elements of innovation—intangibles such as human capital and the productivity gains of networking. Traditional categories of capital and labor no longer play critical roles in competitiveness or growth in the US. Brain-power, culture and organization are far more important. 4- Build out a very high-speed broad network. This is an obvious utility that needs government funding.…

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Windows 7 also think – keyboard and mouse rudimentary for certain tasks

Re-stating the GBLabs post from March “New inputs for 3D virtual environments (on mobiles?) – why the mouse and keyboard are too rudimentary” .. Windows annouced today that: Microsoft had previously hinted that the touch gestures would find their way into Windows. In an interesting twist though, the new technology will work with existing touch screens, Microsoft said. They showed it running on an existing Dell laptop. Via news.cnet.com Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

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Collective IQ, the role of the individual, and avoiding the common group behavior

Great article on Read Write Web regarding Collective IQ – though extremely powerful for sharing concepts and ideas – has pitfalls what care is not taken to think critically about the groups behavior as a whole. 1. Groups should operate within constraints. To harness the collective intelligence of crowds, there need to be rules in place to maintain order. 2. Not everything can be democratic. Sometimes a decision needs to be made, and having a core team (or single person) make the ultimate decision can provide the guidance necessary to get things done and prevent crazy ideas and groupthink from wreaking havoc on your product. 3. Groups must retain their individuality. Encourage your group to disagree, and try not to let any members of the group disproportionately influence the rest. 4. Groups are better at vetting content than creating it.…

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Accessing the beginners mind through Edusim

As I have blogged about for some time now, I believe Edusim is as much a concept as it is an application – in a sense the application is used to demonstrate the concept – and the true power of direct manipulation of 3D objects on the surface for teaching kids. I also believe it has the power to bring forward the beginners mind when starting to learn abstract concepts – or to visually and kinetically engage students. To encourage exploration, imagination, and creativity through all subjects matters. I encourage your thoughts and experiences at the Edusim users group here: http://edusim.ning.com

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Daily Twitter: Mobile CTC Data Navigator by Sept 1st 2008 :: PBS Teacherline :: Smallworlds

— Note via twitter I plan on creating a mobile (Iphone friendly) version of the CTC data navigator application this summer .. should be fun ! http://www.ctcdata.org We still have a long way to go regarding 3D virtual environments on interactive whiteboards in the classroom — but we will get there 3D virtual environments on interactive whiteboards in the classroom — still more evangelizing to do …. but meet w/ smarttech again May29 http://www.pbs.org/teacherline its official – every company on the planet now has K-12 educator professional development wares now *lol* SmallWorlds Brings a Third Dimension to Web 2.0 http://tinyurl.com/4hfh9q

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New Labs Project: GreenbushMOBILE – Greenbush content for your mobile device

As an extension of our (now 2 year old) podcast project I began the process a few weeks ago of looking at content that lends itself to being “Widgitized” for the mobile devices (with most attention going to the IPhone – though I realize the project will need to be more broad). So using existing RSS, ICal, and other micro-formats I will start the GreenbushMOBILE labs project as a series of widgets for the mobile devices. Stay tuned as I will announce the prototypes here in the labs blog.

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This time last year in Greenbush Labs – GreenbushTV, Whiteboards, 3D virtual environments (no Edusim yet though)

– Was looking back at what we were working on around this time past year: http://roots.greenbush.us/?p=313 http://roots.greenbush.us/?p=296 http://roots.greenbush.us/?p=295 http://roots.greenbush.us/?p=277 Several big concepts from that time frame. No doubt this time next year we will be able to look back at the under the radar stuff we are developing now ! We are getting there !

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The Upcoming Surge in Surface Devices – Gates to show off multitouch wall device at CEO Summit

[Via Infoworld] TouchWall, a prototype device developed by Microsoft Research and Office Labs, is a vertical representation of Surface, the multitouch tabletop computer from Microsoft. TouchWall could be used by business people to give presentations. They can touch the panel that would hang on the wall to drag, scroll and enlarge documents, photos or videos on the screen. TouchWall is comprised of integrated hardware that includes laser and infrared lights that recognize the touch of fingertips on the screen. It is run by software, called Plex, that lets users manipulate the content. Gates will show off the prototype to around 115 CEOs who will gather on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington, on Wednesday as part of the 12th annual CEO Summit there. It is an invitation-only event and, as in the past, only a few attendees have agreed to share…

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